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AVOIDING THE JANUARY HANGOVER Play Audio



The euphoria of holiday shopping we experience in November and December can quickly turn into a financial hangover when the credit card statements arrive in January. While shopping is part of the holiday celebration, it doesn’t have to leave a huge debt to deal with after the holiday. K-State Research and Extension family financial specialist Elizabeth Kiss discusses how to have a happy holiday and not wake up with a January hangover.

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


2014 Kansas Income Tax Institutes Play Audio



Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen and K-State agricultural economics assistant Rich Llewelyn have the details of the 2014 Kansas Income Tax Institutes, scheduled for November and December at eight locations around Kansas.

10/28/2014 7:00:00 PM


UNDERSTANDING A REVERSE MORTGAGE Play Audio



A reverse mortgage is a home loan that provides cash payments based on home equity. And, while the idea of using your home for cash may be appealing, it’s an important decision that cannot be made hastily or before understanding the benefits and pitfalls. Although a lot of people have seen the commercials for reverse mortgages on television, they don’t understand what it is. K-State Research and Extension family financial planning specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says the absolute number of people in Kansas who have reverse mortgages or who reverse mortgages would be appropriate for are probably pretty low compared to other states, but because they are so heavily advertised, it’s important to understand how they work.
 

10/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


IS IT TIME FOR A FINANCIAL CHECKUP Play Audio



When it comes to personal financial management, there are a number of things that can affect your overall health. This includes your credit score, whether you have a contingency fund for emergencies, making sure you have adequate insurance coverage and choosing a bank that’s right for you. On today’s Sound Living, K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) offers some tips for making financial decisions that will improve your overall financial health.
 

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


USDA Specialty Crop Development Grants Play Audio



Staff economist with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Josh Roe, announces that several applicants in Kansas have now received USDA Specialty Crop Development Grants...he outlines what those grants will be supporting, and how others can apply for such funding in the future.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Prepare for Health Insurance Open Enrollment



If you haven’t already, it’s time for you and your family to review your health insurance options, as annual open enrollment in the Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace for 2015 coverage begins Nov. 15. Many employers and some public programs, such as Medicare, also use the fall as a time for annual enrollment or the renewal of health insurance plans.

10/15/2014 8:00:00 AM


TIPS FOR REDUCING HEATING COSTS Play Audio



If the onset of colder weather has you thinking about ways to reduce energy costs – without sacrificing personal comfort – there are a number of cost-effective measures that can be taken to winterize your home. Bruce Snead, director of Extension engineering at Kansas State University and an Extension specialist in residential energy, says this includes blocking air leaks by preventing cold air from entering the home and keeping warm air from escaping the home, making sure the furnace is in optimum working condition and using a programmable thermostat to help regulate the home’s temperature according to your family’s lifestyle.
 

10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


Enrollment Underway For New Farm Bill Programs... Play Audio



Commodity program specialist Terry Hawk of the Farm Service Agency goes over the just-announced timeline for enrolling in one of the program options under the new farm bill, the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program...he also talks about what the FSA is doing to ready for program sign-up

10/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


WOOD HEATING SYSTEMS Play Audio



For many homeowners, nothing beats the warmth of wood-burning heat in the cold of winter.  Numerous wood heating systems are available on the market, but the homeowner should know a few things about them before investing.  K-State forester Charlie Barden discusses several of those this week.                 &n
10/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


New Safety Net Tool for Crop Producers Play Audio



K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor announces that the decision-making tool created by Oklahoma State University and K-State for crop producers on the new farm program "safety net" options is now available for use...how to do so will be featured in a special webinar out of K-State taking place tomorrow, and she'll have the details.

9/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural Law Cases Play Audio



Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen covers several recent court decisions relevant to agricultural producers, including the ruling on a case over the validity of a farming partnership between parents and son, as perceived by the lending institution for both parties.

9/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


Dairy Margin Protection Program... Play Audio



K-State agricultural economist Robin Reed goes over a new facet of the USDA commodity programs, developed for dairy producers to help them manage their risk, called the Dairy Margin Protection Program...she talks about how it differs from the previous price-support mechanism, and points to a new spreadsheet tool that producers can use in their enrollment decisions.

9/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Re-Negotiating Cropland Rental Agreements... Play Audio



K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor discusses renegotiating cropland rental agreements, in light of the major decline in crop prices over the last several months...she suggests that cash rents, as well as crop-share terms and flex leases, deserve another look by tenants and landlords, to assure that the lease terms remain fair for both parties.

9/22/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Farm and Ranch Land Values... Play Audio



K-State agricultural economist Bryan Schurle looks at the latest trend in Kansas farm and ranch land values...he compares a trio of resources for gauging that trend, as he covered at the recent Risk and Profit Conference at K-State.

9/22/2014 7:00:00 PM


Update: Lesser Prairie Chicken... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about a new USDA analysis of the C-R-P and E-Q-I-P programs, and their value in providing lek habitat for the lesser prairie chicken.

9/22/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Law Update... Play Audio



Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University covers an assortment of recently-decided court cases relevant to agricultural producers...among them, a case where a landowner wished to terminate an oil and gas lease because of decades of inactivity by the company holding the lease, and two cases involving claims under the federal homebuyer tax credit.

9/16/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Law Update... Play Audio



Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University has important information about health benefit packages that farm operators provide to their employees, and whether they are in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
 
 

9/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


FAQ: USDA Commodity Program... Play Audio



K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor address several frequently-asked questions about the new USDA commodity program features, and what a producer should consider when weighing those options...she spoke on the topic at the recent Risk and Profit Conference at K-State.

8/27/2014 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