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Congressman Marshall announces 2017 Farm Bill Listening Tour

Congressman Roger Marshall has announced a 2017 Farm Bill Listening Tour across Kansas' Big First Congressional District. He will stop in ten counties and will focus on trade, nutrition, commodity programs, and other issues.

Water Technology Farms Expanded and Field Days Scheduled

The Kansas Water Office (KWO), Kansas State University and Northwest Kansas Technical College is providing an opportunity to see first hand what is taking place on the Water Technology Farms by hosting a series of Field Days in August.

USDA and SCORE Launch Innovative Mentorship Effort to Support New Farmers and Ranchers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from SCORE, the nations largest volunteer network of expert business mentors, to support new and beginning farmers.

U.S. Farm Real Estate Value up 2.3 Percent from 2016

The United States farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, averaged $3,080 per acre for 2017, up $70 per acre (2.3 percent) from 2016 values. Kansas and Nebraska both down 2 percent.

Kansas Farm Production Expenditures down 13 percent

Farm and Ranch Production Expenditures in Kansas totaled $17.7 billion in 2016, down 13 percent from a year earlier, according to USDA. Livestock expenses, the largest expenditure category, at $6.00 billion, decreased 23 percent from 2015.

Nebraska Farm Production Expenditures down 4 percent

Farm and Ranch Production Expenditures in Nebraska totaled $21.7 billion in 2016, down 4 percent from a year earlier, according to USDA. Livestock expenses, the largest expenditure category, at $6.17 billion decreased 9 percent from 2015.

Historical Perspective of Crop Rotations across Nebraska

Nebraska is a diverse state with a wide range of farm production environments, including irrigated and rain-fed systems. With this diversity, crop rotation has become a big factor.

Ex-Trade Negotiator Says Trump Misguided on NAFTA

The Trump Administrations goal to reduce trade deficits by renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement is not a good one. Thats the opinion of former top Obama-era trade negotiator Darci Vetter.

Bee's Are Buzzing Back from Colony Collapse

USDA released it's honey bee health survey this week, which found the number of commercial U.S. honey bee colonies rose three percent to 2.89 million as of April 1st, 2017 compared with a year earlier.

Harvest Returns Launches Agriculture Investment Platform

Harvest Returns is launching an agriculture investment platform this month. The format is an equity partnership format where farmers and landowners collect capital and maintain control of the operation and investors collect returns from harvests.

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