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Western Kansas hit by Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

Volunteer wheat is a host for the wheat curl mite, the transmitter of Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus (WSMV), the disease that is crippling the western Kansas wheat crop.

New Poll says No Boater Confusion at the Pump

A new survey claims boaters are confident when selecting fuels, including those that include ethanol. The report by CK Motorsports and Growth Energy released this week found 94 percent of boaters find it easy to pick the right fuel and are confident in th

New Kansas Animal Health Commissioner Named

Dr. Justin Smith has been named as the new Kansas animal health commissioner at the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Dr. Smith will fill the role that will be vacated with the retirement of Dr. William Brown, who has served in the role since 2010.

Cargill expects the grain glut to last

Cargill expects international grain markets to remain oversupplied. The companys CEO told Reuters recently that the oversupply will remain for a long time due to bountiful harvests and an increase of crops in storage.

USDA Political Appointment Nominees Coming Soon

According to reports, the White House is close to announcing nominees for political appointments to USDA. The names of Steve Censky, Bill Northey, Ted McKinney and Sam Clovis are expected to be named to leadership positions.

Good Progress made on spring planting

According to the latest crop progress and condition report from USDA-NASS, as of Sunday, 71% of corn has been planted, 32% soybeans and 32% sorghum. Winter wheat condition rated 51% good/excellent.

Regional Farm Sector Stress Intensifies

The farm economy in the Tenth District weakened in the first quarter of 2017, but conditions varied from east to west. Farm income, loan repayment rates and the value of most types of farmland all trended lower in each of the Districts seven states

It's Called a Farm Bill For a Reason

The folks at Farm Policy Facts have an op-ed on why the farm bill is called a farm bill. They say it is called a farm bill because it starts on the farm.

U.S. Beef Heading to China

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has hailed the agreement between the United States and China on several key trade issues, most notably the return of American beef to the Chinese market after a hiatus that began in 2004.

Secretary Perdue Announces Creation of Undersecretary for Trade

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a recognition of the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American agriculture.

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