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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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…

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.

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‘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…

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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.

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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…

Producers and farmers look forward to Spring. Spring brings new life and new growth but as the grass begins to grow in our pastures, so does the weeds.

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Southwest Missouri native finds unique niche as online agronomy personality

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 …

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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.

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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.

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The "best money spent in 2022 is only as good as its interpreted and applied results.

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“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…

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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…

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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.

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.

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.

Robin Phelan, advertising director of Farm Talk, has been promoted to the additional responsibility of publisher for the newspaper and its online component.

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…