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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Moser chosen to lead academic programs for College of Agriculture

by Sara Miles / March 16, 2020

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Dan Moser has been selected as the associate dean for academic programs for Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture. His first day in office will be April 6. Since 2014, Moser has served as the president of Angus Genetics, Inc., and the director of performance programs for the American Angus Association. There, he oversaw a 300% increase in genomic testing while l...

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March BQA Trainings Cancelled

by Sara Miles / March 16, 2020

 Due to the unfolding Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease outbreak, Kansas State University Extension is strongly encouraging cancellation or postponement of all in-person outreach across the state until March 30. As a result, the upcoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) trainings schedule for March 19 in South Hutchinson and March 24 in Fort Scott will be postponed. These trainings will likely be resche...

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3i Show in Dodge City cancelled

by Sara Miles / March 13, 2020

After careful consideration, including regular communication with exhibitors, officials and attendees regarding COVID-19, Western Kansas Manufacturers Association haw made the decision to cancel the 3i SHOW this year. The point of the 3i SHOW is to provide a safe environment for exhibitors and attendees to interact. 3i SHOW staff want the best for our exhibitors and attendees and that me...

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Insight: Make It Count

by Sara Miles / March 9, 2020

Greg Doering, Kansas Farm Bureau In the coming days your household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 census. It’s part of a constitutional mandate for the federal government to count every man, woman and child living in the United States. This has happened every decade since the initial census in 1790, shortly after the founding of our new nation. While the Constitution...

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Kansas farmer recognized by Soil Health Partnership

by Sara Miles / February 27, 2020

(SAN ANTONIO) - Five dedicated leaders in soil health received the Soil Health Partnership’s (SHP) “Seeds of Change” awards at the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. These awards highlight those participants in SHP who go above and beyond to promote soil health throughout the year. “The Soil Health Partnership’s farmers are at the core of our work. Without their commitment ...

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Insight: Young at Heart

by Sara Miles / February 17, 2020

Glenn Brunkow, Pottawatomie County farmer and rancher This past week I was lucky enough to be allowed to attend the Young Farmers and Ranchers Leaders Conference in Manhattan. I say lucky enough because I have come to grips with the realization that I am no longer a young farmer or rancher. I guess it is the gray in my beard or maybe the fact that I have children who attend the conference on th...

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