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Agricultural Law Update

Agricultural law professor at Washburn University Roger McEowen discusses two recent court cases regarding beneficiaries named in wills. The first case originated in Iowa with implications for Kansas, and the second originated in Kansas – and they both demonstrate the importance of language when making a will.

January 22, 2020
Weekly Cattle Market Report - Glynn Tonsor and LMIC

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University is featured on this week's cattle market segment: he offers his latest thinking on what the just-signed trade deal with China means for U.S. beef exports to that country, and he previews both the USDA cattle-on-feed and cattle inventory reports which will come out within the next two weeks.

January 21, 2020
Weekly Grain Market Outlook - Dan O'Brien

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien offers his weekly comments on the grain market trends...this week, centering on two topics: the market interpretation of last week's USDA "final" report on 2019 row crop production and winter wheat seedings; and the signing of the U.S.-China phase one trade agreement...whether yesterday's negative futures market reaction was excessive.

January 17, 2020
Farm Program Choices

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid and Rich Llewelyn advise crop producers to start finalizing their decisions on which USDA farm program option they'll enroll in for 2019 and 2020 production, choosing either the Agricultural Risk Coverage or the Price Loss Coverage option. They remind about the helpful information at K-State's agmanager.info web site that producers can benefit from as they decide.

January 17, 2020
Net Farm Income Trends

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl discusses another economic analysis he put together, this time comparing Kansas net farm income trends over the last 10 years, from the "good years" early in the decade to the "bad years" later on. He says the numbers resemble the years preceding the farm economy crisis of the 1980s.

January 15, 2020
Farm Debt in Kansas

Gregg Ibendahl talks about his new analysis of the farm debt situation, using Kansas Farm Management Association data to identify trends in the extent of debt incurred by farmers currently...the findings tell him that producers need to be evaluating their debt status very carefully right now.

January 7, 2020
Dean Minton Looks Ahead

The dean of the College of Agriculture at K-State, Ernie Minton, talks about the college's leading initiatives heading into 2020, particularly in agricultural research and teaching facility improvement on the campus and in agricultural student recruitment.

December 20, 2019
Farm Financial Skills for Women

Agricultural economist Robin Reid and farm analyst LaVell Winsor of K-State provide another reminder about the Farm Financial Skills for Women in Agriculture workshops coming up in January and February...a series of programs to be presented locally at 32 sites around the state, with the registration deadline coming up soon.

December 19, 2019
K-State Research and Extension: Looking Back at 2019 and Ahead to 2020

The director for Extension at K-State, Gregg Hadley, reflects on the achievements of the Cooperative Extension Service in Kansas this past year, and looks forward to Extension's game plan for 2020: he talks about the emphasis on programs dealing with rural stress, a priority that will carry over into the new year, as well as other 2020 initiatives in the areas of succession planning and local food systems.

December 17, 2019
Trends in Farm Management Research

K-State agricultural economist Terry Griffin talks about a different kind of analysis he has just finished up:  he tallied articles from a highly-respected journal to identify trends in farm management research, which indicated to him where such research might best be directed going forward.

December 13, 2019
Economic Impacts of Cattle Traceability

K-State livestock economist Dustin Pendell and graduate researcher Hannah Shear go over their just-released analysis of the economics associated with a cattle traceability system featuring individual animal identification. They look at which sector of the beef cattle industry would bear the largest share of traceability costs, as well as the potential economic payoffs of having a traceability system in place.

December 9, 2019
Year-End Farm and Ranch Management

The executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Kevin Herbel, discusses a number of end-of-year farm and ranch management topics: conducting a thorough evaluation of where the operation stands financially at year's end, and setting goals for 2020, ways of identifying the operation's financial position and creating a cash flow projection for the months ahead, and using financial benchmarking and other tools. He says that this should go beyond the normal end-of-year tax management.

December 3, 2019
Propane Market Issues

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about his new analysis of the propane market issues that have arisen in the central plains and Midwest this fall, prompted in good part, he says, by localized surges in propane demand because of the late corn harvest...he looks at the ensuing hike in propane prices, and when those prices might settle back down going into winter.

November 27, 2019
Flex Lease For Crop Producers

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks about the "flex lease" approach to renting crop ground, which is drawing more attention from producers...she explains how a flex lease works, saying that it offers an alternate way of distributing crop production risk between tenant and landlord.

November 21, 2019
Kansas Agricultural Mediation Service

The staff attorney with Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services at K-State, Forrest Buhler, talks about the expanded range of service that program can now provide to producers who are contending with financial challenges...he offers input on what producers in that situation should think about as lending notes come due after harvest.

November 21, 2019
Precision Agriculture Recap

Terry Griffin offers his take on what's up and coming in the field of precision farming technology, with autonomous and robotic field work systems leading the way. He also talks about the economics of investing in precision technology, and tells of several opportunities for producers to learn more about precision systems that would fit their operations, including the annual precision technology conference to be hosted by the Kansas Agricultural Research and Technology Association.

November 14, 2019
Crop Production Budgets

Gregg Ibendahl discusses the update of K-State’s crop production budgets for producers to use in planning for the 2020 cropping year.

November 13, 2019
Financial Workshops for Women in Agriculture

From the Department of Agricultural Economics at K-State, Robin Reid and LaVell Windsor talk about a new series of K-State financial workshops for women in agriculture that will be taking place at 31 sites around the state in early 2020...they'll go over what this first-of-its-kind series will cover, encouraging potential participants to register for the session closest to them as soon as possible.

November 8, 2019

Newsletters, Podcasts and Blogs

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In the Cattle Markets (LMIC) January 21, 2020
Cattle Chat - Weekly Podcast from K-State Beef Cattle Institute

Recent episodes:

Episode 90: January 17, 2020 - Mud Control, Listener Question, Colostrum Management, Top Tips for Managing Colostrum, Recruitment & Retention, Electronic ID Tags

Episode 89: January 10, 2020 - Year End Review, Purchasing Heifer Bulls, Top Criteria for Selecting Heifer Bulls, Listener Question, Upcoming Events

Episode 88: January 3, 2020 - Mock Trace Event, KFMA Research, Recording Keeping in the New Year, Top Areas to Keep Records in the New Year, Listener Question, Hay Feeding Influence on Calving

 

January 17, 2020
Focused on the Grains Blog

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