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Agricultural Law Update

Professor of agricultural law and taxation Roger McEowen of Washburn University advises agricultural producers about steps they might want to take to protect themselves from any potential legal liabilities from the use of glyphosate herbicide...he proposes this in the wake of another court ruling that went against the company that developed glyphosate, and his concern is that if the current trend in rulings continues, liabilities could eventually stretch all the way back to individual farms.

April 17, 2019
Weekly Cattle Market Report - Glynn Tonsor and LMIC

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor is featured in this week's cattle market segment:  he talks about the increasing significance of the African swine fever outbreak in China for the entire U.S. meat complex, including beef...and he passes along his latest Kansas feedlot profitability forecast for the balance of 2019.

April 15, 2019
Machinery Investment and Farm Profitability

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Gregg Ibendahl report on their latest economic analysis of the top farms economically in Kansas, based on Kansas Farm Management Association data...this time, they looked at how machinery investments affect farm profitability, and the result was just the opposite of what they had expected.

April 12, 2019
Weekly Grain Market Outook - Dan O'Brien

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien provides his weekly look at the grain market trends:  he comments on the latest grain supply-and-demand report from the USDA, and remarks on the markets taking a wait-and-see position on row crop planting progress amid ongoing wet field conditions.

April 12, 2019
Top Economic Performers

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Gregg Ibendhal continue their series on the factors that lead to top-performing farms economically in Kansas, based on Kansas Farm Management Association data:  they've recently analyzed the influence of farm size and debt management on farm profitability, and talk about what they've discovered.

March 27, 2019
New Approach to Groundwater Conservation

K-State agricultural economist Bill Golden covers his new report on the impacts of the Local Enhanced Management Area on irrigation water use and farm profitability in Sheridan County, where the first-ever L-E-M-A was established...his analysis indicates that this approach to groundwater conservation is succeeding at an impressive level, reducing water use while sustaining good economic returns to producers.

March 26, 2019
Farmer Cooperatives

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, talks about the contribution of farmer cooperatives to the Kansas economy...that's the subject a new study conducted by the center which illustrates the economic importance of cooperatives to local and regional economies in the state.

March 18, 2019
Renewable Fuel Standard

K-State agricultural economist Nathan Hendricks talks about how renewable fuels policy has affected agricultural land use decisions in the United States:  his research shows the effect is actually less than previous research on the subject had indicated. It is one part of a just-released study by multiple researchers of how the Renewable Fuel Standard has impacted the environment.

March 15, 2019
Why Successful Farms Succeed

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Gregg Ibendahl talk about their economic analysis which is identifying the most profitable farms in Kansas and the reasons why they excel financially. They are using Kansas Farm Management Association data for this and will be posting a series of weekly reports on their findings this spring.

February 27, 2019
Forecasting Nitrogen Fertilizer Prices

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about his method of forecasting nitrogen fertilizer price trends for the growing season ahead, which he says will take their cues from oil and corn price trends. Producers can use this information when planning nitrogen purchases.

February 26, 2019
Good Landlord-Tenant Relationships

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks about what farmers can do to maintain a mutually-beneficial working relationship with landlords:  she urges producers to treat their landlords as partners in their operations, and to fully inform them of what's being done on their land.

February 19, 2019
Cash Flow Plans

Robin Reid talks about developing a cash flow plan for the farm or ranch for this year...she says it is essential for producers to routinely stay on top of that cash flow as profit margins remain thin, and she talks about making adjustments accordingly

February 15, 2019
Economic State of Kansas Agriculture

The executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association, K-State's Kevin Herbel, offers his assessment of the economic state of production agriculture in Kansas currently, and offers a checklist of what producers can do to improve their financial management in 2019:  setting achievable goals; keeping an organized set of financial records; and managing debt structure. He also details the benefits of conducting an enterprise analysis and projecting the financial returns to each enterprise; using economic benchmarks for a comparative analysis of an operation; and preparing a cash flow for the farm or ranch, as well as looks at the family expenses on a farm, including health care and insurance. 

February 12, 2019
Diesel Fuel Prices

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl offers his latest outlook on diesel fuel prices heading into another production year, and he talks about the seasonality of fuel prices as a guideline for making fuel purchases for fieldwork...he has just released two K-State fact sheets on those topics.

February 11, 2019
New Cash Rents Report Available

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor announces that the new 2019 Kansas County-Level Cash Rents for Non-Irrigated Cropland report has just been released by K-State...it identifies the average cash lease rate for dryland crop ground county-by-county, as a baseline from which farmers and their landlords can negotiate leasing arrangements for this next cropping season.

February 7, 2019
U.S. Agricultural Trade Considerations

K-State agricultural economist Vincent Amanor-Boadu offers his observations on the current state of U.S. agricultural trade internationally, coming off a turbulent year of active trade negotiations and major trade disputes:  he talks about how the U.S. negotiating leverage has changed in recent years, and looks specifically at several pending trade issues, including uncertainties about the ratification of the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

January 30, 2019
Tax Update for Grain Farmers

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, and the associate director of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Mark Dikeman, talk about a late-breaking development that grain farmers and cooperatives should know about...it could have a one-time impact on a farmer's ability to claim a section 199A tax deduction on grain sales.

January 25, 2019
Formulating a Beef Cowherd Lease

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid talks about a newly-updated spreadsheet from K-State that can help interested parties in formulating a beef cow herd lease...she talks about the circumstances under which a lease would be practical, and goes over the variables this tool uses to calculate an equitable leasing arrangement.

January 21, 2019

Newsletters, Podcasts and Blogs

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Cattle Chat - Weekly Podcast from K-State Beef Cattle Institute

Recent episodes:

Episode 51: April 17, 2019 - Questions from Ag Census; Pre-Season Bull Training; Top 6 Things to do for Pre-Season Bull Management; Grass Tetany

Episode 50: April 12, 2019 - Travels of Podcast Team; Top 9 Strengths of the U.S. Industry; AI Synchronization in Heifers; Stage 2 & 3 Labor 

Episode 49: March 28, 2019 - Special Guest Tony Batterham, DVM and Feed yard consultant for Australia; Herd Expansion; Colostrum Management; Top 5 Tips for Managing Colostrum in Beef Herds; Antimicrobial Use in Feed yards; Animal Activism 

 

April 17, 2019
In the Cattle Markets (LMIC) April 8, 2019
Focused on the Grains Blog

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