Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services
Upcoming Events
Various dates and locations in Oct. and Nov.
 
Join cattlemen and producers at Dale Strickler's farm Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Learn about improving soil productivity and cattle carrying capacity by using cover crops, forages, and perennial grasses. Strickler's farm is located near Courtland.
 
Nov. 3 in Hill City.
 
Various locations: Nov. 4-5 in Garden City, Nov. 5-6 in Colby and Nov. 6-7 in Hays.
 
Topics will include rebuilding the cow herd, restructuring breeding systems and expanding with limited resources. Nov. 4-5 in North Platte, NE.
 
Join KAMS at the KRC Annual Conference in Manhattan, Nov. 7-8.
 
Bruce Vincent will present “With Vision There Is Hope – How NOT to be the career of last choice,” Nov. 10 in Manhattan.
 
Join KAMS at the annual Wichita Farm and Ranch Show on Nov. 11, 12, and 13.
 
Nov. 11-14 in various locations.
 
Saline County Women in Ag
The topic for the Nov. 13 meeting will be "Farm Financial Challenges". View flier.
 
Join KAMS at the annual Kansas Cattlemen's Convention in Dodge City on Nov. 15.
 
Nov. 18 in Garden City
 
This interactive learning program designed for agricultural producers and agribusiness professionals will enhance and strengthen farm management skills. A wide range of practical, relevant topics are covered during the two-day conference, Nov. 18-19 in Manhattan.
 
News Impacting Kansas Agriculture
GRAPEVINE, T. X., Oct. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, today announced extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Read more...
 
MANHATTAN, K.S., Oct. 29, 2014 – Bruce Vincent will speak at K-State’s Forum Hall Monday Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. for Food for Thought’s Upson Lecture Series. Vincent’s presentation is titled “With Vision There Is Hope – How NOT to be the career of last choice.” Read more...
 
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees, which play an important role in crop production. Read more...
MANHATTAN, K.S., Oct. 24, 2014 – For Kansas’ cattle producers, building new feeding facilities can mean shelling out serious cash. However, Ron Graber, Kansas State University watershed extension specialist, said it’s an investment that pays for itself for years to come. Read more...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 – As part of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commitment to strengthening rural economies, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new state-by-state "Made in Rural America" report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities. Each state factsheet highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. They also outline how USDA is helping rural communities attract businesses and families by investing in housing and broadband. Read more...
 
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program. Read more...
 
HIAWATHA, K.S., Oct. 20, 2014 – Produce items adorned with oval-shaped gold stickers at Hiawatha Thriftway, located in northeast Kansas, are grown by local farmers. Store owner Tim White partners with the local farmers’ market to bring these locally grown foods into his store. Read more...
 
PARSONS, K.S., Oct. 20, 2014 – Consecutive years of drought could prompt beef cattle producers to find ways to unconventionally feed and manage their cow herds. One option when grass is limited is moving the herd to a confinement situation. Read more...
 
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded more than $18 million in grants to small businesses for high quality, advanced research and development that will lead to technological innovations and solutions for American agriculture. NIFA awarded 100 grants through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Read more...