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USDA declares Marshall County a primary disaster area

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture that Marshall County had been designated as a primary natural disaster area.  The designation was the result of damage sustained during severe weather that occurred from May 6-June 20. Nemaha and Pottawatomie counties were among 25 counties designated as contiguous disaster counties. The USDA designation make will make many ... Read More »

Nebraska crops show improvement over last year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says last week’s high heat and humidity helped crops mature in Nebraska.  About 83 percent of the corn crop rated in good or excellent condition at the end of last week higher ratings than last year at this time.  The soybean crop also looks good: 79 percent of the crop rating good or excellent, nearly ... Read More »

Kansas Farm Bureau Endorses Moran

The State’s largest agriculture advocacy organization, the Kansas Farm Bureau, late last week gave First District Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran it endorsement for his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Ottawa County grain farmer and Kansas Farm Bureau President Steve Baccus said of Congressman Moran, “Kansas farmers and ranchers have no more vocal and effective champion than Jerry Moran.” Adding, “We ... Read More »

Cloud County Comm. College Wins 2nd at Kansas Ag Contest

(Manhattan, KS) – Cloud County Community College Crops Judging team took second place at the annual Kansas Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (KACTA) contest Friday, March 26, The contests was hosted by Kansas State University (KSU). The CCCC team placed behind KSU’s team as there were no two-year and four-year divisions. Individually, CCCC students did well. Levi Larkins, ... Read More »

Cuts at State Ag Department

State budget cuts have forced Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Josh Svaty to temporarily suspend inspections in hotels across the State of Kansas. In a press conference yesterday Svaty said, the suspensions are a result of Governor Mark Parkinson’s cutting $303,000 from the Agriculture Department’s budget. The Agency licenses 825 hotels, motels, lodges and bed and breakfast locations in Kansas. Svaty, ... Read More »

USDA to Send FSA Offices Info on Livestock Loss

The local Farm Services Agencies are anxiously awaiting information from the Department of Agriculture in regard to helping producers who have recently sustained livestock losses due to adverse weather. Apparently the USDA has approved a program under the FSA Farm Program but that information has not yet made it to the local FSA Farm Program offices. Jim Peroutek from the ... Read More »

CRP Extended

Several weeks ago Big First District Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran asked the Department of Agriculture to extend some of the expiring 2009 Conservation Reserve Program Contracts. Moran got his wish this week. Local Farm Management Agencies announced yesterday that FSA will offer certain producers the opportunity to extend their CRP contracts that are scheduled to expire in four months. USDA ... Read More »

CRP Contracts

On the heels of recent stops in the area by First District U.S. Congressman Jerry Moran, a Moran letter being fired off to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The letter asks the Ag. Secretary to make a final decision and announcement as soon as possible about whether extensions will be offered to expiring 2009 Conservation Reserve Program or CRP contracts. ... Read More »

ACRE Program sign up extended

August 14th of this year is the new deadline from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for farmers wanting to enroll in the 2009 Farm Program DCP –ACRE Program and Pulse Base Acres extension. The base year prices and yields have been set for Kansas in the ACRE Program with a sign up date that will probably be set sometime in ... Read More »