Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nathan Hendricks and Jeff Peterson earn 2013 WAEA Outstanding JARE Award

Two faculty of the Department of Agricultural Economics have earned a publication honor from the Western Agricultural Economics Association, Inc. (WAEA). Nathan Hendricks, assistant professor, and Jeff Peterson, professor, submitted the paper “Fixed Effects Estimation of the Intensive and Extensive Margins of Irrigation Water Demand” to be published in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (JARE). The article was selected to receive this year’s WAEA Outstanding JARE Award.

Hendricks and Peterson will be honored for their award at the Awards Luncheon, June 28, during the WAEA annual meeting in Monterey, Calif. Hendricks has been with the Department of Agricultural Economics at K-State since 2011. Peterson has been with the department since 2000.

The following is the abstract for the article. Irrigation water demand is estimated using field-level panel data from Kansas over 16 years. The cost of pumping varies over time due to changes in energy prices and across space due to differences in the depth to water. Exploiting this variation allows us to estimate the demand elasticity while controlling for field-farmer and year fixed effects. Fixed effects also allow us to control for land use without an instrument or assumptions about the distribution of errors. Our estimates of water demand are used to calculate the cost of reducing irrigation water use through water pricing, irrigation cessation, and intensity-reduction program.

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Agribusiness Offers Leadership Opportunities for Women

Women Encouraged to Be Creative, Think Like Entrepreneurs

April 16, 2013 – A Kansas State University agricultural economist is optimistic about agriculture, which, he claims, “is the only business that will not go out of business.”

He’s also enthusiastic about opportunities for women to fulfill leading roles in the success of agribusiness.


As a featured speaker at the 2013 edition of the “Women Managing the Farm Conference” held in Manhattan, Kan. recently, Vincent Amanor-Boadu challenged the more than 200 women attending the conference to be creative and think like entrepreneurs.

Amanor-Boadu, who has earned distinction as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture at K-State, sees opportunity for Kansans and agribusiness.

“In the U.S., in the last 60 to 70 years, agriculture has proven to be the most productive segment of the economy,” Amanor-Boadu said. “Input has remained virtually the same, yet production has more than doubled.”

He cited politics, technology (including improved seed, genetics and equipment), and globalization as primary factors in driving growth in agribusiness.

Amanor-Boadu expects continuing growth with new opportunities, and noted that “the consumer is changing, and demanding more from food producers.”

As global consumers enjoy increased economic success – with China moving towards achieving about $5,000 per capita income per year – they typically consume more protein, and that includes lean meats. Those who prefer whole grains consume more grains and are demanding higher quality grains, he said.

Kansas is positioned to capitalize on such trends, said Amanor-Boadu, who predicted that there will be more opportunities for women to lead agribusinesses.

More women than men are currently going to college; they’re learning about agribusiness, building leadership skills, and moving into leadership and management positions, he said.

More women also are choosing careers in agriculture, and they may work as food producers, farm and ranch managers, in crops, soils, plant, animal, food and nutritional sciences, horticulture, new product development, strategic planning, marketing, management, and other careers.

The need to satisfy preferences in a changing world, yet also serve the growing world population will bring opportunities, said Amanor-Boadu, who suggested that successful agribusiness professionals also will need to be open to new ideas.

“Opportunities for growth and development should be plentiful,” he said, adding that he encourages women to consider the larger global market, learn to identify emerging trends and glean ideas from others’ successes.

He cited innovative technology companies that have a track record of introducing new products and success in sales as a good source for inspiration and ideas that could be applicable in agribusiness.

Amanor-Boadu also encouraged women to take advantage of educational opportunities at K-State and in the College of Agriculture.

One example, he said, is the MAST Program in Agricultural Economics. MAST stands for management, analysis, and strategic thinking, via an executive level class that combines on-campus sessions with distance education. Participants are encouraged to apply such lessons in today’s world while also looking toward the future, and to build and practice leadership skills during the two-year program.

More information on the 2013-14 MAST program is available.

Women should also attend short courses and field days, as well as K-State’s annual Ag Profitability and Risk and Profit conferences to expand their knowledge about farm and land management and production, the agricultural economist said.

A calendar of educational opportunities through K-State Research and Extension is available.

The 2014 Women Managing the Farm Conference is scheduled Feb. 13-14 in Manhattan, Kan. Information about the conference will be posted as it becomes available.

Written by Nancy Peterson, K-State Research and Extension News

K-State Master of Agribusiness Program Now Available: Tailored for Animal Health Professionals

One-Week ‘On Campus’ Sessions to be at K-State Olathe

April 11, 2013 – Kansas State University’s award-winning Master of Agribusiness (MAB) distance degree program is now offering an MAB tailored to individuals working in the animal health industry.

The Master of Agribusiness combines a master of business administration and a master’s in agricultural economics with a focus on professionals working in the animal health and agribusiness industries. The one-week “on-campus” portions of the program will be held at K-State Olathe in August and October of each year.

“We are pleased to offer the Master of Agribusiness program at the K-State Olathe campus to those working in the animal health sector. The goal of the program is to take people who work in the industry and allow them to learn business and management skills from instructors who understand the animal health and vet medicine industry,” said Allen Featherstone, professor of agricultural economics and director of the MAB program. “Students in the program will learn from faculty with extensive experience in the animal health industry. They will benefit from the opportunity to research the industry more deeply, and will also benefit from the knowledge and experiences of their classmates who work in the global animal health industry including the companion animal segment, all while developing a network of contacts at the same time.”
The MAB program has been a leading provider of business and management skills for food and agriculture professionals since 1998 and is expanding to add a focus on the animal health industry. The program includes courses in finance, economics, risk management, management, marketing, strategy, policy and others with each course geared toward application to the animal health and agribusiness industries for maximum applicability.  

MAB alumnus Todd Marsh, who owns a multi-doctor large animal veterinary practice in Reserve, Mont., said the program enhanced his business management skills and his knowledge of the broader food system on both a national and international scale.

For most MAB students, the thesis is a company-related issue, so companies in the animal health industry benefit. In essence, while completing the thesis, the student is solving a problem for his or her employer. They both gain from the direct application of business and economic skills to everyday work situations.

Don Hecht, retired director of sales and marketing with Elanco Animal Health said he believes the company-related thesis sets the program apart from others: “Having worked in the animal health industry for over 25 years, I found that the K-State MAB offers some really unique professional growth opportunities for people in our industry. There is no other master’s program with the proven track record of students integrating their business and economic coursework into a professional thesis which is targeted to be of value to their own business or employer’s business issues.”

The MAB distance program allows students to continue working throughout the program. Coursework is covered in the first two years allowing the third year for completion of the thesis. The first two years, students study at the K-State Olathe campus for one week in August where they begin their courses. They return for a second week in October to take finals, interact with industry leaders, and give presentations. The rest of the year, coursework is fit around family and work responsibilities and is completed using content delivered through the Internet, DVDs, podcasts, email, and interactive recitation sessions.

Applications are now being accepted for the class starting in August. For more information on the K-State Master of Agribusiness Animal Health cohort, please contact Deborah Kohl at 785-532-4495, email or go to

Click here to read this article on the K-State Research and Extension news page.

Derek Klingenberg and Klingenberg Farms Studios: Now that’s rural

April 10, 2013 – What is your creative outlet? Playing piano? Singing in the shower? Doodling on a napkin? Today we’ll meet a young Kansas farmer who found a creative outlet in creating music videos to post on the Internet. In doing so, he is helping communicate about agriculture and rural life.

Derek Klingenberg is founder of Klingenberg Farms Studios near Peabody, Kan. He grew up on a farm near Peabody and attended K-State where he majored in agricultural economics. He is musically talented, having sung in the K-State Men’s Glee Club and played trombone in the marching band.

After college, Derek married and returned to the farm. He and his brother Grant, also K-State agricultural economics alumni,  and some friends started a bluegrass singing group called the Possum Boys. It was a lot of fun, but the group disbanded when two members of the group went to seminary.

“I needed a creative outlet,” Derek said. He wrote a song about bumble bees and, for fun, decided to try making a video to go with it. He bought some software and a camera. His brother Grant helped him make the video, called Bumble Bees in the Hay, which they staged on a hayfield on their farm. “I spent maybe a year filming and editing those first videos,” Derek said. The next step was to post the video online.

These farmboys did not begin as technology whizkids. In fact, it was a time when social media were just emerging.

“We didn’t really know what YouTube was at the time,” Derek said. “I didn’t even have Internet.  I had to go to my brother’s to post it online.”

But he did post it online and he got a good reaction. Derek wrote more music and tried another video called Possum in the Barn. He got Internet access and upgraded to a nicer camera and professional software, producing more videos using his self-taught skills. For example, he learned about green screens which can project a video image behind a performer. He recorded the music at a studio in Newton.

Derek continues to produce music videos focusing on those things closest to him: Family and farm. It is a homegrown operation.

“My computers are in the basement of my house,” Derek said. The studio for filming is in a newly constructed Morton building which also serves as an office and machine shed for the farm.

During the 2012 Christmas season, he produced commercials for businesses in Newton. Mid-Kansas Co-op had him do a music video called White Pickup Truck, which was a parody of Toby Keith’s song Red Solo Cup.

In March 2013, Derek posted a music video called Ranching Awesome, which was a parody of the song by Thrift Shop. For example, instead of the line “I’ve got twenty dollars in my pocket,” it said, “I’ve got twenty thousand pounds of cow feed.”

Presented with lots of tongue-in-cheek fun, the video featured scenes of everyday life around the farm and information about beef and pasture burning. It also showed Derek’s two cute young daughters, ages five and three.

The video even included a cameo appearance from Derek’s rancher father.

“We asked him to do it in front of my mom so he couldn’t turn us down,” Derek said with a smile. “My parents have really supported me on this stuff.”

The Ranching Awesome video soon went viral among the Kansas agricultural community, circulating on social media and, in three weeks, reaching more than 189,000 views on YouTube.

Not bad for a video produced in a rural setting. The Klingenberg Farm and Studio is located between Peabody and Elbing, a rural community of 214 people. Now, that’s rural. For more information, go to or follow Derek at

What is your creative outlet? We commend Derek Klingenberg and family for finding a creative outlet with online music videos about agriculture. While providing good, clean entertainment, they are also making a difference by creating more knowledge about farm and ranch life.

And there’s more. Another parody music video about agriculture landed its producers in a New York television studio. We’ll learn about that next week.

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By Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University.