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Farmers Receive 11 Cents of Thanksgiving Retail Food Dollar, NFU Farmers Share Shows

Farmers and ranchers take home just 11.4 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmers Share publication.

Rural Mainstreet Index Indicates Economic Weakness

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index dipped from Octobers weak reading and remained below growth neutral, according to the November monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy.

Updated Agricultural Economic Impact Reports by Kansas County Available

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has recently updated economic impact of agriculture by county. , the interactive map can be used to find the agricultural economic facts for each of the 105 counties in Kansas at agriculture.ks.gov.

Congressional Tax Plans Jeopardize the Farm Safety Net, CBO Analysis Says

Amidst the steepest drop in farm profitability in a generation, U.S. Congressional leadership is proposing tax reform legislation that would jeopardize all funding for farm bill commodity safety net programs.

Over 180 Groups Call on House to Preserve Section 199, Ensure Farmers Do Not Face Tax Increase

Over 180 agricultural organizations, cooperatives and other agribusinesses have sent a letter to the House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi opposing repeal of the Domestic Production Activities Deduction, also known as Section 199.

Farm Economy Seeks Footing according to latest Ag Credit Survey

The farm economy in the Tenth District continued to show signs of stabilizing in the third quarter of 2017, even as financial stress continued to build and income continued to decline. Although farm income was down from a year ago, the decrease was smalle

Senator Flake puts hold on Doud nomination to USTR

Arizona Republican Jeff Flake has put a hold on the confirmation of Gregg Doud, President Trumps nominee to be the U.S. Trade Representatives Chief Agricultural Negotiator. Politico says the hold involves concerns surrounding a controversial produce prop

GOP Tax Bill Heads to House Floor, Senate GOP Releases Tax Bill

The House Ways and Means Committee approved House Republicans' Bill to rewrite the tax code on Thursday. The measure reduces the number of individual tax rates, slashes the corporate tax rate and eliminates many deductions and credits

Biosecurity Research Institute at KSU, a Center for Research

Have you ever wondered who studies diseases and pathogens in plants, animals, and humans? Well the answer is right at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Land Auctions are Heating Up

Farmers National Company's land auctions have been heating up in bidding activity. Paul Schadegg, Sales Manager, reported on a recent auction of seven tracts in Furnas County, Nebraska.The overall auction price was well above local expectations.

Secretary Perdue Announces FSA, Rural Development State Directors

On Friday, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced state directors for the Farm Service Agency and Rural Development. Some new names and some are returning to service.

Mid-America Business Conditions Index Rises to Healthy Level

The October Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index, for the nine-state region stretching from Arkansas to North Dakota, climbed to a reading pointing to healthy economic growth ahead.

Farm Profitability Still Down But Improving according to Ag Lender Survey

Eighty-two percent of agricultural lenders reported a decline in farm profitability in the last 12 months, according to a joint survey by the American Bankers Association and the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation.

KDA 2017 Photo Contest Winners Announced

The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced the winners of the 2017 KDA Photo Contest on its Facebook page last week. Ten photographs were selected as the top entries, representing five contest categories.

Conaway Supports House Guestworker Bill

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway offered his approval to a bill that would bring reforms to agriculture labor. Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee approves the Ag Act,

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