White House says executive order coming on labeling beef as a ‘Product of USA’

BY: - July 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House will unveil an executive order in the coming days that directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to clarify that meat can only receive a “Product of USA” label if that livestock is raised in the U.S. rather than abroad, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday. “The EO directs USDA […]


Audio Astra: Black farmers, pools for the people, safe spaces

BY: - July 2, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. Through coverage of reparations, sexual identity and even public pools, three public radio segments this week document how Black folks are advocating for change […]


Audio Astra: Growing hemp in Kansas, being farmers’ wives, not compromising on gun rights

BY: - June 18, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. The thread that holds much of this week’s audio reporting together is how changing government programs and regulations impact Kansans, whether it’s about agriculture, […]

U.S. House Ag leader seeks permanent scholarship funding for 1890 land-grant colleges

BY: - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Leaders from 1890 land-grant colleges laid out to the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday how a fresh infusion of scholarship funding provided by Congress has helped those historically Black institutions educate and train the next generation of agriculture workers. Committee chairman David Scott (D-Ga.) said their testimony would help members of the committee work […]

As massive livestock operations move in, fighting them gets harder for rural neighbors

BY: - June 14, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeff Jones has lived on his family’s land east of Columbia, Missouri, his entire life. Some of the family’s farms are more than 150 years old. And Jones, who raises cattle and grows row crops, has no intentions of going anywhere.  But after years of fighting, his community is home to […]

Cyberattack on meat giant JBS has industry looking to fortify defenses

BY: - June 5, 2021

A ransomware attack on the world’s largest meatpacking company this week drew attention to the need for more cybersecurity in agriculture. JBS plants across the U.S. had moved toward reopening at full capacity late Wednesday after a cyberattack on servers. The White House said a Russian crime organization is likely to blame.  President Joe Biden […]

The Kansas Supreme Court is being asked to resolve a case in which southwest Kansas irrigators accused the Texas-Kansas-Oklahoma Gas of using an inappropriate method of calculating natural gas bills for customers. The Kansas Corporation Commission sided with TKO Gas, but the Kansas Court of Appeals found for complainants. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

State Supreme Court drills into natural gas billing dispute in southwest Kansas

BY: - June 3, 2021

Southwest Kansas natural gas billing dispute percolates from KCC to district court, Court and Appeals to reach Kansas Supreme Court.

Three Kansas Republicans in Congress want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend by 90 days the public comment period on a proposal to list the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act. (Greg Kramos/USFWS)

Lesser prairie chicken may be listed as threatened in Kansas, endangered in southwest

BY: - May 26, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lesser prairie chickens could be listed as a threatened species in Kansas and northern stretches of the bird’s habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday. The lesser prairie chicken, which lives in prairie grass and shrubs in western Kansas, once numbered in the hundreds of thousands. But with about […]

A Phillips County jury awarded landowners $134,000 after a prominent Kansas hog producer illegally installed pipe on their property to transfer liquified waste from a confined-animal facility so it could be sprayed on fields from irrigation pivots. A judge hasn't set punitive damages against Terry Nelson and Julia Nelson of northcentral Kansas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Sierra Club blows whistle on KDHE plan to reform hog CAFO regulations

BY: - May 25, 2021

KDHE pressing ahead with CAFO regulations Sierra Club contends could be used to expand density of Kansas hog facilities.

Republican state Rep. Steven Johnson, an Assaria farmer running for the GOP nomination for state treasurer, is officially alone in the GOP race but expects the field to expand. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Steven Johnson looking at numbers game in GOP race for state treasurer

BY: - May 24, 2021

TOPEKA — State Treasurer candidate Steven Johnson said he was confident about the tone of responses if people in his hometown of Assaria were asked to describe the farmer and politician. His advantage would be that many folks in the 400-person community south of Salina ought to have some idea where he stood on issues […]

Role of western Kansas mini-wetlands on farming, aquifer under a microscope

BY: - May 23, 2021

Research project puts western Kansas mini-wetlands under microscope to get understanding of influence on farming, aquifer.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, endorsed bipartisan legislation bringing an end to the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba so that U.S. agriculture producers could compete with China and other nations in that export market. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Moran joins Democrats seeking repeal of Cuba trade barriers

BY: - May 22, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran working with Democratic senators to repeal U.S. trade embargo with Cuba, open market for Kansas farm exports.