Weather woes and less than desirable field conditions made 2019 and 2020 challenging years for commodity crop producers throughout middle America. In trying times there’s no substitute for experience and that’s one thing Weir, Kansas farmer Rod Watson, his father Don and son Jared can excel …
In the age of side hustles and diversifying businesses, more livestock producers in Kansas may be considering the logistics of selling their products directly to consumers.
Four State Farm Show organizers are once again planning to hold the three-day event on the campus of Pittsburg State University in May after having had to cancel last year’s show due to the pandemic.
Built on a dream of being financially secure, the Dorsey ranch of Pryor, Oklahoma is no stranger to ambition and innovation. Armed with stand-out genetics and a passion for quality beef, the Dorsey family has stepped away from traditional beef marketing to start their direct-to-consumer enterprise.
The title of today’s article seems to be on the minds of many farmers and ranchers in recent days with the beginning of a new Congress and the inauguration of Joe Biden. I have had many emails, phone calls and conferences with farm families recently that are asking what the impact of tax cha…
When Green Cover Seed, headquartered in Bladen, Nebraska, identified the need for a secondary location to serve Southeast Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, the company undoubtedly did not expect to be making the move in the midst of a pandemic. But, when a 54,000 square foot warehouse in Iola, …
Falling interest rates present a profound opportunity for refinance-ready farmers, while a dauntingly familiar rise in inflation sets experienced producers on edge.
While it might be nice to imagine riding the tractor off into the sunset like the cowboys of old, the reality is most farm operators will leave loved ones behind when they pass. The goal of farm succession planning focuses on giving those left behind the best possible start to ensure the far…
A first-ever beef cattle exhibition, planned in just a few short months, demonstrates how the agricultural industry has found ways to adapt and persevere in the midst of a challenging and unpredictable viral pandemic.
Undeterred by the uncertainty of 2020, the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council, along with Kansas State University, hosted this year’s Winter Forage Conference virtually. Keynote speakers covered an array of topics from pasture management to a yearlong breakdown of regional hay markets.
In the spirit of 2020 and scarcity of once-essential items, Christmas tree farms were buried under a deluge of demand before the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers were a thing of the past.
As Philip and Hollee Terry and their three kids were putting the finishing touches on a radiant rising sun at the center of a new mural on the west side of their shop, they had no idea the bright future that would soon dawn for their small meat processing business.
While turkeys traditionally serve as a tasty Thanksgiving treat, four state area farmers and ranchers have the unique opportunity to see the wily birds very similar to America’s forefathers.
Active duty combat medic to zucchini bread savant sounds like a heck of a career transition. But, for Arkansas City, Kansas, farmer Chris Palmberg the journey from Kansas to Iraq and back again taught some hard lessons about ingenuity, responsibility and the ability to create value out of du…
In Farm Talk’s 2019 Beef Issue, the feature article titled A Rare Breed: Small, local packers are a few-but-proud institution in cattle country felt like a bold statement amidst Kansas’ established hierarchy of large-scale packing plants.
The spark of ingenuity catches on early in life and 4-H programs have always been on the frontier, pressing young people to think a little deeper, work a little harder and give a bit more freely in their communities.
While farmers and ranchers have long lamented the general public’s lack of awareness for their food’s origins, the food quality and security in the United States that aided out-of-touch consumers was perhaps producers’ proudest accomplishment. Today, with COVID-19 complications, agricultural…
The Kansas State Fair is more than just a fair — it's a celebration of Kansas, a family tradition, a fun and exciting experience for people of all ages.
For the first time in its 45-year history, the Four State Farm Show, scheduled to be held July 24, 25 and 26 at its new location on the Pittsburg State University campus, is canceled.
Shoppers familiar with white button mushrooms are in for a surprise when viewing Jodi Hilt’s farmers market display. It features uniquely shaped and textured specimens in hues that range from bright yellow to soft pink to mesmerizing gray-blue.
The dairy industry has seen its share of storms in recent years, and Duane Kaiser and his wife Colleen have weathered them in stride on their Century Farm near Monett, Missouri.
There’s no denying dairying is a round-the-clock occupation with dedication, determination and the ability to fix anything with a bit of duct tape and baling twine as prerequisites. In times like these, the remaining dairymen in the Four States persevere because of a love of the business abo…
We had some positive developments in the marketplace this week. Most surprising was the monthly jobs report, which showed an increase of 2.5 million jobs, versus expectations of 8 million jobs lost. The unemployment rate came in at 13.3% versus expectations of 19.8%. With all the negative ne…
The Missouri River Basin, including eastern and southeastern Kansas, has been much wetter than normal for an extended period. The 2019 annual precipitation totals set all-time records across much of the region. These high rainfall totals have resulted in saturated soil, full reservoirs, and …
As soil health takes on a higher profile with food companies and consumers, various avenues are emerging for farmers to collect environmental incentives.
At the KOMA Beef Cattle Conference held recently at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, experts explained how beef producers could take a second look at their operations to improve profitability.
Just as headlines surrounding a trade deal with China turn positive, the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, has placed additional fear in markets around the world. As of this writing, we have 213 confirmed deaths from the virus that has infected 9,800 globally. Stock markets and energy…
Disease threats don’t just originate from a potential influenza or coronavirus outbreak — Missouri crop producers should be on watch for potentially devastating diseases in their corn and soybean fields.
From insects, pests and diseases, crop producers face a growing number of challenges. At the Barton County Soils and Crops Conference held earlier this month in Lamar, Missouri, a University of Missouri expert gave his advice on what to watch for in the coming growing season.
In an industry dominated by companies of Goliath proportions, Taylor Seed Farms has taken the role of David by continuing to grow in the days where independent seed companies are often struggling.
For over 50 years, the Muskogee County Cattlemen’s Association has had the goals to promote beef and the beef industry and support local area producers. A key program for the association is the theft rewards program. If cattle or equipment is stolen, the Muskogee County Cattlemen’s Association offers a $2,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. The association also supports producers with educational programming to help improve herd health and beef quality. Last year, the group hosted a clinic on how to properly brand animals and read brands. In 2020, a clinic will held on proper vaccinating and vaccination techniques. Efforts are underway to promote beef through creation of a radio advertisement to counter the impossible beef campaign.
Growing industrial hemp may seem like a novel practice in agriculture but Missouri actually has a history as a leader in hemp production. That history, however, doesn’t mean there isn’t much to learn about the crop with its resurgence in the state.
Risk management is not always an exciting topic for farmers and ranchers to consider but it can play an important part in the operation’s survival if an accident occurs.
Having grown up on a farm near Ralston in northeast Oklahoma, Kent Evatt wanted to raise his own children in a similarly wholesome environment but knew having enough acres to farm at a profitable scale was unlikely, especially while he was busy capitalizing on an engineering degree.
Today, Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and Missouri State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Strubberg approved livestock movement papers for nine reindeer to spread Christmas cheer throughout Missouri. Mr. Santa Claus from The North Pole applied for the permit this week, providing proof of the heal…
S&H Farm Supply, Inc., based in Lockwood, Missouri, is excited to announce the future opening of their fifth location in Branson, Missouri, in February 2020.
If scientists dealt in magic and imagination rather than realism or innovation, what persistent agricultural production problem would be the first to go?
Tyson Fresh Meats announced Monday that reconstruction of its processing plant in Holcomb, Kansas, which was damaged in an Aug. 9 fire is near completion. Officials said efforts to resume harvest operations will begin the first week of December, with intentions to be fully operational by the…
In the last hundred years, farming in southeast Kansas has evolved dramatically with new cultural, financial and ecological challenges for farmers to face each year. At its heart, however, farming stays true to the same values that defined the profession hundreds, even thousands, of years ag…
Sensible, strategic immigration policy better aligned with America’s changing demographics and employment needs could help revive stalled economic growth and spur more development of value-added processing in rural areas.
The Kansas Cattlemen’s Association with the Organization for Competitive Markets called out the Kansas Livestock Association in a press release on Oct. 9 for the misuse of funds related to the federally mandated Beef Checkoff Program.
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