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According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the average retail costs of such staples like fish, poultry and eggs have climbed by double digits over the last 12 months and items like beef have skyrocketed. With punishing droughts and rising global demand, there’s no way to know if and when prices will begin to fall. As a result, it may be time to make some adjustments to our eating and shopping habits. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Mary Meck Higgins outlines five strategies to reduce food costs.

4/17/2014 7:00:00 PM

Enhance Your Financial Literacy and Capability

MANHATTAN, Kan. – When we think about the literacies needed in life, we might think about reading literacy, math literacy or science literacy. But, what about financial literacy?

4/4/2014 8:00:00 AM

Big Choices Loom for U.S. Farmers

Art BarnabyMANHATTAN, Kan. – As a professor in Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics, Art Barnaby has given countless presentations and fielded even more questions about managing risk over the years. And the questions continue as details of the new farm bill unfold.

4/4/2014 8:00:00 AM


Making the most of your money starts with five building blocks for managing and growing your money. Those building blocks, according to MyMoney.gov, include five principles: earn, save and invest, protect, spend and borrow. The goal of the program, known as My Money Five, is for people to keep these principles in mind as they make day-to-day decisions and plan their financial goals. April is Money Smart Month across Kansas and K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) discusses how these building blocks can help everyone improve their financial situation – especially if they start saving when they’re young.

4/3/2014 7:00:00 PM

Still Uninsured? Affordable Care Act Heads Toward March 31 Deadline

The U.S. government’s deadline for Americans to purchase health insurance is March 31. And while many of those previously uninsured in Kansas and across the country have already purchased a health plan, there are still those who don’t quite understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects them.
3/17/2014 8:00:00 AM

Knowing the Basics about Credit

Recent news of data breaches involving Target and Neiman Marcus credit cardholders serves as a reminder that a little time spent learning about your credit – including monitoring it and knowing what others see and how they use it – can mean money saved and less stress in the long run.
3/3/2014 8:00:00 AM


According to the 2013 Annual National Survey Assessing Household Savings, released as part of America Saves Week, only about half of Americans reported good savings habits. Kansas Saves, which mirrors the America Saves initiative, encourages people to commit to saving, to reduce debt, to invest and build personal wealth. On today’s Sound Living: K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) discusses how to set financial goals and how to make a plan for attaining those goals.

2/20/2014 6:00:00 PM

America Saves Week Approaching

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The concept is “pay yourself first.” Putting money aside that you planned to save before spending it elsewhere means that you managed your savings goal up front. Then you don’t have to mentally account for saving money again until the time comes to make the next self-payment.
2/20/2014 8:00:00 AM

Women Managing the Farm Conference... Play Audio

Two speakers at the Women Managing the Farm Conference co-sponsored by K-State Research and Extension last week:  from the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Lane Letourneau provides an update on the implementation of the 50-year water plan for conserving the Ogallala Aquifer...and from Frontier Farm Credit, Jordan Olsen talks about crop insurance opportunities for cover crops, pastures and specialty crops.


2/19/2014 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