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ISSUE DATE: 01/14/2013

Protect your farm shop investment

By Doug Rich

A new, well-lit, heated farm shop equipped with all the necessary tools soon becomes the center of activity on any farm. It can also become the center of attention for would-be thieves looking for an easy score.

If you are in the process of planning a new farm shop or already have one built, spend some time considering how to reduce the risk of theft on your farm.

Theft of property from rural farms and ranches is an ongoing problem. For example, from 2009 to 2011 the Missouri Livestock and Farm Protection Task Force working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Rural Crimes Investigative Unit investigated 891 incidents, arrested 182 suspects and recovered $2,871,738 in stolen property.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Preliminary Annual Crime Statistics for 2011, property crime decreased 14 percent in metropolitan counties but increased 2.6 percent in non-metropolitan counties. This same report stated that larceny thefts increased 4.1 percent in non-metropolitan counties.

Theft prevention can be as simple as neighbors watching out for each other or as sophisticated as installing electronic alarm systems. The National Sheriff's Association recommends watching your neighbor's property and reporting suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity to your local law enforcement agency. Be sure to notify your neighbors when you will be gone, but don't make it known to the entire community.


NEWS

Arming U.S. troops with insect-protective gear
CDL study group meets this month
Colorado weather's record year for heat, drought
Conference will address what comes next for the farm bill
Every second counts
Kansas agribusiness commends Roberts' agricultural leadership record
Knowing your neighbors
Master Naturalist program thriving in Missouri
MU climatologist: 2012 will be state's warmest year on record
Oklahoma Farm Bureau leaders support vote extending farm bill
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow looks to future in sustainable agriculture
Protect your farm shop investment
Rural Kansas towns cope with aging hospital facilities
Saturated fat science is evolving
Small Business Tax Workshop offered
Supermarket dietitians help consumers make healthy choices
USDA advisory committee seeks membership nominations
USDA Rural Development recognizes locally approved lenders

CROPS

104 Kansas counties declared federal disaster areas
Ag Stewardship Conference planned for Feb. 15
AgriLife scientists working on new lablab variety
Ark. soybean yield researcher sees room for growth
Arkansas farmers inching closer to 100-bushel soybeans
Blake Hurst re-elected as Missouri Farm Bureau president
Breaking costly pest cycles with cover crops
Central Kansas Market Vegetable Growers Workshop set for Feb. 16
Colorado AgrAbility to host workshops
Commodity commission ballots mailed to producers
'Cover Your Acres' Conference set for Jan. 15 to 16
CSU Extension to hold drought summits
CSU releases Antero wheat
Deciding when to have an energy audit conducted on your farm
Drought-tolerant corn advances beginning to show
Edwards Extension to hold farm transition seminar
Excel workshops planned for farm, ranch business operators
Extension hosts workshop on starting vineyard, winery
Extreme spider mite infestations in corn in 2012
Flinchbaugh to headline Kansas Commodity Classic
Grain elevator workshop scheduled for Jan. 30
Grain farmers elect not to establish a statewide grain indemnity fund
Guar, alternative crops discussed at Texas Plant Protection Conference
Hagler promotes Missouri's black walnuts during Russian trade mission
Iowa Farm Bureau holds annual meeting
Iowa Power Farming Show set for Jan. 29 to 31
Kansas Farmers Union to host Beginning Farmer Workshop
K-State offers Risk-Assessed Marketing Workshops
K-State updates Farm Management Guides
K-State's Ag Profitability Conferences to cover range of topics
Mahaska County farmers receive Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement Award
More market farmers wanted for K.C. area
Nebraska Soybean Board calls for candidates in Districts 2, 4 and 8
New app helps you name that weed
New multinational wheat initiative aims to raise yield potential 50%
NMSU's Chile Pepper Institute to host New Mexico Chile Conference
NRCS encourages landowners to apply by Feb. 15 for conservation funds
NWKTC to receive award at Kansas Workforce Summit
Oklahoma Farm Bureau names new VP
Oklahoma farmers nearly double winter canola acreage
OSU program introduces biofuels education at secondary level
Plant scientists hope to use epigenetics to improve crops
Postcard art contest theme is 'Kansas Farmers Help Feed the World'
Precision Ag Conference announces speakers
Price and yield volatility add risk to fixed-rate farm leases
Private pesticide applicator training offered
Propane Farm Incentive Program offered
Researcher sees potential for growing tepary beans in the Southwest
Sorghum seminars planned
Soy checkoff welcomes applications for See for Yourself program
Soybean Field Day results shared at January update meetings
Soybean webcast covers storage recommendations
Spring semester water seminar series scheduled
State sorghum growers recognized for top yields
State's first Local Enhanced Management Area proposal approved
United Soybean Board position open for Nebraska soybean producers
Waterhemp management discussed in 'Focus on Corn' webcast
Women's Ag Conference planned Feb. 7 to 8
Woodlands-related EQIP funding still available
Working the crowd
Workshop to focus on high-efficiency irrigation techniques

LIVESTOCK

Annual Wyoming Day at National Western set for Jan. 26
Cattle stolen from Neosho County KLA member
Dairy Calf and Heifer Conference set for April
Extension to hold EPD and Genetics School in Clay Center
Extension to host Beef Cow/Calf Symposium
Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College at USMARC set Jan. 22
Jersey Association announces staff reassignments, retirement
Kansas Cattlemen ballot results tabulated
Kansas Cattlemen's Association opposes NBAF site in state
Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees
Membership grows during 2012
Memorial contributions received for Jersey youth funds and research
NCBA applauds USDA on final animal disease traceability rule
NCBA comments on animal disease traceability rule
Northeast Iowans top Extravaganza competition
OPSU updates Beef Bull Performance Test data
OSU establishes Rodeo Team Scholarship Fund
Re-warming methods for cold-stressed newborn calves
Sandhills Cattle Association Ranch Tour set for Jan. 19
Scientist shares international experience in beefing up meat quality
UNL Extension Mid-Plains BEEF session focuses on drought
Wholesale beef demand sends signals
Winter Beef Cattle Producers Meeting planned
Work of Extension livestock specialists is full of questions

EDITOR

Review mirror
The news is missing from the news
Who's in, who's out--2013 edition

COLUMNS

Another year, another attempt to pass a new farm bill
Gleaner is major sponsor of harvest documentary
In other agribusiness news...
Just a scoop full
Residual herbicides offered for cotton
SunGold opens sunflower roasting facility
Syngenta expands mobile technologies
The Keystone State is outshining the rest
The little church at the center of our world
Winners announced in Pfizer sweepstakes

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock summary report
Bloomfield feeder cattle auction report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Higher soybean bids push corn, wheat higher
Humeston feeder cattle auction report
Joplin livestock auction report
Lack of snow cover concerning
Lexington livestock auction report
Limited moisture hinders wheat progress
McAlester livestock auction report
Moisture continues to be an issue
Most hay tests light due to holiday break
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Open winter helps stretch hay supplies
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Sigourney feeder cattle auction report
Small grains in good condition
Springfield livestock market report
Tama feeder cattle auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Unseasonably warm, dry weather followed by needed moisture
West Plains livestock auction report
Winter wheat condition rated above last year
Woodward livestock market report

RANGE

AgriLife Extension to offer rangeland resource sessions
Burn associations available to property owners
Farms searching far, paying high to feed animals
Multi-species rotational grazing system is a success
Oklahoma Forestry Services provides wildfire training, radios
Ranching for Profitability meetings scheduled
Spring Forage Conference, Heart of America Grazing Conference planned
Treating stable flies in pastures

FAMILY

Biabode modern, innovative
Community garden grant applications due Jan. 15
Dear friends of Quick and Easy
Determining water needs when irrigating horticultural crops
Editors note:
Extension horticulturist receives outstanding educator honor
Extension offers Money-Saving Mixes program
Extension offers national health and wealth challenge
Feeding songbirds in winter
Healthy family favorites
Kansas 4-H hosts Discovery Days
Managing allowances for children
Meditation
National 4-H Council elects new trustees
Pecans packed with good fats, essential nutrients
Researchers find food gardens with Google Earth
Salt: A winter hazard for your plants
Soup'R Bowl offers the best soup in Hays
Texoma Beekeepers Conference set Feb. 16
Vegetable production and management course offered online
Wyoming State 4-H Foundation benefits county 4-H programs
Yummy Wild Rice Soup

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