WASHINGTON – Legislation introduced by Midwest senators Tuesday would create a tax exemption for 4-H and FFA members from a certain portion of their income.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following wildfires or other qualifying natural disasters. Available programs and loans include:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced the Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the next U.S. Secretary of A…
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget on Thursday, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
WASHINGTON — Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue says he will step down from several positions at companies bearing his name, restructure family trusts and create blind trusts to avoid a conflict of interest if he is confirmed.
TOPEKA – Garden City Mayor Chris Law wasn’t in Topeka Tuesday, but he would have liked what was said.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, questioned the President-elect’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Wednesday about the EPA’s proposal that Pretty Prairie, Kan. construct a new $2.4 million water treatment facility.
WASHINGTON - Secretary Tom Vilsack left the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and before President-elect Donald Trump has chosen his replacement.
Shortly after the Republicans' stunning Election Day sweep, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack grabbed Vice President Joe Biden in a receiving line.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, today’s action finalizes the volume requirements and…
President-elect Donald Trump has not offered Sen. Jerry Moran the job of Secretary of Agriculture, the Kansas Republican said.
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer a new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands practice specifically tailored for small-scale livestock grazing operations. S…
U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, will join U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, at the Kansas State Fair.
The Department of Agriculture plans to buy $20 million of stockpiled cheese to distribute to food banks and pantries nationwide in an attempt to stem farmer losses after dairy prices plummeted amid a global milk glut earlier this year.
TOPEKA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it is dropping its listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, formally ending a heavily politicized debate that drew the ire of western Kansas conservatives.
Congressional candidate Roger Marshall personally visited with approximately 50 Farm Bureau groups at the county level in the Big First. On Friday, the Kansas Farm Bureau endorsed Marshall in the heated Republican primary race.
MANHATTAN - Kansas wheat farmers should stay vigilant in scouting for wheat disease, especially flag smut, which was detected in Kansas in 2015 for the first time since the 1930s, although it was only found in low levels in a small portion of the wheat crop.
Ranchers plagued by the Anderson Creek wildfire last week will soon see federal dollars for their losses.
TOPEKA -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted down an effort by Sen. Pat Roberts to prohibit states from requiring genetically modified food labels.
Shawnee County organic farmer Jackie Keller shared anxiety about potential fallout from chemical treatment of weeds Wednesday during a Senate committee review of a bill changing how Kansas designates and attempts to control invasive plants.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to take action to stop poisonings caused by accidental ingestion of the herbicide paraquat, which can also cause severe injuries or death from skin or eye exposure.
HAYS – Fort Hay State University has been awarded a grant of more than $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop curricula focused on the use of small unmanned aerial systems in precision agriculture, the university announced in February.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts have introduced legislation to extend the federal funding authorization for the Equus Beds Aquifer Recharge and Recovery Project by 10 years.
A public hearing will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, to consider the adoption of proposed amendments to agricultural liming regulations.
Legislators expressed support Wednesday for a Kansas Department of Agriculture proposal to stiffen penalties for failing to file a water report — as long as the penalties fall heavier on serial offenders than those who make an honest mistake.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement today in response to the president’s veto of a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. The rule redefines the ju…
It was a time of looking back and looking forward at the Finney County Economic Development Corp.’s annual meeting Thursday at Garden City Community College, where everything from the dairy industry to wind energy was discussed.
WASHINGTON – A major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco, the Environmental Protection Agency found.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's now harder to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered.
RUSSELL SPRINGS — The black-footed ferret reintroduction project in Logan County continues to struggle thanks to weather and habitat conditions.
WASHINGTON – Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2015 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Producers must return …
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning Oct. 26, 2015, nearly one half of the 1.7 million farms that signed up for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments for the 2014 crop year.
Foreign investors who buy, sell or hold a direct or indirect interest in agricultural lands in the United States are required under the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act to report their holdings and transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, advised Aaron Fall, county ex…
TOPEKA – Hodgeman County has won the 2015 Kansas Public Improvement Award for counties in the 10,000-and-under population category from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas. The county won for the Hodgeman County FAS Bridge No. 7 project.
Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced bipartisan legislation to help farmers purchase new equipment and replace worn-out machinery by amending the U.S. tax code to permanently set a five-year depreciation schedule for certain agricultural equipment.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect.
HUGOTON – There is both good news and bad news when it comes to the status of the lesser prairie chicken.
WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that USDA is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program.
“Farmers in Chase, Greenwood, Lyon, Marion, Morris, and Wabaunsee Counties who suffered crop or livestock losses due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding occurring May 4, 2015 – June 16, 2015 may now apply for Farm Service Agency emergency loans,” FSA Farm Loan Manag…
SALINA – Eric B. Banks, state conservationist for Kansas’ U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announced that NRCS is accepting project proposals until July 31 to address high-priority wetland protection, restoration and enhancement activitie…