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 virtualfarmexpo.com. 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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Inisght: Opportunity in the Pause

by Sara Miles / March 23, 2020

Jackie Mundt, Pratt County farmer and rancher “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities We are a n...

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As commodity prices drop, farm analyst urges producers to follow their business plan

by Sara Miles / March 17, 2020

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A Kansas State University farm analyst says his phone has been ringing frequently as the state’s farmers and ranchers flood him with questions about the recent drop in commodity markets. “People are seeing the value of the commodities they’re holding drop – livestock, grains, feed. Everything is pounding them right now,” said Duane Hund, director of the Farm Analys...

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Upcoming KDA Events Postponed, Cancelled

by Sara Miles / March 16, 2020

MANHATTAN, Kan. —   Based on the operational and workplace guidelines for state agencies shared over the weekend, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has made changes to plans for scheduled events through the next few weeks. The following events have either been cancelled or postponed to a later date: Focus on Food Safety training in Topeka, March 16: cancelled Interviews for the Exec...

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