The Agricultural Act of 2014 requires producers to make informed decisions regarding commodities and crop insurance. K-State Research and Extension
is teaming with sponsors to bring 15 educational meetings to Kansans across the state in January and February.
Agricultural economists Art Barnaby and Mykel Taylor will travel the state to provide information on commodity programs and the economic tradeoffs between the options, as well as major changes to crop insurance. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency also will discuss commodity program procedures at the half-day meetings.
Passing a family business to the next generation can be difficult — both for the retiree and for younger family members.
To help Kansas farm and ranch families plan for succession, K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services are teaming up to offer five “Planning for Farm and Ranch Succession” conferences. Meeting dates and locations include:
Jan. 5 — Allen Community College, Iola
Jan. 10 — Pratt Community College, Pratt
Jan. 16 — Kansas Farm Bureau Plaza, Manhattan;
Jan. 17 — Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia
March 3 — K-State Agricultural Research Center, Hays
Marilyn Pence Galle, Manhattan, was one of 14 inductees from across the country recognized in October by the National 4-H Hall of Fame in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Galle has volunteered as a club and project leader, served on the McPherson County Extension Council, worked as a 4-H Program Committee Leader, and chaired the McPherson County 4-H Advisory Committee. She joined the Kansas 4-H Foundation board in 1984, serving as chair from 2000 to 2004. For three decades she has provided counsel to the Rock Springs 4-H Center Advisory Committee, and she’s among the top lifetime donors to the Kansas 4-H Foundation.
Kansans who want to use the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace for 2015 coverage should review plans carefully, based on the options they need. The Affordable Care Act enrollment period lasts through Feb. 15, 2015. Consumers can explore options online at healthcare.gov
Medicare and many private insurers also use fall enrollment periods for clients to renew or change coverage for the coming year.