Monthly Archives: November 2014 Update

The following is an overview of items rolling through  Contact Rich Llewelyn at 785.532.1504 or for more information about these items.

2014 Kansas Crop Insurance Workshop, LAST CHANCE!
November 13, Salina
This is a one-day conference for farmers, crop insurance agents and ag lenders.

2014 Kansas Income Tax Institute
A two-day conference for tax professionals at 8 locations in Kansas

  • Overland Park, November 24-25
  • Wichita, December 1-2
  • Salina, December 2-3
  • Topeka, December 3-4

2014 Farm Bill Meetings
Begins January 12, 2015, in Wichita
Fifteen half-day meetings in Kansas to provide information on the decision for the 2014 Farm Bill.

Other Extension Meetings
A listing of other extension meetings taking place in Kansas, with the following coming up:

  • Garden City, November 18
  • Miltonvale, November 19
  • Salina, November 20

2015 Excel Workshops

  • Garden City, January 20
  • Emporia, February 5 

A couple of day-long workshops this winter to provide training in using Excel spreadsheets.


2014 Farm Bill Policy Page
Your guide to understanding the 2014 Farm Bill, with papers, presentations, decision tool and links.

OSU-KSU Decision Tool
An Excel spreadsheet decision tool developed by Oklahoma State University and K-State, to help make the decision between ARC and PLC from the 2014 Farm Bill.

In the last week…

Grain Outlook Radio Program
November 7, 2014
Dan O’Brien talks about what next Monday’s USDA grain production and supply-and-demand reports are likely to say, and he comments on surging soybean exports and lagging corn and wheat exports, during his weekly analysis of the grain markets.

Crop Basis Maps
November 6, 2014
GIS maps showing this week’s basis and deviation from 3 year average for corn, wheat, soybeans, and milo in the central Plains.

Updated Crop Basis Tool
November 6, 2014
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.

MYA Price Estimates Updated for ARC and PLC Commodity Programs
November 5, 2014
Art Barnaby provides the MYA price estimates, updated for 2015 wheat, 2014 corn, 2014 sorghum, and 2014 soybeans.

Rumors and Errors on the Farm Bill and the Status of the OSU-KSU Decision Aid
November 5, 2014
Art Barnaby corrects some common errors and misconceptions about the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill).

K-State Feeder Cattle Risk Management Tool
November 4, 2014
Kevin Dhuyvetter’s decision tool for feeder cattle has been updated by Glynn Tonsor to reflect recent prices in the industry.

In the Cattle Markets
November 3, 2014
“Beef Demand Update and Context …”, by Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University.

Livestock Outlook Radio Program
Glynn Tonsor provides this week’s cattle market insight: he reviews the positive numbers from his beef demand index for the 3rd quarter, and talks about improvement in his latest cattle feeding profitability projections.

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

Dairy MPP Program Webinar Recording
View the slides here.
Check out the 1-hour webinar presentation on the Dairy MPP Program by Robin Reid.

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 (February 20 – March 7, 2015) is open to anyone with an interest in international agribusiness. Contact Mary Bowen for more information:, 785-532-4435.

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Kevin Herbel began serving as the Administrator of the Kansas Farm Management Association program in June of 2007. A primary focus of his work is to help Kansas farmers manage their resources efficiently. Kevin has worked for the K-State Research and Extension since 1989, most recently as an economist with the North Central Kansas Farm Management Association (1994-2003) and as Extension Assistant and Farm Analyst (2004-2007). He received his B.S. degree in 1988 and his M.S. degree in 1991, both in Agricultural Economics at K-State.

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Sharon Benz presented Animal Health Industry Insights at Master of Agribusiness Olathe session

Sharon Benz presented information at K-State animal health industry seminar

Significant changes on the horizon for the animal health industry are reflected in three new documents now available, according to Sharon Benz, director of the Division of Animal Feeds within the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

cattle on prairieBenz, who spoke Oct. 22 at the Animal Health Industry Insights seminar hosted by the Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness program, said the new documents will govern the use of antibiotics and will affect those working in the animal health and companion animal industry. They are (1) Guidance 209 Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food Producing Animals; (2) Guidance 213 Implementation Principles for Guidance 209; and (3) the Veterinary Feed Directive Proposed Regulations.

The seminar was held at the K-State Olathe campus.

“With the changing environment surrounding animal health, it is vital that we are knowledgeable and engaged with the agencies that provide guidance and oversight to our industry. Dr. Benz provided the opportunity for Master of Agribusiness students to become familiar with the influence that the FDA has on our business decisions,” said Justin Smith, MAB student and deputy animal health commissioner for the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Benz gave an overview of the CVM and its responsibilities, which she said works to ensure animal drugs are safe and effective before giving approval; monitors the safety and effectiveness of current animal drugs on the market; reviews animal and pet food for safety and labeling; ensures pet food additives are safe and have utility before approval; conducts research; and helps make more animal drugs legally available for minor species, such as fish and hamsters.

“Dr. Benz was very knowledgeable with an extensive background. Since canine nutrition is my passion, it was an extremely interesting presentation for me. I learned about FDA policies and procedures I did not know about and Dr. Benz was nice enough to answer questions afterward, said Melissa Vogt, MAB student and distance learning veterinary technology Instructor at Colby Community College.

“Dr. Benz brought a wealth of knowledge to the forum by providing insight regarding the changes that the animal health industry will be experiencing when the implementation of the judicious use of antibiotics guidance 209 and guidance 213 begin,” said David Yandell, MAB student and senior associate for regulatory, surveillance and compliance with Elanco Animal Health. “Dr. Benz highlighted the need for the judicious use of antibiotics in the industry and that the FDA-CVM, an agency dedicated to the health and safety of humans and animals, is helping to ensure they are available for use in the future.”

Benz is responsible for providing direction and oversight to the division, which monitors and sets standards for contaminants, approves food additives and oversees medicated feed and pet food programs. Prior to her appointment to director in 2004, she served as the team leader for the Nutrition and Labeling Team. In preparation for her work with the FDA, she was employed by the National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture as the program officer for the Nutrient Requirement series bulletins on animal nutrient requirements.

Benz earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and a Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Tech. Her training is in ruminant nutrition and mineral metabolism and requirements.

K-State’s Master of Agribusiness ( is an award-winning, distance-education degree program that focuses on food, animal health and agribusiness management. Students and alumni work in every sector of the food, animal health and agribusiness industry and are located in 40 states within the United States and in more than 30 countries.

Guidance 209
· Limit the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs to those uses considered necessary for assuring animal health
· Use includes veterinary involvement/consultation

Guidance 213
· Provides guidance for industry on the implementation of judicious use
· Process for updating labels to remove growth/production uses
· New therapeutic uses may be pursue

  •  Have a defined dosing duration
  • Effective therapeutic dose level
  • Be targeted as much as possible to the at-risk population
  • Include veterinary oversight

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)
· VFD is an order by a veterinarian that allows the feeding of approved VFD drugs to animals
· Medically necessary antimicrobial drugs will be converted from over-the-counter (OTC) to VFD drugs
· VFD regulations are being revised to improve the efficiency of the VFD process


CONTACT: Mary Bowen – 785.532.4435-