Agricultural Economics updates

The following are College of Agriculture, department and faculty updates. To view the latest department e-newsletter for more updates, click here.

The New Farm Bill: A Webinar by Art Barnaby

Art Barnaby, professor of agricultural economics, will discuss what is in this legislation. The new Farm Bill provides a one-time irrevocable farmer decision to select the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Those who elect PLC will also be eligible for Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO). The presentation will cover NASS prices and yield used for calculation of the payments. The Farm Bill changes to crop insurance will also be included.

When: February 21, 2014 | 12 noon, CST (apx. 1 hour)
Registration Fee: $25
Deadline to Register: February 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm CST or when full (250 lines).
Instructions for login will be sent following registration. If you are unable to register with a credit card or have problems registering, contact Rich Llewelyn: or 785.532.1504.

A recording of the webinar will be available for those unable to participate on February 21. Register for the webinar and receive instructions of how to access recording, following the webinar.

For more information: Rich Llewelyn | 785.532.1504 | Art Barnaby | 785.532.1515 |

2014 Winter Master of Agribusiness Syllabus newsletter is now online

Click here to view the MAB Syllabus.

Click here to visit the MAB website.

Ag News Now – Updates from the College of Agriculture

  • Interested in International Ag Development? Agri-Corps is hosting an informational session THIS WEDNESDAY
  • K-State Proud booth will be in Waters Hall on February 17
  • Still looking for an internship? Consider making a difference by working at Camp War Eagle.
  • Apply to be a Peer Instructor with the Academic Assistance Center

Click here to read more about these College of Agriculture headlines.

Flinchbaugh delivers a history of farm programs

January 6, 2014 – When you think of Washington these days, lots of words come to mind. Some of those words include “myth, confusion, misinterpretation, dysfunction, partisan, mean-spirited, ideological, demagoguery, damned lies, and dishonesty,” says Barry Flinchbaugh, Ph.D., professor emeritus of agriculture economics at Kansas State University.

The veteran farm bill mover and shaker said there is “an abundant supply of wingnuts on the right and the left,” and “a president who absolutely refuses to lead, wants to be professorial, and Congress has no idea how to lead because few if any moderates remain.”

At the recent American Bankers Association National Farm Bankers Conference, at Minneapolis, Minn., Flinchbaugh went into professorial mode when he explained, “Harry Truman once said there was one thing new in this world and that is the history we have not learned.”

Click here to view the rest of the article, written by Larry Dreiling, High Plains Journal.

Click here to view these and other news items on the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics news page. For more information, contact Amanda Erichsen at


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