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Health Care Costs for Farms and Ranches in Kansas

Robin Reid reports on her new study of health care costs on Kansas farms and ranches, based on a decade of Kansas Farm Management Association data. She looked at the trends in health insurance costs and medical expenses, which she says remain a challenge for numerous Kansas agricultural families.

October 28, 2020
Ag Land Values

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor offers an updated view of agricultural land value trends in Kansas, and if those have been affected by the economic disruptions from the pandemic. She also addresses some of the changes in how farm and ranch land purchases take place, and who is buying land. She presented this information at the recent K-State Agricultural Lenders Conference.

October 27, 2020
Year-End Tax Management

The executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association out of K-State, Kevin Herbel, offers year-end tax management advice for farmers and ranchers...he suggests gathering financial records and other information now to assess where one stands with the operation's income situation, allowing for better management decisions to finish out the year.

October 26, 2020
US International Grain Trade

The senior economist with the IGP Institute at K-State, Guy Allen, offers an in-depth view of current international grain trade, and where U.S. grain sales stand in that global market. He considers the new USDA world grain supply and demand numbers which were released last Friday, and couples those with his own observations on developments abroad from his extensive contacts around the world, as he talks about the outlook for U.S. sales of corn, soybeans, grain sorghum and wheat.

October 13, 2020
Producers Wanted for Farm Data Project

K-State precision agricultural economist Terry Griffin invites producers to take part in a new initiative called the Data-Intensive Farm Management Project...supported by a major USDA grant, this will make available to participants precision cropping analytical tools to evaluate site-specific crop seeding and nutrient applications, in real-life situations on the farm.

October 9, 2020
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program - Phase 2

On the latest edition of FSA Coffee Talk, farm program specialist Todd Barrows of the Farm Service Agency relays some of the finer details of the USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, phase 2...especially with regard to program eligibility and payment limitation rules. He also talks about changes in the commodities that qualify for CFAP 2 benefits.

Also, Robin Reid follows up with a preview of a special webinar from K-State on October 8, in collaboration with the Kansas FSA, which will provide participants even more in-depth information on CFAP 2. She also talks about the now-finalized farm program payments levels for 2019 crop production from the Price Loss Coverage program option, as those payments are now being distributed to enrolled producers.

October 6, 2020
Current State of US Grain Exports

K-State agricultural economist Allen Featherstone offers his perspective on the state of U.S. grain exports, highlighting the growing reliance on China as a customer, and what it suggests about the longer-term outlook for the U.S. agricultural economy. He addressed these topics at K-State's Agricultural Lenders Conference earlier this week.

October 2, 2020
Climate Change and Crop Insurance

K-State agricultural economist Jisang Yu and Ed Perry talk about their recent study, which linked increases in growing-season temperature to yield risk for corn and soybeans, and then tied that to the potential impact on crop insurance premium rates...they used local crop insurance "cause of loss" data to arrive at their findings.

September 29, 2020
Farm Program Payments Update

K-State agricultural economist Rich Llewelyn looks at the latest K-State projections on ARC and PLC farm program payments for 2019 and 2020 crop production, based in part on the USDA's latest grain prices forecasts...he also previews K-State's 2020 Agricultural Lenders Conference, which is set for later this month in Salina.

September 17, 2020
Estimating Farmland Value

K-State agricultural economist Terry Griffin talks about a new tool that he has developed for estimating farmland value for a given year using the current value of that land...using annual value indexes for every year since 1950, the user can determine the tax liability of farmland transactions.

September 15, 2020
U.S. Grain Exports Update

The senior economist at the IGP Institute at K-State, Guy Allen, offers his updated outlook on U.S. grain export business, based in part on the USDA's latest international grain supply and demand report...he says that the keystone customer remains China, which he believes will remain an aggressive buyer of U.S. feedgrains and soybeans for some time to come.

September 15, 2020
Calculating Farm Machinery Costs

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl and Terry Griffin talk about a new online tool that farmers can use to calculate farm machinery costs...as input for making machinery purchase decisions, as a basis for comparing lease vs. purchase options, or for weighing the choice of custom hiring an operation instead of investing in equipment...they say it's an easy-to-use tool that can provide very useful information.

September 2, 2020
Agriculture's Contribution to the Kansas Economy

The director of the Office of Local Government at K-State, agricultural economist John Leatherman, discusses a brand-new analysis he co-authored, that was unveiled during the recent K-State Risk and Profit Conference:  it's billed as an improved assessment of agriculture's contribution to the Kansas economy. It's a new perspective on the economic importance of production agriculture in this state. He covers agriculture's impact in the areas of exports, gross domestic product, and employment, and he outlines how those impacts differ from one part of the state to the other.

September 1, 2020
Non-Traditional Agricultural Financing

K-State agricultural policy specialist Jenny Ifft talks about current trends in non-traditional agricultural financing...an aspect of agricultural lending that she says deserves greater attention in the farm management arena. She spoke on this topic at the recent K-State Risk and Profit Conference.

August 26, 2020
Least-Cost Fertilizer Options

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Gregg Ibendahl talk about a different approach to determining least-cost crop fertilizer options for producers, using an economic tool that they've developed that's now available to crop growers and retail fertilizer vendors alike.

August 21, 2020
Projected Net Farm Income for 2020 and 2021

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl reviews his new outlook on Kansas net farm income for 2020 and 2021, as presented at K-State's Risk and Profit Conference last week...he talks about changes in farm revenue and expenses this year, compared to the 2019 Kansas Farm Management Association numbers, and he outlines why 2021 could be a better year for farm income in the state.

August 19, 2020
International Grain Trade

The senior economist with the IGP Institute at K-State, Guy Allen, offers his perspectives on the current state of international grain trade, and the main factors influencing U.S. grain sales abroad...he lends particular attention to the prospects of additional grain export business with China.

August 18, 2020
Farmland Leasing Survey

K-State farm management economist Mykel Taylor covers a new survey of Kansas farm landowners and tenants on preferences in farmland leasing arrangements...she talks about how each party's approach to risk affects the type of lease that's agreed upon.

August 18, 2020

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