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K-State Head of Research talks about new Extension approach.

Some interesting conversation at the Kansas Crop Improvement Association annual banquet, from Pat Murphy, Head of Research at Kansas State University's Research and Extension. He says that Extension is adapting to farmers' needs by offering fewer county meetings and more "specific" sessions, which cover multiple counties and focus on a specific topic.

  • To wit: last month's Cover Your Acres conference in Oberlin, which drew more than 600 farmers interested in reduced tillage, or the Kansas Ag Research Association's annual meeting in Salina later that same week. These events usually require a registration fee, but if the information is valuable, it's well worth the time and cost…
  • Murphy adds that K-State Research and Extension seeks to provide the best information possible. "If we don't have the expertise in Kansas, we'll bring it to you," he says. That was the case at the KARA Conference – a number of out-of-state presenters were on the agenda…
  • Look for more Web-based information, such as publications, seminars and the like, Murphy says…
  • Kansas Senator Pat Roberts and First District Congressman Jerry Moran have been named to the Farm Bill Conference Committee, a committee that will iron out differences between the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill…
  • Roberts promises to work to protect direct payments and keep the crop insurance program intact…
  • Incidentally, Roberts was named last month a 2007 "Wheat Advocate" by the National Association of Wheat Growers, as was Third District Congresswoman Nancy Boyda. The award is given annually to Congressional representatives who have demonstrated extraordinary support of the wheat industry…
  • The City of Olathe benefits from the construction of a 94,500 square-foot building by Farmers Insurance. The new building, at 119th and Renner Road, will house Farmers' HelpPoint contact center, the company's "first notice of loss center." By 2010, Farmers will employ more than 3,500 people in the Kansas City Metro Area…
  • Kansans in communities served by Hy-Vee grocery stores will have a fresh look at lamb, thanks to a program administered by the American Lamb Board. The Iowa Lamb Corporation will implement a Summer Lamb Promotion at 230 Hy-Vee stores in the Midwest, leveraging money from the ALB's Supplier Cooperative Funding Program, which matches dollar-for-dollar money used to promote American lamb products.
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