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Producers with Crop Insurance to Receive Premium Benefit for Cover Crops

Todd PittengerJune 3, 2021

Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) if they planted cover crops during this crop year. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), offered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), helps farmers maintain their cover crop systems, despite the financial challenges posed by the pandem...

New Swine Facility Boosts Education, Research

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and ExtensionJune 1, 2021

Kansas State University officials say a new swine facility that officially opened in late May will give students experience with facilities that closely represent what they will see in their future workplace. The university’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry opened its newly built swine farrowing unit to the public on May 27. The facility is located at the K-State Swine Teaching and...

USDA Announces June Ag Lending Rates

Todd PittengerJune 1, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced loan interest rates for June 2021, which are effective June 1. 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 and Ownership Loans FSA offers far...

Youth Gear Up For County Fair Exhibits

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and ExtensionMay 27, 2021

The rows of cookies and muffins, rockets and cabinets and photographs and more may seem like interesting displays to passers-by at the county and state fairs. But for thousands of Kansas 4-H members who will put their efforts on display this summer, they represent nearly a year’s worth of work and trial-and-error learning. “The 4-H year begins in October with young people selecting the p...

Cattle Chat: Managing For Drought

Lisa Moser / KSU Research and ExtensionMay 26, 2021

Just as agricultural economists advise beef producers to follow a risk management strategy when it comes to cattle marketing, those same principles are important when anticipating drought, said the experts at Kansas State University speaking on a recent Cattle Chat podcast. “Having both a plan and a contingency plan is important for mitigating the risk when it comes to drought,” said Brad W...

K-State Dairy Days Planned

Angie Stump Denton / Kansas State UniversityMay 24, 2021

Kansas State University has announced that the annual K-State Dairy Days will be held June 2 in Seneca and June 3 in Whiteside. Organizers said the event is intended to update and inform dairy producers and allied industry on hot topics and research findings relevant to the Kansas dairy industry. “This event is a great opportunity to keep up-to-date on relevant and timely topics in the dai...

Farm Safety Poster Program Winners

Todd PittengerMay 20, 2021

In an effort to reduce accidents by developing "safety-minded" youth, Kansas Farm Bureau has sponsored a Safety Poster Program since 1950. According to the agency, each year, youth in grades 1 through 6 participate statewide. Posters are judged at the county level with the first place poster from each of the three divisions submitted for judging at the state level. The top five posters f...

Swine Producers Urged to Participate in Survey

KSU Research and ExtensionMay 19, 2021

A Kansas State University livestock specialist is encouraging the state’s swine producers to take the time to fill out a survey that they may be receiving in the next few weeks from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Joel DeRouchey, a swine specialist with K-State Research and Extension, said the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting a national study of large and sm...

Kansas Geological Survey Planning Agriculture Study

University of Kansas May 18, 2021

Shallow depressions that hold water from rainfall and runoff to create small temporary lakes called playas dot the western Great Plains. When full, they’re transformed into mini-wetlands that are home to a variety of plants and wildlife not normally found in the region. They also serve as areas of recharge, meaning a portion of the collected water makes its way into the High Plains aquifer that ...

Kansas Farm Income Climbed in 2020

KSU Research and ExtensionMay 17, 2021

Early concerns for a tough year on Kansas farms linked to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 were ultimately alleviated by strong crop yields, dramatically improved grain prices and COVID-19-related government payments, according to the Kansas Farm Management Association. Net farm income for KFMA members climbed to $167,894 last year, up from $108,960 the previous year and the five-year average o...


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