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While the weather in the Four States has not felt very conducive to Christmas cheer this year, balmy temperatures have not dampened the Christmas spirit for local Christmas tree farms.

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While understanding tax law may seem like a task better left to the experts, changes in legislation have an impact on agricultural producers across the country. In a webinar hosted by Women Managing the Farm and the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics, Roger McEowen,…

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Mental health is a tough subject for individuals as proud, competent and self-reliant as agricultural producers tend to be. But, conversations surrounding mental health go down a little easier when presented by cattlemen to cattlemen. At least that’s what native Missouri cattle producer and …

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After eight years of service with the Marine Corps, including two combat deployments, one might think retiring from the military would be a chance to rest and recoup. But for Travis Appel of Springdale, Arkansas, it was a chance to explore his other passion: market gardening.

When it comes to estate planning, the following scenario happens entirely too often. A (mostly) retired farmer or land owner dies, the estate is settled, and then the surviving family have no idea what the leases of the farm ground are. They don’t know the terms, the rental rate or the crop …

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After visiting an Oklahoma pumpkin patch last fall, Ahlayna McPherson had a vision: a place in her own town for families to have an outdoor experience and spend time in the country.

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When Adam Mareth stepped back onto his family’s Monett, Missouri dairy barn in 2017, it was corn-planting season, there were cows to be moved, calves to be fed and things in need of fixing.

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With a rich history of producing and promoting successful farm shows in Southeast Kansas and beyond, Farm Talk will expand its coverage of cutting edge agricultural equipment and more with its newly formed partnership with Western Farm Show.

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It happens each year on the first full weekend of October. The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri comes alive with the sights and sounds of the largest agricultural event in the Ozarks. This year’s 42nd annual Ozark Fall Farmfest will be held October 1, 2 and 3.

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Strong planning and favorable growing conditions have led to a promising start to corn harvest for Miami, Oklahoma farmer Brent Rendel.

As concerns of a large-scale, foreign animal disease outbreak in the United States grow, cattle producers in Missouri may be looking for ways to better protect and prepare their operations. Rose Massengill, from the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Services, joined the July Pearls of Prod…

The combination of triple digit temperatures and a steady Kansas summer breeze means wheat harvest is progressing quickly across the state.

Six Kansas FFA members were elected to serve as the 2020–21 Kansas FFA Officer team at the virtual 93rd Kansas FFA Convention, June 2–4, 2021. They were among 7 candidates running for a state officer position to represent more than 9,700 Kansas FFA members.

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Weather woes and less than desirable field conditions made 2019 and 2020 challenging years for commodity crop producers throughout middle America. In trying times there’s no substitute for experience and that’s one thing Weir, Kansas farmer Rod Watson, his father Don and son Jared can excel …

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In the age of side hustles and diversifying businesses, more  livestock producers in Kansas may be considering the logistics of selling their products directly to consumers.

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Built on a dream of being financially secure, the Dorsey ranch of Pryor, Oklahoma is no stranger to ambition and innovation. Armed with stand-out genetics and a passion for quality beef, the Dorsey family has stepped away from traditional beef marketing to start their direct-to-consumer enterprise.

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The title of today’s article seems to be on the minds of many farmers and ranchers in recent days with the beginning of a new Congress and the inauguration of Joe Biden. I have had many emails, phone calls and conferences with farm families recently that are asking what the impact of tax cha…

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When Green Cover Seed, headquartered in Bladen, Nebraska, identified the need for a secondary location to serve Southeast Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, the company undoubtedly did not expect to be making the move in the midst of a pandemic. But, when a 54,000 square foot warehouse in Iola, …

While it might be nice to imagine riding the tractor off into the sunset like the cowboys of old, the reality is most farm operators will leave loved ones behind when they pass. The goal of farm succession planning focuses on giving those left behind the best possible start to ensure the far…

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A first-ever beef cattle exhibition, planned in just a few short months, demonstrates how the agricultural industry has found ways to adapt and persevere in the midst of a challenging and unpredictable viral pandemic.

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Undeterred by the uncertainty of 2020, the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council, along with Kansas State University, hosted this year’s Winter Forage Conference virtually. Keynote speakers covered an array of topics from pasture management to a yearlong breakdown of regional hay markets.

As Philip and Hollee Terry and their three kids were putting the finishing touches on a radiant rising sun at the center of a new mural on the west side of their shop, they had no idea the bright future that would soon dawn for their small meat processing business.

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Active duty combat medic to zucchini bread savant sounds like a heck of a career transition. But, for Arkansas City, Kansas, farmer Chris Palmberg the journey from Kansas to Iraq and back again taught some hard lessons about ingenuity, responsibility and the ability to create value out of du…

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While farmers and ranchers have long lamented the general public’s lack of awareness for their food’s origins, the food quality and security in the United States that aided out-of-touch consumers was perhaps producers’ proudest accomplishment. Today, with COVID-19 complications, agricultural…