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Risk Management Session For Framers

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and Extension22 hours ago
Registration is now open for a four-part workshop being held at three dozen locations in Kansas to help farmers and ranchers deal with the uncertainty of fluctuating grain and input prices. Kansas State University officials said the program, Risk Management Skills for Kansas Women in Agriculture, will focus on numerous topics, including: Determining costs of production. ...

Blankets Can Help Calves Through Cold Days

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and Extension6 days ago
As winter’s chill closes in, it’s reasonable to think that most of us will reach for a cozy blanket or heavy jacket. It turns out that’s pretty good advice for dairy calves, too, says Kansas State University dairy specialist Mike Brouk. “When the temperature gets below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, calves start to experience cold stress,” Brouk ...

Economics is USDA’s Helping Science

USDA6 days ago
At USDA, economics is a helping science. Two recent contributions of USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) highlight how economic research help USDA form policies. USDA recently announced changes to the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP), which is used to calculate maximum USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The re-evaluation of the TFP was a data-driven, science-based analysis. ERS researchers ...

Wheat Genomics Discoveries Have Potential to Improve Bread Quality

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and Extension1 week ago
Kansas State University researchers have published recent findings that highlight their discovery of a gene in ancient wheat that gives superior strength and elasticity to bread dough. Liangliang Gao, a post-doctoral scientist in K-State’s Wheat Genetics Resource Center, said the work is part of a larger project involving research groups worldwide and spanning more than 50 years ...

Autonomous Pest Control Helps Farmers Economically, Environmentally

Shelby Varner / KSU Research and Extension1 week ago
Autonomous pest control vehicles could become a valuable asset to farmers in the future as they create an opportunity for new intelligence and a way of managing pests in crop fields. Kansas State University precision agricultural engineer Ajay Sharda says that small, robotic vehicles could identify sites of infestation, decide if it is beyond a critical ...

Giving Thanks to Farmers and Ranchers

Glenn Brunkow, Pottawatomie County farmer and rancher3 weeks ago
In a few short days we will all sit down and celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday that is meant for us to reflect and decide what it is for which we are thankful. We have a lot to be thankful for in this great nation, not the least of which is our farms and ranches. This ...

Halting the Spread of Swine Fever

Piper Brandt / Kansas State University3 weeks ago
Megan Niederwerder, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, will lead a new $513,000 research project to characterize African swine fever virus survival and transmission after introduction onto a farm. She will serve as the principal investigator on the two-year grant award from the National ...

Farm Tax, Estate Law Expert to Present Free Webinar

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and Extension3 weeks ago
For many farm families, managing taxes and decisions about what happens to the farm after they leave the business can be very difficult. Ever-changing laws and regulations make it even more complicated. Women Managing the Farm and Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics will host a nationally recognized speaker on both topics during a webinar planned for Monday, Nov. ...

FHSU Launches MBA in Agribusiness

Fort Hays State University4 weeks ago
Fort Hays State University is once again addressing the needs of students, the agricultural industry, and the regional workforce with the launch of a new Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in agribusiness. This innovative online and on-campus program was developed by the Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship (RCOBE), working in ...

Calving School Events Planned

Kansas State University Extension and Research4 weeks ago
In anticipation of calving season, the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension are planning a series of calving schools beginning in December and continuing through January. The program will outline overall calving management that includes stages of the normal calving process, and tips to handle difficult calving situations. K-State ...

Deadline Approaching For Organic Certification Cost Share

Todd Pittenger1 month ago
Nov. 1 is the deadline for organic farmers and ranchers to apply to be reimbursed for up to 50% of organic certification costs through the Farm Service Agency’s Organic Certification Cost Share Program. According to the USDA, the program provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their ...

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