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  • By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press
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REYNOSA, Mexico - Waving arms and brandishing a long electric prod, the ranch hands and truck drivers herd about 400 leggy calves onto trucks as the sun crests on the outskirts of this border city. After spending their first eight months on the ranches of Gildardo Lopez Hinojosa, the calves …

TOPEKA - The Kansas Rural Center invites women farmers or want-to-be-farmers, women landowners, and women interested in sustainable farming, food production and local food initiatives to attend a Women in Farming Workshop on Saturday, June 10, 2017. This all-day, women-only workshop and farm…

The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) recently participated in the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation (GMCF) GROW Green Match Day on April 21. The annual event provides opportunities for participating organizations to grow their endowment funds through GMCF while …

The Reno County Extension Master Gardeners will be hosting a lunchtime learning opportunity Barn Quilts from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Reno County Extension office located at 2 West 10th Avenue in South Hutchinson. Park behind the building and enter through the back west door.

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture pesticide and fertilizer program recently received a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Air to aid in the disposal of orphaned pesticide products. The grant was made possible by the U.S. Environmental Protecti…

Calling all gardeners! From the novice to the seasoned gardener, all will find tips and inspiration for their gardens at the Extension Master Gardener Garden Tour on June 2 - 4. The gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Kansas Cattlemen's Association (KCA) Board of Directors annual transition took place during the April board meeting. KCA membership voted in November 2016 for members Tony Anderson and Pete Fish to replace Bill Ireland and John Ney at the expiration of their three-year terms on the board…

TOPEKA – Kansas ranchers who lost cattle, fence and other assets to wildfire this year can apply for relief funds from the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF). As of April 24, the foundation had collected $2,250,997.58 from 3,107 contributors. KLF has a proven process to equitably distribute t…

MANHATTAN – The Kansas Department of Agriculture is seeking individuals to participate in Petfood Forum China in Shanghai, China, from Aug. 21-27, 2017. This conference will allow the representatives to explore export opportunities, conduct market research, and begin to establish a network o…

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  • By Candace Krebs Special to The News
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Creating a fire response and recovery plan is the focus of a two-day meeting scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday in Ashland as the region continues to regroup after a massive spring wildfire.

Recent news from the Trump Administration has sowed confusion about the President's intentions with respect to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (see e.g., Appelbaum and Thrush). Early this week, President Trump suggested that the United States would pull out of NAFTA. Later in…

Growing consumer interest and trust in agriculture is a lot like managing your crops; there are much higher yields when the inputs are applied during the growing season. This is where the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) comes in. KFAC's core mission as a 501(c)(3) n…

The Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) was pleased to honor Lowell Downey of Hutchinson, with the KGFA’s most prestigious award, the Sunflower Award on April 10 at the KGFA Annual Meeting in Wichita, Kan. The Sunflower Award is given to a KGFA member who demonstrates a significant and …

MANHATTAN – “When all is said and done, the real citadel of strength of any community is in the hearts and minds and desires of those who dwell there.” – Everett Dirksen, former senator of Illinois.

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WICHITA – Cargill has reached an agreement to sell its beef cattle feed yards in Leoti and Yuma, Colorado, to Omaha-based Green Plains Inc., a vertically integrated ethanol producer with existing feed yards at Kismet and Hereford, Texas, according to a company release.

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  • By Chris Beyerhelm, Acting Administrator, Farm Service Agency and Leonard Jordan, Acting Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service
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USDA has learned that Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri), an invasive weed, may have infested some newly-seeded (2016) conservation plantings across the upper Midwest. Palmer amaranth is highly competitive, and in fact, is the most competitive of the pigweed species. It grows rapidly and one plant can produce a quarter-million seeds.

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  • By MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press
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WASHINGTON - Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.

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The week of April 8-14 has brought more reports of leaf rust in the region. Texas and Oklahoma continue to report moderate to severe leaf rust in their wheat crop with reports as far north as Stillwater, Oklahoma. In Kansas, leaf rust was spotted for the first time about a week ago when Zach…