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The Commodity Title in the Current Farm Bill Play Audio

Mississippi State University agricultural economist Keith Coble talks about the present state of the commodity title in the current farm bill, and if there are any indications how well the new program options are working....he also looks at the future of the crop insurance program, saying that it could well be in the crosshairs for a serious budget cut when that issue arises again in Congress.

8/24/2015 7:00:00 PM


Unless a home feels too warm or too cold, most Americans don’t pay much attention to where the thermostat is set. However, our love of technology may change that. Consumer awareness about smart thermostats – those that can actively learn about homeowner temperature preferences and be controlled remotely by smartphones and tablets – Is steadily rising and currently stands at about three percent. While the penetration of smart thermostats is still relatively low, K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss says everyone can take steps to lower their energy costs.

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

2015 Risk and Profit Conference Preview Play Audio

K-State agricultural economics assistant Rich Llewelyn previews K-State's 2015 Risk and Profit Conference for agricultural producers and allied agriculture professionals, coming up in two weeks...he'll outline the excellent lineup of features speakers, as well as the breakout session topics.

8/4/2015 7:00:00 PM

Projections on Farm Program Safety Net Payments Play Audio

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby passes along his latest projections on farm program "safety net" payments to producers on their 2014 row crop production, which are to be issued this fall...he notes that there's an oddity in the prices the USDA is using for calculating the payment on last year's grain sorghum production.

8/4/2015 7:00:00 PM


Throwing away food is like throwing away money. On average, Americans throw away 14% of the food they buy. If a family has a weekly food budget of $100, they’ll spend $5,200 a year on food. Assuming a 14% waste rate occurs – that family spends $728 a year for food they don’t eat. K-State Research and Extension human nutrition specialist Mary Meck Higgins discusses how consumers can reduce their food waste, lower food costs and help protect the environment.

8/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


Americans in general display low levels of financial knowledge and capability, but a new study out of Kansas State University indicates that women are even less financially capable. The gender gap of capability extends across all ages, but is most prevalent among women younger than 35 and older than 55, and the gap increases with age.  This is especially troubling because many women will be the head of a household at some point in their lives.  The guest is Cliff Robb of Kansas State University.

7/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

K-State Risk and Profit Conference Set for Aug. 20-21

Weather on the High Plains has always been fickle, but this year has been extreme – even for Kansas. Going from a several-year drought to sometimes flooded fields and full ponds in a few short months make for unusual times for agricultural producers. Those circumstances and more will be addressed at Kansas State University’s 2015 Risk and Profit Conference planned for Thursday, Aug. 20 - Friday, Aug. 21.
7/10/2015 8:00:00 AM


While students are enjoying their summer vacation, parents are already thinking about the various school supplies, backpacks, clothing, shoes, instruments, sports gear, electronics, and other miscellaneous items that need to be purchased before summer ends. However, before rushing out to make those purchases, some careful planning will save time and money. K-State Research and Extension family resource specialist Elizabeth Kiss says to prepare a list of what is needed, but don’t be in a rush to buy everything on your list before classes start.

7/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

Livestock Income and Farm Profitability Play Audio

K-State's Dave Rempe, an economist with the Kansas Farm Management Association, talks about a recent analysis he and colleagues conducted, evaluating the importance of livestock income in overall farm profitability over the past 25 years...which has come back into consideration as grain prices have fallen from their historically high levels.

7/1/2015 7:00:00 PM

Farm Program Safety Net Update Play Audio

Commodity program specialist Terry Hawk of the Farm Service Agency goes over some frequently-asked questions concerning the contract requirements for participating in the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage safety net options under the new farm program....the period for signing those ARC and PLC contracts for 2014 and 2015 crop payments is now underway.

6/29/2015 7:00:00 PM

Farm Program Safety Net Update Play Audio

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid reports on Kansas crop producer participation in the new farm program safety net options...ARC and PLC...and outlines the trends in participation that she and colleagues have just compiled in a new report from K-State.

6/18/2015 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural Lenders Survey Results Play Audio

K-State agricultural economist Allen Featherstone covers the findings from K-State's latest national Agricultural Lenders Survey, which asked lenders about trends in farm and ranch loan availability and performance, agricultural land value expectations for the coming months, and their outlook on interest rates, among many other items.

6/15/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Net Farm Income Report for 2014, Part Two Play Audio

More from the Kansas Farm Management Association's Kevin Herbel.

6/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Net Farm Income Report for 2014, Part One Play Audio

The administrator of the Kansas Farm Management Association, K-State's Kevin Herbel, looks more closely at one of the leading financial indicators from the KFMA's just-released Kansas Net Farm Income Report for 2014....farm and ranch liquidity:  he talks about the cash flow situation that Kansas farmers and ranchers are now working with, and compares current liquidity trends to those of the past...he also talks about the importance of producers managing that liquidity to their benefit.

6/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

Including Children in Holiday Activities is Best Gift

Oh, the holidays. They can be joyous and warm … or stressful and budget-breaking … or all of the above. Plus they can leave families, particularly children, with unrealistic expectations. To help individuals and families navigate the holidays without breaking the bank and still providing positive experiences, two Kansas State University specialists provided tips.
11/19/2013 8:00:00 AM

Farm Transition Workshops Planned in Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. – When it comes to devising a plan to transition the family farm to the next generation, communicating may be the hardest part, according to Jeri Albright, who along with her husband, Corky, operates a crop and livestock operation in Jackson County, Kan.
11/15/2013 8:00:00 AM