Monthly Archives: July 2015

Time to register for the 2015 Risk and Profit Conference!

2015 Risk and Profit Conference – August 20-21, 2015

K-State Alumni Center, Manhattan, Kansas
Dealing With Drought: The Effects and Economics of Drought in Agriculture
Credit card registration here
To Print Brochure and Pay By Check: Registration brochure
Click links below for more information…
Schedule / Breakout schedule
Keynote Speakers
Breakout Sessions

Registration Information
Registration Brochure (PDF)
Trade Show

Maps & Directions
Hotel Accommodations

Previous Years’ Proceedings (2002-2014)

Credit card registration

To Print Brochure and Pay By Check: Registration brochure
For more information, contact Rich Llewelyn at the phone or email below:
Phone: 785-532-1504 Email:


K-State First selects two agricultural economics students as new learning assistants

K-State First, the university’s first-year experience program, selected 35 students to become Connected Across Topics (CAT) Community learning assistants and residential learning assistants for Fall 2015.

Karly Frederick, junior in Agribusiness, will assist Kerry Priest, assistant professor of leadership studies, in a CAT community called Leadership For Agricultural Advocacy. Cooper Clawson, senior in agricultural economics, will assist a CAT Community called Profitability in Livestock Enterprises with Don Boggs, associate dean of academic programs for the College of Agriculture.

CAT Communities connect first year students through two general education classes and an hour-long connection course. Learning assistants work with non-residential and study abroad CAT Communities. They are an important part of the success the CAT Communities have experienced. The students chosen as learning assistants facilitate the hour-long connection class, plan social and educational events, and serve as role models to the first-year students.

Original article written by: By Kylie Kinley

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

Weekly update from

In case you missed last week’s update, here are some of the highlights!

In the Cattle Marketscattle on prairie

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

Kansas Days Suitable for Fieldwork

July 14, 201520150205_terry_griffin_0005

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

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,

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,

K-State Research and Extension