Model of beef cattle, transportation industries as critical infrastructures reveals vulnerabilities

by Sara Miles / May 12, 2020

MANHATTAN — An interdisciplinary team of Kansas State University researchers developed a computer simulation that revealed beef supply chain vulnerabilities that need safeguarding — a realistic concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. Caterina Scoglio, professor, and Qihui Yang, doctoral student, both in electrical and computer engineering, recently published "Developing an agent-based model t...

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Apply Now for Kansas FSA COT Positions

by Sara Miles / May 8, 2020

MANAHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking qualified candidates for a unique employment opportunity. Kansas FSA is an exciting and rewarding place to start, build and/or continue your professional career. Support Kansas agriculture and join our team by applying for a position today. Applicants are currently sought for full-time, permanent County Operations Trainees (COT...

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Capital Connection: Congressman Steve Watkins talks CARES Act, COVID-19

by Sara Miles / May 5, 2020

COLBY, Kan. -- The Kansas Farm and Ranch Radio Network Capital Connection Returns with Congressman Steve Watkins (R-KS 2nd District). Farm Director Sara Miles spoke with him about the CARES Act and other relief for Farmers and Ranchers across the Country. Plus, the reopening of meat packing plants. Use the player below to hear the full interview. [audio mp3="https://www.kansasfarmandranchr...

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Kansas Food and Ag Industry Continues to Focus on Essential Functions

by Sara Miles / April 28, 2020

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas Department of Agriculture continues to support the state’s food and agriculture industry as it serves an essential role across the state. With today’s announcement that Governor Laura Kelly has issued a statewide “stay home” order (Executive Order No. 20-16), it is important to emphasize that those food and agriculture businesses must keep a strong focus o...

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KDHE and KDA Recommend Voluntary Reduction in Burning

by Sara Miles / April 24, 2020

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic currently impacting all states, including Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Agriculture strongly encourage all land owners and managers to voluntarily reduce the number of acres that they intend to burn this spring. “With the potential for this pandemic overwhelming the state’s medical...

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Insight: The Work Goes On

by Sara Miles / April 20, 2020

By Glenn Brunkow, Pottawatomie County farmer and rancher “Alone together.” I believe that is the mantra for staying at home and trying to flatten the curve of COVID-19. If we stay separated from others, together we can combat this virus. As a farmer, staying “alone” may be easier than those who live and work in the city. For the most part, our professional liv...

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With USDA Approval, Kansas Moves One Step Closer to Commercial Hemp Program

by Sara Miles / April 16, 2020

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that it has approved the plan submitted in January by the Kansas Department of Agriculture to regulate a Commercial Industrial Hemp Program in Kansas. This approval is a critical formal step in the process to establishing the new commercial hemp program; however, the program will not be active in Kansas until completion of the p...

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Great Bend Farm, Ranch, and Hemp Expo continues virtually

by Sara Miles / April 9, 2020

GREAT BEND, Kan. -- The Great Bend Farm, Ranch, and Hemp Expo is changing things up this year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This year, expo visitors can see everything virtually. Darren Dale, owner of Star Expos told KFRR that exhibitors and presentations can be viewed during show hours at To hear the full interview, use the player below. [audio mp3="https://ww...

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Insight: Staying Afloat

by Sara Miles / March 31, 2020

Noah Ochsner, Kansas Farm Bureau I will never forget the day this “all started” on March 11. Me and some of my fraternity brothers were making our way back to Kansas after spending spring break skiing in Colorado and visiting Utah. We were headed back early because, at that time, it was only a rumor that Kansas State University would be moving instruction to online only. That night we were ...

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USDA and USTR Announce Continued Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement

by Sara Miles / March 24, 2020

(WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced continued progress in the implementation of the agriculture-related provisions of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement. The Agreement entered into force on February 14, 2020, and the recent actions described below build upon the ac...

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