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2018 Highlights in the K-State College of Agriculture

The interim dean of the College of Agriculture at K-State, Ernie Minton, takes a look back at some of the major agricultural research and education accomplishments by the college in 2018:  he highlights the successes of the Feed the Future Innovation Laboratories on the campus, and the efforts to extend the education opportunities beyond the campus in areas such as agribusiness and food science. 

December 20, 2018
A Look Back

The director of Extension at K-State, Gregg Hadley, talks about the highlights in Extension programs and activities over the past year in the areas of agriculture, water resources, farm financial mediation, irrigation technology advances, and more, including the areas of health, youth development and community vitality. He points out efforts at developing a culture of health in Kansas communities, and expanding the 4-H experience to reach an ever-greater number of youth.

December 19, 2018
Commodity Titles in the 2018 Farm Bill

K-State agricultural economists Robin Reid and Mykel Taylor discuss the commodity title changes in the 2018 Farm Bill which awaits final approval, focusing mostly on the "safety net" provisions in the form of the ARC and PLC payments...they highlight the new payment program flexibility that is now built in, and the important changes in how the actual payments are determined.

December 18, 2018
The Cost of Taking a Day Off

Brian Coffey and Terry Griffin talk about their new economic analysis of how taking part or all of a day off from farming activities for religious purposes affects farm income...their work shows that there is a cost to observing the Sabbath, although that has to be weighed against the faith and spiritual value of doing so.

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December 13, 2018
Railroad Crossing Court Case

Washburn University professor of agricultural law Roger McEowen talks about a recent Kansas court ruling on how long trains can reasonably block a rural Kansas railroad crossing, and what can happen when state and local laws are at odds with federal statutes.

December 12, 2018
Making the Move to Organic Production

K-State precision agriculture economist Terry Griffin and graduate researcher Emily Carls talk about the economics of transitioning from conventional crop production to organic production as a means of diversifying farm income. They studied the likelihood of economically succeeding with such a conversion over several years' time and the factors that would influence that.

December 11, 2018
End-of-Year Tax Management

Agricultural economist Craig Althauser of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State talks about strategies for end-of-year tax management, particularly when farm or ranch income has been on the low side in 2018:  he stresses that the decisions should be essentially the opposite of what a producer would choose in years of good income.

December 6, 2018
2018 Farm Bill Issues

Agricultural policy specialist Brad Lubben of the University of Nebraska takes a closer look at the commodity title of the 2018 Farm Bill as it is on the verge of becoming law:  specifically, the modifications the ARC and PLC crop payment programs that will likely be of benefit to producers...he also talks about a change in the acreage cap for the Conservation Reserve Program, allowing for more acres to be enrolled.

December 4, 2018
Health Care Costs

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid discusses a new analysis which looked at the health care costs for farm and ranch families in Kansas...it identified trends in health insurance premiums paid over the past 10 years for various demographics, and the percentage of family living expenses devoted to health care.

November 28, 2018
Online Ag Law Course

Washburn University professor of agricultural law Roger McEowen talks about a special opportunity to take part in K-State's on-line course on agricultural law starting in January....he will be the instructor of this course, which will cover a bevy of law topics relevant to agricultural producers.

November 27, 2018
Farmland Value and Rental Rate Trends

Mykel Taylor shares her latest observations on farmland value and rental rate trends in Kansas, and where those might be headed in 2019...she also comments on making USDA commodity program decisions in anticipation of the new farm bill being finalized soon.

November 21, 2018
Crop Budgets for Producers

Gregg Ibendahl talks about the series of 2019 crop budgets he has worked up for Kansas producers, covering all the prominent crop enterprises...he invites producers to use those budgets in making crop production and management decisions for next year.

November 21, 2018
Farm Stress Help

The director of the Farm Analyst program at K-State, Duane Hund, talks about the financial stress situations that he's encountering as he works with farm families on analyzing their economic status...he explains how farming operations can take advantage of the services this program provides, especially in planning for next year.

November 16, 2018
Mid-Term Election Analysis

Ag policy specialist Brad Lubben of the University of Nebraska comments on the results of the mid-term elections, and if and how that could impact the finalization of the 2018 Farm Bill, and he talks about how the change in power in the House of Representatives might influence other agriculture-related legislation going forward.

November 8, 2018
Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance Program and Whole Farm Revenue Protection

K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer talks about how the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance Program works, with the enrollment deadline for the 2019 growing season coming up soon. He explains how pasture and forage losses are calculated, based on grid rainfall data, and points to an on-line Risk Management Agency tool that helps a producer calculate the potential coverage payout. Also, K-State Research and Extension risk management specialist Art Barnaby discusses the Whole Farm Revenue Protection program, which just might help row crop producers confronted with difficulties at harvest time.

October 31, 2018
Crop Insurance Program

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby looks at the past, present and future of the crop insurance program, and he addresses the recurring question that producers constantly bring up about which insurance option is right for them...he'll be speaking on all of this at the four-state Crop Insurance Workshops co-sponsored by K-State next week.

October 25, 2018
Agricultural Cooperatives

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, talks about the current state of agricultural cooperatives in Kansas, as this is National Cooperative Month...joining us from South Africa, where he is currently studying agricultural cooperative operations there.

October 16, 2018
Crop Insurance Workshops

Art Barnaby talks about the agenda for the four-state series of Crop Insurance Workshops that K-State will be co-sponsoring soon, along with Oklahoma State University, Colorado State University and the University of Nebraska...the information provided at these workshops will be very useful to producers, agricultural lenders and others involved in production agriculture.

October 11, 2018

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