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Winter learning: ‘Farming for the Future’ to be held at Emporia

Topics will assist farmers and ranchers in planning for upcoming years

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Historically low crop prices and slipping farmland values continue to weigh on the bottom line for farmers and ranchers. To address those challenges and support producers as they plan for what’s to come, Kansas State University will host a one-day program “Farming for the Future” this winter.

The closest program for Osage County producers will be held Jan. 11, 2018, at the Anderson Building, 2700 W. US Highway 50, Emporia, Kan.

Presentations will include an overview of the current farm financial situation; Kansas land values and rental rates; Farm Service Agency programs; grain market outlook; beef cattle market outlook; macroeconomic and interest rate outlook; and managing farm financials during challenging times.

At the end of the program, attendees will have an opportunity to sign up to work one-on-one with a K-State farm analyst. Those confidential appointments will be offered locally about three weeks after the Farming for the Future program. Trained agricultural economists will work with individual farmers and ranchers using financial software designed to help producers understand their individual financial situation and make informed decisions.

Two programs have already been held at Pratt and Salina, Kan.; another will be held Jan. 10, 2018, at Scott City, Kan.

For more information about the Emporia program or to register, call 620-341-3220, or see

Information thanks to K-State Research and Extension.

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