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September 12, 2012
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"In the News" February 2012 Archive


High tunnels get high marks in new report
2-28-12 - Agriculture.com
A new report from the University of Missouri details the benefits of using high tunnels, or hoop houses, to extend crop production.


Outstanding Rural Kansans Recognized by Huck Boyd Institute
2-27-12 - Kansas City infoZine - Ron Wilson
Entrepreneurship and service to community are hallmarks of the rural Kansans recognized by Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development as Leaders of the Year for 2012.


K-State professor honored

2-27-12 - High Plains Journal - Lyle Lomas
Kansas State University professor Lyle Lomas has been honored by the Research Center Administrators Society with its Distinguished Service Award for his years of service to the organization.


Strategic planning key in farm transitions
2-25-12 - Drovers Cattle Network - Michael Langemeier
By following six steps, farm operators and small business owners can develop a plan to chart the course for future growth and sustainability, according to Michael Langemeier, professor in Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics.


News Briefs from K-State Research and Extension
2-25-12 - Emporia Gazette
The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University has launched a Youth Animal Care Training program.


Farmland goes for a premium as commodity prices tick up

2-23-12 - USA Today - Lon Frahm
In the last five years, Lon Frahm has bought 4,000 acres of farmland, expanding the size of his wheat and corn operation to more than 30 square miles of western Kansas.


K-State offers Youth Animal Care Training online program

2-23-12 - Drovers Cattle Network - Dan Thomson
The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University has launched a Youth Animal Care Training program.


Beef expert says time to walk the walk for animal welfare
2-23-12 - Midwest Producer - Kim Stackhouse-Lawson
The cattle industry has talked the talk and now needs to walk the walk, a new beef expert at Kansas State University told those who attended a series of animal welfare seminars across Nebraska.


Caffeine a Promising, but Not Proven-safe Slug or Snail Control

2-21-12 - Kansas City infoZine - Ward Upham
USDA researchers in Hawaii have discovered caffeine solutions aren’t just a wake-me-up for tired humans.


Neosho County Extension agent teams with Rotarians in India

2-21-12 - Chanute Tribune - Tara Solomon
Tara Solomon’s five-week trip to India wrapped up Feb, 10 in what she termed “a bittersweet, eye-opening experience.”


Kenyan students learning ways to address countries' problems
2-21-12 - Topeka Capital-Journal - Deryl Waldren
Seventeen-year-olds Fredrick Ombunga and Susan Wandera respectively walk two to three hours to school and back home each school day.


McPherson County 4-H students earn honors for public speaking
2-21-12 - McPherson Sentinel - Kendra Baehler
Speaking in front of a group can be a person’s greatest fear, but 4-H is committed to helping youth overcome that fear by allowing them to present talks at a young age at the McPherson County 4-H Club Days.


Goering treasurer for K-State Wild Kids 4-H Club in McPherson
2-21-12 - McPherson Sentinel - Kendra Baehler
This year, I am highlighting the McPherson County 4-H club secretaries and treasurers. Taylor Goering is the treasurer for K-State Wild Kids 4-H Club in McPherson.


Ag minute: K-State sheep, goat conference planned for May 4-6
2-20-12 - McPherson Sentinel - Brian Faris
The Kansas State University Sheep and Goat Conference and trade show is slated for May 4-6, 2012 in Manhattan, with a registration deadline of April 15.


Winter Canola Risk Management Schools set for March
2-20-12 - High Plains Journal - Mike Stamm
A profitable new crop in Kansas is winter canola, said Mike Stamm, K-State Research and Extension canola breeder.


Grants available to fund community gardens
2-20-12 - Grass & Grain - Evelyn Neier


Ag minute: Winter canola risk management schools scheduled in March
2-17-12 - McPherson Sentinel - Mike Stamm
A profitable new crop in Kansas is winter canola, said Mike Stamm, K-State Research and Extension canola breeder.


Passing on the Family Farm or Agri-Business conference planned for March 31 in Concordia
2-16-12 - Grass & Grain - John Forshee


K-State Extension offering classes
2-16-12 - The 1st Infantry Division Post
Bringing the university to Fort Riley is what they do.


Prescribed Burn School and demonstration planned
2-16-12 - Grass & Grain - Judy Boltman


John Floros New K-State Ag Dean, Extension Director

2-16-12 - Kansas Farmer - John Floros
A renowned food scientist and academic leader with significant experience at top-ranked land-grant universities will be Kansas State University's new dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.


January temperatures in Kansas among the warmest on record
2-16-12 - Grass & Grain - Mary Knapp


Kansas State names new agriculture dean

2-15-12 - Dodge City Daily Globe - John Floros
A food scientist and professor from Pennsylvania State University has been named dean of Kansas State University's College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.


Warm winters may affect crop management decisions

2-15-12 - Pork Network - Mary Knapp
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently revised its Plant Hardiness Zone Map northward, meaning that the extreme low temperatures during the winter in Kansas and most of the rest of the country aren’t quite as cold now as they were about 20 to 30 years ago, said Mary Knapp, K-State Research and Extension climatologist.


Food scientist to conduct Kansas State College of Agriculture, K-State Research
2-15-12 - Food Science Chef - John Floros
A food scientist and highbrow from Pennsylvania State University has been named vanguard of Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture and executive of K-State Research and Extension.


Kansas: Warm Winters May Affect Crop Management Decisions
2-15-12 - Ag Fax - Mary Knapp
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently revised its Plant Hardiness Zone Map northward, meaning that the extreme low temperatures during the winter in Kansas and most of the rest of the country aren’t quite as cold now as they were about 20 to 30 years ago, said Mary Knapp, K-State Research and Extension climatologist.


K-State's Cattlemen's Day 2012 Set for March 2
2-14-12 - Gardner Edge
Kansas State University will host its 99th Annual Cattlemen's Day on Friday, March 2, on the university's Manhattan campus.


Food expert named dean of Agriculture College
2-14-12 - Manhattan Mercury - John Floros
A renowned food scientist and academic leader with significant experience at top-ranked land-grant universities will be Kansas State University's new dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.


Food scientist to head Kansas State College of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension

2-14-12 - KWCH TV - John Floros
A food scientist and professor from Pennsylvania State University has been named dean of Kansas State University's College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.


Food scientist to head Kansas State College of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension
2-14-12 - The Republic - John Floros
A food scientist and professor from Pennsylvania State University has been named dean of Kansas State University's College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.


K-State's Cattlemen's Day 2012 set for March 2

2-14-12 - Drovers Cattle Network
Kansas State University will host its 99th Annual Cattlemen’s Day on Friday, March 2, on the university’s Manhattan campus.


Profit Tips: Genetics - Prepare before purchasing bulls
2-13-12 - Drovers Cattle Network - Bob Weaber
As bull-sale season gets underway, Kansas State University cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber, PhD, advises ranchers to do their homework to ensure bulls they purchase meet their needs.


Farmers watching rents, other costs closely
2-13-12 - Ag Journal - Kevin Dhuyvetter
Buoyed by escalating land values, rental rates are rising, too, one of several cost factors farmers will have to watch closely in 2012, according to presenters and farmers at the recent High Plains No-Till Conference.


Seminars will cover Managing Rangelands in a Changing Environment

2-10-12 - High Plains Journal
"Ranchers and rangeland managers are facing numerous challenges as they look to remain profitable and manage their grasslands," said Bill Sproul, Sedan-area rancher and chairman of the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition.


Teaching with social media

2-10-12 - Winfield Daily Courier - Becky Reid
This month I am starting a new educational outreach activity. I’ve started a Twitter account with the name “TechieHomeckie.”


Alfalfa School
2-9-12 - KQNK Radio
An Alfalfa Production Update will be held regarding alfalfa growing and some economics in comparing corn, alfalfa and equitable leases with alfalfa.


Sullivan: Walking your way to health

2-9-12 - Leavenworth Times - Denise Sullivan
I think that February might be my favorite month of the year. It’s not because of Valentine’s Day, (though I hope I get dark chocolate) or because it’s a short month, (though that’s not a bad reason either).


Newsletter is now online
2-9-12 - Pratt Tribune
People have been asking me, as of late, “Where are your Extension newsletters I haven’t gotten one for a while.”


Ag minute: KSU Extension horticulture tips of the week

2-9-12 - McPherson Sentinel
The folowing topics are covered by the K-State Extension weekly horticulture newsletter, which can be found at the
Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources


Longtime Soil Science Publication Repositioned and Relaunched

2-8-12 - News Wise - Gary Pierzynski
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is pleased to announce one of the leading soil science publications, Soil Survey Horizons, has undergone an editorial repositioning and name change as of 2012.


Biomass or bust: Kansas ethanol plant seeks higher ground

2-8-12 - Harvest Public Media - John Holman
Drive by a field that’s ready for biomass harvest and you’ll think you’re too late. The grain is gone and it’s just broken stalks and leaves everywhere.


Fruit plants can blend into landscape
2-7-12 - Farm Talk - Rebecca McMahon


Region Briefs: Three-state Irrigation Conference planned Feb. 21-22 in Colby

2-7-12 - Midwest Producer
The Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will be held Feb. 21-22 at the City Limits Convention Center in Colby.


Crops Briefs: K-State to host Sorghum Schools at six locations around state

2-7-12 - Midwest Producer
Sorghum production will be the focus of the day as K-State Research and Extension hosts six in-depth Sorghum Schools in various locations around the state.


K-State teams up to cut E. coli risk
2-7-12 - Farm Talk - Randy Phebus


Beef-Cattle Economics webinar today

2-7-12 - Drovers Cattle Network - Glynn Tonsor
A Kansas State University webinar, scheduled for 1:30 Central Time today, will examine the market outlook, cattle inventory and COOL regulations.


Climatologist: Drought conditions likely to ease further
2-6-12 - High Plains Journal - Mary Knapp


Kansas Junior Sheep Producer Day planned for March 31
2-6-12 - High Plains Journal - Chelsea Tomascik
March 31 is the date for the Kansas Junior Sheep Producer Day to be held at Kansas State University's Weber Arena in Manhattan.


January temperatures in Kansas among warmest on record
2-6-12 - High Plains Journal - Mary Knapp
It wasn't your imagination: January in Kansas didn't feel like January in Kansas.


How local is your food?
2-5-12 - High Plains Journal


‘Passing on the Family Farm or Agri-Business’ Conference Planned for March 31 in Concordia
2-5-12 - Rural Messenger - John Forshee
The K-State Research and Extension River Valley District is conducting a Planning for the Future Conference – “Passing on the Family Farm or Agri-Business” on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Concordia.


Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Expo Planned Feb. 21-22 in Colby
2-5-12 - Rural Messenger
The Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will be held Feb. 21-22 at the City Limits Convention Center in Colby, Kan.


Bargain-Priced Winter Squashes Big on Health Benefits
2-5-12 - Rural Messenger - Karen Blakeslee
Shoppers who bypass winter squashes because they don’t know how to cook them are missing bargain-priced health benefits.


Strawberries Offer Three Harvest Options
2-5-12 - Rural Messenger - Ward Upham
Strawberry planting time is whenever soil becomes workable in spring. In the Midwest, that’s usually March or April.


K-State Agricultural Events Calendar
2-5-12 - Rural Messenger
K-State Research and Extension is offering the following area and statewide agricultural conferences and field days to all interested persons.


What does Extension do?
2-3-12 - Emporia Gazette - Bob Grover
The Lyon County Commission recently passed a resolution enabling Lyon County’s Kansas State University Research and Extension Office to join the Frontier Extension District, now comprised of Osage and Franklin Counties.


Radishes, turnips and base acres: FSA rules

2-2-12 - Agri-View - DeAnn Presley
Radishes and turnips are increasingly being planted as cover crops. However, there's some confusion about whether these crops can be planted on cropland, since they are technically vegetables, says DeAnn Presley, K-State Research and Extension soil management specialist.


Conservation Tree Seedling Sales
2-2-12 - St. John News
This program, open through the first Monday of May 2012, encourages landowners to plant trees and shrubs for conservation purposes.


Extension office provides burn school
2-2-12 - Hays Daily News
Those who plan to conduct a prescribed burn in Russell County will have to attend a prescribed burn school.


Extension office welcomes new agent
2-2-12 - Miami County Republic - Cody Sloan
A childhood of farm living, FFA and 4-H Club led Cody Sloan to a career he always knew he’d follow: agriculture.


Kansas: Planning for Future Conference March 31 in Concordia
2-1-12 - Ag Fax - John Forshee
The K-State Research and Extension River Valley District is conducting a Planning for the Future Conference – “Passing on the Family Farm or Agri-Business” on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Concordia.


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: Elaine Edwards
elainee@ksu.edu
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