The Buzz

What's happening in Kansas agriculture.

  • The plan by Kansas Farm Service Agency to close down 11 county FSA offices met with stiff opposition during the first local hearing, held in late February in Wabaunsee County. According to some of the more than 200 farmers in attendance at the Feb. 26 meeting, not only has FSA planned to close the Wabaunsee County office in Alma, preliminary plans call for the agency to move its Westmoreland office, in Pottawatomie County, to a new location in Wamego…
  • That plan, according to our sources, was first made public on Feb. 26 and was not well-received…
  • First District Congressman Jerry Moran is among those against FSA's closure and consolidation effort. "Farmers should have local access to U.S. Department of Agriculture services and representatives. Although I appreciate the lengthy and thorough process by which FSA determined its office consolidation plan, I oppose any plan that eliminates county FSA offices," Moran said in his March 5 Weekly Update…
  • Kansas Farm Bureau president Steve Baccus also weighed in against the closure plan, arguing that forcing farmers to travel even farther to their local FSA office is a hardship…
  • FSA has meetings scheduled in other counties affected by the closure plan. All meetings begin at 2 p.m. Locations and dates include:

    Barber County: March 13, Heritage Center, KAN 1056 SE Isabel Road, Medicine Lodge.
    Comanche County: March 14, South Central High School Gymnasium, 600 N. Leavenworth, Coldwater.
    Morton County: March 15, City Hall, 433 Morton, Elkhart.
    Gove County: March 16, Gove County Office Building, 520 Washington, Gove.
    Chase County: March 19, Chase County Community Building, Swope Park, Cottonwood Falls.
  • The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service released the annual "Prices and Value of Crops" report late last month. No surprise: in 2006, wheat was the most valuable crop produced in Kansas, totaling $1.34 billion. Next was corn, at $1.10 billion, followed by all hay products, at $614.66 million, soybeans, $601.22 million and grain sorghum, $487.20 million…
  • Other crops listed in the report, which is on the Internet at www.nass.usda.gov/ks include: cotton, $31.45 million; sunflowers, $21.54 million; potatoes, $19.33 million; dry edible beans, $4.68 million, oats, $3.06 million and barley, $1.12 million…
  • Believe it or not, Kansas is one of the nation's top pecan producing states. In 2006, the state produced 2 million pounds (good for 8th), selling them for an average of $1.37 per pound – worth a total of $2.74 million…
  • We reported last week that Kansas sheep producers harvested nearly 450,000 pounds of wool in 2006. Incidentally, the U.S. Air Force, according to the American Sheep Industry Association, just awarded a contract to Woolrich to supply 10,300 wool Air Force blankets, which will require about 15,000 pounds of clean and reprocessed 25- to 32-micron wool…
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