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Wheat Scoop

The Wheat Scoop is a weekly news feature from the Kansas Wheat Commission, informing wheat farmers, the grain industry and the public about the marketing and utilization of Kansas wheat. Hosted by Marsha Boswell, the features cover a wide range of topics, from breeding new wheat varieties to domestic and international utilization, as well as new uses, nutrition and trends in domestic and international wheat foods and wheat flour consumption.  Each edition is approximately 4-minutes in length.

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03-23-18WHEAT RESEARCH FUNDING– Recently, a group of wheat producers, leading wheat scientists and others involved in the wheat industry traveled to Washington, D.C.  While meeting with lawmakers, they stated the case for enhanced federal funding for wheat-based research. Marsha Boswell has more. WS 03-23 
03-16-18WHEAT RESEARCH FACILITY– The expansion of the research facilities at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center was recently dedicated. The addition will enhance wheat genetics research capabilities at the center, located on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. Marsha Boswell discusses the possibilities.WS 03-16
03-09-18REJOINING THE T-P-P– The countries that make up the Trans-Pacific Partnership have moved forward with that trade accord without the participation of the United States.  As that pact is about to be signed, wheat industry leaders are strongly urging U.S. trade officials to rejoin the T-P-P.  Marsha Boswell explains why.                                 WS 03-09
03-02-18WHEAT GENE EDITING– Utilizing a specific gene-editing process, researchers at Kansas State University have found an important pathway to more rapid improvement of wheat variety traits.  Marsha Boswell has the full story. WS 03-02
02-16-18FARM FINANCIAL STRESS– The tight economic margins in production agriculture are putting mental and emotional stress on many producers.  In times like these, Marsha Boswell says an advisory service out of Kansas State University becomes even more valuable. WS 02-16
02-09-18NEW WHEAT VARIETY– Wheat growers in the central plains will soon have another wheat variety to consider for planting. And, as Jordan Hildebrand reports, it bears the name of a leading statesmen from Kansas.WS 02-09
02-02-18PROMINENT TRADE ISSUES– The agricultural sector has been keenly attuned to international trade deliberations for several months running.  And trade was definitely the lead theme at the recent Kansas Commodity Classic which took place in Manhattan.  Marsha Boswell has a recap.WS 02-02
01-26-18WHEAT FOODS AND FITNESS– While personal fitness advisers and trainers know a lot about getting in shape, they may know very little about how nutrition factors in.  The Wheat Foods Council is acting to fill that informational void, emphasizing that wheat-based foods are very much part of physical fitness. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 01-26 
01-19-18KANSAS WHEAT SCHOLARSHIP– Applications are now being taken for a special scholarship from Kansas Wheat for a young person who wishes to further their education in the field of agriculture.  This scholarship was established in honor of one of the pioneer leaders in the Kansas wheat industry. Marsha Boswell has the details. WS 01-19
01-12-18KANSAS COMMODITY CLASSIC– Discussions over the makeup of the 2018 Farm Bill have already begun. Kansas farmers can hear about the latest developments in that arena, and much more, at the 2018 Kansas Commodity Classic scheduled for the last Friday of this month. Marsha Boswell provides a preview.WS 01-12
01-05-18EXPANDED WHEAT RESEARCH– The Kansas Wheat Innovation Center, located on the Kansas State University campus, has just expanded its capacity for facilitating cutting-edge wheat-based research. This will allow scientists to make even greater progress on the wheat production challenges of the present…and future. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 01-05
12-22-17SPEAK FOR WHEAT– A new team of spokespersons for the Kansas wheat industry recently went through an extensive training session, learning about the nutritional aspects of wheat-based foods, and about aspects of wheat production as well.  Marsha Boswell has a recap.WS 12-22 
12-15-17NAFTA AND AG– As the prospect of the U.S. withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement lingers, the value of N-A-F-T-A to the agricultural sector is coming into full focus.  And agricultural interests, including the wheat industry, are working to drum that message home. Marsha Boswell has more.                    WS 12-15
12-08-17SUPPORTING WHEAT RESEARCH– As the calendar year closes out, many folks see an advantage in making donations to non-profit entities.  One option that appeals to those interested in wheat production is a contribution to the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation. Jordan Hildebrand talks about all the possibilities associated with that on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.WS 12-08
12-01-17WHEAT FOOD EDUCATION– Over this past year, the Wheat Foods Council has ramped up its efforts to inform food and nutrition “influencers” of the role of wheat-based foods in a healthful diet.  It appears that the message is resonating in a positive way, according to Marsha Boswell.WS 12-01 
11-24-17EAT WHEAT CAMPAIGN– The wheat industry has just launched a comprehensive campaign to inform the consumer public about the realities of modern-day wheat production and wheat-based foods.  The hope is that wheat producers themselves will join in, and use this platform to help spread the word.  Marsha Boswell explains.WS 11-24 
11-17-17WOMEN MANAGING THE FARM– The agenda has been set for the 2018 Women Managing the Farm Conference.  It is scheduled for mid-February in Manhattan, Kansas. Marsha Boswell provides a preview.WS 11-17 
11-10-17STANCE ON NAFTA– The future of the North American Free Trade Agreement remains uncertain, as trade negotiators address a variety of issues. Wheat producers are among the chorus of voices calling for no harm to come to agricultural trade with Canada and Mexico. Marsha Boswell reports.WS 11-10 
11-03-17LINING UP RESEARCH – Kansas wheat farmers invest in important wheat-related research each year, via their wheat levy funds administered by the Kansas Wheat Commission. Marsha Boswell reports the commission will soon be taking applications from researchers to fund their wheat improvement and utilization projects.WS 11-03
10-27-17DRONES AND WHEAT RESEARCH– Wheat improvement efforts by Kansas State University span far beyond Kansas’ borders.  K-State researchers continue to seek advanced wheat genetics abroad, and are employing aerial technology in the process.  Jordan Hildebrand has more.                                   WS 10-27
10-20-17FOOD AID ENDORSEMENT– Representatives of the wheat industry were swift to respond to recent opinions being expressed in Washington, D.C. that cast a shadow on in-kind food aid programs.  Their message was that such programs are very much in the interest of wheat producers nationwide.  Jordan Hildebrand has more.WS 10-20
10-13-17WEIGHING IN ON TRADE– With the North America Free Trade Agreement currently under renegotiation, and other trade deals potentially in line for the same, wheat industry leaders are again urging U.S. trade representatives to refrain from harming agricultural trade interests. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 10-13
10-06-17CROP INSURANCE TESTIMONY– A wheat industry leader from northwest Kansas has offered his response to proposals put forth at a recent farm policy summit that he says would be greatly detrimental to Kansas wheat farmers and crop producers in general. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 10-06
09-29-17CHINA TRADE STANCE– The U.S. has recently taken a strong stand on trade issues with China.  And national wheat leaders are applauding that, saying that U.S. wheat growers deserve fair and improved access to the Chinese market. Jordan Hildebrand has more.   WS 09-29
09-22-17WHEAT MARKET PROMOTION– A move is afoot in Congress to fortify federal support for international agriculture marketing programs…initiatives that have proven greatly beneficial to the wheat industry.  Marsha Boswell has the story on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.WS 09-22
09-15-17KANSAS WHEAT QUALITY WINNER– Careful management practices not only produce high yielding, high quality wheat, they also can make you the winning entry in the Kansas Wheat Yield Contest’s Quality Initiative competition. Jordan Hildebrand has more.WS 09-15
09-08-17WHEAT AT THE FAIR– The 2017 Kansas State Fair is underway in Hutchinson.  And once again, Kansas wheat production will be prominently displayed at several venues across the fairgrounds.  Marsha Boswell has more. WS 09-08
09-01-17HONORING SENATOR DOLE– A move is afoot in Congress to establish a permanent recognition of one of Kansas’ leading statesman, Senator Bob Dole.  Among his many accomplishments has been support for a prominent international food aid program. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 09-01
08-25-17WHEAT CONTEST WINNERS– Three individuals have just been named the winners of the 2017 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest.  Marsha Boswell talks about their achievement.WS 08-25
08-18-17WHEAT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER– A highly-accomplished student from northwest Kansas who has developed a passion for agriculture in recent years has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Kansas wheat industry. Marsha Boswell has her story. WS 08-18
08-11-17WHEAT VIRUS CAMPAIGN– At a recent informational seminar for wheat producers, one topic dominated a great deal of the discussion: how to contend with the wheat streak mosaic disease problem which ravaged wheat fields in the western half of Kansas this year. Marsha Boswell reports.WS 08-11
08-04-17VOLUNTEER WHEAT CONTROL– The “Stop the Streak” campaign is very much underway in Kansas.  The aim is to encourage wheat growers to control their volunteer wheat ahead of planting this fall, in a concerted effort to reduce the potential for wheat streak mosaic disease in the 2018 crop. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 08-04