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Making the Move to Organic Production

K-State precision agriculture economist Terry Griffin and graduate researcher Emily Carls talk about the economics of transitioning from conventional crop production to organic production as a means of diversifying farm income. They studied the likelihood of economically succeeding with such a conversion over several years' time and the factors that would influence that.

December 11, 2018
End-of-Year Tax Management

Agricultural economist Craig Althauser of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State talks about strategies for end-of-year tax management, particularly when farm or ranch income has been on the low side in 2018:  he stresses that the decisions should be essentially the opposite of what a producer would choose in years of good income.

December 6, 2018
2018 Farm Bill Issues

Agricultural policy specialist Brad Lubben of the University of Nebraska takes a closer look at the commodity title of the 2018 Farm Bill as it is on the verge of becoming law:  specifically, the modifications the ARC and PLC crop payment programs that will likely be of benefit to producers...he also talks about a change in the acreage cap for the Conservation Reserve Program, allowing for more acres to be enrolled.

December 4, 2018
Health Care Costs

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid discusses a new analysis which looked at the health care costs for farm and ranch families in Kansas...it identified trends in health insurance premiums paid over the past 10 years for various demographics, and the percentage of family living expenses devoted to health care.

November 28, 2018
Online Ag Law Course

Washburn University professor of agricultural law Roger McEowen talks about a special opportunity to take part in K-State's on-line course on agricultural law starting in January....he will be the instructor of this course, which will cover a bevy of law topics relevant to agricultural producers.

November 27, 2018
Farmland Value and Rental Rate Trends

Mykel Taylor shares her latest observations on farmland value and rental rate trends in Kansas, and where those might be headed in 2019...she also comments on making USDA commodity program decisions in anticipation of the new farm bill being finalized soon.

November 21, 2018
Crop Budgets for Producers

Gregg Ibendahl talks about the series of 2019 crop budgets he has worked up for Kansas producers, covering all the prominent crop enterprises...he invites producers to use those budgets in making crop production and management decisions for next year.

November 21, 2018
Farm Stress Help

The director of the Farm Analyst program at K-State, Duane Hund, talks about the financial stress situations that he's encountering as he works with farm families on analyzing their economic status...he explains how farming operations can take advantage of the services this program provides, especially in planning for next year.

November 16, 2018
Mid-Term Election Analysis

Ag policy specialist Brad Lubben of the University of Nebraska comments on the results of the mid-term elections, and if and how that could impact the finalization of the 2018 Farm Bill, and he talks about how the change in power in the House of Representatives might influence other agriculture-related legislation going forward.

November 8, 2018
Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance Program and Whole Farm Revenue Protection

K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer talks about how the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance Program works, with the enrollment deadline for the 2019 growing season coming up soon. He explains how pasture and forage losses are calculated, based on grid rainfall data, and points to an on-line Risk Management Agency tool that helps a producer calculate the potential coverage payout. Also, K-State Research and Extension risk management specialist Art Barnaby discusses the Whole Farm Revenue Protection program, which just might help row crop producers confronted with difficulties at harvest time.

October 31, 2018
Crop Insurance Program

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby looks at the past, present and future of the crop insurance program, and he addresses the recurring question that producers constantly bring up about which insurance option is right for them...he'll be speaking on all of this at the four-state Crop Insurance Workshops co-sponsored by K-State next week.

October 25, 2018
Agricultural Cooperatives

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, talks about the current state of agricultural cooperatives in Kansas, as this is National Cooperative Month...joining us from South Africa, where he is currently studying agricultural cooperative operations there.

October 16, 2018
Crop Insurance Workshops

Art Barnaby talks about the agenda for the four-state series of Crop Insurance Workshops that K-State will be co-sponsoring soon, along with Oklahoma State University, Colorado State University and the University of Nebraska...the information provided at these workshops will be very useful to producers, agricultural lenders and others involved in production agriculture.

October 11, 2018
Keeping Up With the Irrigators

K-State agricultural economist Gabe Sampson reports on his new analysis of the peer effects on irrigation adoption...in other words, how a neighbor's commitment to crop irrigation would potentially influence a producer's decision to adopt irrigation practices as well:  this study was based on detailed irrigation data in Kansas dating all the way back to the mid-1940s.

October 11, 2018
Ag Lenders Conferences Preview

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks about the current outlook on the commodity title of the 2018 Farm Bill as the congressional conference committee finalizes it, and she looks at land value and rental rate trends in Kansas...two topics that she'll be addressing at K-State's 2018 Agricultural Lenders Conferences next week.

October 4, 2018
Rainfall Index Insurance

K-State agricultural economist Jisang Yu talks about his new analysis of the Risk Management Agency (RMA)'s insurance program for pasture and forage managers, called Rainfall Index Insurance Program for Pasture, Forage and Rangeland (PRF-RI)...he and his colleagues examined how well the RMA’s rainfall indices explain the individual forage yield.

September 17, 2018
Forecasting Fieldwork Days

K-State agricultural economist Terry Griffin and student researcher Sara Gammon talk about an online resource they manage:  it maintains a running projection of days suitable for fieldwork in Kansas, based on weekly USDA data. They explain how producers can use this information to their advantage.

September 14, 2018
Maintaining a Consistent Farm Income

K-State agricultural economist Beth Yeager discusses her new study of the persistence of farm financial performance...using Kansas Farm Management Association data, she looked at the stability of individual farm income over a five-year span and the factors that allowed farms to consistently remain profitable over time.

September 11, 2018

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