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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 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


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


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


The Business-Minded Veterinarian



Animals can teach us more about the human body than we might realize. Crack open New York Times bestseller “Zoobiquity,” and you’ll learn about a human cardiologist’s experiences at the Los Angeles Zoo that allowed her to more closely connect human and animal medicine. Even in the first chapter—Dr. House, Meet Doctor Dolittle—author Barbara Natterson-Horowitz reveals how doctors and veterinarians could learn from each other to effectively diagnose and treat all species.


12/23/2014 8:00:00 AM


Gregg Hadley, Planning a Farm Succession



First of a three-part series on farm succession, K-State Ag Economist Gregg Hadley explains the importance of having a good plan that favors all parties before starting a farm succession. See video
12/12/2014 8:00:00 AM


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 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


4-H Livestock Management at Your Fingertips



Record keeping for a 4-H livestock project might involve collecting receipts from the feed store in an envelope or making notes on a feed sack in the barn. But, a new venture for 4-H—a livestock project record app—is allowing members to use their smart devices to keep easier track of their records.


12/11/2014 8:00:00 AM


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


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


Health Insurance Smarts: How Does Health Insurance Work?



With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, having health insurance became required by law. A main goal of the ACA is to increase the number of people insured, said Roberta Riportella, Kansas Health Foundation professor of community health at Kansas State University, and those who are uninsured could face a penalty at tax time.
12/8/2014 8:00:00 AM


Farm and Ranch Succession Planning - Part Three Play Audio



K-State's Duane Hund, Gregg Hadley and Charlotte Shoup-Olson focus on the importance of including a third-party facilitator in the planning process, and how to go about identifying the individual who can serve that role favorably and effectively.

12/2/2014 6:00:00 PM


Farm and Ranch Succession Planning - Part Two Play Audio



K-State's Charlotte Shoup-Olson, Duane Hund and Gregg Hadley provide input on developing the game plan for passing the operation along from one generation to the next, and who should be involved in the business planning phase.

12/1/2014 6:00:00 PM


Health Insurance Smarts: Why the Need for Health Insurance?



Purchasing insurance is a major financial decision regardless of need—life, home, farm, car and health, as examples. Just like purchasing insurance for the motor vehicles you have out on the roads, securing health insurance for yourself and your family is also required by a law, in this case, by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


12/1/2014 8:00:00 AM


Farm and Ranch Succession Planning - Part One Play Audio



K-State's Gregg Hadley, Charlotte-Shoup Olson and Duane Hund discuss the important first step in developing a succession plan that favors all parties---maintaining good lines of communication.

11/30/2014 6:00:00 PM


A TWO-GENERATION APPROACH TO POVERTY – PART TWO Play Audio



More than 21 percent of Kansas children, some 40-thousand, live in poverty.  That’s an increase of 22 percent over the past five years.  And policy changes to programs such as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, known as TANF, have made it more difficult for low-income families and their kids to gain access to the assistance they need.  Now, new recommendations from the Annie E. Casey Foundation propose integrating state and federal employment, education and child care programs for parents and children to create a better life for families.  The guest is Shannon Cotsoradis, president and CEO of Kansas Action for Children.
 

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


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


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