Kan. Farmers Welcome Rain, Start Planting Spring Crops

Apr 9, 2013

Kansas farmers are getting ready to seed their spring crops, with a few fields of corn already planted in eastern sections.

The latest report by the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service also said spring calving is nearly finished in the state. Livestock producers are still worried about having enough stock water. Supplies are reported as "adequate" in just 36 percent of Kansas.

South-central Kansas got some welcomed rain in the past week. But drought-stricken pastures have yet to recover statewide, with 77 percent now reported in poor to very poor condition.

 Kansas budget still not set as lawmakers take a break from the Statehouse; The Kansas Board of Education is set to adopt new history standards; Rain helps crops a little as spring planting begins.

Kan. 2014 Budget In Flux As Lawmakers Adjourn

Kansas legislators left for their month-long break without finalizing the state's $14 billion budget.


Kan. Ed Board Set To Approve History Standards

 Updated 8:45 AM

Kansas farmers planting differently due to drought; Gov. Brownback says gay marriage issue is settled in Kansas; Pizza Hut promises free pizza if the Shockers win the NCAA title; Kansas students to participate in Geographic Bee.

Kan. Farmers Plan To Sow Less Corn, More Sorghum

Kansas farmers are planting fewer acres of thirsty crops like corn and soybeans this spring and more of drought-tolerant crops like sorghum.

Updated 19:15 am

Cowley College names three finalists for new President; Bill would change how court docket fees are spent; Scholarship legislation fails in Kansas House; Dogfighting ring busted in Kansas.

Three Finalists for Cowley College President

Three finalists have been chosen in the search for a new president for Cowley County Community College in Ark City: 

Kansas House will take a final vote to merge KDOT with KTA; Kansas lawmakers begin talks on a bill that allows corporate farming; Mindstorms challenge encourages STEM education.

Kan. House To Take Final Vote On Turnpike Measure

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a limited merger between the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority, which manages the state's 236-mile toll road.

Feedlots, dairies and big farms in Kansas have complained for years about the lack of workers. Now, they have a high-profile advocate for their cause. 

Gov. Sam Brownback's administration may ask state legislators to repeal laws that restrict corporate involvement in farming.  

State Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman told freshmen legislators Tuesday that the state's anti-corporate farming laws need to be repealed. He added later that the state can't expand agriculture as much as it could because of those restrictions. 

Also, Attorney General Derek Schmidt recently told Secretary Rodman that some of the restrictions are likely unconstitutional.

Brownback Applauds EPA's Ruling On Grain Sorghum

Dec 10, 2012

Governor Sam Brownback says Kansas could benefit from an Environmental Protection Agency decision that says grain sorghum ethanol qualifies as a renewable fuel under federal standards.

Kansas grows more of the grain than any other state. Brownback noted in a news release 60 percent of Kansas-produced ethanol comes from sorghum. The Renewable Fuels Standard program requires the U.S. to produce 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel by 2022, with an increasing requirement for renewable fuels from non-corn sources.

Jenkins: Not Easy For KS To Regain Ag Committee Seat

Dec 10, 2012
The Associated Press

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says it may not be easy to get a Kansan back on the Agriculture Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kansas congressman Tim Huelskamp lost his seat on the committee last week.

Jenkins says the three remaining members of the Kansas House delegation already serve on high-profile committees, like Appropriations or Ways and Means. House rules say if you serve on one of those powerful committees, you can't serve on a second.

She says it would take a waiver for one of them to be allowed to take Huelskamp's place.

The Kansas Gas Service says the rate hike is fair; Sorgum based fuel qualifies as renewable energy source; Jenkins says it won't be easy for Kansas to retake ag seat.

KS Ratepayers Board: KGS Rate Hike Is Fair

The Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, a consumer advocacy agency for utility customers, says the agreement recently reached on a Kansas Gas Service rate hike was a fair one.


Brownback Applauds EPA's Ruling On Grain Sorgum