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ISSUE DATE: 08/04/2014

Sorghum research in Africa may bring solutions for farmers here at home

By Jennifer M. Latzke

American researchers from several universities are hoping that by collaborating and helping African sorghum farmers improve their crops and yields, they can discover ways to improve the crop here at home.

They’re working through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, housed at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. The Feed the Future program is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).For 53 years, USAID has worked under the umbrella of the U.S. State Department as a means of diplomacy to bring humanitarian aid to countries in need. “At the core of our mission is a deep commitment to work as partners in fostering sustainable development,” according to the USAID website. “Rather than impose, we seek to empower and support through collaboration.”

According to USAID, it focuses on smaller farmers, particularly women. Feed the Future efforts begin by assessing what the country’s own agricultural priorities are, then partnering with government, private, public and non-profit sectors to find long-term solutions.

USAID has at its core mission helping countries to end their extreme poverty while promoting democracy and thus advancing America’s own security and prosperity. Ultimately, the goal is to use the research might of America and her allies to help countries improve their own domestic food security. And, in the case of agricultural research, there is a secondary goal of perhaps stumbling upon data or germplasm or a project that could wind up benefitting farmers back home.

Timothy Dalton is the director of the Feed the Future Sorghum Innovation Lab at K-State. He hopes solutions for sorghum breeders to challenges like drought hardiness and disease resistance here in the United States may just lie in the fields of West Africa.


NEWS

AFR president reviews farm bill rollout and demands clarity with WOTUS
Attorney General Chris Koster backs Farming Rights Amendment
Better weather information available for parts of Kansas
Buck Creek Watershed Protection Plan accepted by EPA
Careful planning yields crude rewards
Colorado FSA offers producers free online news service
Donate to Plant a Row for the Hungry now!
Endangered Species Transparency Act passes House
Federal spending bill includes important provisions for producers
GOP-controlled Senate could help ag producers, senator says
High Plains Nutrition and Management Roundtable is Aug. 28 at Brule
Huelskamp cites pro-farm record
Iowa State University ranked among top universities in world in agriculture, forestry
Kansas communities, individuals honored at Day of PRIDE
National park tourism in Kansas creates $4.1M in economic benefit
Research projects to improve plant feedstocks for bioenergy production
Senate Republicans meet with EPA chief
SNAP expanded at farmers markets
U.S. providing $50M for Red River Basin conservation
USDA announces new support for beginning farmers and ranchers
USDA implements key farm bill crop insurance provision
USDA reminds farmers of 2014 farm bill conservation compliance changes
USDA Secretary announces creation of Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research
We Kan! award recipients named
White House announces rural infrastructure investment fund

CROPS

Assessing hail-damaged corn
Biofilter conference to present latest odor mitigation technologies
Corn earworm appearing in state
Declining bee population attracts research at NMSU's Los Lunas Ag Center
Fall grazing of cover crops
Fall pecan crop estimated to be about 50M to 55M pounds
Farm marketing meeting set Aug. 7 at Prairie Band Casino
Female spotted wing drosophila has toothed organ to saw through fruit skin
Former WSU MBA director to lead Sedgwick County Extension Center
Funding from USDA-NRCS available to assist with storm-damaged crops
Grasshopper numbers growing in Missouri
Invasive weed increasingly taking hold in Kansas
Iowa Farm Bureau urges continued support of water quality and soil conservation programs
Mauri Ann Domer Joins KGFA as director of member services and education
Misener Family Harvesting: Still helping out
NCGA voices strong concern during WOTUS interpretive rule hearing in the House
NCTA, governor to dedicate pivot at 'Celebrate Irrigation 2014'
Nine local schools awarded $38,000 for Kansas Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificates
NMSU to host Pueblo and Community Agricultural Conference in Santa Fe
Osowski Ag Services: a look at a new town
Roland Harvesters: More family fun together
'Shock and awe' hits soybean market after Acreage Report
Soil erosion and agriculture sustainability
Sorghum research in Africa may bring solutions for farmers here at home
Stephanie Bryant-Erdmann joins USW
Top wheat importer visits Kansas
Wheat Drilling Clinic Aug. 20-21 in Goodland
Z Crew: Dressing for the occasion

LIVESTOCK

10 students awarded KLF Youth in Agriculture scholarships
AHC's Issues Forum asks, Where are all the horses?
American Gelbvieh Junior Association names 2014-2015 ambassadors
Americans continue to demand beef amidst record prices
Arkansas cattle executive honored as 'Champion of Change' for agriculture
Beef price records continue; pork retail prices rising
Beef producers invited to Tom Noffsinger low-stress handling clinic
Beef, saturated fats and heart health
BeefTalk: Unified cattle identification remains an elusive goal
Building beef cow herd requires quality management and genetics
Cargill to close Milwaukee beef facility
Cattle on feed numbers released
Cattlemen gather at NC Midyear Meeting
Colorado youths place at junior national
Congress sends legislation to ensure public safety, care for animals to White House
Correction
Delegation urges FSA to revise Livestock Indemnity Program reimbursement method
Enter to compete in National Anthem Singing Contest
Experience wins Kansas Angus Carcass Data Project
Genomics enhance beef cattle breeding
Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory Open House Aug. 20
Hair shedding in cattle influenced by both genetics and the environment
High cattle prices, availability of replacement cows persist
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James Herring to receive National Golden Spur Award
Kansas Department of Agriculture officials help insure poultry health at county fairs
Kansas Red Angus Field Day Aug. 16
Keep pigs comfortable during high heat and humidity
Keeping pigs comfortable during high heat and humidity
K-State Beef Conference Aug. 11-14
Local student awarded Dairy MAX scholarship
Missouri cattleman testifies on the changing face of small businesses
Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation recognizes steer challenge winners, scholarship recipients
New U.S. lamb cut chart guide
Oklahoma Cattlemen elect new officers during the 62nd Annual OCA Convention & Trade Show
Pregnancy check time for cows bred in the spring
Proposed rule could enhance tracking of ground beef sources
Protein supplementation for cows in the summer?
Step up warm weather calf management
Talk of record cattle prices helps kick off 2014 Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Convention
Vesicular stomatitis--positive diagnosis in Weld County horses
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Wyoming Community Foundation grants $10K to Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust

EDITOR

Leadership changes
Making the business case for rural America
Talking past each other

COLUMNS

Pioneer pinning
Pivot irrigation maker eliminates copper
Rain, markets are something to behold
The cyclical nature of agriculture--never to be denied
What's the problem?

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Below average temps across state missouri
Denison feeder cattle sales report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Fort Smith livestock auction report
Grain market close
Hay harvest active statewide nebraska
Hay trade mostly steady
Hay trading is slow
High Plains slaughter direct cattle sales report
Hot, dry conditions return kansas
Isolated rain brings some relief new mexico
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock auction report
Little precipitation in most areas iowa
Little rainfall across most areas south dakota
Minimal rainfall received oklahoma
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. feeder cattle auction report
Pratt livestock auction report
Precipitation spread throughout state arkansas
Salina livestock auction report
State sees increased precipitation colorado
Sugarcane aphids reported texas
Tulsa livestock sales report
Wheat closes lower

RANGE

Cotton root rot inhibits alfalfa stand longevity
Eastern Kansas grazing school to be held in Blaine
MU tool helps farmers decide on pasture insurance
Scout fields now for deadly ergot
State FSA approves emergency haying and grazing in 44 counties

FAMILY

Fleming receives NAYI's highest award
Kansas Farm Bureau makes FFA chapter grants
Meditation
On-the-go breakfasts
Take care of yourself first
Tempe true southwestern style
Younger generations take up food preservation

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