Agriculture

Food on shelves

U.S. House agriculture leaders discuss anti-hunger measures in upcoming farm bill

BY: - January 18, 2023

WASHINGTON — The new Republican chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee and a top Democrat on the panel on Wednesday laid out anti-hunger initiatives Congress could tackle in the upcoming farm bill. During a panel discussion, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson of Pennsylvania, the new head of the Agriculture Committee, said he believes members of […]

A center-pivot irrigation system is viewed in a field

Kansas legislators renew efforts to save Ogallala Aquifer

BY: - January 17, 2023

TOPEKA — Saving the Ogallala Aquifer could mean economic trade-offs in the short-term, the chairman of the Kansas House Water Committee said Tuesday. But the state can make progress and still maintain the farming economy of western Kansas, said Rep. Jim Minnix, R-Scott City.  “If I were a banker … looking at the value of […]

Kansas State University president Richard Linton said Tuesday the university formed an alliance with NetWork Kansas to provide economic development expertise to communities in all 105 counties. The program, "K-State 105," is designed to aid small business startups and existing companies. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas State launches statewide partnership to leverage expertise in economic development

BY: - January 17, 2023

Kansas State University and NetWork Kansas formed an alliance to better deliver economic development expertise to local communities in all 105 counties.

Bryan Zesiger, co-owner of Z&M Twisted Vineyard north of Lawrence, is challenging a Leavenworth County decision to classify a winery tasting room as commercial property rather than an agricultural use. Zesiger lost his appeal to the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Leavenworth County farm winery blending litigation, politics in bitter property tax dispute

BY: - January 17, 2023

Leavenworth County's property tax classification of a farm winery raises questions in the Legislature about separating agricultural and commercial use.

Sedgwick County farmers Mick Rausch and Donna Wise, left and center, and Osage County nurse practitioner and rancher Ashley Beying shared their experiences with mental illness in agricultural settings during a meeting of the Kansas Farm Bureau. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas farmers, ranchers plant seeds of change to erode stigma of mental illness

BY: - January 4, 2023

Three Kansans familiar with mental health challenges facing farmers and ranchers share insights into getting help and overcoming lingering stigma.

U.S. Rep. Ron Estes, a Kansas Republican, says President Joe Biden was wrong to rewrite the EPA rule on federal regulation of waterways to deter pollution by repealing the rule put in place by President Donald Trump. (Michael Gerstein/Michigan Advance)

Kansas U.S. Rep. Estes blasts Biden administration’s revision of clean water rules

BY: - January 1, 2023

U.S. Rep. Ron Estes, a Kansas Republican, objected to President Joe Biden's revision of federal clean water rules diminished by President Donald Trump.

Gov. Laura Kelly's statewide drought emergency order issued in October will extend into 2023 as much of southern Kansas remains in "exceptional" drought conditions. In the image, the Kansas River near Lawrence runs low. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ drought emergency order to remain in place as calendar flips to 2023

BY: - December 31, 2022

Extreme drought persists across Kansas, meaning Gov. Laura Kelly's emergency executive order covering all 105 counties will remain in place entering 2023.

Water debate will return to Kansas Legislature amid staggering drought

BY: - December 26, 2022

Legislators are almost certain to place the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer among their top priorities as the drought bearing down on Western Kansas hits the already depleted water supply. Every inch of Kansas is either abnormally dry or in a drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, with most of the western half of […]

Kelly Nelson, left, said during a Kansas Farm Bureau forum on wildfires that he was pleased with growth over the past 15 years of a Jewell County association of farmers and ranchers who collaborate on prescribed burns of range grass and invasive trees to reduce fuel available to destructive wildfires. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ wildfire puzzle: It’s about drought and wind, culture and financial resources

BY: - December 24, 2022

Ferocity of wildfires in Kansas highlights the need for more prescribed burning of grasses and trees and a larger state investment in firefighting efforts.

Researchers at Kansas State University publishes a study quantifying the negative impact that the triple punch of heat, drought and wind has had on wheat yields in Kansas and surrounding states over the past 40 years. (Jill Hummels for the Kansas Reflector)

Kansas State research: Frequency of dry, hot and windy conditions harming wheat yields

BY: - December 20, 2022

Kansas State University researchers measure linkage between periods of hot, dry and windy conditions of climate shifts with shrinkage of winter wheat yields.

OPINION
Hemp in Scoops in Various Forms

Positive change on horizon for hemp products and hemp farmers in Kansas

BY: - December 20, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Kelly Rippel is an independent researcher, consultant and advocate for the hemp and cannabis industries in Kansas. He’s also an appointed member of the Kansas Department […]

Kansas medical marijuana committee holds final meeting, prepares for January legalization push

BY: - December 15, 2022

TOPEKA — Medical marijuana may have a future in Kansas after all, though lawmakers are still uncertain whether any medical marijuana legislation will garner support in the Senate, or wither away like previous medical marijuana bills.  After months of bipartisan information-gathering on the structure, taxation, and other processes that would be part of legalizing medical […]