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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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Guest Columnist
Sen. Roberts Protects Rural Kansans from Proposed Part D Changes
Ag Blogs - Guest Columnist
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 08:51
By Nathan Strawder

In rural America, seeing a doctor and accessing high-quality treatments is often quite difficult. The chances a rural county has a local hospital are five times less than that of an urban county. Many farmers and ranchers have to travel 150 miles -- each way -- to reach a major hospital.
Ag backbone of Kansas
Ag Blogs - Guest Columnist
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:21

"Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness." - Letter from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington (1787)

Dear Fellow Kansan,

Where does your food come from?  If you’re like many Americans, your answer may be the grocery store.  You, I and 155 other people ate today because of one American farmer. An increase of 800 percent over the past 73 years! Where in 1940, each farmer produced enough food to feed 19 people.

We officially recognize our farmers, ranchers and all they do to make our lives better during Agriculture Week, March 23-29, 2014. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed." Farmers not only produce food, fiber and fuel, they contribute to a strong economy. In fact, the total impact of agriculture and agribusinesses account for 20 percent of the state’s economy, according to Kansas Inc.

Proper vaccinations important for replacement heifers
Ag Blogs - Guest Columnist
Monday, 03 March 2014 11:35

By Stacy Campbell

Cattlemen in Ellis County and the area recently gathered for a program titled "Transition of the Heifer into Your Herd." Extension Beef DVM Larry Hollis had some interesting data and accompanying discussion about scours management, the effect of time of colostrum feeding to newborn calves and vaccination of cows and bulls pre-breeding.

Unfortunately, he ran out of time before he could discuss vaccinations of replacement heifers.

Ethanol answer
Ag Blogs - Guest Columnist
Thursday, 02 January 2014 09:09

A war is brewing between the ethanol industry and the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA wants to reduce the mandated amount of biofuels that go into the nation's fuel supply, while the ethanol industry understandably doesn't want that to happen.

Get the Facts Right
Ag Blogs - Guest Columnist
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 15:24

Robert White: Ethanol is One of Our Most Environmentally Sound Energy Options 

The Associated Press wrote a factually flawed, biased article on ethanol and what they perceive to be the negative environmental impact of increased corn demand. The article uses disproven myths, skewed data, and outright fabrications to suggest that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and biofuels have not lived up to their promise. Here are the facts. 

In most years, farmers write ‘big’ crop insurance checks
Ag Blogs - Guest Columnist
Monday, 21 October 2013 08:06

Art Barnaby

Lost in all of the screaming headlines of the national press by crop insurance critics is the fact that in most years, farmers write premiums checks.

Art on the farm
Ag Blogs - Guest Columnist
Friday, 04 October 2013 12:52
Kathie Rogers
Pretty Prairie, KS

Today Mark and I were down at the Old House (a designation of place, not structure, since the house doesn't exist anymore and when it did exist, hadn't been lived in since the advent of the automobile. The place is in the middle of a section on the Ninnescah River that floods and could only be accessed by horse and wagon or tractors.)
Another eye-opening agricultural event is expected
Ag Blogs - Guest Columnist
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:09

By Amy Bickel
The Hutchinson News

It almost was like a California gold rush, Scott Williams said.

He gestured across the landscape in December of what appears to be rolling knolls of grass. In this region of southeast Kansas, hundreds of underground shafts and strip mines were dug more than a century ago. Around these mines, camps and towns popped up, including Coalvale, Yale and Midway.

Becoming vegan for ag-vocacy sake
Ag Blogs - Guest Columnist
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:13

Danielle Beard
Farm Talk Newspaper

Parsons, Kansas — “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.” — Native American proverb

As a mascara addicted, omnivore Okie who grew up cowboy boot top deep in the beef industry, I’ve been criticized by my plant-based diet peers for my so-called “barbaric” lifestyle.

Corporate farming
Ag Blogs - Guest Columnist
Friday, 18 January 2013 10:21

By Mary Rintoul
The Hutchinson News    

Kansas Farmers Union President Donn Teske said there is reason to worry. And there is.


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