The Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains: Part 1

The Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains: Part 1

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 a considerable amount of grassland had been converted to cropland to … Continue reading The Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains: Part 1

Food Preservation

Food Preservation

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: Canning. Curing and smoking. Dehydrating. Food business. Freezing. Jams and … Continue reading Food Preservation

Veterinary Feed Directive Affects Small Farms, Too

New Rules Take Medicated Livestock Feeds Off the Shelf

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 the food supply will increase the prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria. The … Continue reading New Rules Take Medicated Livestock Feeds Off the Shelf

2016 Election Results

2016 Kansas Election Results

United States President Donald Trump (R): 276 electoral votes Hillary Clinton (D): 218 electoral votes   United States Senate Jerry Moran* (R): 62% of vote Patrick Wiesner (D): 32% Robert Garrard (L): 6%   United States House of Representatives 1st District Roger Marshall (R): 66% Alan LaPolice (I): 26% Kerry Burt (L): 7%   2nd District Lynn Jenkins* (R): 61% Britani Potter (D): 32% James … Continue reading 2016 Kansas Election Results

LegiScan Bill Tracking

LegiScan Bill Tracking

Interested in tracking the progress of that important or controversial piece of legislation?  LegiScan’s bill tracking tool makes it easy. There are several ways you can use this online tool: Pick a specific bill and follow its progress. Track the activities of a committee. Find out what is happening in a branch of legislature. LegiScan works great on both state and federal levels.  You don’t … Continue reading LegiScan Bill Tracking

How Vermont's GMO Labeling Law

How Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Affects You

On July 1, 2016, a law will go into effect in Vermont that promises to impact Americans in all 50 states.  It is Act 120, a labeling law requiring food manufacturers to disclose the presence or possible presence of GMOs in their products. Obviously, big food companies can’t easily tailor their food labels to the specifications of different states.  This means all of us may … Continue reading How Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Affects You

Kansas Department of Agriculture Licensing Guides

Kansas Department of Agriculture Licensing Guides

Agripreneurs have to be careful to keep up with the legal aspects of their businesses.  Fortunately, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has put together a series of licensing guides to help innovative business owners see at a glance what permits and licenses will be necessary. The PDF downloads cover many types of businesses: Agritourism. Aquaculture. Dairy farming. Feed sales. Greenhouses and nurseries. Home kitchens. Livestock … Continue reading Kansas Department of Agriculture Licensing Guides

Farm Fresh

Farm Fresh

Are you considering direct marketing grassfed meat and dairy products?  Before you begin, perhaps you could benefit from a little food for thought on the subject.  Try Farm Fresh: Direct Marketing Meats & Milk by Allan Nation. You may or may not agree with all of the philosophies contained in Farm Fresh, but you are sure to be challenged to new levels of creativity.  Nation … Continue reading Farm Fresh

The Seal of Kansas

The Seal of Kansas

When Kansas was accepted into the Union, the state constitution declared that a seal would be necessary. Governor Charles Robinson brought this requirement to public attention on March 30, 1861. Committees in both the State House and the State Senate were appointed to draw up a design. But for several months, nothing could be decided. What would the seal look like? Different designs were proposed, … Continue reading The Seal of Kansas