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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Cattlemen’s Connection planned for Monday, February 17

by Sara Miles / February 13, 2020

OAKLEY, Kan -- Beef producers from around western Kansas will be traveling to Oakley this Monday evening for the first ever Cattlemen's Connection. This conference will host a variety of speakers and topics for those involved directly and indirectly with the cattle industry. Use the player below to hear the full interview with one of the conference organizers, Kyle Hemmert. [audio mp3="https...

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USDA Announces Disaster Declaration for Rawlins and surrounding County

by Sara Miles / February 12, 2020

SALINA – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced a Secretarial Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Rawlins and surrounding counties. “Farmers and ranchers are always at the mercy of Mother Nature,” said U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. “It is important that we provide them with the resources necessary for rebuilding and overcoming the damage done b...

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Young farmers and ranchers attend statewide leadership conference

by Sara Miles / February 10, 2020

MANHATTAN - Farmers and ranchers from across Kansas gathered in Manhattan Feb. 7-9 for the annual Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) leaders conference. More than 575 attended the three-day Kansas Farm Bureau conference designed to maximize efficiency on family farming operations. The conference provided young ag producers between the ages of 18-35 with agricultural education, motivational s...

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KDA to Host Regional Agribusiness Development Workshops in March

by Sara Miles / February 7, 2020

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas Department of Agriculture will host four Regional Agribusiness Development Workshops in March 2020 to provide Kansas rural communities with resources and current business development and organizational contacts to assist with recruiting, retaining, and growing ag businesses in their communities. Workshops will be held in the following locations: ...

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Kansas PRIDE is celebrating 50 years of helping improve the state’s communities

by Sara Miles / February 6, 2020

MANHATTAN, Kan. - What was going on in Kansas in 1970? A new program called Kansas PRIDE was created to increase community vitality across the state. The program provides recognition, funding and leadership development for Kansas community volunteer improvement groups to celebrate their successes and address challenges unique to their community. As the Kansas PRIDE Program enters its 50th year, i...

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