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Bill to Boost Agriculture Research Funding Introduced

Todd PittengerApril 28, 2021

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran has co- introduced bi-partisan legislation which would require a five percent annual funding increase each year for the next ten years for research activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Republican Moran introduced the legislation along with Democrat Dick Durbin. According to Moran's Office, with federal agriculture research investments on the decline, th...

Participate In Rural Housing Survey

Kansas Farm BureauApril 27, 2021

The Office of Rural Prosperity and Kansas Housing Resources Commission have been working on Kansas’ first comprehensive housing needs assessment in nearly 30 years. Since the study launch, work has been underway in taking the first step to more fully understanding where shortages exist in quality, affordable housing across the state. There are three ways the public can provide feedback, whi...

Over $4 Million in Funding for Kansas Wetland Conservation

Todd PittengerApril 27, 2021

The Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded grant funding to conserve bird populations and wetlands in Kansas. According to U.S. Senator Dr. Roger Marshall, Ducks Unlimited has received a $2 million grant and $2.03 million match in funding to conserve bird populations and wetlands in Kansas. “Kansas has some of the most magnificent wildlife and wetlands in...

K-State-Developed US Animal Disease ID System Receives Tyson Support

Kansas State UniversityApril 27, 2021

A national cattle identification system that was first developed at Kansas State University has received a big boost of support from one of the country's largest food companies. Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc., is backing U.S. CattleTrace, a system that uses ear tags with ultrahigh frequency technologies to establish a national animal disease traceability system. The syst...

Rural Veterinary Workforce Development Taskforce Seeks Feedback

Kansas Department of AgricultureApril 26, 2021

Amidst a growing concern for a lack of access to veterinary services in rural Kansas, a group of statewide organizations and higher education leadership have combined resources to form the Rural Veterinary Workforce Development (RVWD) Taskforce. The objective of RVWD is to promote the development and retention of excellent veterinarians to ensure a long-term adequate supply of rural practitioners ...

Materials, Labor Donated to Rodeo Team

Lance Ziesch / Dodge City Community CollegeApril 26, 2021

In March, during the Dodge City Community College (DC3) Spring Break, two new L-shaped roping boxes were installed at the north end of the DC3 Rodeo Practice Arena, due to the generosity of three local businesses. “We had heading and heeling boxes put in,” Erica Edmondson, DC3 Assistant Rodeo Coach, said. In rodeo, traditionally, on the left-side of the chute is the head box, and on the ...

USDA Renews, Expands CRP Program

Todd PittengerApril 23, 2021

The USDA is expanding and renewing its Conservation Reserve Program. According to the agency, they will open enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with higher payment rates, new incentives, and a more targeted focus on the program’s role in climate change mitigation. Additionally, USDA is announcing investments in partnerships to increase climate-smart agriculture, including $3...

April Is National Heartworm Awareness Month

Kansas State UniversityApril 22, 2021

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month. Susan Nelson, clinical professor at the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is reminding pets owners that the risk of heartworm transmission to pets increases as the weather warms up. Nelson said the American Heartworm Society reminds all pet owners to Think 12: Administer heartworm preventives 1...

INSIGHT: Building Communities

Jackie MundtApril 21, 2021

Jackie Mundt, Pratt County farmer and rancher I often joke about the fact that I love to judge people just like on American Idol. Except I am not qualified to judge musicians — my forte is public speaking. I love judging 4-H model meetings, FFA discussion meets and any other speaking contests. I enjoy sharing my life-tested knowledge in hopes of helping participants improve their skills for t...

Rep. Mann Joins Other Republicans In Letter To USDA Secretary

Kansas Farm Bureau April 21, 2021

A Congressman from Kansas joins fellow Republicans in concern over the U.S. Department of Agriculture's cancellation of a family food program. Representative Tracey Mann, with 21 House Republicans, sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing concerns over the cancellation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. "Our farmers and ranchers are the backbone of our nation's food s...

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