After many years serving rural Kansas as CEO for Heartland Rural Electric Co-Op, Dale Coomes anticipated serving his community in a whole new way — as a farmer.
October 25, 2015 was quite possibly the best day of my husband’s life up to that point. Which, is a real funny phenomenon since he proposed to me on October 23, 2015.
There’s an “aww!” in unison as Garrett Rezac, a pork producer in Pottawatomie County, brings out a baby pig. Everyone is excited to get closer to the pig, born just a few days ago. Questions come up about caring for the baby pig as each person has their turn at holding the warm, full-bellied…
PrairieLand Partners acquired two recruits at the Independence location last week through the John Deere tech scholarship program in partnership with Fort Scott Community College. Wyatt Palmer and Ethan Shire, both of Mound Valley, Kansas, selected the dealership as their host program and fi…
I saw a statistic a few weeks ago that over 50% of Oklahoma farms and ranches are run by women, and over 40% are female-owned. Now, it stands to reason that similar statistics would hold true for Oklahoma’s sister states, and if so, that’s a whole lot of production agriculture being accompli…
Oklahoma State University’s flagship field day is quickly approaching with an opportunity to gain valuable wheat knowledge and earn continuing education credits.
Tradition is not tied to geography for Mountain View Missouri’s Cluck Ranch. Keeping family together and maintaining a ranching way of life are critical to preserving the Cluck family legacy, but what happens when that tradition finds a new home in a brand-new state with a whole new species?…
Farm Talk acquired an excellent addition to the editorial department at the newspaper in March. Emily Zahurones is an Iowa-born farm girl with a passion for people and storytelling.
For more than 180 years, almost as long as Missouri has been a state, a little corner of land around Concordia has been harvested by and home to the Oetting family.
Like so many ground-grown farm kids I was raised to think of the activity that would one day provide a living for my family as more than just a job. Rather, I was encouraged to find my purpose, to find a life’s work and that’s a concept I believe farmers have always excelled at instilling in…
Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced recently that 46 youth, selected from Missouri 4-H and FFA State Fair exhibitors, will be awarded scholarships by the Missouri State Fair and the Youth in Agriculture (YIA) committee. These students are seeking higher education at a universit…
Riders with rhymes will once again be gathering across Kansas, as the Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest will resume in-person in 2022.
In the heart of Southeast Kansas, Gelbvieh cattle producers, Jim and Terri DeGeer never had a doubt in their minds about finding their way back to the ranch. Today, the pair have owned and operated DeGeer Gelbvieh as a successful genetics business for the past 36 years. Jim and Terri continu…
Working one job for half-a-century is a major accomplishment but Glen Tyson has been in his “second profession” even longer.
Eldon Cole was an eager 18-year-old farm boy when he first experienced hands-on learning at the University of Missouri. The year was 1958, and the windswept fields of East Campus were dappled with incoming freshmen exploring academic offerings at “Ag Day” hosted by the Division of Agricultur…
The majority of production costs for producers in any area of the livestock industry are associated with feed. Limiting those costs and increasing feed efficiency are key to maintaining a profitable enterprise — especially in uncertain market conditions.
University of Missouri Anatomic Pathologist, Rosalie Ierardi, is breaking ground with her graduate research in Bovine Anaplasmosis, an infectious disease that activates the immune system and causes the destruction of red blood cells in cattle.
Popularity and positive price impacts have made sheep and goat production more attractive pursuits for Four State producers in recent years. However, the mechanics of animal husbandry for species arguably more complex and delicate than cattle remain a challenge.
Southeast Kansas producers gathered last Tuesday for a sheep and goat workshop at the Neosho County Fairgrounds in Erie. The workshop was hosted by K-State Research and Extension Southwind and Wildcat districts.
‘C’mon in… and shoot the bull!’ That’s the tagline – and invitation – to stop in and buy locally produced meat at the Oswego Locker in Kansas. Situated in brand new, updated facilities, the locker continues to be family-owned and operated by proprietor Matt George together with his wife, Tar…
Land-grant universities have a unique and intimate relationship with rural communities. The agents of these universities are equally as beneficial as explorers of relevant scientific breakthroughs as they are as neighbors and community members.
The American Rodeo team roping finals were hosted in Arlington, Texas on March 6. The 2022 winners, for $100,000 per person, were team ropers Andrew Ward from Edmond, Oklahoma, and Buddy Hawkins from Columbus, Kansas. Together, their winning time was 3.69 seconds.
If you’re keeping up with this column at all, then the headline makes no sense to you, because I have already admitted my abysmal record with basketball. Being laughed at by middle school coaches was not the beginning or the end of my sad state of affairs in the sport. Oh no.
Phosphorus (P) is one of the most vital elements and nutrients on the planet. There is no substitution for it biologically in plants, animals, or people. This controversial nutrient is at the center of international trade tariffs and lawsuits. As of the writing of the article, Diammonium pho…
Many Southeast Kansas livestock producers braved ice and wind to attend the annual Beef Night held at the 4-H building in Columbus, Kansas on Thursday, February 17. Beef Night provided cattlemen with valuable information on nitrogen application, forage-based fertility trials, and bull select…
The inaugural 2022 ‘Grand Slam’ cattle show was held at the Labette Country Fairgrounds in Oswego, Kansas on March 5-6. The show was established and organized by 17-year-old Trace Falkenstien in conjunction with the Labette County Fair Junior Advisory Board and Dr. David Newby from Regional …
What began as a hog-focused hobby with the will to win, has turned into a decades-long passion project for the entire Miami, Oklahoma-based Hofschulte family.
I am hopelessly non-competitive. I have track and field day participation ribbons aplenty. When I served as the junior high girl’s basketball team manager and asked if I could join a few workouts, the coaches literally looked at me and laughed.
The 60th annual Western Farm Show took place February 25-27, 2022 at the American Royal in Kansas City with higher attendance numbers compared to year’s past. People who attended the show were farmers, ranchers and stockmen with reports of vendors selling out like never before. Vendors state…
Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics will host a Risk and Profit mini-conference online Mar. 7-11 to discuss the agricultural impacts of the Ukraine-Russia conflict and what it means for U.S. producers.
“There will never be any more of it,” is a sentiment long touted by farmers and land lovers alike who see ground as one of few “sure thing” investments. For AcreTrader founder and CEO Carter Malloy, finding a business model to benefit farmland investors and farmers equally represented a chal…
The first Farmers Accelerating Research in Materials Science or F.A.R.M.S. event was held in March 2020 which brought agricultural producers and polymer scientists together with the intent of bridging the gap between the two industries. The purpose of the event is to identify challenges farm…
New year, new look for the farm. Building any kind of new farm building or structure can seem like a daunting task. It needs to last for coming generations, hold up against inclement weather and of course, come at the right price.
Like all young farmers and ranchers in a challenging climate, Scott and Amy Welch were looking to expand their diversified cattle and farming operation — into a vertically integrated butcher shop and processor.
When Neodesha, Kansas, native Ashley Chandler crossed the stage at the 93rd Annual Kansas FFA Convention to accept her role as the 2021-2022 Kansas State FFA President, it was the culmination of several years of personal hard work and a lifetime family history.
I want to share with the local Kansas farming community a picture taken from this year wheat harvest that symbolizes the struggles and triumphs of farmers. This picture was the last load of a hard fought harvest to be in before the rains started to come the week of June 25th.
Picture Lucille Ball’s infamous chocolate assembly line debacle. Exchange the industrial scenery for a shady pecan grove, the bonbons for quarter-sized blueberries and the result is an accurate picture of most of Outback Farm’s youngest clients.
With over 60% of the 2021 Kansas corn crop already in the ground, farmers are beginning to see the results of a timely planting without flood-level rains soon after.
Four State Farm Show’s first year at the new Pittsburg State University venue, kicks off Friday, May 21 and continues May 22 and 23. Show hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The fifth annual Ozark Spring Roundup — a free agriculture, equine and urban trade show — is making its return to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri, on March 26, 27 and 28.
Frequently somewhat hyper, the buckskin mare Maggie’s tenseness was most apparent with blustery heavy downpour on the indoor arena.
The Livestock Indemnity Program provides assistance to livestock owners and contract growers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality as a direct result of an eligible loss condition. An eligible adverse weather event is one that is not expected to occur during the loss period that…
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