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Upcoming Events

K-State Ranching Summit
Ranch owner and managers will learn more about addressing the challenges of ranching in a changing business climate. Oct. 7 in Manhattan.

Kansas Rural Center Grazing Conference Call
These informal conversations will cover many aspects of grazing management. Calls take place the second Monday (Oct. 10) of every month.

Ranching for Profit Workshop
Oct. 11 in Phillipsburg and Oct. 12 in Colby.

Fall Forestry Field Day
Oct. 13 in Towanda.

3i Show
Visit the KAMS booth at this year's 3i Show in Dodge City, Oct. 13-15.

Agribusiness Development Workshop
Oct. 14 during the 3i Show in Dodge City.

Equipment Maintenance
Oct. 17 in Kansas City.

Winning at Weaning
Help this year's calves make the most of their weaning experience at this dinner and educational program planned for Oct. 18 in Salina.

Kansas Income Tax Institute
Various dates and locations Oct. through Dec.

Slow Money Northeast Kansas
Join this monthly dinner and workshop on developing and managing a business. Oct. 24 in Lawrence.

News Impacting Kansas Agriculture

Feeding newly-weaned calves
GARDEN CITY, Kansas, Oct. 6, 2016– As spring beef calves are beginning to be weaned, it is the producer’s responsibility to help make that transition as smooth as possible. Improper weaning can result in poor growth, which may stay with the animal through its life, according to Kansas State University animal scientist Justin Waggoner. Read more...

USDA issues safety-net payments to farmers in response to 2015 market downturn
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning today, many of the 1.7 million farms that enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year. Read more...

Honey BeeFree honeybee workshops to be offered in southeast Kansas
COLUMBUS, Kansas, Oct. 4, 2016 - Enthusiasm for beekeeping has expanded throughout southeast Kansas. For beginning and veteran beekeepers alike, K-State Research and Extension will host two workshops featuring bee expert Sharon Dobesh, associate director of the Great Plains Diagnostic Network based at Kansas State University. Read more...

Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program announces advisory board
MANHATTAN, Kansas, Oct. 4, 2016 - The Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program, a partnership of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, United Sorghum Checkoff Program and Kansas State University, has named its first advisory board. The CSIP was formed in early 2016 to increase demand, yield and value for the domestic sorghum industry. Read more...

USDA announces support for rural cooperative businesses and organizations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is awarding 29 grants totaling $5.8 million to help rural cooperatives create jobs and support business expansion. The funds are being provided through the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program, which helps fund non-profit groups, such as rural cooperative development centers and higher education institutions. Read more...

USDA report shows growing biobased products industry contributes $393 billion and 4.2 million jobs to American economy
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2016 - A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that in 2014, the biobased products industry contributed $393 billion and 4.2 million jobs to America's recovering economy. The report also indicates that the sector grew from 2013 to 2014, creating or supporting an additional 220,000 jobs and $24 billion over that period. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, who has identified the biobased economy as one of the four pillars that support our country's rural economy, released the report at a luncheon today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Read more...

Angus CalvesWinning at Weaning program is set for Oct. 18
MINNEAPOLIS, Kansas, Sept. 28, 2016 - This year’s calf crops survived chilly winter mornings. They have grazed the lush spring growth and dodged thunderstorms. All summer they have grown strong on forages and milk. Soon it will be time to separate the calves and cows in the fall tradition we call weaning. This year don’t just wean, focus on winning at weaning, said Anthony Ruiz, a K-State Research and Extension agent focused on livestock production. Read more...

Agribusiness development workshop
DODGE CITY, Kansas, Sept. 28, 2016 — The Kansas Department of Agriculture will host an Agribusiness Development Workshop during the 3i SHOW on Friday, Oct. 14, at 9:30 a.m. in the Western State Bank Expo Arena. This workshop will provide Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses with resources as well as current business development and organizational contacts to assist with startups or expansions. Read more...

USDA commits $56 million for local and community food projects, organic research
NEW YORK, New York, Sept. 28, 2016 - At the New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $56 million in grants to strengthen local and regional food systems, support farmers markets, and fund organic research. Since 2009, USDA has invested over $1 billion in more than 40,000 local food businesses and infrastructure projects. Read more...

Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in Atchison County
MANHATTAN, Kansas, Sept. 28, 2016 - On Sept. 19, 2016, an adult EAB was removed from a purple prism trap by a USDA contractor near the community of Cummings in Atchison County. Regulatory officials with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA-APHIS-PPQ) confirmed the presence of EAB on Sept. 23, 2016. Read more...

Mountain lion predation and livestock
MANHATTAN, Kansas, Sept. 26, 2016 – Mountain lions, or cougars as they are also known, have long been associated with regions other than the Plains, but mountain lions are expanding their territory into the area. According to a new study conducted in North Dakota and South Dakota however, livestock in the Great Plains may be relatively safe from the big cats. Read more...

Conservation Tree SeedlingsKansas Forest Service seedlings available now
MANHATTAN, Kansas, Sept. 26, 2016 – This fall, the Conservation Tree Planting Program of the Kansas Forest Service is offering containerized seedling trees for sale through Oct. 14. Fall is a great time to plant seedlings, as it allows the trees to get established before winter. Seedlings will then have the advantage of growing early during optimum growing conditions in the spring. Read more...