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K-State Agricultural Economics Newsletters Author

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In The Cattle Markets Tonsor/LMIC February 23, 2015
Grain Outlook O'Brien February 23, 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

USDA Agricultural Outlook Conference (February 19-20, 2015)

Title Link

Link to Conference Site


Link to Commodity Outlook Section


Outlook Papers and Presentations


Grains and Oilseeds Outlook Paper and Presentation

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Livestock and Poultry Outlook Paper


Position Announcements

Position Location Announcement

Extension Assistant, Land Use Value Program New!
Kansas Farm Management Association South-Central

Manhattan, KS PDF

Extension Agricultural Economist New!
Kansas Farm Management Association South-Central

Hutchinson, KS PDF

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 Livestock Market Outlook Weekly Radio Interview - Glynn Tonsor & LMIC February 23, 2015 Download
KSRN Grain Market Outlook Weekly Radio Interview - Dan O'Brien
KSRN Grain Market Outlook Materials 
KSRN Radio: Ethanol Markets Materials 
February 20, 2015
February 27, 2015
January 27, 2015

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor discusses the just-posted estimates on cash rental rates for Kansas cropland for 2015, calculated on a county-by-county basis...this information is intended to help the tenant and landlord determine the most equitable lease rate for both parties, given the current economics of crop production. February 19, 2015 Download
K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid tackles several frequently-asked questions about the new commodity program options for crop producers, with the enrollment deadline just over a month away. She addresses such things as updating payment yields and reallocating acreage bases, how the irrigation designation for an individual county factors into the program choice; what appears to be the best program option for sunflower growers; and upgrades to the on-line K-State / Oklahoma State decision tool that producers can use to finalize their program decisions. February 17, 2015 Part 1

Part 2

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University reviews two recent court decisions...one concerning a dispute over a cropland leasing agreement and the other over alleged trespass by a neighboring oil exploration company. February 11, 2015 Download
K-State livestock economist Ted Schroeder covers his latest analysis of price discovery in the cattle and hog markets, and some of the market complications resulting from the long-standing trend away from direct cattle and hog trading in favor of increased formula pricing. February 9, 2015 Download
The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, previews a special forum coming up for grain producers and grain elevator operators, which will examine the impact of railroad shuttle loading facilities on wheat price basis locally...this program will be beneficial to cooperatives which might have an interest in investing in a such a facility. February 3, 2015 Download
K-State agricultural economist Brian Briggeman provides an overview of the university's latest Agricultural Lenders Survey, which polls agricultural financial institutions nationwide on trends in farm loan volumes, interest rates, and expectations on agricultural land values. January 28, 2015 Download
Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University discusses a recent court ruling in a case involving a confined livestock feeding operation and its manure management, and whether that operation's practices fall under federal solid waste regulations. January 28, 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

Part 2

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

Part 2

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

Part 2

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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Part 3

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

Part 2

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

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