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Weekly Grain Market Outook - Dan O'Brien

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on the price support currently in the markets from dry weather concerns in U.S. crop production regions and in Argentina and Brazil, saying that the winter price lows are probably now in, during his weekly segment on the grain price trends.

February 16, 2018
Crop Insurance Premiums

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby comments on the administration-proposed cuts to the crop insurance program and the ensuing impact on coverage and he talks about why crop insurance premiums on corn and soybeans may be lower this year for farmers in lower-risk counties.

February 14, 2018
Weekly Cattle Market Report - Glynn Tonsor and LMIC

Lee Schulz of Iowa State University remarks on last week's tumble in the stock market, and if that should be of concern to the beef cattle sector. He also suggests that cattle producers might want to consider advance-pricing their feed and forage needs for the coming months right now, given the concerns over dry weather ahead.

February 12, 2018
Farm Bill Forums

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor and University of Nebraska agricultural policy specialist Brad Lubben discuss the early talking points on the 2018 Farm Bill, as they preview a series of Farm Bill Forums to be co-hosted by K-State and UNL in the coming weeks in Kansas and Nebraska.

February 6, 2018
Beef Demand Study

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor summarizes the research findings that he reported at the national cattle producers' conference last week on the determinants of beef demand. This was a beef checkoff-funded study of the factors that are currently influencing demand, and the results revealed that factors other than retail price have a greater impact on consumer beef demand.

February 5, 2018
Cattle Feeding Risk

K-State livestock economist Ted Schroeder and undergraduate researcher Justin Bina talk about their new analysis of live cattle options trading over the past 15 years...their work shows how the volatility patterns in that trading can be used by cattle feeders to estimate the price risk they're undertaking in feeding cattle at any given point.

January 30, 2018
Managing Production Costs

K-State agricultural economist Allen Featherstone looks at Kansas farm profitability trends over the last few years, based on Kansas Farm Management Association numbers, as a harbinger of what that profitability may look like here in 2018...the main difference-maker in that profitability remains a producer's ability to effectively manage costs of production. 

January 22, 2018
Farm Economics Meetings

Robin Reid and Mykel Taylor talk about what they've learned from producers at the series of Farming for the Future sessions that K-State has been hosting...with one more of those set for this Monday in Emporia.

January 17, 2018
Farm Bill Lessons

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor shares the information she and colleagues at K-State have gathered on the performance of the crop "safety net" provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill, and how that may influence the commodity title content of the 2018 Farm Bill:  she looks at the various issues associated with the ARC and PLC payment set-up, and what changes might be considered there. In the second segment, she stresses the importance of preserving the current crop insurance program as a key component of the safety net. 

January 16, 2018
Tax Cut Impacts on Ag Producers and Cooperatives

K-State agricultural economist Brian Briggeman talks about the anticipated impact of the new federal tax cuts on agricultural producers and farmer-owned cooperatives:  he looks at the merits of farm operations converting to C-corporation status under the new provisions, and addresses the emerging issue of how the changes could influence how producers do business with cooperatives and independent agribusinesses. 

January 12, 2018
Cow-Calf Costs

K-State livestock economist Dustin Pendell summarizes a new report he co-authored that analyzed high, medium and low-income cow-calf operations...he talks about the dramatic differences in revenue across operations, and points to the one factor that drives those differences more than anything else, saying that it would be a good starting point for improving cow-calf profitability. 

January 9, 2018
Precision Agriculture Conference

Precision agricultural engineer Ajay Sharda and precision agricultural economist Terry Griffin of K-State look ahead to the 2018 Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference being co-hosted by K-State in two weeks. They'll visit about several of the up-and-coming technologies that will be discussed in full at this conference, encouraging all interested producers to attend.

January 5, 2018
Sustainable Cooperative Growth

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, talks about a new K-State study of what allows agricultural cooperatives to attain a sustainable growth rate...and how cooperative boards and managers can use that information to analyze their cooperatives' economic status and plan for growth.

January 2, 2018
Extension Program Update

The associate director of Extension at K-State, Gregg Hadley, reflects on Extension activities and accomplishments in Kansas over this past year, and he talks about what stakeholders around the state have been telling him at local listening sessions about Extension education objectives in 2018. 

December 21, 2017
K-State College of Agriculture Year in Review

The dean of the College of Agriculture at K-State, John Floros, offers his review of the college's activities and achievements in 2017:  he discusses the areas of research that K-State continues to lead on a national and international level and the great success the college continues to have in career placement of graduates. He also talks about the ability of the Cooperative Extension Service in Kansas to remain viable as Extension in other parts of the country has struggled, and he offers an outlook for the college's opportunities and challenges in 2018. 

December 19, 2017
Farm Financial Workshops

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid talks about a series of workshops coming up early in 2018, at which farm families looking for advice on managing their way through the current economic challenges can work directly with the Farm Analyst program out of K-State...these workshop will feature private, one-on-one appointments with program specialists to work through the possible management alternatives. 

December 13, 2017
Commodity Futures Conference

K-State agricultural economist Ted Schroeder talks about a major, first-of-its-kind conference coming up next spring that will be co-hosted by K-State's Center for Risk Management Education and Research and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission:  it will take place in Overland Park, and will tackle pressing current issues affecting U.S. agriculture futures markets via a number of high-profile presentations and in-depth discussions. 

December 12, 2017
Late-Year Tax Management

The administrators of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Kevin Herbel and Mark Dikeman, offer up several things for producers to think about here at year's end regarding overall farm management planning and tax management...one objective being to take steps to avoid reporting a net operating loss for 2017. 

December 8, 2017

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