Written by Bill Harmon /Farm Service Agency Wednesday, 15 August 2007 04:58Producers are reminded that Sept. 1 is the application closing date for certain crops under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program administered by the Farm Service Agency.
This program is designed to provide producers with financial assistance when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occurs as a result of natural disasters.
Crops eligible for NAP benefits are limited to those produced for food or fiber purposes and not insurable with private sector agencies or...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 08 August 2007 07:00This year’s Agri-Urban Day on the Farm, the annual event’s 12th, will be missing one of its longtime supporters.
Randolf Flaming, who died earlier this year, worked tirelessly for Agri-Urban and the annual Day on the Farm.
This year’s event, held Aug. 18 at the Maynard Knepp and Carol Duerksen farm (3 miles north, 4 miles east and ¾ mile north of Goessel), is dedicated to Flaming’s memory.
The family event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes animals, activities and food.
The Agri-Urban program began in 1972. The idea was for farmers and cattle feeders to donate labor, facilities and feed or pasture to fatten cattle, and for urbanites to give money to buy the animals and possibly some or all of the feed.
Written by Rep. Jerry Moran Wednesday, 08 August 2007 06:45Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a farm bill that was hijacked by urban interests, sacrificing rural America in the process. Strong words for certain, but for the first time, rural interests lost the battle of determining what goes into America's farm policy.
Congress works to renew the farm bill just once every five or six years, so when it is considered, it needs to be done right.
Historically, the farm bill has been written by those who work and care for America’s farmers and ranchers with a focus on progress, not politics. This is because those in rural America are not concerned with the partisan bickering of today, but rather about working together to see that their way of life continues in the future.
Written by John Schlageck / Kansas Farm burea. Wednesday, 08 August 2007 04:59Not too many years ago, most farmers took great pride and pleasure in looking across their recently planted fields and seeing green seedlings emerging against a backdrop of black soil. That looked beautiful—still does.
Today, some farmers look across their land and see residue cover. That looks beautiful too. However, the benefits of residue can far exceed the way the field looks.
Residue cover is developed by not tilling the ground across today’s Kansas countryside.
“It’s this build up of soil structure with residues that can be a farmer’s best friend,” says Paul Jasa, University of Nebraska, extension engineer.
Jasa spoke to nearly 100 ag producers at the sixth annual No-till Workshop in Osage County July 31. Osage...
Written by Jerry Engler Wednesday, 01 August 2007 09:15Terry Holt, Marion Reservoir manager, and Mary Olson, mayor of Marion, observe a Kansas Wildlife and Parks developed wetlands on 250th Road before it dead ends on water at the northeast end of the reservoir. Jerry Engler /Free Press. Click image to enlarge
Some one-day rain events this spring put enough pollutants into Marion Reservoir to cause the lake to eutrify into a swamp if there were no natural counter-measures.
That was the assessment of Philip Barnes, associate professor of biology and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University, shared with a bus-tour crowd of county, city and conservation officials Tuesday, July 24, at the Tampa Senior Center.
Barnes told the group, who had boarded a bus at the...
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