Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food by Joel Salatin provides relevant perspectives on the future of food systems.
There are two attitudes toward farm internships prevalent in America today. The first is that of stubborn individualism, the rugged “gonna do it my way” philosophy commonly associated with farmers. The second is best described as, “What I need is some interns to get this place in shape!” In Fields of Farmers: Interning, Mentoring, Partnering,Continue reading “Fields of Farmers”
Kansas Governor Democrat Laura Kelly won with 48% of the vote (489,337 votes). Republican Kris Kobach received 43% (443,346 votes), Independent Greg Orman 6% (66,163 votes), and Jeff Caldwell 2% (18,898 votes). United States House of Representatives 1st District: Republican incumbent Roger Marshall won over Democrat Alan LaPolice. 2nd District: Republican Steve Watkins wonContinue reading “2018 Kansas Election Results”
Selling your own produce directly from your own farm can be quite a challenge, but one with rich rewards.
Looking for a good way to keep up with daily agriculture-related headlines? Give Kansas Ag Connection a try! Subscribers to On the Range, our weekly country living update (read more), may already be familiar with this site as a source for some of our headlines. There’s a reason for that. Kansas Ag Connection is aContinue reading “Kansas Ag Connection”
Adjusting Livestock Production In an effort to reduce hog numbers, payments were also distributed to farmers who would destroy their piglets and pregnant sows. About 6 million piglets were slaughtered under the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA). A cattle-purchasing program was similarly implemented under the Drought Relief Service in areas where the Dust Bowl had hit theContinue reading “The Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains: Part 2”
Between 1929 and 1932, the net income of the average farm operator fell 69%. Prices for agricultural products were at their lowest since the 1890s. Wheat sold for only 25 cents per bushel. Much of this drop in prices was due to an agricultural surplus. Harvests had been bountiful before the drought hit, and aContinue reading “The Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains: Part 1”
Did you know that the last time a Kansas county boundary changed was as recent as 1978? Did you know that Kansas lost some land to Missouri when the Missouri River shifted in 1944? Did you know that for about 10 years Kansas had a county named…Kansas? If you’re a Kansas history buff, this onlineContinue reading “Atlas of Historical County Boundaries”
Preserving the food we grow at home or buy in bulk from a local farmer can seem daunting to the beginner. We know that food safety is important, but how do we achieve it? This food preservation site from K-State has the answers. Many resources have been combined into one convenient location. Learn more about:Continue reading “Food Preservation”
The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) was developed to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock production, primarily to fend off antibiotic-resistant diseases in humans. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 2 million people in the United States are infected by antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year. The concern is that extensive use of antibiotics in theContinue reading “New Rules Take Medicated Livestock Feeds Off the Shelf”