Kansas Farmer Suing Seed Giant Monsanto

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AP) A Kansas farmer has sued seed giant Monsanto over last week’s discovery of genetically engineered experimental wheat in Oregon. The civil lawsuit filed Monday by Elkhart wheat grower Ernest Barnes alleges the finding of the unapproved wheat in an 80-acre field drove down wheat futures prices and caused a backlash from some international markets, […]

Crop Insurance Changes Promote Water Conservation

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The USDA-Risk Management Agency (USDA-RMA) recently reduced its mandated number of crop samples per acre that must be maintained for insurance appraisal under center pivot irrigation. These representative sample area (RSAs) reductions are important for minimizing the amount of water required to be pumped on crops affected by extreme environment conditions. “We appreciate RMA’s willingness to work with […]

So Far So Good for Ellis County Wheat Harvest


Despite the continuing drought, the Ellis County wheat crop is looking pretty good right now, says Ellis County Extension Agriculture Agent Stacy Campbell. Monday night’s annual wheat plot tour north of Victoria on L and M Farm brought out about 30 area farmers. “We have 16 varieties of hard red winter wheat planted side-by-side that […]

Western Kansas Man On KS State Ag Board

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A Copeland farmer has been reappointed to the Kansas State Board of Agriculture by Governor Brownback.  Jay Garetson, Copeland, is being reappointed to a four year term. Garetson graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Agriculture Economics. He is a fourth generation family farmer in Gray County  and owner/general manager of Providence Transport. […]

441 Traps Set for Pests

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In an effort to prevent further spread of emerald ash borer in Kansas, the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will set 441 traps to detect whether the plant pest is present. Kansas is participating in the USDA survey to monitor known emerald ash borer infestations and detect unknown beetle populations. […]

KDA Moving Offices

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Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman announced today  the Kansas Department of Agriculture will move the majority of its offices to Manhattan, Kansas, in summer 2014. A constitutional agency, KDA will maintain its main administrative office in Topeka but will move the majority of its programs to Manhattan, where Rodman said the agency can capitalize […]

Ogallala Committee to Talk Options


The Ogallala Aquifer Advisory Committee (OAAC) will hold their first meeting of 2013 to continue looking at short and long term options for the aquifer and its stakeholders. The committee will meet Monday, April 8 in Scott City at the Scott County Library meeting room, 110 W. 8th Street, Scott City at 10 a.m.  Main […]

KDA Likes Legislative Action on Corporate Farming Laws

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Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman issued the following statement Friday after committees in both the Kansas House and Kansas Senate took steps forward to addressing the restrictive corporate farming laws in Kansas. “The Kansas Department of Agriculture is committed to the total support of the state’s agricultural sector and that includes doing everything we […]

Despite Snow, All of Kansas Still in Drought

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This week’s Kansas map From the U-S Drought Monitor: Despite heavy snow across most of Kansas the last week of February, the entire state still remains in either Severe, Extreme, or Exceptional Drought. Ellis County is listed as Extreme, except for the very western edge of the county which is listed as Exceptional. The U.S. […]

Two Farmers Wanted for KS Wheat Commission Positions

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Few wheat farmers are given an opportunity to shape the future of their industry by engaging in research, marketing and promotion efforts. The Kansas Wheat Commission, however, has an opportunity for wheat farmers to do just that. The Kansas Wheat Commission seeks a wheat farmer to fill two At-Large Positions. These positions […]