Farming & Ranching

Meadowlark Extension District: Free workshops offered

The Meadowlark Extension District is hosting or co-hosting the following learning opportunities in the coming weeks. Reproduction Revisited Reproduction is the most important factor on a modern dairy farm. Getting…

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Extra caution needed on Kansas roads during harvest

It’s a busy time for farmers in Kansas, with harvest underway, and hay season in full swing. The Kansas Highway Patrol would like to remind motorists to use more caution…

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USDA resumes continuous CRP enrollment

As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications…

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Fields get much needed rains

Much needed rain finally fell last week, in all totaling approximately 2-1/2 inches. This moisture came following an exceedingly long, cold, dry winter and a lack of significant rainfall this…

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USDA partners with Texas A&M to help veterans seeking agriculture loans and careers

Submitted by Kitra Cooper U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service to help military veterans…

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USDA reopens application period for producers recovering from cattle loss, other disasters

Submitted by Kitra Cooper The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and…

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Wheat Variety Plot tour scheduled

Submitted by David Hallauer The annual Meadowlark Extension District Wheat Variety Plot Tour will be hosted once again by plot cooperators Doug and Leonard Edelman at their farm, four miles…

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USDA releases crop progress report

For the week ending May 13, 2018, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 28 percent very short,…

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Ten Kansas counties designated as primary natural disaster areas

Submitted by Rob Larkin County Executive Director The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 10 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused…

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U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Submitted by Rhea Landholm Nearly 50 Kansas farmers, in support of conservation and crop insurance practices in the 2018 farm bill, recently signed and sent a letter to Senator Pat…

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Farmers are reminded to report 2018 Spring-Seeded Crops

Submitted by Rob Larkin County Executive Director The Nemaha County FSA Office is taking appointments for reporting 2018 Spring-Seeded Crops. The deadline for producers to timely report 2018 spring-seeded crops…

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Mini Grazing School to be offered

The Meadowlark Extension District will be conducting a mini grazing school in a series of events throughout the summer of 2018. These “mini” schools will be held in Jackson County…

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FSA makes change to Livestock Indemnity Program

Agricultural producers who have lost livestock to disease, resulting from a weather disaster, have an additional way to become eligible for a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance…

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Kansas farmland values continue to slip

Farmland prices in Kansas continued a slow, steady decline last year and a Kansas State University economist believes the trend will continue this year, saying values are being pulled down…

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Crisis management on the farm: start planning before it happens

Submitted Routine maintenance and safety practices can help prevent spills of hazardous materials like fertilizer, pesticide, oil and fuel. But what kinds of risks do these hazardous materials pose during…

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