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Cash Flow Plans

Robin Reid talks about developing a cash flow plan for the farm or ranch for this year...she says it is essential for producers to routinely stay on top of that cash flow as profit margins remain thin, and she talks about making adjustments accordingly

February 15, 2019
Weekly Grain Market Outook - Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien centers his comments this week on the corn market:  he reflects on the USDA's latest corn supply-and-demand numbers as well as the corn crop prospects in South America, saying that all things considered, corn prices are not likely to rise much higher in 2019.

February 15, 2019
Economic State of Kansas Agriculture

The executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association, K-State's Kevin Herbel, offers his assessment of the economic state of production agriculture in Kansas currently, and offers a checklist of what producers can do to improve their financial management in 2019:  setting achievable goals; keeping an organized set of financial records; and managing debt structure. He also details the benefits of conducting an enterprise analysis and projecting the financial returns to each enterprise; using economic benchmarks for a comparative analysis of an operation; and preparing a cash flow for the farm or ranch, as well as looks at the family expenses on a farm, including health care and insurance. 

February 12, 2019
Diesel Fuel Prices

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl offers his latest outlook on diesel fuel prices heading into another production year, and he talks about the seasonality of fuel prices as a guideline for making fuel purchases for fieldwork...he has just released two K-State fact sheets on those topics.

February 11, 2019
Weekly Cattle Market Report - Glynn Tonsor and LMIC

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's insight on the cattle markets:  in addition to reviewing last week's trading trends, he talks about the current market for bred cows, and about the value of considering a 10-year projection on the cattle markets.

February 11, 2019
New Cash Rents Report Available

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor announces that the new 2019 Kansas County-Level Cash Rents for Non-Irrigated Cropland report has just been released by K-State...it identifies the average cash lease rate for dryland crop ground county-by-county, as a baseline from which farmers and their landlords can negotiate leasing arrangements for this next cropping season.

February 7, 2019
Agricultural Law Update

Professor of agricultural law and taxation Roger McEowen of the Washburn School of Law talks about two new legal developments of interest to agricultural producers:  one is a court ruling on a liability insurance coverage case involving a "hobby" farm, and the other is a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a long-standing case on taxation of a living trust.

February 6, 2019
U.S. Agricultural Trade Considerations

K-State agricultural economist Vincent Amanor-Boadu offers his observations on the current state of U.S. agricultural trade internationally, coming off a turbulent year of active trade negotiations and major trade disputes:  he talks about how the U.S. negotiating leverage has changed in recent years, and looks specifically at several pending trade issues, including uncertainties about the ratification of the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

January 30, 2019
Tax Update for Grain Farmers

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, and the associate director of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Mark Dikeman, talk about a late-breaking development that grain farmers and cooperatives should know about...it could have a one-time impact on a farmer's ability to claim a section 199A tax deduction on grain sales.

January 25, 2019
Formulating a Beef Cowherd Lease

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid talks about a newly-updated spreadsheet from K-State that can help interested parties in formulating a beef cow herd lease...she talks about the circumstances under which a lease would be practical, and goes over the variables this tool uses to calculate an equitable leasing arrangement.

January 21, 2019
Risk Management in the 2018 Farm Bill and Art Barnaby Looks Back

K-State agricultural economist Art Barnaby reports on K-State's preliminary evaluation of the price-support and risk-management features of the new farm bill:  he looks at making the choice between the ARC and PLC program options, and talks about subtle changes to the crop insurance program. There is also discussion with Art, who reflects on what he considers the most significant developments in federal farm "safety net" provisions and crop insurance over his 39-year career at K-State, as he is retiring at the end of this month.

January 15, 2019
2018 Ag Law Review

An extended visit with Washburn University professor of agricultural law and taxation Roger McEowen, as he goes over his top 10 agricultural law developments of 2018. Among the issues he discusses are multiple court actions revolving around the Waters of the United States rule, a court decision on habitat preservation for endangered wildlife species, litigation concerning air emission reporting for livestock operations, and the creation of the section 199A tax deduction for agricultural producers.

January 9, 2019
Benefits of Genetically Engineered Corn

K-State agricultural economist Jesse Tack talks about his latest study of the adoption of genetically-modified corn over the last three decades, and how that technology has helped producers contend with changes in climatic patterns over that time...his work says that genetically-engineered corn has contributed favorably toward that end.

January 8, 2019
2018 Highlights in the K-State College of Agriculture

The interim dean of the College of Agriculture at K-State, Ernie Minton, takes a look back at some of the major agricultural research and education accomplishments by the college in 2018:  he highlights the successes of the Feed the Future Innovation Laboratories on the campus, and the efforts to extend the education opportunities beyond the campus in areas such as agribusiness and food science. 

December 20, 2018
A Look Back

The director of Extension at K-State, Gregg Hadley, talks about the highlights in Extension programs and activities over the past year in the areas of agriculture, water resources, farm financial mediation, irrigation technology advances, and more, including the areas of health, youth development and community vitality. He points out efforts at developing a culture of health in Kansas communities, and expanding the 4-H experience to reach an ever-greater number of youth.

December 19, 2018
Commodity Titles in the 2018 Farm Bill

K-State agricultural economists Robin Reid and Mykel Taylor discuss the commodity title changes in the 2018 Farm Bill which awaits final approval, focusing mostly on the "safety net" provisions in the form of the ARC and PLC payments...they highlight the new payment program flexibility that is now built in, and the important changes in how the actual payments are determined.

December 18, 2018
The Cost of Taking a Day Off

Brian Coffey and Terry Griffin talk about their new economic analysis of how taking part or all of a day off from farming activities for religious purposes affects farm income...their work shows that there is a cost to observing the Sabbath, although that has to be weighed against the faith and spiritual value of doing so.

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December 13, 2018
Railroad Crossing Court Case

Washburn University professor of agricultural law Roger McEowen talks about a recent Kansas court ruling on how long trains can reasonably block a rural Kansas railroad crossing, and what can happen when state and local laws are at odds with federal statutes.

December 12, 2018

Newsletters, Podcasts and Blogs

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In the Cattle Markets (LMIC) February 11, 2019
Cattle Chat - Weekly Podcast from K-State Beef Cattle Institute

Recent episodes:

Episode 41: February 11, 2019 - Special Guest Dr.Justin Smith, Animal Health Commissioner; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Meeting; What is the Minimum Temperature Cattle can Handle; Top 6 Technology Changes Impacting Animal Health; BCI Beef Tip – Don’t be Afraid of New Business Opportunities 

Episode 40: January 31, 2019 - Super Bowl Trivia; Listener Question – Income to Debt Ratio for Veterinarians; Variability in Cow-Calf Returns; BCI Cattle Chat Checklist – What Are Tasks We Can Do in Winter to Make 2019 Successful; Are my Cows Ready for Calving; In The News; BCI Beef Tip

Episode 39: January 25, 2019 - Special Guest Chuck Dodd, Director of Outreach for K-State College of Veterinary Medicine; Interacting with Veterinarians in the Field; Recruitment of New Vet Students; Top 5 Tips for Students Applying to Vet School; What is the Demand for Veterinarians; What is in the News; BCI Beef Tip – Keep a Lookout for Lameness in Cattle 

February 11, 2019
Focused on the Grains Blog

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