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Grain prices - April 24, 2014
Courtesy Cargill Grain, Hutchinson

Wheat – $7.44 bu.
Milo - $4.66 bu.
Soybeans – $14.34 bu.
Corn - $4.79 bu.

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Steve Baccus
Water vision is an issue for all Kansans
Ag Blogs - Steve Baccus
Friday, 07 March 2014 18:49

Last October, Governor Brownback issued a call to establish a 50-year water vision for the state.  The effort is designed to focus on the Ogallala Aquifer and Kansas reservoirs.

Most Kansans know of the vast underground water supply in the Ogallala, which stretches from the Dakotas to Texas and includes a major portion of western Kansas.  Most benefit in some way from the enormous economy which has been fueled since the 1940s by ready supplies of water supporting irrigated agriculture and livestock industries across western Kansas. These businesses provide jobs, sustain many rural Kansas communities and fuel a massive economic engine benefitting all citizens.  But the demand on the Ogallala exceeds its recharge potential.  State goals are to “extend and conserve” the life of the aquifer and recent economic studies have shown every drop we save today will be of much greater value in the future.

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Time to reflect, then be productive
Ag Blogs - Steve Baccus
Friday, 29 November 2013 12:04

Here we are again ready to celebrate a holiday season. We should stop for awhile, get off our cultural and business merry-go-round and take advantage of this wonderful time to give thanks, spend time with family and celebrate faith.

While we should do these things regularly and not just wait for a holiday season, it can be hard in a world that seems to speed up each year. It’s also hard because each coming year will always bring new challenges.

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Baccus: Better immigration laws will help farms
Ag Blogs - Steve Baccus
Monday, 08 July 2013 08:08

After tackling the farm bill, Congress will now begin work on immigration. This can’t happen soon enough.

It is past time our failed immigration and guest-worker program is fixed.

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Targeting renewable energy key for Kansas
Ag Blogs - Steve Baccus
Friday, 12 April 2013 17:07

Every day, rural communities across Kansas benefit from a four-year-old law that provides needed income, good jobs and steady investments in our state. This law, the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, has helped Kansas become a national leader in developing, generating and exporting renewable energy.

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