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December 06, 2012
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Grain Markets, Cropland Leases and Farm Bill Are Focus of Jan. 8 Conference in Goodland


GOODLAND, Kan. -- The direction of commodity prices, changes in the farm bill, land leasing and fair values, and increasing input costs are key issues facing Kansas farmers. To address challenges in today’s agriculture, K-State Research and Extension will host the Grain Markets, Cropland Leases and Farm Bill Conference on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in Goodland, Kan.

The Thomas and Rawlins county extension offices, along with the Sunflower and Golden Prairie extension districts, coordinated the conference, which is open to all Kansans and producers from surrounding states. The conference is part of Kansas State University’s 2013 Agricultural Profitability Conference series, and will take place at the Goodland Elks Lodge, 1523 Arcade St. in Goodland. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the program will run from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. 

“Grain Market Outlook for 2013” is the featured topic, presented by Alan Brugler, president of Brugler Marketing and Management LLC. Brugler is a consulting analyst for DTN, writer of the Market Watch blog for Farm Journal’s AgWeb.com and is a guest analyst for PBS’ Market to Market, Farm Journal’s U.S. Farm Report and AgDaily.

“Farm Bill Prospects for 2013” will be addressed by Troy Dumler, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist.  

The afternoon portion of the conference will focus on 2013 cropland leases. Presentations will include 2012-13 Farmland Cash Rental Rates in Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska; New Generation Flex Leases and Traditional Cropland Leases; and Cropland Lease Cost and Returns Using Northwest Kansas Farm Management Association Budgets. K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Farm Management Association agricultural economists Daniel O’Brien, Troy Dumler, Kiel Roehl, Mark Wood and Clint Milliman will address 2013 farmland leasing trends and prospects.  

Early registration is requested by Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. A complete brochure and registration form can be picked up at the above extension offices or go to the Sunflower extension district and click on the conference information. 

The conference is sponsored by: K-State Department of Agricultural Economics; Frontier Ag Inc., Sunopta; Sherman County Farm Bureau Association; Farm Credit of Western Kansas; People’s State Bank of Oakley and Kansas Farm and Ranch Radio (KLOE and KXXX). 

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K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
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