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ISSUE DATE: 01/10/2011

Training tomorrow's technicians today

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Time and again, producers say efficient and effective farm equipment maintenance is vital to the success of any operation. A good service technician and his support team are just as valuable to a farmer as a timely application service or a detail-oriented crop adviser.

But, with the increasing technical complexity of today's tractors and a reliance on computers for precision agriculture tools, companies are finding it difficult to find people to fill troubleshooting positions in their service departments.

It's a need that Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., is working to fulfill.


NEWS

Ag aviation scholarships awarded
AgriLife Research centers offer opportunities not found in books
Auction eatery thrives
Average value of Iowa farmland reaches $5,064 per acre
Bayer CropScience, UNL collaborate to improve wheat breeding
Brown County to get two new AgriLife Extension agents
Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers launches new site
Deadline for postcard art contest is Jan. 31
Department of Commerce to host five-part agritourism course
Extension to host bedbug identification, control program
Extension to host Women in Agriculture Conference
Fogbows appear in the High Plains
KARL Program accepting applications
K-State Extension releases its top-10 list of publications
Lucas announces new House Ag Committee
Meetings will address broadband needs
Miss Rodeo America crowned
National Farmers Profit More convention coming to Kansas City
New dietary levels set for calcium, vitamin D
NMDA announces interim director/secretary
Obama signs bill extending biodiesel tax incentive into law
Organizing papers for taxes
OSU makes tax preparation less 'taxing'
Preventing oil spills on farms
Speakers discuss EPA regulations, water conservation at KFU Convention
State rescinds water rights moratorium for aquifer
Support groups for military families to meet
Texas Brigades summer camp registration begins
Training tomorrow's technicians today
USDA releases colony collapse report
USDA releases farm income report
Weeding out Hunger campaign takes to Facebook
Western Farm Show adds tractor pull to celebrate 50 years
Women Managing the Farm Conference announced
Worldwide demand for oil affects bottom line

CROPS

AgriLife to host grain elevator workshop
AgriLife to host High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show
Agronomist gives crash course in statistics at AGMasters Conference
Checkoff helps 23 soy-based products enter marketplace
Consider joining a local work group
Consider preseason irrigation to increase yield
Corn protein produces gluten-free bread
Corn, sorghum farmers applaud extension of ethanol tax provisions
Couple finds business in grapes and wine
Crop Production Clinics offered
DASNR researcher awarded nearly $1 million grant
Donation supports OSU wheat improvement research
EQIP Organic Initiative cutoff announced
Grain elevator workshop set for Feb. 3 in Amarillo
Grape and wine council to meet Jan. 5
KFU holds annual convention
Land Application Training field days offered
Learn about cover crops at Conservation Tillage Conference
Manage risk with genetic diversity in plants
Multi-county cotton workshop is Jan. 13
Nebraska sorghum seminars scheduled
Nebraska Soybean Board seeks director candidates
New citrus research facility dedicated in South Texas
New tool for managing insects
No-till on the Plains hosts Winter Conference
Okla. producers named to National Cotton Board
Ozark Plateau model shows more groundwater available
Planting strip-till corn for optimum yield
Professorship continues ideals of pioneering water conservationist
Researchers focus on pathogenic attacks on rice plants
Researchers study benefits of barley as a biofuel crop
Soy biodiesel benefits national, rural economies
Strong net farm income may help state economy
SWKIA to hold annual meeting
Texas wine-grape growers invited to field day
Third Crop Producer Meetings set for early 2011
Topeka Farm Show is Jan. 11 to 13
UNL Extension workshop will cover organic weed control
UNL research looking for ways to block rice blast
USB survey focuses on profitability
Wheat industry continues to evolve
Wheat research leads to multi-state entomology grant

LIVESTOCK

Ag economist makes livestock videos for YouTube
AHA announces Spring Gold TPR breeders
AJSA names Appreciation Award recipient
Andrews takes reins as Stock Show CEO
Bison ranchers struggle to meet consumer demand
Bulls weighed after 84 days on test
CKD Cowherd Program set for Feb. 1
Geographers revisit Buffalo Commons
Grant now in planning mode
Group for junior meat goat producers launches
Hog and pork prices expected to soar in 2011
'Horse Whisperer' joins Garden City Farm and Ranch Show
Housing can help prevent pneumonia in calves
Jersey production in 2010 sets new records
Kansan earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards
Kansas Beef Expo features top show heifers
KLA Young Stockmen class graduates
Limousin launches its new website
More cattle testing positive for trichomoniasis
MSGA's Convention and Trade Show draws over 600 participants
National ShorthornPlus Show winners named
Nutrition facts to appear on meat, poultry products
OSU Cattle Conference and Trade Show scheduled
Search warrant served on raw milk
Spring 2011 Limousin EPDs available
Stocker Receiving Management Conference set for Jan. 25
Study shows Hereford heterosis advantage
Taiwanese beef importers participate in two-day seminar
USDA revises brucellosis regulations
USDA to survey cattle operations in January
Using blankets on calves
Using body condition scoring for beef cows
USMEF 2011 executive committee announced

EDITOR

American Agriculture: Your Food. Your Farmer.
Different thoughts on carbon footprint debate
Year of the Rabbit

COLUMNS

Bayer CropScience acquires wheat breeding programs
EPA and the Chesapeake Bay
Genuity corn, soybean trait products expand in 2011
In other agribusiness news....
Just a scoop full
Love the country hillbilly
Monsanto announces winners in Winter Canola Yield Contest
New soybeans now available for 2011
Video features NE cattle feeding opportunities

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Amarillo livestock auction report
December temps above normal
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry conditions persist
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Grain market close
High Plains slaughter news
Humeston feeder cattle report
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales
Kansas hay trade slow
Most hay selling steady
Nebraska sees mild, dry conditions
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock sales report
Sigourney feeder cattle auction
South Dakota blanketed with snow in December
Soybeans, corn close lower
Springfield livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Winter wheat rated in good to excellent condition

RANGE

Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan approved

FAMILY

Applying herbicide and fertilizer separately may be more effective than combining
Breads you can't buy
Dinner will feature locally grown products
Extension hosts Spring Gardening Workshop
Garcia has generously proportioned rooms
Hot Springs County hires 4-H educator
K-State hosts horticultural events
K-State student completes term as national FFA officer
Make any night sandwich night
Meditation for 1-10-11
OSU seeks gardening ambassadors
Protect young trees in winter
Set realistic weight loss goals
State officers attend International Leadership Seminar in Argentina
State puts up 'Bighorn Sheep Crossing' signs

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