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Farming News

Seventh #FarmFoodTour Connects Influencers With Farmers

Kansas Farm BureauOctober 19, 2021

A year off from the Farm Food Tour allowed the event to transform to a more immersive experience for its participants. Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) partnered with Kansas Soybean Commission to make this the seventh #FarmFoodTour. Six online influencers embarked Oct. 5 on a three-day tour across Kansas that this year included longer, individualized visits to learn from farmers. Participants split int...

Ag Can Play ‘Powerful’ Part Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and ExtensionOctober 19, 2021

A University of California-Davis professor who has spent nearly two decades studying the relationship between the livestock industry and air quality told a crowd of nearly 800 at Kansas State University Monday that agriculture can be a powerful part of the solution in reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Frank Mitloehner’s nearly one-hour talk – which highlighted the university’s ...

Mesonet Weather Program Benefit Farmers

Shelby Varner / KSU Research and ExtensionOctober 8, 2021

Anyone who has ever lived in Kansas knows that the weather can change quickly, a fact that Chip Redmond thinks makes the Kansas Mesonet especially valuable in the state. Redmond, a meteorologist and manager of the Kansas Mesonet, said the program is working to continue spreading its multiple resources across Kansas for citizens. He noted that 75 Mesonet stations are collecting weather informati...

Automated Systems Score High in 15-Year Study

KSU Research and ExtensionOctober 6, 2021

A Kansas State University agricultural economist is taking a step-back approach while carving out a new way of looking at the returns of precision agricultural technology. “As an economist, I (normally) look at things like profitability – dollars and cents – and whether the benefits outweigh the costs,” said Terry Griffin, a precision agriculture economist at K-State. “But sometimes e...

Higher Limit Available for USDA Guaranteed Farm Loans

USDAOctober 4, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing a higher loan limit will be available for borrowers seeking a guaranteed farm loan starting Oct. 1, 2021, from $1.776 million to $1.825 million. “Farm loans are critical for our customers’ annual operating and family living expenses, emergency needs, and cash flow,” FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux said. “Raising the g...

Casten Fellow Program’s First Cohort Experiences International Agriculture

Kansas Farm BureauSeptember 29, 2021

The first cohort of Casten Fellows, a program honoring the life and legacy of Jill Casten-Downing, recently returned from a successful trip visiting the Baltics. Throughout the past two years, six Farm Bureau members in Kansas have participated in the 10-part program. In addition to the opportunity to learn about agriculture and culture in another country, participants learned about leadership ...

A Farmer’s Pet

Kim Baldwin, McPherson County farmerSeptember 20, 2021

Every so often I have the opportunity to visit a classroom full of elementary students and read a book to them. More often than not, I’ve accomplished my guest reading visits using virtual platforms that so many are now accustomed to using. Thanks to technology, and a decent internet connection, I’ve been able to read to classrooms hours away from our farm. While the books I read vary depen...

Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers with Animal Losses Deadline Extended

Todd PittengerSeptember 16, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture  is providing additional time for livestock and poultry producers to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP). Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing may now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals through Oct. 12, 2021, rather than t...

KFB Natural Resources Award Winners

Todd PittengerSeptember 13, 2021

A group of Kansas farmers have been honored for their efforts in conserving natural resources. The Kansas Farm Bureau Natural Resources Award program honors members using time-honored and cutting-edge conservation practices to protect and improve our state’s natural resources. KFB has announced the 2021 Natural Resources Award winners. State winners: 1st: Ray and Susan Flickner, McPherson...

Record CRP Program Enrollment

Todd PittengerSeptember 11, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Signup. According to the agency, this is double last year’s enrollment and brings the total acres enrolled across all CRP signups in 2021 to more than 5.3 million acres, surpa...




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