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Pass the salt: Beef cattle gains increased in DDGS study
4-29-15 - Midwest Producer - Dale Blasi
A recent Kansas State University study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain without the indirect expenses linked to daily delivery such as fuel and labor.
 
K-State Barbecue 101 Workshop
4-28-15 - KCTV 5 Community Calendar
K-State Extension will be hosting a series of Barbecue 101 workshops in May and June.
 
Citizens develop water saving taskforce
4-26-15 - Morning Ag Clips
Some of the best tasting tap water in the world comes from Emporia, Kansas.
 
Pass the Salt: Beef Cattle Gains Increased in DDGS Study
4-24-15 - Ag Web - Dale Blasi
A recent Kansas State University study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain without the indirect expenses linked to daily delivery such as fuel and labor.

Pass the Salt: Beef Cattle Gains Increased in DDGS Study

4-23-15 - CattleSeller.com - Dale Blasi
A recent Kansas State University study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain without the indirect expenses linked to daily delivery such as fuel and labor.
 
KSU: DDGS plus salt boosts weight gain in beef cattle
4-23-15 - Ethanol Producer - Dale Blasi
A recent Kansas State University study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain without the indirect expenses linked to daily delivery such as fuel and labor.
 
Pass the Salt: Beef Cattle Gains Increased in DDGS Study
4-23-15 - Farm & Ranch Guide - Dale Blasi
A recent Kansas State University study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain without the indirect expenses linked to daily delivery such as fuel and labor.
 
Sorghum Is Gaining Ground… As a Forage
4-22-15 - Agriculture.com - John Holman
“Interest in forage sorghum is definitely on the rise,” said John Holman, a K-State Research and Extension agronomist based in Garden City. “There is a lot of interest in general to supply cow-calf, feedlot, and dairy industries in the region.”
 
The Kansas Garden Guide – A must-have for gardeners!
4-22-15 - Winfield Daily Courier
A well-planned and properly tended garden can provide for a family throughout the year. Most home gardeners agree that home grown produce has the ultimate in vegetable flavor.
 
Help for new vegetable gardeners
4-22-15 - Hiawatha World
Kansans who are new to vegetable gardening often don’t know how much of each crop to plant.
 
Self-fed salt supplement plus DDGs equals beef cattle gains
4-22-15 - Farm Futures - Dale Blasi
Providing grazed cattle with a self-fed salt supplement plus dried distillers grain can add to cattle gains while limiting beef producers' indirect expenses linked to daily delivery, such as fuel and labor, a new Kansas State study finds.
 
Research shows late-season burning helps control sericea in a big way
4-21-15 - Drovers Cattle Network - KC Olson
It’s a plant that tends to use many weapons to take over grasslands. Starting at the roots, this plant out-competes native plants for water and nutrients.
 
Corn Planting Will Soon Move into High Gear, but Drought Persists
4-21-15 - The Crop Site - Mary Knapp
Kansas received just 19 per cent of the amount of moisture it normally receives during March, said Mary Knapp, assistant climatologist with the Kansas Weather Data Library, based at Kansas State University.
 
K-State study: Salt limits DDGS intake when supplementing pasture cattle
4-20-15 - Drovers Cattle Network - Dale Blasi
A recent Kansas State University study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain without the indirect expenses linked to daily delivery such as fuel and labor.
 
Kansas Corn Planting Will Soon Move Into High Gear, But Drought Persists
4-20-15 - Farms.com - Mary Knapp
Corn planting in Kansas will soon be in full swing, but dry soils are making for a less than ideal start to the season.
 
Corn Planting Soon Moves into High Gear, But Drought Persists
4-10-15 - Kansas Ag Connection - Mary Knapp
Corn planting in Kansas will soon be in full swing, but dry soils are making for a less than ideal start to the season.
 
K-State Cattle Feeders College Set for May 14 in Scott City
4-19-15 - Hutchinson News - Justin Waggoner
The 2015 edition of the K-State Cattle Feeders College is planned for May 14 at the Scott County Indoor Arena and Activities Center, 610 E. Fairground Road in Scott City.
 
K-State Cattle Feeders College set for 5/14
4-19-15 - Morning Ag Clips - Justin Waggoner
The 2015 edition of the K-State Cattle Feeders College is planned for May 14 at the Scott County Indoor Arena and Activities Center, 610 E. Fairground Road in Scott City, Kansas.
 
K-State Cattle Feeders College Set for May 14 in Scott City
4-19-15 - Kansas Ag Land - Justin Waggoner
The 2015 edition of the K-State Cattle Feeders College is planned for May 14 at the Scott County Indoor Arena and Activities Center, 610 E. Fairground Road in Scott City.
 
6 communities named Kansas PRIDE Communities of Excellence
4-19-15 - High Plains Journal - Jaime Menon
The Kansas PRIDE program has named six communities as PRIDE Communities of Excellence for their ongoing accomplishments in community development.
 
Kansas Corn Planting Will Soon Move into High Gear, but Drought Persists
4-17-15 - Kansas Farm & Ranch Radio - Mary Knapp
Corn planting in Kansas will soon be in full swing, but dry soils are making for a less than ideal start to the season.
 
Kansas Corn Planting Will Soon Move into High Gear, but Drought Persists
4-17-15 - Rural Messenger - Mary Knapp
Corn planting in Kansas will soon be in full swing, but dry soils are making for a less than ideal start to the season.
 
Kansas Corn Planting Will Soon Move Into High Gear, But Drought Persists
4-17-15 - Grain Net - Mary Knapp
Corn planting in Kansas will soon be in full swing, but dry soils are making for a less than ideal start to the season.
 
Training track for professionals at Full Circle Aging Expo
4-17-15 - Hays Post
“Person-centered care” is the topic of the Full Circle Aging Expo training conference for professionals, and tomorrow is the deadline to register to take advantage of up to 7 CEU’s of continuing education credit.
 
Analyzing summer grazing strategies
4-16-15 - Drovers Cattle Network - Clenton Owensby
The Kansas Flint Hills have served as a home and food source for stocker cattle since the mid-1800s, when cowboys drove longhorns up the Chisholm Trail from the southwestern United States to Kansas railways.
 
Livestock Briefs: Field day to spotlight beef cattle, forage crops
4-15-15 - Midwest Producer
A little bit of trade show and a lot of science-based information is planned for Kansas State University's 2015 Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day in Mound Valley on Thursday, May 7.
 
Six named Kansas Pride Communities of Excellence
4-15-15 - Midwest Producer - Jaime Menon
The Kansas Pride program has named six communities as Pride Communities of Excellence for their ongoing accomplishments in community development.
 
Identifying and Preventing Neosporosis in Cow Herds
4-15-15 - Kansas Ag Connection - Gregg Hanzlicek
An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent.
 
K-State research and extension recognizes 6 PRIDE communities
4-14-15 - Kansas Farmer - Jaime Menon
Does your community have pride? Six communities in Kansas do -- to the extent that they have been named PRIDE Communities for their ongoing accomplishments in community development y K-State Research and Extension.
 
Understanding Adolescent Health Needs
4-14-15 - Emporia Gazette - Elaine Johannes
Many health professionals across the United States are currently concentrating on the increased health needs of baby boomers, an aging population of individuals born in the 1940s through the 1960s.
 
Neosporosis Impacting Some Cattle Herds so Far This Spring
4-13 -15 - KRVN Radio - Gregg Hanzlicek
A handful of cases of neosporosis have been confirmed in Kansas so far this spring. The High Plains Journal reports neosporosis is an often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers.
 
Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day planned in Kansas
4-13-15 - Drovers Cattle Network
A little bit of trade show and a lot of science-based information is planned for Kansas State University’s 2015 Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day in Mound Valley, Kansas on Thursday, May 7.
 
Identifying and Preventing Neosporosis in the Cow Herd
4-11-15 - World News - Gregg Hanzlicek
An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent.
 
Upcoming 'Aging with Attitude' regional expo in Pittsburg
4-11-15 - High Plains Journal
Those who have watched David Letterman on late-night television over the years know about his “Top Ten” lists. The lists usually cover a current event or something out of the ordinary, such as “Bigfoot’s Top Ten Peeves.”
 
Identifying and Preventing Neosporosis in the Cow Herd
4-10-15 - Ag Web - Gregg Hanzlicek
An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent.
 
Avoid neosporosis 'abortion storm' in pregnant cows
4-10-15 - Farm Futures - Gregg Hanzlicek
An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent, says Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations for the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
 
Identifying, preventing neosporosis in the cow herd
4-10-15 - High Plains Journal - Gregg Hanzlicek
An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent.
 
Identifying and Preventing Neosporosis in the Cow Herd
4-9-15 - CattleSeller.com - Gregg Hanzlicek
An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent.
 
Identifying and Preventing Neosporosis in the Cow Herd
4-9-15 - U.S. Farmer - Gregg Hanzlicek
An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent.
 
Identifying and Preventing Neosporosis in the Cow Herd
4-9-15 - Southern Minnesota News - Gregg Hanzlicek
An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent.
 
Identifying and Preventing Neosporosis in the Cow Herd
4-9-15 - Kansas Farm & Ranch Radio - Gregg Hanzlicek
An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent.
 
Prepare to Plant with a New List of Perennial Flowers
4-7-15 - Kansas City at Home - Robin Ruether
Meringue, Merlot and Bravado all have one thing in common. So do Hot Papaya, Ruby Giant and Lucky Star. They’re all cultivars of Echinacea, also called coneflower, and they’re all on Kansas State University’s new Prairie Bloom list of recommended perennial flowers.
 
Understanding Adolescent Health Needs
4-4-15 - Kansas City infoZine - Elaine Johannes
Many health professionals across the United States are currently concentrating on the increased health needs of baby boomers, an aging population of individuals born in the 1940s through the 1960s.
 
Review financial information
3-30-15 - McPherson Sentinel - Elizabeth Kiss
Elizabeth Kiss, faculty member in Kansas State University’s Department of Family Studies and Human Services, recommends that consumers monitor their credit card accounts, bank accounts and insurance statements on a regular basis and contest any charges that are not correct.
 
Oberlin native, Atwood business among Huck Boyd Leaders of the Year
3-25-15 - Hays Post - Clare Gustin
Outreach, innovation and service would be hallmarks of the five Kansas initiatives which are to be recognized by Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development as Leaders of the Year for 2015.
 
‘Full Circle … an Aging Expo’ scheduled next month in Colby
3-25-15 - Hays Post - Libby Curry
Although Ron Willis has met many people in his travels throughout the United States, he recalls four individuals from his childhood who taught him early on about being a person with integrity and compassion.
 
Workshop to help parents keep kids safe on Internet
3-25-15 - Wichita Eagle
A workshop to help parents learn how to keep their children safer on the Internet will be offered over three evenings by K-State Research and Extension.
 
$2.5M granted to boost rural economy
3-24-15 - McPherson Sentinel - Glynn Tonsor
Funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is expected to assist communities and regions in creating self-sustaining, long-term economic development through research and strategic planning.
 
Prevalence of financial fraud means consumers should be proactive
3-23-15 - Phys.org - Elizabeth Kiss
In a world where data breaches, credit card fraud and identity theft are becoming more common, consumers should consider ways to protect themselves.
 
Meat and poultry recalls: What food firms and investors should know
3-20-15 - High Plains Journal - Ted Schroeder
Food safety is top-of-mind among many consumers and producers of food.
 
K-State, General Mills to develop new wheat varieties
3-19-15 - Ag Professional - Jesse Poland
Kansas State University officials are hailing a recent partnership with food giant General Mills as a win-win proposition that ultimately will benefit the state’s farmers and consumers worldwide.
 
A growing interest in forage sorghum
3-18-15 - Dairy Herd Management - John Holman
As winter soon comes to a close, it is never too early to start planning feedstuffs production for cattle next winter. Forage sorghum offers a variety of benefits that help secure its place as one of those major feedstuffs. 
 
K-State economist following avian influenza developments
3-18-15 - Midwest Producer - Glynn Tonsor
News that more than 40 countries have banned poultry imports from Minnesota after a lethal strain of avian influenza was confirmed in a turkey flock there has now been compounded by news of confirmed cases in Missouri and Arkansas turkeys.
 
Specialist Urges Avian Flock Owners Near Basehor to Report
3-17-15 - Stanly News & Press - Scott Beyer
K-State Research and Extension poultry specialist Scott Beyer is urging owners of small avian flocks in the Basehor, Kansas area to contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture to let them know about their flocks.
 
Stored-product entomology at K-State surpasses 100 years
3-17-15 - Ag Professional - Thomas Phillips
Kansas, known commonly as the “Wheat State,” generally produces the largest amount of hard red winter wheat in the United States, which is used for flour and bread-making.
 
Poultry owners should be vigilant in watching for signs of avian influenza
3-17-15 - High Plains Journal - Scott Beyer
Poultry owners should be aware there is currently an outbreak of the H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza associated with the migratory bird flyways in the United States, said Kansas State University animal scientist Scott Beyer.
 
Stored-Product Entomology at Kansas State Surpasses 100 Years
3-16-15 - KTIC Radio - Thomas Phillips
Kansas, known commonly as the “Wheat State,” generally produces the largest amount of hard red winter wheat in the United States, which is used for flour and bread-making.
 
K-State agricultural economist following avian influenza developments
3-13-15 - High Plains Journal - Glynn Tonsor
News that more than 40 countries have banned poultry imports from Minnesota after a lethal strain of avian influenza was confirmed in a turkey flock there has now been compounded by news of confirmed cases in Missouri and Arkansas turkeys.
 
Vigilance over bird flu advised: KSU animal scientist
3-13-15 - Outbreak News Today - Scott Beyer
Poultry owners should be aware that there is currently an outbreak of the H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) associated with the migratory bird flyways in the United States, said Kansas State University animal scientist Scott Beyer.
 
Bird flu: Poultry bans by overseas buyers could affect poultry, beef and pork prices: KSU economist
3-12-15 - Outbreak Today - Glynn Tonsor
News that more than 40 countries have banned poultry imports from Minnesota after a lethal strain of avian influenza was confirmed in a turkey flock there has now been compounded by news of confirmed cases in Missouri and Arkansas turkeys.
 
K-State Agricultural Economist Following Avian Influenza Developments
3-12-15 - Kansas Farm & Ranch Radio - Glynn Tonsor
News that more than 40 countries have banned poultry imports from Minnesota after a lethal strain of avian influenza was confirmed in a turkey flock there has now been compounded by news of confirmed cases in Missouri and Arkansas turkeys.
 
K-State 2014 Farm Bill team reaches more than 4,000 Kansans
3-10-15 - Drovers Cattle Network - Mykel Taylor
Farm producers and ranchers are facing many decisions regarding the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the 2014 Farm Bill.
 
In-Depth fruit and vegetable production workshops planned in Kansas City area
3-6-15 - Kansas City Kansan - Cary Rivard
A series of workshops designed for anyone growing fruits and vegetables for sale or for the serious home gardener will be held in several locations in the Kansas City area, starting March 16.
 
E. coli vaccine effective but seldom used in feedlot cattle
3-6-15 - High Plains Journal - Glynn Tonsor
When it comes to foodborne illnesses, few rival E. coli for the damaging effect it can have on humans.
 
E. coli vaccine effective but seldom used
3-5-15 - Iowa Farmer Today - Glynn Tonsor
When it comes to foodborne illnesses, few rival E. coli for the damaging effect it can have on humans.
 
March is a Good Time to Cut Back Ornamental Grasses
3-5-15 - Kansas City Gardener - Ward Upham
Ornamental grasses have staked their claim as gorgeous assets to many a landscape, even in the cold, dark days of winter. But now is the time to cut them back to make room for new growth.
 
Take care of grass
3-5-15 - McPherson Sentinel - Ward Upham
Ornamental grasses have staked their claim as gorgeous assets to many a landscape, even in the cold, dark days of winter. But now is the time to cut them back to make room for new growth.
 
Good time to cut back ornamental grasses
3-5-15 - Morning Ag Clips - Ward Upham
Ornamental grasses have staked their claim as gorgeous assets to many a landscape, even in the cold, dark days of winter.
 
Art Barnaby and Mykel Taylor to talk about the Farm Bill
3-5-15 - Winfield Daily Courier - Art Barnaby
K-State Research and Extension Cowley County will host a webinar by Dr. Art Barnaby and Dr. Mykel Taylor regarding the The Agricultural Act of 2014: Final Update, Friday, Mar. 11 in the Community Room at Baden Square, 700 Gary Street.
 
Take steps to better health with Walk Kansas
3-5-15 - Hays Daily News - Sharolyn Jackson
It's as simple as putting one step in front of another. That's the idea behind Walk Kansas, an eight-week program that starts March 15, designed to promote activity, good nutrition and better health.
 
Give chickens a home they can cluck about
3-4-15 - Midwest Producer - Scott Beyer
It's coming, if we wait a bit longer. This chilly time of year our thoughts turn to spring activities, like planting flowers and vegetables. For some, it's buying a few chickens.
 
Average corn a little too coarse
3-4-15 - Louisburg Herald - Chris Reinhardt
Ask cattle producers how they grind corn used in their animals’ diets, and the responses would likely range from fine, to medium, to coarse.

In-Depth Fruit & Vegetable Production Workshops Planned in Kansas City Area

3-4-15 - Gardner Edge - Cary Rivard
A series of workshops designed for anyone growing fruits and vegetables for sale or for the serious home gardener will be held in several locations in the Kansas City area, starting March 16.
 
Average corn a little too coarse
3-4-15 - Miami County Republic - Chris Reinhardt
Ask cattle producers how they grind corn used in their animals’ diets, and the responses would likely range from fine, to medium, to coarse.
 
Tips for effective and efficient crop water use
3-4-15 - Port Network - Danny Rogers
Common questions agricultural producers in Kansas have regarding water use typically relate to conserving the Ogallala Aquifer in the western part of the state and reservoir sedimentation concerns in the eastern part of the state.
 
Review corn particle size to improve beef feeding efficiency
3-3-15 - Beef Magazine - Chris Reinhardt
According to a new study out from Kansas State University, corn particle size can affect digestibility and how cattle efficiently use the grain for energy and growth – meaning cattle producers will likely need to take a second look at how they are preparing their rations.
 
E. coli vaccine works, but is rarely used in feedlot cattle
3-3-15 - Kansas Farmer - Glynn Tonsor
Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, often referred to as STEC 0157 or simply E. coli, is naturally occurring in cattle and though it does no harm to the cattle, can make humans sick.
 
E. coli vaccine works, but is rarely used in feedlot cattle
3-3-15 - Farm Futures - Glynn Tonsor
Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, often referred to as STEC 0157 or simply E. coli, is naturally occurring in cattle and though it does no harm to the cattle, can make humans sick.
 
E. coli vaccine sees limited use in cattle
3-3-15 - McPherson Sentinel - Glynn Tonsor
When it comes to foodborne illnesses, few rival E. coli for the damaging effect it can have on humans.
 
E. coli vaccine effective but seldom used in feedlot cattle
3-2-15 - Drovers Cattle Network - Glynn Tonsor
When it comes to foodborne illnesses, few rival E. coli for the damaging effect it can have on humans.
 
E. coli Vaccine Effective But Seldom Used in Feedlot Cattle
3-2-15 - Rural Messenger - Glynn Tonsor
When it comes to foodborne illnesses, few rival E. coli for the damaging effect it can have on humans.
 
E. coli Vaccine Effective But Seldom Used in Feedlot Cattle
3-2-15 - Kansas Farm & Ranch Radio - Glynn Tonsor
When it comes to foodborne illnesses, few rival E. coli for the damaging effect it can have on humans.

Keep corn particle size in mind to enhance feedlot efficiency
3-2-15 - Farm & Ranch Guide - Chris Reinhardt
Ask cattle producers how they grind corn used in their animals’ diets, and the responses would likely range from fine, to medium, to coarse.
 
Health care access 'doctors up' local economies
3-2-15 - High Plains Journal - John Leatherman
Many thoughts go into choosing a place to live and work. Access to affordable housing, high-quality schools and a comprehensive health care system are among those considerations that typically rise to the top of the list.