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Wichita Farm Bill meeting videos now available online at AgManager.info – 4 meetings left to attend

Coverage from the 2014 Farm Bill meeting held in Wichita (Jan. 12, 2015), is now available online at http://www.agmanager.info/policy/commodity/2012/default.asp.

There are 4 videos that include Art Barnaby’s presentation, 1 video including Jody Campiche’s cotton presentation (Oklahoma State University Agricultural Economics), 1 video of Mykel Taylor’s presentation, and 1 video of Wichita’s FSA representative, Sean Rafferty.

On this page, click the link in the “download” column to view these videos in a new window.  When in the new video window, select the “info” button in the video browser to show links to more information. If you have questions about these videos or need assistance, please contact Rich Llewelyn at rvl@ksu.edu.

Remaining meetings occur:
Feb. 10 – Phillipsburg
Feb. 11 – Hays
Feb. 12 – Frankfort
Feb. 13 – Atchison
These events are free, however have been full at every location.  Reserve your seat by contacting the local county extension agent for each location, details can be found here.

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 (www.mab.ksu.edu) 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- mjbowen@ksu.edu
www.mab.ksu.edu

AgManager.info Update: Farm Bill updates and meetings galore to get in the know!

EVENTS

Dairy Margin Protection Program Webinar | October 28, 2014, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. A 1-hour webinar by Robin Reid, covering the Dairy MPP program for the 2014 Farm Bill. This presentation will give a comprehensive look at the new Dairy Margin Protection Program and how producers might benefit from it to manage risk on their operations. The workings of the program and tools available to make the sign-up decision will be presented.

2014 Kansas Income Tax Institute |  November 4
A two-day conference for tax professionals at 8 locations in Kansas, starting with Garden City on November 4.

2014 Kansas Crop Insurance Workshop | November 13
A one-day conference for farmers, crop insurance agents, and agricultural lenders. The Kansas session will be held in Salina on November 13.

MAST: Management Analysis & Strategic Thinking | November 18-19, 2014
Management, Analysis, and Strategic Thinking (MAST) is an interactive learning program designed for agricultural producers and agribusiness professionals to enhance and strengthen their farm management skills, equipping them to create a vision for their businesses and handle the challenges of the changing agricultural landscape.2014 Farm Bill logo

2014 Farm Bill Meetings | January 12 – February 13, 2015
There will be fifteen half-day meetings in Kansas to provide information on the decision for the 2014 Farm Bill. The first will be in Wichita, on January 12, 2015.

For a listing of other extension meetings taking place in Kansas, use this link. | Coming up: Republic: October 14 | Wells: October 15 | Minneapolis: October 29 |Gypsum: November 4 |Garden City: December 11


UPDATES

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.

Grain Outlook Radio Program |  Dan O’Brien remarks on the USDA’s grain stocks report out this week, as well as the upcoming USDA row crop production report, during his weekly segment on the grain markets…he also points to a recent hike in grain export business, helping to provide a floor under otherwise bearish markets.

Connecting Livestock Producers with Recent Economic Research (CLPER) |  Glynn Tonsor provides a newsletter to enhance the dissemination of information from peer-reviewed economic research articles to livestock industry decision makers.

Grain Outlook Newsletter |  “Soybean Market Outlook in Late September 2014” and “USDA September 30th Quarterly Stocks and Small Grains Summary”, by Dan O’Brien.

Crop Basis Maps |  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 |  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.

New Farm Bill ToolRadio Interview |  Mykel Taylor announces that the decision-making tool created by Oklahoma State University and K-State for crop producers on the new farm program “safety net” options is now available for use…how to do so will be featured in a special webinar out of K-State taking place tomorrow, and she’ll have the details.

Ag Law Update– Radio Interview |  Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen covers several recent court decisions relevant to agricultural producers, including the ruling on a case over the validity of a farming partnership between parents and son, as perceived by the lending institution for both parties.

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

USDA WASDE Quick Analysis Spreadsheet |  Dan O’Brien provides a spreadsheet with a brief look at the numbers from this week’s USDA WASDE supply and demand report.


Farm Bill Update Webinar Recording
A recording of the webinar on October 2, by Dr. Art Barnaby and Dr. Mykel Taylor the 2014 Farm Bill as well as the OSU-KSU decision tool is available now!
Mykel Taylor is an Extension Economist focused in the areas of crop marketing and food safety and labeling. She grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana and attended Montana State University majoring in Agribusiness Management. Her PhD in Economics is from North Carolina State University. Mykel has worked in extension positions at both Kansas State University and Washington State University. Some of her current research areas include measuring basis risk for cross-hedged commodities, implications of country of origin labeling on meat demand, and direct marketing strategies for urban crop and livestock farmers.Argentina farm - MAB brazilian cows

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.
For information, visit: www.mab.ksu.edu/Alumni/SAmerica15.html or contact Mary Bowen at 785-532-4435, mjbowen@ksu.edu.

 

 


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K-State agricultural economist to discuss crop production, conservation on the farm

Jason Bergtold, associate professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, will give a public lecture at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in 231 Ackert Hall.

Bergtold will discuss balancing economics, environmental stewardship and crop production risk on Kansas farms. His talk is being presented for students participating in the capstone course of the natural resources and environmental science secondary major and is open to the general public as part of the Natural Resources and Environmental Science Seminar Series. Undergraduate students interested in natural resources, environmental science and sustainability issues are especially encouraged to attend.

The natural resources and environmental science secondary major and its seminar series is generously supported by the Office of the Provost, College of Agriculture, College of Arts & Sciences, and the biological and agricultural engineering department.

http://www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=15764&category=events&referredBy=email

By: Shawn Hutchinson

AgManager.info Update

Events

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: www.AgManager.info/MAST

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: http://www.agmanager.info/events/Tax%20Institute/2014.asp


Updates

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.
www.AgManager.info/policy/commodity/2012/default.asp

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.
www.agmanager.info/events/risk_profit/2014/Papers.asp

 In the Cattle Markets
“Feed Supply and Demand” by Matthew Diersen, South Dakota State University.
www.AgManager.info/livestock/marketing/outlook/newsletters

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.
www.AgManager.info/livestock/marketing/outlook/newsletters

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.
www.AgManager.info/news

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.
www.AgManager.info/news

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.
www.AgManager.info/news

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.
www.AgManager.info/marketing/basis/maps/archives

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.
www.AgManager.info/marketing/basis/tools/default.asp

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.
www.AgManager.info/news

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.
www.AgManager.info/livestock/marketing/graphs

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.
www.AgManager.info/crops/insurance/risk_mgt/default.asp


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: www.mab.ksu.edu/Alumni/SAmerica15.html or contact Mary Bowen at 785-532-4435 or mjbowen@ksu.edu.


 

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Dan O’Brien to be a part of the Centennial celebration at Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby

Field day and special evening event will mark scientific advances and outreach efforts.

We’ve come a long way since it took 40 to 50 hours of labor to produce 100 bushels of wheat. To celebrate its role in 100 years of agricultural research and outreach, Kansas State University’s Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby will host a special field day and meal on Thursday, Sept. 4.

The public is invited to both events. Presentations at the field day will include a historical perspective, but also focus on current topics and those on the horizon. Registration for the field day, to be held at the center, 105 Experiment Farm Road, begins at 2:00 p.m., with field tours running from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Field day topics and K-State presenters include:

Water Use and Productivity of Dryland Corn and Grain Sorghum – Rob Aiken, research crops scientist;
Water Use of Corn – A Historical and Current Perspective – Freddie Lamm – research agricultural engineer;
Crop Weed Management Then and Now – Phil Stahlman, research weed scientist;
Ogallala Aquifer Declines at the K-State Northwest Research-Extension Center and Monitoring Declines Going Forward – Dan Rogers, extension irrigation engineer and state leader;
Grain Market and Crop Profitability Prospects for 2014-2015 – Dan O’Brien, extension agricultural economist.

A free meal begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a program from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Cooper Barn at the Prairie Museum of Art and History, 1905 S. Franklin in Colby. Preregistration for the evening program is required by calling 785-462-6281 or online at www.northwest.ksu.edu to ensure enough food is available. Presentations and speakers include:

  • The First Century: The Legacy of the Northwest Research-Extension Center – Bob Gillen, head of K-State’s Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers;
  • A Century of Climate Variability in Northwest Kansas – John Harrington, K-State Department of Geography; and
  • Grand Challenges for the Next Century – John Floros, dean of K-State’s College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.

More information is available by calling 785-462-6281, www.northwest.ksu.edu or vbrown@ksu.edu.

Oh, and that 40 to 50 labor hours to produce 100 bushels of wheat 100 or so years ago? By 1997 it was down to three labor hours in combination with a tractor and other equipment not yet invented 100 years ago, according to Ag in the Classroom’s Growing a Nation: The Story of American Agriculture https://www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/farm_tech.htm .

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K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

Story by:
Mary Lou Peter
mlpeter@ksu.edu
K-State Research and Extension
http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/

For more information:

Kansas State University’s Northwest Research-Extension Center – 785-462-6281 #110

Aug. 15 is Early Deadline for K-State’s Risk & Profit Conference

From payroll to irrigation water, 18 concurrent sessions cover array of agriculture-related topics

Aug. 15 is the early deadline to register for the K-State Risk & Profit Conference, this year to be held Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan.

Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair in Agribusiness and professor of economics and finance at Iowa State University will give the keynote address, “Impact of Chinese Reforms on U.S. Agriculture.” Hayes leads the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and is co-director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, a research center administered by CARD at Iowa State and the University of Missouri.

Michael Springer will be featured during “A Conversation with a Kansas Producer.” Springer farms, raises hogs and does public appearances to help educate consumers about what farmers do to raise healthy, quality food.

K-State Research and Extension agricultural economists Glynn Tonsor and Dan O’Brien will present the “Livestock Market Outlook” and “Grain Market Outlook,” respectively.

Eighteen breakout sessions presented by K-State Department of Agricultural Economics faculty, include such topics as: Do You Know Your Consumer? Differences in Consumer and Producer Views of Animal Welfare in the Beef Industry; A Financial Tool You Can Use-The DuPont Profitability Model; Historical Impacts of Precipitation and Temperature on Farm Production in Kansas; Adoption and Intensification of Conservation Practices, Risk and Policy; and Getting the Most Value from Limited Irrigation Water.

Other topics include: The Value and Feasibility of Differentiating Yourself from the Average Crop Producer in Your Area; Intro to Payroll; Farm Accounting with Quickbooks; Profitability of Storage Hedges for Kansas Wheat Producers; Déjà vu All Over Again: Comparing the 1970s and Now; and Machinery Costs in Kansas.

A complete list of presentation topics, along with online registration and more information is available at http://www.agmanager.info/events/risk_profit/2014/default.asp. The fee for the full two days is $200 if paid by Aug. 15, and $225 after that date. One-day registrations are $125 per person by Aug. 15; $150 after that date. Registration includes conference materials plus lunch, a social with cash bar and dinner on Aug. 21 and light breakfast and lunch on Aug. 22.

More information is also available by contacting Rich Llewelyn at rvl@k-state.edu or 785-532-1504.

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K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

Story by:
Mary Lou Peter
mlpeter@ksu.edu
K-State Research and Extension
http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/

For more information:
Rich Llewelyn – 785-532-1504 or rvl@k-state.edu

Alumnus Matt Wolters to speak at New Student Convocation on Aug. 24

The second New Student Convocation is from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Bramlage Coliseum.

This ceremonial beginning of the new academic year will feature the Kansas State University Faculty Brass Quintet, President Schulz and Provost Mason and a short video on K-State’s land-grant history.

Remarks for the benefit of new undergraduate students will be given by Greg Eiselein, director of K-State First; Katie Noll, Le’Andre Carthen and Anallely Dominguez, current students; 2014 Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipients Molly Hamm and Matt Wolters; and Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the College of Business Administration.

The picnic and pep rally at Bill Snyder Family Stadium will begin around 7:30 p.m. after the conclusion of the New Student Convocation. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend both events.

http://www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=14760&category=events&referredBy=email

Written by Steve Dandaneau

Animal Health Industry Insights Seminar: Introduction to Compounding

K-State Olathe is site for professional development opportunity

Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program is hosting an Animal Health Industry Insights seminar on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at noon at the K-State Olathe Campus.

Featured speaker, Denise E. Farris is the managing member of the Farris Law Firm, L.L.C., practicing general business, commercial construction, equine/agricultural law and offering mediation and arbitration services. She will present “Introduction to Compounding” pharmaceuticals for the animal health industry, as well as take questions from the audience.

Farris’s practice, which is rated “AV,” the highest peer review rating for expertise and ethics, puts a special emphasis on small business, risk management, general contract, government contracting and minority/women business certification issues on a local, state and national level. She also has contract expertise in equine law services, providing risk management contracts for large breeding, boarding and training stables nationwide in areas such as Equine Activity Liability Act compliance, boarding, breeding, sales, training, lesson and syndication agreements.

The seminar is open to the public, but attendees must register and pay the $25 registration fee by July 31 at https://commerce.cashnet.com/KSUMABSTORE. The fee includes lunch. For more information about the seminar contact Mary Bowen at 785-532-4435 or mjbowen@ksu.edu.

K-State’s Master of Agribusiness (www.mab.ksu.edu) 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.

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Mary Bowen – 785-532-4435 or mjbowen@ksu.edu
www.mab.ksu.edu

For more information:
Mary Bowen – 785-532-4435 or mjbowen@ksu.edu

http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/news

Spring 2014 E-Newsletter of the Department of Agricultural Economics

Dear Friends and Family of the Department of Agricultural Economics,

Greetings!  I hope this e-newsletter finds you in a prosperous spring. We are excited to send you this quarterly e-newsletter to provide you updates of the latest from the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics. You can access it online in various formats from our website at http://ageconomics.k-state.edu/p.aspx?tabid=708.

With this e-newsletter, we will keep you up-to-date on what we are doing and how you can stay active in our Department. Our goal is to keep you connected as a part of the K-State Agricultural Economics family.

Go Cats!

Dr. Allen M. Featherstone
Interim Department Head, Professor and Director of the Master of Agribusiness Program
Department of Agricultural Economics

Spring 2014 Contents:
Greetings and update from Allen Featherstone
Reagan Kays is elected K-State Student Body President: 17th from Agricultural Economics
Herrington and Parman earn Department honors
Spriggs earns award from Alumni Association
Students earn honorary spots for 2014-2015
Department represented by seven students in the College of Agriculture Ambassadors
Harlan and Hopper earn University promotions
Jackie McClaskey earns honor of College of Agriculture Outstanding Young Alumni
Cristina Mansfield honored as K-State Alumni Fellow
Agricultural Economics alumni earn Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers honors
Upcoming events
Congratulations to newly-elected student officers
Gifting opportunities with Agricultural Economics
Let’s get social!

If you did not receive the e-newsletter via email and wish to receive it in the future, please contact Amanda Erichsen at aerichsen@k-state.edu.