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Agriculture
12:53 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Survey: Economy Slows Down In Rural Areas Of Kansas

A new monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy is slowing down in rural areas of Kansas, Missouri and eight other states.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says falling crop prices have farmers spending less, and crop prices are expected to continue declining this fall.

The overall economic index for the region fell into negative territory to 48.3 in August from July's 51.8.

The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score below 50 suggests decline in the months ahead.

Goss said bankers are not very optimistic about the next few months.

Agriculture
9:41 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Cattle and Wheat In Frigid Conditions Concerns Kansas Ranchers And Farmers

Kansas farmers are coping with frigid conditions as they look after cattle herds.

Most Kansas ranchers have not begun calving yet. But the lack of snow on the ground means cattle can stay dry and better weather the subzero weather.

It also means there is little protective cover for exposed winter wheat crops. It will be spring before farmers know the full extent of freeze damage.

The National Weather Service says Garden City and Cottonwood Falls had the state's lowest temperatures early Monday at minus 12 degrees.

Agriculture
6:26 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Kansas Farmer Files Suit Against Monsanto

A Kansas farmer has sued seed giant Monsanto over the discovery of genetically engineered experimental wheat.

Elkhart wheat grower Ernest Barnes filed the suit.

It alleges that when people heard about the unapproved wheat in an Oregon field last week, the news drove down wheat futures prices and caused a backlash from some international markets, which suspended certain imports.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

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Agriculture
6:29 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Dourght Slows Farm Income Growth Down In First Quarter

The Federal Reserve says farm income growth slowed across the Plains and western states in the first quarter, as costs increased and the drought lingered.

Bankers expect farm income to weaken further in the region during the second quarter.

But land values continued to increase in the first quarter on top of several years of significant growth. Cropland values rose 20 percent over 2012, and ranchland values grew 14 percent.

The 10th Federal Reserve District covers Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Colorado, northern New Mexico and western Missouri.

Agriculture
6:32 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Kansas Wheat Tour Forecasts Smaller Harvest Than 2012, But Larger than 2011

Participants in the Kansas wheat quality tour have forecast the state will harvest 313 million bushels despite drought and freezes.

Farm Bill
3:47 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Moran Hoping To Protect Crop Insurance Subsidies

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran says the next federal farm bill is likely to cut back or eliminate some farm subsidies. The Republican from Manhattan says that while many lawmakers are focused on cutting spending, he's hoping to protect money allocated to support the federal crop insurance program.

Moran says that Kansas farmers' need for crop insurance has been shown in recent years, with drought and late spring freezes among the challenges they've been facing.

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Agriculture
6:43 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Ranch Tour Will Focus On Drought, Cattle Grazing

Kansas farm groups will host a ranch tour next month, focusing on drought and how to best manage resources in the upcoming grazing season.

The tour will take place on May 11 at the Ted Alexander Ranch, 19 miles west of Medicine Lodge.

The Alexander ranch covers 7,000 acres in the heart of the Red Hills in Barber County. The operation typically stocks between 500 and 700 cow-calf pairs or 2,500 yearlings on a rotational grazing method.

2013 Legislative Session
6:16 am
Mon March 25, 2013

More Study Sought For Kansas Corporate Farming Laws

A Kansas statute limits corporate ownership of farms in the state. Gov. Sam Brownback is looking to overturn it.
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Kansas lawmakers have decided they need more information before making changes to the state's laws that restrict corporate farming.

A House committee decided Friday to have a judicial council review the corporate farming statute. A Senate committee, meanwhile, called for a review of the law before the 2014 legislative session.

Gov. Sam Brownback's administration has been pushing to roll back the state's decades-old limits on corporate involvement in farming. Some of the state's biggest agricultural interests, including the Kansas Farm Bureau, are supporting the effort.

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News
5:24 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Top Morning News 3.25.13 (UPDATED)

Updated 9:30 AM

The Kansas House and Senate will negotiate differences in their budget proposals; Pilot program for Kansas school districts under consideration; Lawmakers need more information on corporate farming law; Delaware tribe may more headquarters to Kan.

Delaware Tribe May Move Headquarters to Kan.

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Agriculture
5:45 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Legislators Want Corporate Farming Review

Kansas lawmakers have decided they need more information before making changes to the state's laws that restrict corporate farming.

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