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Farm Bill - Part One Play Audio

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby goes over aspects of the new USDA commodity program features that are raising questions with producers, as Art and fellow K-State agricultural economists conduct the series of Farm Bill decision informational meetings around Kansas this winter:  he walks through the basics of how crop prices and yields are determined for program purposes, and how each factors into the ARC and PLC program options...he also talks about the yields for 2014 wheat program payments that were just released by the USDA, and how the variations in those yields from county to county in Kansas will impact the likely returns to producers from each of the program options.

1/20/2015 6:00:00 PM

Farm Bill - Part Two Play Audio

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby continues his overview of the Farm Bill.

1/20/2015 6:00:00 PM

Top 10 Ag Law and Taxation Developments of 2014 - Part Two Play Audio

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University covers the top 10 agricultural law and taxation developments of 2014.

1/6/2015 6:00:00 PM

Top 10 Ag Law and Taxation Developments of 2014 - Part One Play Audio

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University covers the top 10 agricultural law and taxation developments of 2014, saying that several of those will spill over into this new year, with monumental implications for agricultural producers and rural dwellers.

1/6/2015 6:00:00 PM

Upcoming USDA Commodity Program Seminars Play Audio

K-State agricultural economists Mykel Taylor and Art Barnaby talk about the series of USDA commodity program seminars that K-State will be hosting throughout Kansas this month and next...these will offer crop producers guidance in selecting their program option for the next five years, outlining in detail how the Agricultural Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage and Supplemental Coverage Option all work.

1/5/2015 6:00:00 PM

The Business-Minded Veterinarian

Animals can teach us more about the human body than we might realize. Crack open New York Times bestseller “Zoobiquity,” and you’ll learn about a human cardiologist’s experiences at the Los Angeles Zoo that allowed her to more closely connect human and animal medicine. Even in the first chapter—Dr. House, Meet Doctor Dolittle—author Barbara Natterson-Horowitz reveals how doctors and veterinarians could learn from each other to effectively diagnose and treat all species.

12/23/2014 8:00:00 AM

Gregg Hadley, Planning a Farm Succession

First of a three-part series on farm succession, K-State Ag Economist Gregg Hadley explains the importance of having a good plan that favors all parties before starting a farm succession. See video
12/12/2014 8:00:00 AM


One of the more widely discussed agricultural topics in Kansas these days concerns how to properly create a farm or ranch succession from one generation to another.  This is a very important venture not only for the agricultural families involved, but also for the communities around those farms and ranches.  After the first of the year, Kansas State will host five workshops around the state on succession planning…they will take place at Allen Community College in Iola, Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas Farm Bureau Plaza in Manhattan, Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, and the Kansas State Agricultural Research Center in Hayes.

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM

Year-end Purchases and Income Tax Management Play Audio

From the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Gregg Ibendahl talks about the merits of advance-purchasing crop inputs, fuel and machinery for 2015 before this year is out, for income tax management purposes...the recent plunge in petroleum prices in particular casting a different light on one's fuel and fertilizer decisions.

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM

4-H Livestock Management at Your Fingertips

Record keeping for a 4-H livestock project might involve collecting receipts from the feed store in an envelope or making notes on a feed sack in the barn. But, a new venture for 4-H—a livestock project record app—is allowing members to use their smart devices to keep easier track of their records.

12/11/2014 8:00:00 AM

USDA Farm Loan Program in Kansas Play Audio

Farm loan chief Arlyn Stiebe of the Farm Service Agency reports on a record-setting year for the USDA farm loan program in Kansas, with a special emphasis on the beginning farmer loan options the program offers.

12/10/2014 6:00:00 PM

Farm Succession Planning Conferences Play Audio

From the Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services office at K-State, Janel Koons goes over how to register for one of the five Farm Succession Planning conferences co-sponsored by K-State early in 2015, each of which will cover important topics on passing the farm or ranch along to the next generation.

12/10/2014 6:00:00 PM

Health Insurance Smarts: How Does Health Insurance Work?

With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, having health insurance became required by law. A main goal of the ACA is to increase the number of people insured, said Roberta Riportella, Kansas Health Foundation professor of community health at Kansas State University, and those who are uninsured could face a penalty at tax time.
12/8/2014 8:00:00 AM

Farm and Ranch Succession Planning - Part Three Play Audio

K-State's Duane Hund, Gregg Hadley and Charlotte Shoup-Olson focus on the importance of including a third-party facilitator in the planning process, and how to go about identifying the individual who can serve that role favorably and effectively.

12/2/2014 6:00:00 PM

Farm and Ranch Succession Planning - Part Two Play Audio

K-State's Charlotte Shoup-Olson, Duane Hund and Gregg Hadley provide input on developing the game plan for passing the operation along from one generation to the next, and who should be involved in the business planning phase.

12/1/2014 6:00:00 PM

Health Insurance Smarts: Why the Need for Health Insurance?

Purchasing insurance is a major financial decision regardless of need—life, home, farm, car and health, as examples. Just like purchasing insurance for the motor vehicles you have out on the roads, securing health insurance for yourself and your family is also required by a law, in this case, by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

12/1/2014 8:00:00 AM

Farm and Ranch Succession Planning - Part One Play Audio

K-State's Gregg Hadley, Charlotte-Shoup Olson and Duane Hund discuss the important first step in developing a succession plan that favors all parties---maintaining good lines of communication.

11/30/2014 6:00:00 PM


More than 21 percent of Kansas children, some 40-thousand, live in poverty.  That’s an increase of 22 percent over the past five years.  And policy changes to programs such as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, known as TANF, have made it more difficult for low-income families and their kids to gain access to the assistance they need.  Now, new recommendations from the Annie E. Casey Foundation propose integrating state and federal employment, education and child care programs for parents and children to create a better life for families.  The guest is Shannon Cotsoradis, president and CEO of Kansas Action for Children.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


The euphoria of holiday shopping we experience in November and December can quickly turn into a financial hangover when the credit card statements arrive in January. While shopping is part of the holiday celebration, it doesn’t have to leave a huge debt to deal with after the holiday. K-State Research and Extension family financial specialist Elizabeth Kiss discusses how to have a happy holiday and not wake up with a January hangover.

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM

2014 Kansas Income Tax Institutes Play Audio

Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen and K-State agricultural economics assistant Rich Llewelyn have the details of the 2014 Kansas Income Tax Institutes, scheduled for November and December at eight locations around Kansas.

10/28/2014 7:00:00 PM

Including Children in Holiday Activities is Best Gift

Oh, the holidays. They can be joyous and warm … or stressful and budget-breaking … or all of the above. Plus they can leave families, particularly children, with unrealistic expectations. To help individuals and families navigate the holidays without breaking the bank and still providing positive experiences, two Kansas State University specialists provided tips.
11/19/2013 8:00:00 AM

Farm Transition Workshops Planned in Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. – When it comes to devising a plan to transition the family farm to the next generation, communicating may be the hardest part, according to Jeri Albright, who along with her husband, Corky, operates a crop and livestock operation in Jackson County, Kan.
11/15/2013 8:00:00 AM