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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...

Risk Associated With Leasing Land

Shelby Varner / K-State Research and ExtensionSeptember 8, 2021

Leasing land is important for landlords and tenants, but there are risks when it comes to leasing, said a Kansas State University graduate student who is conducting research on the topic. Agricultural economics student Chelsea Arnold said 3,600 Kansas landowners recently completed a survey to gauge what their leases look like, risk preferences and attitudes towards young producers. The avera...

Annual Wheat Variety Disease and Insect ratings

KSU Research and ExtensionAugust 30, 2021

In Kansas and other wheat-growing states, the tools of the trade include a planter, combine and a grain bin. But ask most farmers, and they’re also likely to have a reliable source for information on wheat diseases and insects that threaten their crop. Sometimes, that source is neatly tucked into a hip pocket or the truck’s glove box. For more than 30 years, Kansas State University has b...

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...

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