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USDA Seeks Innovative Partner-led Projects Delivering Sustainable Agricultural Solutions

Todd PittengerMarch 18, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking proposals to fund up to $75 million in new, unique projects under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA) that take innovative and non-traditional approaches to conservation solutions at the local, regional and landscape scales. In making selections. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation ...

State Hemp Advisory Board To Discuss Changes In Domestic Hemp Production Program

Kansas Department of AgricultureMarch 17, 2021

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Advisory Board will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2021, via teleconference. The advisory board will discuss changes and modifications for the Kansas Commercial Industrial Hemp Program rules and regulations based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final rule on the establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program. The me...

Pandemic Changes to Beef Cattle Industry

K-State Research and ExtensionMarch 17, 2021

A top analyst said recently that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused several changes in the beef industry, many of which could be here to stay. Jayson Lusk, Distinguished Professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, was a featured speaker during the 108th annual K-State Cattlemen’s Day. His talk focused on the impacts of the pandemic on the beef cattle sec...

Webinar on Farm Bankruptcy, Farm Stress and Mental Health

Kansas Farm BureauMarch 16, 2021

Kansas Farm Bureau's Legal Foundation is offering a webinar on farm bankruptcy, immediately followed with a conversation about farm stress and mental health Wednesday, March 31, starting at 10 a.m. to Farm Bureau members in Kansas. Kansas farm bankruptcies hit a 10-year high in 2019, and the number only slightly improved in 2020. The first half of this webinar will discuss the basics of farm ...

FarmStart Program Recognized

Todd PittengerMarch 15, 2021

The Farm Credit Administration board has recognized FarmStart as a best practice in serving the credit needs of young, beginning, and small (YBS) farmers and ranchers. FarmStart is a limited-liability partnership established in 2005 by Farm Credit System association First Pioneer (now known as Farm Credit East). Its purpose is to invest in startup farming operations in order to furnish them with ...

Aerial Surveys to Document Lesser and Greater Prairie Chicken Population Trends

Kansas Wildlife, Parks & TourismMarch 15, 2021

Aerial surveys conducted by helicopters will begin March 16 and continue through early May in areas of Kansas containing prairie chicken habitat. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) to document population trends and determine how populations are responding to current man...

USDA Offers Conservation Stewardship Program Renewal for Contracts Set to Close

Todd PittengerMarch 14, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it is accepting Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) renewal applications through March 31 for over 11,000 contracts set to end this year. CSP is USDA’s largest working lands conservation program with more than 90 million acres enrolled. “In fiscal year 2020, NRCS helped enhance 9.3 million acres of land enrolled in CSP,” sa...

St. Pat’s Day: Time to Plant Kansas Potatoes

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and ExtensionMarch 13, 2021

For Kansas gardeners, St. Patrick’s Day means something much more than donning a favorite green outfit and heading to local celebrations. Traditionally, the Irish holiday signals the date for planting potatoes. “Actually, anytime from mid- to late-March is fine for potato planting,” said Kansas State University horticulture expert Ward Upham. “Be sure to buy seed potatoes rather t...

2020 Grain Sorghum Hybrid Test Results are Online

Mary Lou Peter / KSU Research and ExtensionMarch 12, 2021

For years, Kansas has outpaced all other states as the top producer of grain sorghum, and growers have a resource to help keep it that way. Kansas State University’s 2020 Kansas Performance Tests with Grain Sorghum Hybrids publication is now available online and features summaries of last year’s growing conditions, disease and insect considerations, and performance by hybrids in major produ...

Patch Burning of Tallgrass Prairie is Valuable Option

Mary Lou Peter / Kansas State University Research and ExtensionMarch 11, 2021

To the uninitiated, it’s an awesome and sometimes scary sight, coming over a hill to encounter a burning prairie as far as the eye can see. But planned burning – also called prescribed burning – of the tallgrass prairie is a proven effective and widely used way to control invasive plant species. The practice also improves forage quality and cattle weight gains once the grass comes back a...


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