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Cattle Chat: Body Condition Score

Lisa Moser / K-State Research and ExtensionSeptember 1, 2022

Body mass index is one measure that people use to evaluate their overall health when talking with their medical team. In much the same way, veterinarians and beef producers are able to measure the well-being of the cow herd by assigning a body condition score of each animal, according to the experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute speaking on a recent Cattle Chat podcast. ...

NASA Scientists Visit Kansas Farm

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and ExtensionAugust 31, 2022

Of all the folks that might visit his central Kansas farm, Ray Flickner probably never figured a group from the nation’s space agency would be among them. Yet, there they were: A small group of NASA scientists pulling up in SUVs to quiz Flickner about his farm just west of Moundridge. In these parts, Flickner is pretty well known. He’s the fifth generation owner and operator of what is k...

Drought Disaster Declaration

Todd PittengerAugust 30, 2022

The USDA had designated disasters for a couple of Kansas Counties die to ongoing drought. According to the agency, this Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet vario...

“Ag Academy” Applications Accepted

Todd PittengerAugust 30, 2022

The application process is open for Kansas Farm Bureau's "Ag Academy". According to the agency, Ag Academy is an educational 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. The program runs from October to September. Focus areas are advocacy, l...

Promoting U.S. Wheat Around The World

Kansas Wheat Associates August 29, 2022

As U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Vince Peterson often says, at any given hour of the day there is someone, somewhere, talking about the quality, reliability and value of U.S. wheat. Here are just some of the ways USW was working in June and July to promote all six classes of U.S. wheat in an ever more complex world grain market. USW Beijing Builds Online Resources Pandemic restrictions t...

Ways to Extend the Grazing Season

Lisa Moser / K-State Research and ExtensionAugust 23, 2022

Just as gardeners manage produce differently depending on the time of the season, so do cattle producers manage pastures so that the grazing season can be extended, said Kansas State University beef cattle experts on a recent Cattle Chat podcast. One technique offered by Beef Cattle Institute nutritionist Phillip Lancaster is called stockpiling forage. “Stockpiling is the practice of remov...

Agriculture Education Students Earn Awards

Todd PittengerAugust 22, 2022

Twenty-five students from seven schools in Kansas have been awarded the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificate. According to the Kansas Department of Agriculture of these, 24 were awarded the general certificate, five were awarded the animal science certificate and one was awarded the plant systems certificate. High schools with students earn...

USDA to Mail Additional Pre-Filled Disaster Application

Todd PittengerAugust 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Monday announced another installment (phase) in assistance to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021. More than 18,000 producers will soon receive new or updated pre-filled disaster applications to offset eligible crop losses. Approximately $6.4 billion has already been distributed to 165,000 pro...

VIDEO: Auction Proceeds Donated For Scholarship

Todd PittengerAugust 5, 2022

A teen left a lasting impression on everyone attending the 4-H kids livestock auction at the Tri Rivers Fair Friday afternoon. 16-year-old Kirk Heimer had the fair's Grand Champion pig, and during the auction he announced he intended to donate all of the money generated from the sale to start a scholarship fund in memory of his friend Aiden Wangerin's mother who was killed in a car crash less t...

Tri-Rivers Past, Present, Future

Leslie ManningAugust 5, 2022

The 2022 Tri-Rivers Fair board invites folks to be inspired by presentations focused oninnovative programming and projects impacting Saline County residents during the Inspirationand Innovation Showcase on Saturday, Aug. 6 in the Great Plains Manufacturing ConventionCenter of the Tony’s Pizza Event Center. The showcase is partnered with an outdoor event honoring the innovations of the past, ...

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