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Weekly Grain Market Outlook - Dan O'Brien

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien remarks on this past week's grain market trends, as the bullish run in prices stalled out over the last few days...he also goes over his latest longer-term outlook on prices, as shared in a K-State Mini Risk-and-Profit Conference session this week.

January 22, 2021
US Macroeconomy Update

K-State agricultural economist Brian Briggeman talks about the state of the U.S. macroeconomy moving into 2021, and the associated outlook on interest rate trends. He suggests that farmers and ranchers may have an opportunity to capitalize on the expected economic conditions this year, with potential for operational investment and growth.

January 22, 2021
Agricultural Law Update

From the Washburn University School of Law, professor of agricultural law and taxation Roger McEowen names his top 10 agricultural law and taxation developments of 2020, and outlines their importance to agricultural producers and the agriculture industry as a whole:  included on the list are several court rulings on such things as the public trust doctrine, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the dormant commerce clause...also listed is a favorable ruling for farmers on USDA farm records and the Freedom of Information Act.

January 20, 2021
Weekly Cattle Market Report - Glynn Tonsor and LMIC

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University offers his remarks on the cattle market trends:  he shares information that he has put together on how the volume of calves sold at feeder auctions affects the prices paid at those auctions, and he compares sales volumes at auction barns, through direct transactions and via electronic marketing in 2020.

January 19, 2021
Global Grain Market Update

The senior economist with the IGP Institute at K-State, Guy Allen, offers his latest perspectives on the global grain market, following the USDA's monthly world grain supply-and-demand report released this week. He talks about where the U.S. is currently positioned internationally, with the greatest emphasis once again being on China's demand for feedgrains and oilseeds.He also looks at what's happening on the world wheat production and export front, and where the U.S. stands in that market.

January 14, 2021
Helpful ARC/PLC Tradeoff Spreadsheet Updated

K-State agricultural economists, Robin Reid and Rich Llewelyn, announce that the updated version of K-State's ARC/PLC Tradeoff Spreadsheet is now available to crop producers. It provides county-by-county estimates on the likely price support levels from either the USDA Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage program options.

January 12, 2021
Futures Hedging for Livestock Producers

K-State agricultural economist Brian Coffey talks about futures hedging as a livestock risk management tool...he'll be presenting information on using options for that purpose during a special K-State Risk and Profit session online this Wednesday.

January 11, 2021
Your Neighbor's Weed Management

Weed management specialist Sarah Lancaster and precision agriculture economist Terry Griffin talk about their new analysis of how one farmer's weed management approach might affect that of a neighboring farmer, and vice versa...this accounts for herbicide technology adoption, herbicide stewardship and possible compensation for crop damage from off-target product movement, among other variables.

January 5, 2021
New Cropland Lease Tool

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl tells of a brand-new online tool now available to farmers and landlords for comparing various cropland leasing options. It's called the Lease Simulation Tool, which he says greatly simplifies the process while capturing all the variables that go into a good lease agreement decision.

December 17, 2020
Financial Strategies for Kansas Farm Families

The director of the Farm Analyst program at K-State, Duane Hund, talks about some of the financial situations he's encountering as he works with Kansas farm families here at the end of 2020...he reminds about how this program can help family farms develop solutions to their operations' financial challenges.

December 10, 2020
2021 Crop Production Budgets

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl discusses the series of 2021 crop production budgets he has just developed for Kansas producers, for evaluating the likely returns from those crops next year...he goes over what these budget models cover and how growers can best use them.

December 9, 2020
End-of-Year Financial Assessment

The executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association, Kevin Herbel, offers a host of considerations on end-of-year farm financial assessment:  the indicators of financial performance for each farm enterprise that the producer should examine; and the value of knowing one's costs of production in precise terms; how one's income numbers for the year should figure into tax management decisions; and how it all factors into management planning for 2021.

December 3, 2020
Risk Management Insurance For Cattle Producers

K-State agricultural policy specialist Jenny Ifft talks about risk management insurance available to cattle producers through the USDA's Risk Management Agency, citing programs that allow producers to cover their herd production, market price and forage availability risks. She says that some of these insurance options have been refined to have greater appeal to producers.

December 1, 2020
New Project Aims to Stabilize Rural Communities

K-State agricultural economist Vincent Amanor-Boadu tells of a new project supported by a National Science Foundation grant, involving K-State and other universities. Its aim is to help stabilize smaller rural communities by tying together crop production, energy production and water use, via an ammonia generation and utilization process.

November 13, 2020
Profitability Maps for Cropland

K-State precision agricultural economist Terry Griffin talks about developing profitability maps for crop ground...coupling yield monitor and site-specific crop input data with crop price information to precisely identify the areas of the field which are generating profits, and which aren't...he says more producers are finding this to be a beneficial practice.

November 11, 2020
Potential Election Implications

K-State agricultural policy specialist Jenny Ifft offers her insight on the known results of Tuesday's general election to date, and what they mean to the agricultural sector. She says that as the congressional tally appears now, there likely will be very little change in the tone of farm policy building up to the next farm bill, even though there will be changes in House and Senate agricultural leadership.

November 6, 2020
Barry Flinchbaugh - "Kings and Kingmakers"

Barry Flinchbaugh was one of America’s leading experts on agricultural policy for the last few decades. But friends and family alike would probably agree that his greatest joy was teaching. Whether enlightening legislators on Capitol Hill, lecturing to students at Kansas State University, or sharing information with farmers and ranchers at K-State Research and Extension field days and workshops, Barry Flinchbaugh was always ready to share his knowledge with anyone who was interested – and he did it with unmistakable flair. Here, we present audio from one of his most well-known and frequently-referenced presentations, “Kings and Kingmakers.” This was recorded at K-State Research and Extension’s 2017 annual conference, held on the K-State campus. Flinchbaugh died on November 2nd, 2020. He was 78 years old.

November 5, 2020
Remembering Barry Flinchbaugh

A tribute to renowned K-State agricultural policy specialist Barry Flinchbaugh, who unexpectedly passed away yesterday...an overview of his career of outstanding service to agriculture as a much-sought-after advisor on agricultural policy, as a state and national contributor to the development of farm programs, and as a teacher to thousands of students over his 49-year association with Kansas State University.

November 3, 2020

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2)
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Agriculture Today - Grain Markets - September 25, 2020
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September 25, 2020
Agriculture Today - Grain Markets - August 28, 2020
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August 28, 2020
The Global Wheat Market
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August 24, 2020
Agriculture Today - Grain Markets - August 21, 2020
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August 21, 2020
Agriculture Today - Grain Markets - August 14, 2020
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August 14, 2020
Analysis of the IHME COVID-19 Forecasting Model - July 28 Update
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July 31, 2020
Agriculture Today - Grain Markets - July 24, 2020
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July 24, 2020
Analysis of the IHME COVID-19 Forecasting Model - July 21 Update
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July 23, 2020
Agriculture Today - Grain Markets - July 17, 2020
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July 17, 2020
Analysis of the IHME COVID-19 Forecasting Model - July 14 Update
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July 16, 2020
Corn and Grain Supply and Demand Webinar - MEA Region

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July 13, 2020
Analysis of the IHME COVID-19 Forecasting Model - July 7 Update
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July 9, 2020
Agriculture Today - Grain Markets - July 2, 2020
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July 2, 2020
Analysis of the IHME COVID-19 Forecasting Model - June 30 Update
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July 1, 2020
Agriculture Today - Grain Markets - June 26, 2020
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June 26, 2020
Supply and Future Supply Potential in the Americas
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June 25, 2020
Analysis of the IHME COVID-19 Forecasting Model - June 23 Update
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June 23, 2020

Newsletters, Podcasts and Blogs

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

Recent episodes:

Episode 143: January 22, 2021 - Winter lice, growing calf rations, cash marketing of fed cattle, providing minerals

Episode 142: January 15, 2020 - Post-calving breeding, replacement heifers, pointers for new operations, rotational grazing fencing options

January 22, 2021
In the Cattle Markets (LMIC) January 18, 2021
Leveraging Yield Data-Podcast

University of Nebraska-Lincoln FarmBits podcast.

November 5, 2020
Focused on the Grains Blog

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