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ISSUE DATE: 08/03/2009

Customer sucess equals farm's prosperity

There's one underlying philosophy at Keesling Seed Farm, Inc., near Chase, Kan., and it's one every employee strives to meet every day.

"The customer is the only reason why we're in business," said Doug Keesling. "They're why our business grows." Keesling, a fifth generation seedsman and farmer, explained that every employee wants to make sure each customer has the information and tools he needs to grow and harvest a successful crop, and ultimately run a profitable business.

The Keesling Seed Farm has come a long way since its early days, but that philosophy has continued. From the first hybrids, to today's biotechnology offerings Doug and his father Don Keesling keep their customers' needs in mind. While Keesling Seed Farm is still farmer-owned, it has grown to a size that's comparable to larger retail seed businesses. Doug and Don Keesling attribute this growth to their available seed varieties, as well as the extra service they offer clients.


NEWS

AFBF evaluates federal budget
AFR: Tolle great choice for OK FSA post
Agriculture can expect dry conditions well into the future
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces $250 million in recovery act funds for rural water projects
Checkoff funds RFS studies
Colorado Ranching Legacy Program seeks applicants
Commissioner Staples announces creation of Texas Broadband Task Force
Coppess named administrator for USDA's Farm Service Agency
Couple's farm thrives in middle of city
Faculty honored with teaching awards
FSA emergency loans available because of natural disasters
Funding available for bioenergy development and production
Government tightening food safety standards
Kansas broadband map will show where gaps exist
Kansas delegation defends NBAF, refutes Washington Post
Kansas delegation defends NBAF, refutes Washington Post
Kansas eligible to receive $3,180,938 for H1N1, seasonal flu preparedness efforts
Kansas Supreme Court affirms ruling on water rights
K-State Master of Agribusiness offers professional development conference
K-State's Risk and Profit Conference set for Aug. 20 and 21
Lab slated for Kansas still needs federal permission
Miller to chair Iowa State department of Agricultural Education and Studies
MU Greenley Center field day set
Nationwide, food prices trending down
Nebraskans appointed to USDA positions
New USDA analysis shows economic benefit of cap and trade
NMSU takes a lead in growing America's energy future
Northwest Kansas Technical College receives grant
Norvell promoted in OFB staff realignment
Obama Administration continues naming State Directors for Rural Development
Obama Administration continues naming State Executive Directors for the Farm Service Agency
Oklahoma hosts national agroterrorism conference
OSU agricultural engineering alumnus honored for lifetime of international achievement
Prescribed burn workshop scheduled
Producers urged to learn new ACRE Program
Producers urged to learn new ACRE Program
Recent OSU graduate Cortney Timmons Cowley named first recipient of national honor
Rehabilitating Wyoming Ranchers and Farmers
Report questions choice of Kansas site for lab
Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack announces $18 million in Conservation Innovation Grants
State Fair general entry competitions now open
Study shows economic benefit for cap and trade
Take precautions against mosquitoes to prevent West Nile virus
Ten common mistakes of potential business owners
Texas drought losses reach high
Texas farmers, ranchers wait for drought aid
U.S. farmers help curb global hunger
Univeristy of Missouri receives grant to research alternative biofuels
USDA funds MSU perennial wheat study
USDA provides funds to rehabilitate farmland damaged by floods, hurricanes, other disasters
UW research center lends ag expertise to U.S. Army specialists
UW soil scientist receives Borlaug award for leadership in agriculture
Vilsack announces direct loans for producers

CROPS

Alfalfa and oil-seed field day set
Closely monitor water use, soil moisture with corn
Corn Congress elects five to NCGA Corn Board
Customer success equals seed farm prosperity
Don't ignore soil fertility after planting
Early weed control critical to next year's crop
Elements batter Oklahoma winter wheat crop
Great Plains Sorghum Conference scheduled Aug. 11 and 12 in Amarillo
Henderson elected president of National Barley Growers
Huge export losses expected for wheat growers
Huge export losses for wheat growers expected if FTA not ratified
Illegal seed sales taken seriously
Iron chlorosis and yellow trees
Legislation presented to change government support on corn-based ethanol
Loans on farm stored grain
Longtime farmer can't imagine another life
Looking for more forage or nitrogen? Consider cover crops
Missouri corn and soybean acreage above year earlier
Nigerian wheat trade team visits Colorado
No-till can save water, pumping cost
No-Till Whirlwind Expo showcases cover crops
Organic workshop and field day slated July 14
Preparing for a successful corn silage harvest
Ryegrass management now possible
South Dakota Corn partners with USMEF to support red meat exports
Soybean Checkoff brings soybean exhibit to Chicago
Spring aphids and lady beetle numbers up
U.S. farmers prefer biotech varieties of corn, cotton, soybeans
Wheat growers may benefit from planting forage crops
Wheat harvest--a pleasant surprise for some
Wheat variety results available
Which insect pests are to be monitored now?
Winter canola may bring gold to farmers' bottom lines

LIVESTOCK

27th Governor's Charity Steer Show Aug. 15
Announcing the 2009 Brangus Summit Sept. 23 to 25
Arrests expected in SD horse theft case
Bill creates disadvantage for livestock producers
Bronze and Silver Pins awarded to Cody Smith
Cattlemen's group making the cut
Corn-fed beef trade mission for Iowa, Nebraska producers
Eagle Hills Ranch seeks marketability
Egg Industry Center hires program manager-business analyst
Experts say preserving Angora goat genetics crucial to breed's survival
Feedlots 'feel the heat'
Garrett awarded Simmental Silver Merit Award
Gelbvieh sire excels in TCSCF
Hereford tour showcases heterosis research in action
Historic Angus Herd awarded to Hilltop Angus
JBS Swift Beef Co. expands beef recall
Junior exhibitors show national champion Shorthorns
Juniors parade champions at 2009 Central Regional Junior Angus Show
King Soopers announces beef recall
KSU hosts "Making Money in Hard Times" conference
National Beef Packing names new CEO
National Cattlemen's Foundation awards scholarships
Oklahoma mourns the loss of AJ Smith, editor of the Oklahoma Cowman
Packing plant near Aberdeen sees delays
Pork, beef exports weathering influenza, economic crises fairly well
Prevent moss or algae growth in livestock, nurse tanks
Ranch homework for feedlot partnerships
Ranchers supply beef for Oregon lunch programs
Study shows preconditioned calves earn record premiums
Swick awarded Simmental Gold Merit Award
U.S. dairies find support
U.S. dairies make progress in production
Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo first time in Iowa
USDA approves further development of TB serum bank
Wyoming grizzly bear relocated after eating cows

EDITOR

Another reader questions NAWG's support of climate bill
Before carbon taxes, we should learn more
Pot stirred, producers speak out
Rivalries

COLUMNS

An opportunity lost?
Climate change legislation is real!
Cooperative effort brings new technology to center pivots
Equipment auction market continues to be strong despite economy
Hunting Country expands into Texas
In other agribusiness news....
Just a scoop full
Just a Scoop full
New sunflower hybrids stacked with technologies
NOVUS International signs agreement with Chr. Hansen
Pfizer launches Externship Program for vet students
Stand up and cheer
There's always next weekend

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock sales report
Cool weather welcomed during dry week
Cooler temperatures bring relief
Dalhart cattle sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Drought conditions causing corn to suffer
Faith livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids were mixed
Hay trade mixed
Hay trade slow in Kansas
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales
Kansas wheat production up 6 percent
Lexington livestock sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most of state gets some precipitation
Nearly 70 percent of wheat harvested
New Mexico crop report
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock auction
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock sales report
Salina livestock auction report
Sioux Falls sheep sales
Small grains turning ripe
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield dairy cattle sales
Springfield livestock sales report
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Joseph feeder pigs
Temps, rainfall improve crop conditions
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm, dry weather helps crop development
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wheat harvest progressing rapidly
Wheat harvest reaches half-way mark
Winter wheat harvest begins
Woodward livestock market report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Cattle producers to use cover crops to graze
Controlling sericea lespedeza
Forage production workshop hosted by NMSU Valencia County Extension office
Nebraska Grazing Conference offered Aug. 11, 12 in Kearney
Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition contracts Frick, Kemp as range techs
Producers seeking pasture for rent can access website
Sandhills native new coordinator for Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition
South Dakota, Nebraska grazing groups plan bus tour July 21 and 22
Study shows legumes add to pasture value

FAMILY

Abundant gardens may mean canning, freezing is in store
Being "too" giving
Check yards and gardens for grasshopper injury
Family spreads love of goat cheese
Go Hunt, Go Fish, GO TEXAN--Commissioner Staples launches new wildlife initiative
Grubs aren't so groovy
Horticulture Field Day set
Keeping forestland in the family
Meditation for 8-3-09
MU website offers tips to help elderly or disabled gardeners
Older adults need to take precautions in extreme heat
Simple strategy for keeping ponds clean
Staying hydrated challenges older adults
Sycamore would fit in odd-shaped lots
Tomatoes are not just for slicing

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