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A FINANCIAL GENDER GAP EXISTS Play Audio



Americans, in general, display low levels of financial knowledge and capability, but a new study out of Kansas State University indicates 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 life. Cliff Robb, an associate professor in the Kansas State College of Human Ecology and the author of a study titled, Financial Knowledge and the Gender Gap, says there are many reasons why this gap exists and explains why it’s critical that it is addressed.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


Updated Estimates on Cash Rental Rates for Kansas Cropland... Play Audio



 K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor discusses the just-posted estimates on cash rental rates for Kansas cropland for 2015, calculated on a county-by-county basis...this information is intended to help the tenant and landlord determine the most equitable lease rate for both parties, given the current economics of crop production.

2/18/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Market Report... Play Audio



Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska offers her thoughts on the current cattle market trends, and shares information she's been presenting at beef producer meetings this winter on re-growing the cow-calf herd and on creating new profit centers in the cattle operation to accommodate returning family members.

2/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


FINANCIAL GENDER GAP Play Audio



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.  Guest: Cliff is an associate professor of personal financial planning in Kansas State's College of Human Ecology and author of a study titled "Financial Knowledge and the Gender Gap.”

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


A SOUND APPROACH TO SAVINGS Play Audio



The theme for America Saves Week – the last week in February – is Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. The theme is also the essence of a sound approach to savings. Knowing what you want to save for, how to achieve it, and making the savings process automatic will help you reach your savings goal. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says Kansas Saves, which mirrors the America Saves initiative, encourages people to commit to saving, reduce debt, invest and build wealth.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE Play Audio



If you’re going to buy health insurance coverage for 2015 in a health insurance marketplace – which would be different than purchasing it through an employer plan or Medicare or Medicaid – you need to make a decision by February 15th.  According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 9.5 million people had enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces through mid-January. The HHS reports that nearly 76,000 Kansans had selected plans – up from 57,000 in 2014.  K-State Research and Extension resource management specialist, Elizabeth Kiss, and Roberta Riportella, the Kansas Health Foundation professor of Community Health at Kansas State University, co-authored a publication to assist Kansans signing up for health care coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
 

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agricultural Lenders Survey Play Audio



K-State agricultural economist Brian Briggeman provides an overview of the university's latest Agricultural Lenders Survey, which polls agricultural financial institutions nationwide on trends in farm loan volumes, interest rates, and expectations on agricultural land values.

1/27/2015 6:00:00 PM


K-State Survey Indicates Lower Farmland Prices, More Non-Performing Loans in the Short-Term Outlook



The agricultural lender sentiment for the end of 2014 shows that lenders have decreased expectations for the short- and long-term outlook. Respondents of a Kansas State University Agricultural Lender Survey expect farmland prices to decline and non-performing loans to increase.
1/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


Farm Bill - Part One Play Audio



K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby goes over aspects of the new USDA commodity program features that are raising questions with producers, as Art and fellow K-State agricultural economists conduct the series of Farm Bill decision informational meetings around Kansas this winter:  he walks through the basics of how crop prices and yields are determined for program purposes, and how each factors into the ARC and PLC program options...he also talks about the yields for 2014 wheat program payments that were just released by the USDA, and how the variations in those yields from county to county in Kansas will impact the likely returns to producers from each of the program options.

1/20/2015 6:00:00 PM


Farm Bill - Part Two Play Audio



K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby continues his overview of the Farm Bill.

1/20/2015 6:00:00 PM


Top 10 Ag Law and Taxation Developments of 2014 - Part One Play Audio



Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University covers the top 10 agricultural law and taxation developments of 2014, saying that several of those will spill over into this new year, with monumental implications for agricultural producers and rural dwellers.

1/6/2015 6:00:00 PM


Top 10 Ag Law and Taxation Developments of 2014 - Part Two Play Audio



Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University covers the top 10 agricultural law and taxation developments of 2014.

1/6/2015 6:00:00 PM


Upcoming USDA Commodity Program Seminars Play Audio



K-State agricultural economists Mykel Taylor and Art Barnaby talk about the series of USDA commodity program seminars that K-State will be hosting throughout Kansas this month and next...these will offer crop producers guidance in selecting their program option for the next five years, outlining in detail how the Agricultural Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage and Supplemental Coverage Option all work.

1/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


FARM AND RANCH SUCCESSION Play Audio



One of the more widely discussed agricultural topics in Kansas these days concerns how to properly create a farm or ranch succession from one generation to another.  This is a very important venture not only for the agricultural families involved, but also for the communities around those farms and ranches.  After the first of the year, Kansas State will host five workshops around the state on succession planning…they will take place at Allen Community College in Iola, Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas Farm Bureau Plaza in Manhattan, Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, and the Kansas State Agricultural Research Center in Hayes.
 

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


Year-end Purchases and Income Tax Management Play Audio



From the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Gregg Ibendahl talks about the merits of advance-purchasing crop inputs, fuel and machinery for 2015 before this year is out, for income tax management purposes...the recent plunge in petroleum prices in particular casting a different light on one's fuel and fertilizer decisions.

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


Farm Succession Planning Conferences Play Audio



From the Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services office at K-State, Janel Koons goes over how to register for one of the five Farm Succession Planning conferences co-sponsored by K-State early in 2015, each of which will cover important topics on passing the farm or ranch along to the next generation.

12/10/2014 6:00:00 PM


USDA Farm Loan Program in Kansas Play Audio



Farm loan chief Arlyn Stiebe of the Farm Service Agency reports on a record-setting year for the USDA farm loan program in Kansas, with a special emphasis on the beginning farmer loan options the program offers.

12/10/2014 6:00:00 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