Karli to speak at Animal Health Industry seminar

Steven Karli, director of inspection and compliance at the Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB), USDA, APHIS, and Vet Services, selected as the speaker at the Animal Health Industry Insights seminar hosted by K-States Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program. The seminar will be held on the K-State Olathe campus on Aug. 5 at noon.

Karli will speak about the inspection and compliance program at the Center for Veterinary Biologics, as well as help attendees identify the benefits and challenges in this area of work.

Karli coordinates a national program that regulates veterinary biologics manufacturers. Some responsibilities include inspecting and auditing both foreign and domestic manufacturing and testing facilities, regulation enforcement, and general oversight of the CVB.

The event is open to all. The $50 registration fee includes lunch.Information about registration can be found on the Master of Agribusiness Web page.

Read more about MAB’s event speaker.

Original article by Mary Bowen, K-State Master of Agribusiness program

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In the Cattle Marketscattle on prairie

July 13, 2015
“Hay Facilitating Expansion”, by Matthew Diersen, South Dakota State University.


Kansas Days Suitable for Fieldwork

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Terry Griffin and Emily Carls provide updated field workdays in Kansas, both for the entire state as well as by Crop Reporting District to help farmers plan for critical machinery bottleneck periods.


Dan Portrait

Grain Outlook Radio Program
July 17, 2015
For his weekly segment on the grain market trends, K-State agricultural economist Dan O’Brien passes along his latest marketing-year price forecasts for wheat, corn and soybeans, based on the USDA’s crop production and grain supply reports released last Friday.


Featured ContributorRobin Reid 2014

Robin Reid joined the Agricultural Economics Department at K-State as the Commercial Agriculture Economist in August, 2014.  She previously worked for four years as an Extension Agent in the River Valley District, with a focus on livestock production and farm management.  Robin grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business from UW-River Falls.  She also holds a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from K-State.

Reagan Kays awarded Phi Kappa Phi fellowship

ReaganKaysReagan Kays, May 2015 graduate in agribusiness, received a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellow ship to study agriculture, business, and public policy law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

“I feel blessed to have received this honor,” Kays said. “The Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship will allow me to work less and dive deeper into the material presented to me in law school. I am excited for the next step in my academic career.”

Universities nominate one candidate for the national competition. The candidates are selected based on the expected success of the nominee in either graduate school or professional studies. The student’s academic achievements, service, leadership experience and career goals are all under consideration in selecting a fellow.

“I am so pleased that Phi Kappa Phi has chosen to recognize Reagan Kays for all of his hard work and service here at Kansas State University,” said Daralyn Gordon Arata, coordinator of the university’s Office of Pre-Law Advising. “I am very proud that he will be continuing his education at Georgetown University Law Center, a wonderful law school, and look forward to all of the good that Reagan will accomplish as he enters the legal profession.”

Kays served as the 2014-2014 student body president at K-State and took an active role in the 2015 Kansas legislative session. Kays worked hard for an medical amnesty bill for underage students who reported life-threatening situations while intoxicated. The Kansas Senate passed the bill, nicknamed the Lifeline 911. The bill died on the House floor due to other legislative actions on the state’s House of Representatives. Kays overcame the hardship and was able to enact parts of bill into the University’s policy.

“During the past year, I discovered creating policy has a deeper purpose and I want to be a positive change agent in the policy arena in my future,” Kays said.

While at K-State, Kays helped rework the Academic Freedom Statement, a referendum for student money to be used for academic buildings. He also started interest in adding non-academic misconduct to transcripts.

“Reagan has a bright future ahead of him,” said Barry Flinchbaugh, professor of agriculture economics. “He has wonderful people skills and a deep belief in the democratic process. The future of Kansas — and perhaps the nation — will benefit from his outstanding leadership.”

In addition to servicing as the Student Governing Association president, Kays served as the president K-State’s chapter of Blue Key, a senior honor society, a College of Agriculture ambassador, a member of the Kansas State University Student Foundation, and the national undergraduate director of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

“Reagan Kays displays the finest qualities of a leader: He listens, he cares, he strives for understanding and he seeks compromise,” said John Crespi, professor in agricultural economics.

Phi Kappa Phi, established in 1897, is one of the oldest and most selective collegiate honor societies. The organization honors excellence in academic in higher education. The fellowship will apply to Kay’s first year at Georgetown University Law Center.

“I have a great deal of people I would like to thank for their help during my years at K-State,” Kays said. “In short, I’d like to thank James Hohenbary, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships; Daralyn Gordon Arata, Barry Flinchbaugh and John Crespi.”

Students interested in learning more about competing for future Phi Kappa Phi awards or other scholarships can contact Hohenbary at jimlth@k-state.edu.

Original Article by: K-State Communication Services

‘Improved Management, Improved Nutrition, Improved Profit’ Focus of the 2015 State Beef Conference

The 2015 K-State Beef Conference, Aug. 11 and 13, will be held at different locations throughout Kansas. The conference will focus on a search for opportunities to enhance the management of a beef operation in this time of record returns on calves that many cattle producers have experienced this year. The conference theme and focus for this year is “Improved Management, Improved Nutrition, Improved Profit.”

“The idea of continuous improvement is an important management principle beef producers should employ, even when the cow-calf sector is profitable,” said Bob Weaber, cow-calf specialist for K-State Research and Extension. “Profitable times are good ones for managers to evaluate their operation and deploy new profit-improving practices, recognizing at some point ahead we’ll experience leaner times.”

Rich Porter speaks with students of the Risk Management class in the spring 2015 semester.

Rich Porter speaks with students of the Risk Management class in the spring 2015 semester.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Rich Porter, rancher and author, Reading, Kan. Porter has earned many awards for his operating a cattle ranch in Kansas. Under Porter, the ranch has grown and includes about 6,000 head of cattle and 2,800 acres of corn and soybeans. Porter was recognized for his work and awarded the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award by the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics. In 2008, he was awarded the K-State College of Agriculture’s 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Porter was awarded two years later the 2010 National Stocker Award from BEEF Magazine.

Joining Porter at this year’s conference will be Justin Waggoner, beef systems specialist, and Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist, both from K-State Research and Extension. Waggoner will lecture about low-stress cattle handling principles and techniques through the development of stockmanship skills. Reinhardt will discuss the benefits of a year-round mineral supplementation strategy, covering both motivations for the strategy and cost.

Locations and Dates:
Aug. 11: Melvern Community Center, Melvern, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Aug. 11: 4-H Center, Pratt County Fairgrounds, Pratt, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Aug. 13: American Ag Credit, Salina,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Aug. 13: Nemaha County Community Building, Seneca, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Registration should be completed with the hosting county or district office. Deadline for the Aug. 11 meeting is Aug 5. Deadline for the Aug. 13 meeting is Aug. 7. The registration fee includes a meal.

Read more about the conference. Cattle

Original Article by: Katie Allen, Katielynn@ksu.edu

K-State Research and Extension


K-State to host Dairy Sessions for producers

Kansas State University will host “Summer Dairy Herd Challenges: Managing Price and Production Risks” in two locations this year.

The sessions will provided dairy producers with up-to-date production and economic information as part of the Dairy Margin Protection Program.

K-State Research and Extension animal scientists and agricultural economists will present on July 31 in Hutchinson at the Amish Community Center, and again on Aug. 4 in Seneca at the Nemaha County Community Building. Presenters include Gregg Hadley, associate professor at Kansas State University and assistant director at K-State Research and Extension, and Mike Brouk and Luis Mendonca, K-State dairy specialists. Members and representatives of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency will available to discuss details of the Dairy MPP.

Both sessions start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. The Kansas Dairy Commission will provided a free lunch.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Dairy Margin Protection Program Basics and 2016 Election Decisions;
  • Relationships Between Heat Stress and Reproductive Performance in Kansas Dairy Herds;
  • Reducing Heat Stress on Transition and Post-Fresh Cattle;
  • Improving Transition and Post-Fresh Performance with Feed Additives; and
  • Culling in the First 60 Days of Lactation and Transition Cow Challenges in Kansas Dairy Herds.

To register for the Hutchinson session call the Reno County extension office at  620-662-2371. Register by July 24 (to ensure a lunch).

To register for the Seneca session call the Meadowlark Extension District’s Seneca office at 785-336-2184. Register by July 31 (to ensure a lunch).

Original Article by: Mary Lou Peter, mlpeter@ksu.edu

K-State Research and Extension

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In the Cattle Marketscattle on prairie

June 15, 2015
“A Return to Normalcy”, by John Michael Riley, Mississippi State University.


Rain and Crop Insurance – Radio Interview 
June 17, 2015
Art Barnaby talks about the crop insurance options available to row crop growers who have either been prevented from planting or have had to re-plant because of the excessive wet weather the last few weeks….he stresses that it’s a very complicated matter that is best discussed in detail with one’s insurance agent.


Complicated Prevented Planting Rules
June 16, 2015
As a result rain, farmers have gone from drought-damaged crops to too wet to plant the crop. Art Barnaby notes that there are a large number of underwriting rules for prevented planting, so farmers need to call their agent if their soybeans are not planted by June 15, the final planting date in the northern tier of Kansas.


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Dr. Terry Griffin is the cropping systems economist specializing in big data and precision agriculture. Current projects include farm management decision-making under weather uncertainty, profitable irrigation, and farmland values. He developed methods to analyze site-specific yield monitor data from field-scale experiments using spatial statistical techniques. Terry is a charter member of the International Society of Precision Agriculture. He recently received the 2014 Pierre C. Robert International Precision Agriculture Young Scientist Award for his work in data utilization. He has also received the 2012 Conservation Systems Precision Ag Researcher of the Year and the 2010 PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence for Research.

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In the Cattle Markets

June 8, 2015
“Forward Contracting Calves”, by Matthew Diersen, South Dakota State University.


Farm Liquidity: KFMA – Radio Interview Kevin Herbel
June 10, 2015
KFMA administrator Kevin Herbel looks at farm and ranch liquidity measures from the Kansas Net Farm Income Report for 2014. Herbel talks about the cash flow situation that Kansas farmers and ranchers are now working with, and compares it with the past.


World Supply & Demand Estimates (WASDE)

June 10, 2015
USDA supply and demand estimates for corn, soybeans and wheat. Includes graphs of historical data and spreadsheets with raw data.


Dan PortraitGrain Outlook Radio Program 
June 12, 2015
Dan O’Brien sees some surprises coming out of the USDA’ grain production and World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates reports earlier this week, and how they influence his latest marketing-year grain price projections.


FEATURED CONTRIBUTORgregory_ibendahl_0005-20130716

Greg Ibendahl joined the faculty in fall 2012 as an associate professor of agricultural economics with a major appointment in extension. Prior to joining the K-State faculty, he served as an associate extension professor at Mississippi State University. His specialty areas are farm management and agricultural finance.

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Big Data In Agriculture Is Here To Stay (Video) 20150205_terry_griffin_0005

June 5, 2015

Terry Griffin comments on understanding and leveraging “Big Data”, calling it “the most elusive farm asset”.  Griffin is working on bringing big data techniques to the producers and gain efficiency in farming operations.


Dan Portrait

Grain Outlook Radio Program

 June 5, 2015

Dan O’Brien remarks on recent changes in the value of the dollar and the ensuing effect on grain price trends, and talks about his latest analysis of grain production costs and forward contract bids, as topics during his weekly grain market segment.


Robin Reid

2014 Kansas ARC-CO Estimated Payments – Interactive Map and Data  

June 4, 2015

Robin Reid and Terry Griffin provide estimates of 2014 ARC-CO payments for Kansas, in an interactive map format, with the ability to download the data if desired. These estimates are based on NASS yields and current MYA prices, which are subject to change.


Brian Briggeman


Brian C. Briggeman joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University in July 2011 as an Associate Professor and Director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. His research interests include agricultural finance, agribusiness and cooperative management and macroeconomic implications for U.S. agriculture.

Weekly update from AgManager.info

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2014 KFMA Farm Income Enterprise Reports
May 26, 2015 – The 2014 KFMA Farm Income Enterprise reports are out and Kevin Herbel and his KFMA associates provide income enterprise reports to your table.

This week on the Livestock Outlook Radio Program
May 26, 2015 – Derrel Peel of Oklahoma State University provides analysis of the cattle market, and reviews the latest USDA cattle-on-feed report.

Crop Basis Maps
May 28, 2015 – GIS maps show this week’s basis and deviation from 3 year average for corn, wheat, soybeans, and milo in the central plains.

Grain Outlook Radio Program:
May 29, 2015 – Dan O’Brien comments on why the grain markets haven’t reacted much to the ongoing wet weather in central and the southern plains as part of his weekly update.

Other highlights include
May 29, 2015 – Feature profile from Kansas Farm Management Association Administrator Kevin Herbel.  Herbel’s focus is helping farmers manage resources efficiently.  Herbel received his B.S. degree and Master’s from Kansas State University’s Agricultural Economics program.

K-State Spring 2015 Survey Indicates Lower Farmland Prices

Agricultural lenders are reporting decreased farmland values and increases in non-performing farm loans. According to the results of an Agricultural Lender Survey conducted by the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics in March, this is a continuation of a trend witnessed in the end-of-year survey conducted in 2014.

Allen Featherstone July 2014“For the first time since we began this survey, the majority of respondents thought land values declined,” said Allen Featherstone, professor and department head of the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics. Additionally, he mentioned that the long-term expectation also pointed to declines in land values.

Researchers pointed to uncertainty in the markets regarding interest rates and competition amongst the lenders as some of the long-term factors in the results, which still showed a strong credit market for producers. Lenders cited lower commodity prices, rising operating costs and the softening of cash rents. Combining these with a decrease in farmland prices created concern in the long-term financial health of the farming sector.

However, in reference to the increase in non-performing loans, Featherstone said he believes the market is just cycling back to a normal state. The study indicated a stronger market of loan availability in the agricultural market, which would benefit producers in the future. Research shows that bankers are still interested in agricultural investments, but experts say the farmers are going to have to show a strong investment plan.

“Producers are going to encounter cautious lenders,” Featherstone said. “Farmers will have to be well-prepared and document plans going forward to continue to access credit at good rates.”

The Agricultural Lender Survey included 39 lending institution responses. Lenders in the survey considered five key areas: farm loan interest rates, spread over cost of funds, farm loan volumes, non-performing loan volumes and agricultural land values.

Various K-State Department of Agricultural Economics researchers developed and conducted the survey, including Brady Brewer, recent doctoral graduate; Brian Briggeman, associate professor and director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center; Allen Featherstone; and Christine Wilson, professor.

For more information about the outlook for agricultural credit conditions and commentary on areas of concern within agriculture, go to the K-State Agricultural Lender Survey http://www.ageconomics.k-state.edu/research/ag-lender-survey/index.html.

This news release from K-State Research and Extension is posted at http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/news/story/farmland_prices060415.aspx.

For more information:
Allen Featherstone – afeather@ksu.edu or 785-532-4441



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