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Kansas Rural Areas are ‘Mental Health Deserts’

K-State Research and ExtensionMay 15, 2021

Fluctuating commodity prices, weather challenges and other factors mean farmers are used to a certain amount of stress. But the pandemic in the past year added that much more, according to a Kansas State University behavioral health specialist. “Farming is difficult in the best of circumstances, and to add a layer of stress such as the pandemic makes it more difficult to do the work and to re...

Wheat Plot Variety Tours Planned

Todd PittengerMay 13, 2021

Coming soon to a location near you: the opportunity to learn about the newest wheat varieties available, plus their agronomics and how they hold up to disease challenges. According to Kansas State University, after more than a year of virtual only events, they will host numerous wheat plot variety tours across the state starting this week and stretching into June. “This is an excellent way...

Kansas Specialty Crop Grant Opportunity

Kansas Department of AgricultureMay 12, 2021

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Funds for the program are awarded to the agency by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The funds are in turn granted to projects and organizations to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by leveraging efforts to market and promote specialty...

USDA Designates 30 Kansas Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

USDAMay 11, 2021

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 various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganiza...

Fungus Takes Aim at Eastern Red Cedar Trees

KSU Research and ExtensionMay 10, 2021

In late spring, especially after a rainstorm, the careful observer may notice alien-like orange, gelatinous objects attached to the branches of their eastern redcedar trees. A Kansas Forest Service official assures it’s not the fruit of a mutant cedar -- or Jell-O from Mars -- but the spore-producing body of cedar-apple rust fungus. “While a bit unusual looking, the fungus will not damage t...

Composting Uneaten Food

USDAMay 10, 2021

In 2018, only 2.6 million tons of food scraps were composted, compared to 35 million tons that went into landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). What are organizations doing to increase composting in the United States? This interview features insights with Frank Franciosi, executive director of the U.S. Composting Council Buzby: What’s the mission of the U.S. Compos...

Webinar Series for Small Animal Facilities

Kansas Department of AgricultureMay 10, 2021

The Animal Facilities Inspection program in the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health will host a free informational webinar series focused on small animal facilities. The webinar series will take place virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout June. The webinars will cover a variety of small animal issues that are of interest to operators, manage...

Farm Bureau “Big Tent Reunion Tour” Planned

Todd PittengerMay 7, 2021

This summer Kansas Farm Bureau will be hosting the "Big Tent Reunion Tour". According to the organization, gatherings across the state will aim to reconnect with members after a challenging 2020. Plan on joining for food and fellowship with Farm Bureau members. Kansas Farm Bureau is a non-profit advocacy organization established in 1919. Almost 100 years later, KFB stands up for its member...

K-State to Host Spring Crops Field Day

KSU Research and ExtensionMay 6, 2021

After months of hosting educational events virtually because of COVID-19, K-State Research and Extension will host its Spring Crops Field Day in person on Wednesday, May 19 at its Southeast Research and Extension Center, 25092 Ness Road in Parsons. Registration is 8:30-9 a.m. for the program, which includes: Tour of Wheat Variety Plots (41 varieties) – Allan Fritz, K-State wheat breeder,...

USDA Hosting Virtual Listening Session

Todd PittengerMay 4, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning a virtual listening session for beginning farmers and ranchers to learn how COVID-19 impacted their farming operations and to get their feedback on USDA assistance. According to the agency, the listening session will take place on May 6th, 2021, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Central time. “We invite beginning farmers and ranchers to share th...


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