Senator Moran encourages Increasing Kansas Wheat Exports to Brazil

by Sara Miles / March 26, 2019

This is an excerpt from Senator Moran's weekly newsletter, "Kansas Common Sense"    On Tuesday, the administration announced that Brazil will fulfill its decades-old commitment to establish a duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) for wheat, resolving a long-standing trade barrier faced by Kansas farmers when attempting to sell their wheat to Brazilian markets. This action follows a letter I led ...

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Insight: Setting the Stage

by Sara Miles / March 25, 2019

By Kim Baldwin, McPherson County farmer As in life, sometimes things don’t go as planned on the farm. A prime example is when my husband and 6-year-old son recently brought home an orphaned heifer from a family friend’s herd. The calf was just a few hours old when she moved into our barn and started receiving care. It was during one of the bitter-cold weeks when farmers were working around ...

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Cattleman shares his story after Plainville Livestock Commission Bankruptcy

by Sara Miles / March 20, 2019

PLAINVILLE, Kan. -- Area cattle producers went to the Plainville Livestock Commission on February 5th just like any other sale day. What should have been a typical day, turned out to be a nightmare for over 40 producers. Kansas Farm and Ranch Radio was able to speak with Derek Stockman of Kirwin, Kansas. Stockman was one of the producers who sold their cattle at Plainville Livestock Commission....

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3i Show celebrates 65th year this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

by Sara Miles / March 19, 2019

DODGE CITY, Kan. -- The 3i Show is coming back the Dodge City for the 65th annual show. This year, brand new things are going to take place, making it a year you won't want to miss. Kansas Farm and Ranch Radio's Sara Miles spoke with Eddie Estes, President of the Western Kansas Manufacturers Association, about the show and what new things are coming this year. One of the highlights this year...

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Destructive Flooding Continues

by Sara Miles / March 18, 2019

OMAHA (DTN) -- The Missouri River and several of its tributaries are expected to crest Monday or Tuesday as the Army Corps of Engineers dialed back flow releases from a South Dakota dam over the weekend and most of the most threatened areas went without rain. Still, the river bottom flooding continued as thousands of people were evacuated in Nebraska and Iowa over the weekend. The town of Pacific...

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Insight: The Art of Civil Discourse

by Sara Miles / March 18, 2019

ByJackie Mundt, Pratt County farmer and rancher The world today is quick to judge. A lurking mob stands ready to provide a sum judgement of a person’s character and worth based on a small sample of actions or choices. Look at responses to any social media post made by an elected official. Even the most positive statements are used to air a grievance about non-related issues. Opinions, a...

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KLA offers advice to those affected by Plainville Livestock

by Sara Miles / March 15, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (news release) -- KLA has received numerous calls from members who have received insufficient fund checks originating from Plainville Livestock Commission, Inc. KLA staff was able to determine that Almena State Bank has frozen the custodial account of the market and filed an interpleader case in Norton County District Court to determine all proper claims on the account. Members who...

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KDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Opportunity

by Sara Miles / March 13, 2019

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Funds for the program are awarded to the agency by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The funds are in turn granted to projects and organizations that promote the competitiveness of specialty crops. The purpose of the Specialty Cr...

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Ranchers Rule of Thumb Workshop to be held

by Sara Miles / March 12, 2019

GRAINFIELD, Kan. (news release) -- K-State Research and Extension entities in Northwest Kansas are joining forces to offer Rancher Rules of Thumb, a workshop focused on taking a look at the rules of thumb ranchers often use to guide decisions on their operations.  The workshop, developed by the University of Wyoming in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Association, will go through rules c...

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US Trade Policy Flux Hurting Farmers

by Sara Miles / March 5, 2019

By  Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter OMAHA (DTN) -- Backing out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), an ongoing trade battle with China and resulting retaliatory tariffs against the United States are all trade policies that are costing U.S. farmers dearly, according to an updated Purdue University analysis released on Monday....

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