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2018 Farm Bill

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby comments on a couple of proposals in the 2018 farm bill deliberations that have his full attention:  one suggesting a change in how crop acreage base is determined for program payment purposes, the other regarding the elimination of the harvest price option in crop insurance policies.

May 18, 2018
Livestock Forage Disaster Program

K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer goes over the eligibility requirements and the payment structure of the USDA's Livestock Forage Disaster Program, as a large part of Kansas either currently qualifies or is on the path toward qualifying in the coming weeks...he explains how this assistance is linked to the severity and duration of drought, as indicated by the official drought monitor.

May 17, 2018
Kansas Net Farm Income

An extended look at the numbers from the just-released Kansas net farm income report for 2017 from the Kansas Farm Management Association out of K-State:  KFMA executive director Kevin Herbel opens the discussions, reflecting on the statewide farm income issues in general, followed by area economists:  Mark Wood from northwest Kansas, Sandy Myers from southwest Kansas, Bob Kohman from north-central Kansas, Clay Simons from south-central Kansas, Scott Laird from southeast Kansas and Craig Althauser from northeast Kansas.

May 10, 2018
Tax Reform Reverb

K-State agricultural economist Brian Briggeman discusses his new economic analysis of the "Section 199A" issue that resulted from the tax reform bill late last year, and the follow-up congressional action that addressed the problem...he talks about how this is likely to impact grain producers as they do business with their local cooperatives.

May 1, 2018
Agricultural Land Values Update

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks in greater detail about K-State's just-released Kansas agricultural land values report, which covers land value trends in 2017. She says land prices are clearly following the lead of the struggling farm economy, and that the trend will turn around only when farm and ranch incomes show improvement.

April 26, 2018
Harvest or Graze?

Agricultural economist Robin Reid and cropping systems agronomist John Holman of K-State talk about the decision-making tool that they've put together on grazing out wheat...they've developed a budget for comparing the economic returns of taking wheat to grain and leaving cattle out to graze wheat out.

April 23, 2018
Farm Bill

Ag policy specialist Brad Lubben of the University of Nebraska comments on the House Agriculture Committee proposal for the 2018 Farm Bill, which was officially marked up Wednesday. He goes over proposed changes to the commodity and conservation titles, and remarks on the main item of contention that will likely drag the process out: the nutrition title.

April 19, 2018
Futures Conference Wrap-Up

K-State agricultural economists Glynn Tonsor and Mykel Taylor talk about some of the futures market issues that were addressed at a first-of-its-kind agricultural futures conference that took place recently in Overland Park, co-sponsored by K-State and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. They say this conference shined a light on a number of futures trading topics of great interest to the production agriculture sector. 

April 16, 2018
Tariff Concerns

K-State agricultural economist Vincent Amanor-Boadu takes a closer look at the recent "trade interventions", as he calls them, and the impact on U.S. agricultural trade that's already happening, although the tariffs have yet to go into effect...he says that years of successfully building markets for U.S. commodities abroad are being put at risk, in an effort to shore up U.S. products that has been less successful in the world marketplace.

April 13, 2018
Financial Tools For Producers

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about how producers can use two financial ratios to evaluate their economic status:  their return on assets and their return on equity. He has just put together analysis of how those ratios typically compare, which he says is important for producers to know.

April 12, 2018
Diesel Price Trends

Gregg Ibendahl goes over his latest analysis of diesel price trends, and when those prices tend to reach their highs and lows during the calendar year. He also offers his updated forecast on diesel prices for the remainder of 2018. 

April 10, 2018
County Government Fiscal Trends

Rebecca Bishop, in the Office of Local Government, talks about new information on statewide county government fiscal trends in Kansas over the last decade, and on individual county expenditure and revenue trends in 2017. This information can be used by county policy-makers and their constituents in making fiscal decisions going forward. 

April 5, 2018
Agricultural Land Values

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks about agricultural land value trends in Kansas and the updated report on county-by-county land values that she'll be presenting at a special webinar hosted by K-State later this month.

April 3, 2018
Precision Ag "Down Under"

K-State precision agricultural engineer Terry Griffin reflects on his recent assignment in Australia, where he met with leading agricultural producers in the state of Victoria and learned about their adoption of precision agriculture technology and their approaches to data management. He tells of things he picked up that would potentially interest producers here in Kansas.

March 22, 2018
Winter Wheat Predictions

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about a new economic model that he has put together which uses weekly USDA crop condition report information to predict the final yield of the state's winter wheat crop...he'll be updating that prediction as new reports come in this spring. 
 

March 15, 2018
Crop Insurance

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby offers final thoughts on enrolling 2018 summer field crops in crop insurance, stressing that paring back on coverage as a cost-cutting move is not a good idea. He also comments on what producers were saying about the future of the crop insurance program at the series of Farm Bill Forums co-hosted by K-State in recent weeks. 
 

March 15, 2018
Farm Bill Discussions

University of Nebraska agricultural policy specialist Brad Lubben has the latest on the possible adjustments to the commodity and conservation titles in the new farm bill, and what producers are saying about those at the series of Farm Bill Forums being conducted by K-State and U-N-L this week and next.

March 2, 2018
Career Plans for Grain Marketing Graduates

K-State agricultural economist Keith Harris talks about his studies of food production systems in the U.S., and a couple of research projects he's conducting...including one that is evaluating what college students in the field of grain marketing and merchandising are looking for as they embark on their careers.

February 28, 2018

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