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Join me in Lyons Jan. 29

By Richard C. Snell

Barton County Extension Agent, agriculture

Kansas

Do you want to make money on your farm or ranch operation this year? Profitability in agriculture may seem as much of a moving target as it is in any other business right now. Changes in farm policy, volatile grain prices, and a weakening U.S. economy are key issues facing Kansas farmers and livestock producers. To help agricultural producers, agribusinesses and others stay informed with the latest research-based information, Rice County K-State Research and Extension Office will host a 2009 K-State Research and Extension Ag Profitability Conference Jan. 29.

The conference will be held at the Rice County Extension Building, 701 E. Main, Lyons and will start with registration at 9:30 a.m. The program will begin at 10 a.m., and run to 3:30 p.m.

Topics to be discussed will be: Grain outlook, The 2008 farm bill, fertilizer prices/breakeven points, managing risk using AgManager.info and the Internet, and crop insurance changes.

To register to attend this event, please contact the Barton County Extension Office at 620-793-1910 or e-mail rsnell@oznet.ksu.edu or fmiller@ksu.edu by Jan. 23. There will be a registration fee of $10.00, which will include lunch. Coupons for reduced registration are being sponsored by Alden State Bank, Lyons State Bank, Little River State Bank, Lyons Federal Savings, Quivira Federal Savings, and First Bank and the Farm Bureau Association.

The conference is being co-sponsored by First Bank, Chase, Lyons, and Sterling as well as the Extension offices in Barton, McPherson, Reno, and Rice counties and K-State's Department of Agricultural Economics.

Cover Your Acres in January

Everyone is invited to attend the sixth annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference at the fabulous Gateway Center in Oberlin, Kan., Jan. 20 and 21. The conference will have the same program each day so farmers can decide which day works best for them.

I hope you will plan to ride with me. I am planning to go up in the evening Jan. 19 and come back late Jan. 21. So, give me a call at 620-793-1910 by Jan. 16 if you want a ride.

More than 20 topics will be discussed. There will be two farmer panels on: Things To Do Before You Start No-Till and Summer Crop Plant Populations. Some of the key topics will be weed control strategies in grain sorghum, managing rust on wheat, carbon credit trading, and yield forecasts from satellite imagery. Some of the other topics are on wheat residue management, crop insurance, glyphosate resistance, pros and cons of UAN with herbicides for wheat, and planter, drill closing, and press wheel options. K-State specialists and industry representatives will be the speakers and will be on hand to answer your questions if you would like.

Over 700 people attended last years conference, so please decide to attend and see what everyone is talking about. Registration cost will be $22 if registration is postmarked by Jan. 13, if not registration at the door will be $45.

You won't find a better no-till conference for the money and you won't find better hotel rates than in Oberlin, Kan. I hope to see you there.

Did you know

The FACT Conference, a no-till and technology event for farmers and agri-business people will be held Jan. 13 and 14 in Liberal. Registration is $65 at the door for both days. Spouses can attend for just $7 per day meal cost. Call me for rides. Keeping the Family Farming, will be held Jan. 17 and Jan. 30 in Garden City. This is a two session workshop to help prepare farm families prepare for transitions and change for the next generation. We still have plenty of the beef cow-calf pocket calendars for sale. The 2009 Kansas Haying and Grazing Conference will be held on Jan. 14 in Manhattan. The Four State Beef Conference, a gathering of beef producers from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa will be held in Washington, Kan., Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. The Mid-America Fruit Growers Conference will be held Jan. 13 to 15, in Columbia, Mo. The K-State Extension Horse Owners Conference will be held Jan. 24 at the AGCO Communication Center in Hesston. The Twelfth Annual Kansas Agricultural Technology Conference will be held Jan. 22 and 23 in Salina at the Holiday Inn. This was originally called the Precision Ag Conference. The 2009 Sustainability Conference will be held at the K-State Union on Jan. 23. The focus will be on land use planning and the future of energy in Kansas. Registration is $60. The Kansas Graziers' Association Annual Winter Grazing Conference will be held Jan. 17 in Assaria, Kansas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 12th Annual No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference will be held Jan. 29 and 30 at the Bi-Centennial Center in Salina.

The FACT Conference, a no-till and technology event for farmers and agri-business people will be held Jan. 13 and 14 in Liberal. Registration is $65 at the door for both days. Spouses can attend for just $7 per day meal cost. Call me for rides. Keeping the Family Farming, will be held Jan. 17 and Jan. 30 in Garden City. This is a two session workshop to help prepare farm families prepare for transitions and change for the next generation. We still have plenty of the beef cow-calf pocket calendars for sale. The 2009 Kansas Haying and Grazing Conference will be held on Jan. 14 in Manhattan. The Four State Beef Conference, a gathering of beef producers from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa will be held in Washington, Kan., Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. The Mid-America Fruit Growers Conference will be held Jan. 13 to 15, in Columbia, Mo. The K-State Extension Horse Owners Conference will be held Jan. 24 at the AGCO Communication Center in Hesston. The Twelfth Annual Kansas Agricultural Technology Conference will be held Jan. 22 and 23 in Salina at the Holiday Inn. This was originally called the Precision Ag Conference. The 2009 Sustainability Conference will be held at the K-State Union on Jan. 23. The focus will be on land use planning and the future of energy in Kansas. Registration is $60. The Kansas Graziers' Association Annual Winter Grazing Conference will be held Jan. 17 in Assaria, Kansas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 12th Annual No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference will be held Jan. 29 and 30 at the Bi-Centennial Center in Salina.

Conservation tree orders

Once again this year, the county extension office is offering conservation trees for sale through the Kansas Forest Service. We have both broadleaf and evergreen species of trees and shrubs, as well as protective rabbit netting, weed barrier fabric and other supplies.

1/12/09
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Date: 1/8/09



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