WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday announced that it was extending authorization for all schools to offer free meals for students through the 2020-21 school year. The move is intended to allow districts the flexibility in offering either in-person or off-site meal programs for students as the country continues to recover fro...
 GREAT BEND, Kansas — Emerging infectious diseases like the coronavirus don't just threaten humans. They're also a major concern for the livestock industry and the U.S. food supply, with billions, if not trillions, of dollars at stake. "We have a lot of movement of animals," said Jack Shere, associate administrator for emergency program planni...
WASHINGTON - On Thursday, U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. joined a bipartisan group of members to introduce the Price Reform in Cattle Economics (PRICE) Act, to deliver much-needed industry reforms for Kansas livestock owners and processors. Earlier this year, the Agricultural Marketing Service at USDA released the “Box Beef & Fed Cattle ...
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for farmers and ranchers impacted by unjustified trade retaliation.  U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., issued a statement following the announcement: “We hav...
Vegetarian meat alternatives are growing in popularity, with “Chick’n Strips” and “Porkless Bites” filling freezer cases in some Kansas grocery stores. But following a handful of states, a bill in the Kansas Statehouse would clamp down on how meatless-meat products are labeled. Backed by the Kansas Livestock Association, the bill would require more...
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today stressed the importance of passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) during a speech on the Senate floor. To watch Sen. Roberts’ speech, click here. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Madam President. I ...
Governor Laura Kelly has urged Kansas’ congressional delegation to support the pending United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), due to its importance to Kansas trade and exports, and the state’s economy. “Kansas has always been – and always will be – an export state. We cannot prosper without access to international markets,” the governor sai...
The terms for handing off the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas, have been settled — even as the billion-dollar-plus research site remains under construction. In the agreement signed this week, the Department of Homeland Security remains responsible for completing construction of the state-of-the-art research facility. But...
It's still early, but wheat conditions in Kansas are looking better than they have been in years.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 48% of the Kansas winter wheat crop was rated good, and 10% is rated excellent at the end of April. Early wheat prospects haven't looked this good since 2012, when 49% of the winter wheat crop ...
Crawling internet speeds in rural Kansas make trying to sell cattle online exasperating. Instead of uploading photos and videos of cattle for sale from home, farmer and cattleman Jay Young drives to his parents’ house or into the town of Tribune in far west Kansas where internet speeds are faster. Young has a broadband connection and says he’s able...
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