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K-State Agricultural Economics Newsletters Author

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In The Cattle Markets Tonsor/LMIC January 20, 2015
Grain Outlook O'Brien January 12, 2015
"Focused on Grains" Blog by Dan O'Brien O'Brien Ongoing
KFMA Newsletter or  Archives Herbel, Ibendahl, and KFMA Economists July 14, 2014
Applied Economics Policy and Perspectives (AEPP) Podcasts AAEA and K-State Ag Economists Ongoing

Position Announcements

Position Location Announcement

Extension Agricultural Economist New!
Kansas Farm Management Association Southeast

Chanute, KS PDF

Assistant Professor, Extension Agricultural Economics
K-State Department of Agricultural Economics

Manhattan, KS PDF

Assistant Professor, Food and Agribusiness Management
K-State Department of Agricultural Economics

Manhattan, KS PDF

Assistant Professor (80% teaching and 20% research)
K-State Department of Agricultural Economics

Manhattan, KS PDF

News Articles

Title Author/Source Link

Financial Decisions Made Easy

Brian Briggeman
Ed Clark/Top Producer

K-State Agricultural Economics Department Theses and Dissertations (Click HERE)
Access K-State Department of Agricultural Economics Student Dissertations and Theses since 2005.
More will be added in the future. Includes M.S. and MAB theses, and Ph.D. Dissertations.

Radio Interviews

K-State Radio Network Interviews


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KSRN Grain Market Outlook Weekly Radio Interview - Dan O'Brien
KSRN Grain Market Outlook Materials 
KSRN Radio: Ethanol Markets Materials 
January 23, 2015
January 23, 2015
November 25, 2014

KSRN Livestock Market Outlook Weekly Radio Interview - Glynn Tonsor & LMIC January 19, 2015 Download
K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby goes over aspects of the new USDA commodity program features that are raising questions with producers, as Art and fellow K-State agricultural economists conduct the series of Farm Bill decision informational meetings around Kansas this winter: he walks through the basics of how crop prices and yields are determined for program purposes, and how each factors into the ARC and PLC program options...he also talks about the yields for 2014 wheat program payments that were just released by the USDA, and how the variations in those yields from county to county in Kansas will impact the likely returns to producers from each of the program options. January 21, 2015 Part 1

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Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen cites two new court rulings out of Kansas that both address oil and gas exploration issues...one having to do with who is responsible for plugging abandoned oil wells. January 14, 2015 Download
Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University covers the top 10 agricultural law and taxation developments of 2014, saying that several of those will spill over into this new year, with monumental implications for agricultural producers and rural dwellers. January 7, 2015 Part 1

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K-State agricultural economists Mykel Taylor and Art Barnaby talk about the series of USDA commodity program seminars that K-State will be hosting throughout Kansas this month and next. These will offer crop producers guidance in selecting their program option for the next five years, outlining in detail how the Agricultural Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage and Supplemental Coverage Option all work. January 6, 2015 Download
The associate director of Extension at K-State, Daryl Buchholz, reflects on Extension's achievements in 2014, responding to the "grand challenges" that Kansans have identified for Extension to address...among them, water, global food systems, leadership development and community vitality. December 18, 2014 Download
The dean of the College of Agriculture at K-State, John Floros, looks back at the college's accomplishments in education, research and outreach in 2014, and looks ahead to the college's goals in those areas in 2015. He says that the college achieved new records this past year in student enrollment and agricultural research funding, and was able to bolster Extension programs and services across the state by re-filling long-vacant positions. December 17, 2014 Part 1

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From the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Gregg Ibendahl talks about the merits of advance-purchasing crop inputs, fuel and machinery for 2015 before this year is out, for income tax management purposes...the recent plunge in petroleum prices in particular casting a different light on one's fuel and fertilizer decisions. December 12, 2014 Download
From the Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services office at K-State, Janel Koons goes over how to register for one of the five Farm Succession Planning conferences co-sponsored by K-State early in 2015, each of which will cover important topics on passing the farm or ranch along to the next generation. December 11, 2014 Download
Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen has the latest on the tax extenders bill now awaiting Senate action, with the possibility that those tax provisions important to agricultural producers may not be extended for this year after all...he also offers thoughts on end-of-year charitable giving for tax management purposes. December 10, 2014 Download
K-State's Gregg Hadley, Charlotte-Shoup Olson and Duane Hund discuss the important first step in developing a succession plan that favors all parties---maintaining good lines of communication. They then provide input on developing the game plan for passing the operation along from one generation to the next, and who should be involved in the business planning phase, and finally focus on the importance of including a third-party facilitator in the planning process, and how to go about identifying the individual who can serve that role favorably and effectively. December 1, 2, 3
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K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor discusses renegotiating crop land and pasture leases, as crop prices have weakened and cattle prices have surged. She offers thoughts on determining a fair cash lease rate for crop ground; whether or not crop-share lease terms should be reconsidered; how "flex" cash leases might be modified; and why pasture rental rates should be expected to climb further. November 26, 2014 Part 1

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Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen presents his regular segment on recent legal and taxation developments pertaining to agriculture and rural areas: among the court rulings he cites this time is a decision on whether a particular horse enterprise qualifies as a bona-fide business for tax purposes, as the owner attempted to write off the losses from that enterprise.  November 25, 2014 Download
K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid breaks down the basics of the USDA commodity program decisions that grain producers must finalize in the months ahead. She offers some relatively simple rules-of-thumb when it comes to choosing between the new Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) options. November 21, 2014 Download
Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen advises agricultural producers who make available to their employees health care reimbursement plans to assure that those are in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, with some new developments regarding that having just now emerged.  November 12, 2014 Download
Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen and K-State agricultural economics assistant Rich Llewelyn have the details of the 2014 Kansas Income Tax Institutes, scheduled for November and December at eight locations around Kansas.   October 29, 2014 Download
K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby comments on the USDA's announcement earlier this week concerning the "50 percent" rule applying to crop insurance actual production history reporting by crop producers... he has run an analysis of what that likely would mean to producers in the central plains.  October 23, 2014 Download
K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor discusses the ruling this week by the World Trade Organization that the latest version of U.S. country-of-origin labeling of meat products violates international trade rules. He comments on what the ruling means for the future of C-O-O-L, weaving in his research results on consumer response to labeling at the retail level.   October 22, 2014 Download
Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University discusses the new circuit court ruling on whether non-farmers must pay self-employment tax on Conservation Reserve Program payments...he talks about what this ruling means to Kansas C-R-P contract holders who aren't actively engaged in farming.  October 15, 2014 Download
Commodity program specialist Terry Hawk of the Farm Service Agency goes over the just-announced timeline for enrolling in one of the program options under the new farm bill, the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program...he also talks about what the FSA is doing to ready for program sign-up.   October 8, 2014 Download
Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen covers several recent court decisions relevant to agricultural producers, including the ruling on a case over the validity of a farming partnership between parents and son, as perceived by the lending institution for both parties.  October 1, 2014 Download
K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor announces that the decision-making tool created by Oklahoma State University and K-State for crop producers on the new farm program "safety net" options is now available for use...how to do so will be featured in a special webinar out of K-State taking place tomorrow, and she'll have the details.  October 1, 2014 Download
K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid goes over a new facet of the USDA commodity programs, developed for dairy producers to help them manage their risk, called the Dairy Margin Protection Program...she talks about how it differs from the previous price-support mechanism, and points to a new spreadsheet tool that producers can use in their enrollment decisions.  September 24, 2014 Download
K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor discusses renegotiating cropland rental agreements, in light of the major decline in crop prices over the last several months...she suggests that cash rents, as well as crop-share terms and flex leases, deserve another look by tenants and landlords, to assure that the lease terms remain fair for both parties.  September 23, 2014 Download
K-State agricultural economist Bryan Schurle looks at the latest trend in Kansas farm and ranch land values...he compares a trio of resources for gauging that trend, as he covered at the recent Risk and Profit Conference at K-State.  September 23, 2014 Download
K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby offers some last-minute input for winter wheat producers on insuring the 2015 crop, as the deadline for enrolling is coming up in a little over a week...including his recommendation on enrolling in the new supplemental coverage option created by the farm bill.  September 19, 2014 Download
Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University covers an assortment of recently-decided court cases relevant to agricultural producers...among them, a case where a landowner wished to terminate an oil and gas lease because of decades of inactivity by the company holding the lease, and two cases involving claims under the federal homebuyer tax credit.  September 17, 2014 Download
The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, offers his insight on the mounting concern over rail transport availability as the fall grain harvest commences...he talks about the major issues the railroad snags have caused for grain producers and elevators in the northern plains, and whether those same issues could spread to Kansas.  September 16, 2014 Download
University of Nebraska agricultural policy specialist Brad Lubben recaps several of the key issues that were brought up at a farm bill forum held last week in Kansas City, where university agricultural policy specialists from across the nation gathered to discuss the implementation of the new-look commodity title of the farm bill, and what producers should be learning about it.  September 9, 2014 Download
K-State agricultural economist Nathan Hendricks discusses his economic analysis on limited irrigation water management: which crop watering approach renders the more favorable economic returns to the producer, when water availability is reduced, which ties into the local enhanced management area concept being considered by some groundwater management districts in Kansas.  September 4, 2014 Download
Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University has important information about health benefit packages that farm operators provide to their employees, and whether they are in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.  September 3, 2014 Download

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