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USDA Seeks Input on New Grant Program

Todd Pittenger2 days ago
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is gathering input to help shape a recently announced planned grant program focused on improving the resiliency of our food and agricultural supply chain by addressing labor shortages in agriculture, reducing irregular migration through increased use of legal pathways, and improving labor protections for farmworkers. USDA’s Farm Service Agency ...

VIDEO: Feeding Cattle During Drought

KSU Research and Extension3 days ago
K-State Research and Extension cow-calf specialist Jason Warner says that a lack of moisture for most of 2022 has “proven to be very challenging for our cow-calf and stocker operators” in Kansas and surrounding states. Warner notes that it’s important for producers to form a strategy to manage cattle before drought conditions persist – and then ...

Researchers Study Impact of Bison

Maddy Rohr / K-State Research and Extension4 days ago
For many, the Konza Prairie located just south of Manhattan, Kan., has the best nature hiking trails in the Flint Hills, but it also serves as a biological research station and home to nearly 280 bison.   For more than 30 years, Kansas State University researchers have conducted fire and grazer experiments on the Konza Prairie to ...

More Ag-Related Injuries Than Previously Known

Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State via USDA5 days ago
Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. For this reason, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council has been proclaimed as such by each sitting ...

Keys to Success with State Checkoff

Julia Debes / Kansas Wheat5 days ago
The single-largest research investment by Kansas wheat farmers came to life almost ten years ago when the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center opened its doors. Since that time, the center has set a standard of excellence for wheat research and worked to meet the specific needs of Kansas wheat growers. In recognition of the upcoming decade ...

Kansas Signs Wheat Deal With Taiwan

Todd Pittenger6 days ago
During a state visit from a Taiwanese delegation, officials from the east Asian country agreed to purchase 66 million bushels of wheat from U.S. farmers over the next two years. According to the Kansas Governor's Office, the grain deal, which is worth approximately $576 million, will be fulfilled significantly by Kansas wheat farms. The Kansas Departments of ...

Ag Building Becomes Reality

KSAL Staff7 days ago
Colby Community College will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, to begin construction on a new agriculture building adjacent to the Stanley Carr Agricultural Center. The schools says the need for the 12,400-square-foot facility stems from limited space to accommodate increasing enrollment in the current area. The new building includes the ...

USDA Invests in Feeding Kids and Families

KSAL Staff7 days ago
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide close to $2 billion in additional funding to food banks and school meal programs for purchasing American-grown foods. The additional support will help these organizations endure supply chain challenges and elevated food costs as they continue to fulfill their mission of providing nutritious foods to kids and families ...

National Farm Safety and Health Week

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and Extension1 week ago
Agriculture is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the nation, but safety measures can lower producers’ risk of having a serious accident, said a Kansas State University official on farm safety. Tawnie Larson, the state’s coordinator of the Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS) program at K-State, said several webinars are on tap during the upcoming National Farm ...

Football May Have Spurred Meat Market

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and Extension2 weeks ago
Could it be that America’s meat industry just got a boost from college football? It’s possible, said Kansas State University livestock economist Glynn Tonsor, who reported this week that consumer's demand for proteins – beef, chicken and pork – is holding steady in large part due to a surge in the food service industry. “The demand for ...

Nutrient Mgmt Can Help Bottom Line

KSAL Staff2 weeks ago
Crops need nutrients to grow and thrive, but effective nutrient management is not one-size-fits-all. A nutrient management plan is specific to your land, the crops you grow, and many other factors that change over time. No matter the crops you produce or size of your operation, USDA can help you reduce input costs, maximize yields, ...

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