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USDA Accepts 2.8 Million CRP Acres

USDAAugust 23, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted 2.8 million acres in offers from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in 2021. This year, almost 1.9 million acres in offers have been accepted through the General CRP Signup, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has accepted over 897,000 acres for enrollment through the Con...

Ag Academy Accepting Applications

Todd PittengerAugust 18, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for what organizers say is a refreshed and rebranded program with the purpose of providing a conduit for folks of all occupations and levels of agricultural knowledge to be exposed to the many facets of production ag, rural communities and ag policy. Kansas Farm Bureau's Ag Academy runs from October to September. According to the organization, focus areas are...

K-State Beef Stocker Field Day Scheduled

KSU Research and ExtensionAugust 16, 2021

What has worked and what to see in the future, beef cattle outlook, starting newly arrived calves on feed, and the comparison of multiple castration methods in stocker cattle are among topics planned for the 2021 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 30. The conference will be hosted at the KSU Beef Stocker Unit. “We believe this year’s program will be an exce...

KLA / K-State Field Days Set

KSU Research and ExtensionAugust 9, 2021

Kansas State University and the Kansas Livestock Association have planned three field days to help cow-calf producers enhance their management strategies. KLA/K-State Ranch Management Field Days are set for Aug. 17 in Satanta, Aug. 19 in Sterling, and Aug. 24 in Eskridge. “This year’s KLA/K-State Ranch Management Field Days will have excellent educational sessions for our cow-calf produc...

Young Farmers, Ranchers at Leadership Event

Kansas Farm BureauAugust 5, 2021

Farmers and ranchers from across Kansas gathered in Manhattan for the annual Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) leaders conference. The conference is normally hosted in January but was rescheduled due to COVID-19. More than 250 young crop and livestock producers from across the state attended the two-day Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) conference designed to maximize efficiency on their family oper...

USDA Announces August 2021 Lending Rates for Agricultural ProducersUS

USDAAugust 4, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for August 2021, which are effective August 2. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures, or meet cash flow needs. Operating, Ownership and Emergency Loans FSA offers farm o...

AG Effort to End Hunger

Glenn Brunkow, Pottawatomie County farmer and rancherAugust 4, 2021

Food insecurity, or the lack of consistent access to enough food, is not something that is top of my mind very often. It probably should be, but it just isn’t. I have enough food, actually more than enough, and given the frantic pace of my life I often neglect to give a second thought to those who are not blessed like I am. I also think many of us in rural America think it is a big city or u...

Cattle Chat: Minimize Stress and Maximize Profit

KSU Research and ExtensionAugust 4, 2021

Just as college students may feel anxious when they leave their homes and return to campus, fall is also a time when spring-born calves are separated from their mothers and stress ensues. To minimize the stress felt by calves, the experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute offered several management strategies for producers to implement. Discussed on a recent Cattle Chat p...

CRP Grassland Signup Underway

Todd PittengerJuly 15, 2021

Agricultural producers and landowners can apply for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup from today until August 20. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated signup options to provide greater incentives for producers and increase the program’s conservation and climate benefits, including setting a minimum rental rate and identifying two national priority...

High School Students Learn to Lead the Animal Science Industry

KSU Research and ExtensionJuly 2, 2021

Eleven students from four states gathered on the Kansas State University campus and online to gain livestock industry knowledge and develop leadership skills during the K-State Animal Science Leadership Academy held June 15-18. The hybrid format included virtual instruction, followed by a closing, one-day, in-person experience on campus. Hosted by the K-State Department of Animal Sciences an...


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