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.

Ranch Tour Will Focus On Drought, Cattle Grazing

Apr 26, 2013

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.

More Study Sought For Kansas Corporate Farming Laws

Mar 25, 2013
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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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Delaware Tribe May Move Headquarters to Kan.

Legislators Want Corporate Farming Review

Mar 22, 2013

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

Legislators worried about the drop in state revenue; Bills have already be introduced for the 2013 legislative session; State warns about Kansas-caught fish consumption.

KS Legislators Warn About Drop In State Revenue

Democrats in the Kansas House say legislators have been warned that Governor Sam Brownback's tax cuts are likely to mean there's less cash to go around.


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Grant Funds KS Precision Agriculture Partnership

Oct 19, 2012

Kansas farmers and farmers-in-training will get some help learning to use the latest technology.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded $277,000 to Fort Hays State University and Hutchinson Community College to promote so-called precision agriculture.

It involves using GPS and satellite technology to map fields and precisely apply chemicals and seed and measure the crop yield.

Both schools have farms and will use the money to acquire farm equipment.

US Negotiator To Discuss Trade With KS Producers

Aug 9, 2012

The nation’s chief agricultural negotiator plans to meet with Kansas producers to talk about trade issues.

Isi Siddiqui is a presidential appointee in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He planned several stops in Kansas today to discuss efforts to bring down trade barriers and increase U.S. farm exports.

In Johnson County, Siddiqui is to tour Bayer Animal Health Company and Kansas State University’s research lab. He also plans to tour the Cargill Innovation Center in Wichita and host a roundtable meeting with the Wichita Agribusiness Council.