MAST: Management Analysis & Strategic Thinking
Begins: November 18-19, 2014
Two on-campus (2 day) sessions with distance learning in between.
See about it at:

Other Extension Meetings
A listing of other extension meetings taking place in Kansas.
Coming up:
Meeting in Blaine: September 10-11

2014 Ag Lenders Conferences
A one-day conference for agricultural lenders.
Garden City: October 7
Manhattan: October 8

2014 Kansas Crop Insurance Workshop
A one-day conference for farmers, crop insurance agents and ag lenders.
Salina: November 13

2014 Kansas Income Tax Institute
A two-day conference for tax professionals at 8 locations in Kansas
Garden City: November 4, starting location
Full schedule at:


Frequently Asked Questions: Title I Programs of the 2014 Farm Bill
Robin Reid, Art Barnaby and Mykel Taylor provide an easy-to-understand reference for your questions about the 2014 Farm Bill.

2014 Risk and Profit Conference Presentations
All presentations from the 2014 Risk and Profit Conference hosted the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics last week are now available.

 In the Cattle Markets
“Feed Supply and Demand” by Matthew Diersen, South Dakota State University.

Livestock Outlook Radio Program
Glynn Tonsor provides this week’s cattle market insight: he breaks down the latest USDA cattle-on-feed report and what that suggests about the geographical shift in cattle feeding in the central plains region, and he passes along his latest feedlot return projections.

Chinese Reforms and US Agriculture- Radio Interview
The keynote speaker at last week’s K-State Risk and Profit Conference, Iowa State University agricultural economist Dermot Hayes, talks about recent changes in agricultural and rural policy in China, and what those changes portend for U.S. agricultural interests, in terms of doing further export business with that country.

Michael Springer – Featured Producer at Risk and Profit Conference – Radio Interview
A featured speaker at the Risk and Profit Conference, southeast Kansas hog and crop producer Michael Springer, talks about that path to success that his multi-generation family farm has followed, and about what he’s learned while serving as a public advocate for the hog industry in specific and agriculture in general…he believes that headway is being made by agriculture’s public outreach efforts.

Grain Outlook Radio Program
Dan O’Brien summarizes his latest grain market outlook as presented at this week’s Risk and Profit Conference at K-State. Specifically, he dwells on declining row crop prices, and how those might factor into a grower’s post-harvest marketing strategy.

Crop Basis Maps
GIS maps showing this week’s basis and deviation from the 3-year average for corn, wheat, soybeans and milo in the central Plains.

Updated Crop Basis Tool
Providing the weekly basis (Wednesday close) for corn, soybeans, milo and winter wheat for approximately 800 locations across Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas Panhandle, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Ag Law Update – Radio Interview
Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University goes over several fresh new court rulings of interest to agricultural producers, including a dispute over a change in a farmland leasing arrangement that lead to the former tenant paying a hefty penalty… and another liability case over livestock on a roadway.

Livestock and Hay Charts
Price, basis, forecast, cattle slaughter, cattle cycle, cattle on feed, livestock feeding returns, meat trade charts and supply and demand for corn, wheat and soybeans.

Declining APH Yields Has Become a “Hot” Issue
Nearly a year ago during the final debate on the Farm Bill, changes were suggested to deal with declining APH. Art Barnaby addresses what has happened since.

Robin Reid is the new Commercial Agriculture Economist in the Agricultural Economics Department.

New to the Department
Robin Reid
Reid recently joined the Agricultural Economics Department at K-State as the Commercial Agriculture Economist. 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.


MAB Trip to South America

K-State’s Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program is offering travel to Brazil and Argentina to learn about the food and agriculture industry in South America. The trip includes visits to agricultural and food-related industries and guided sightseeing tours with free time to explore Buenos Aires, the waterfalls at Iguazu and Sao Paulo. The tour, from February 20 to March 7, 2015, is open to anyone with an interest in international agribusiness.
For information, go to: or contact Mary Bowen at 785-532-4435 or


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