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2014 Farm Bill Decision Making Information
   To assist producers in making the best decisions concerning the 2014 Farm Bill, K-State Agricultural Economics Department has created several tools available on their website &; For information concerning the Price Loss Coverage (PLC), Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), and the Supplemental Coverage Option check http://www.agmanager.info/crops/insurance/spreadsheets/default.asp. Click here for Step-By-Step Instructions and Farm Bill Decision Tool Inputs.

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K-State to Host Farm Bill Meetings

   The Agricultural Act of 2014 requires producers to make informed decisions regarding commodities and crop insurance. K-State Research and Extension is teaming with sponsors to bring 15 educational meetings to Kansans across the state in January and February.

   Agricultural economists Art Barnaby and Mykel Taylor will travel the state to provide information on commodity programs and the economic tradeoffs between the options, as well as major changes to crop insurance. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency also will discuss commodity program procedures at the half-day meetings.

   Ford County has been chosen as one of the locations to host a farm bill meeting. Slated to take place January 29 at the Maguouirk Conference Center, 4100 W Comanche, in Dodge City. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Ford County Extension Office, and with meeting sponsors Parker Haskins Insurance and Keller Leopold Insurance. To ensure your seat, be sure to call in and register with the Ford County Extension office at 620-227-4542. You will need your name on the registration list guarantee your seat.
For more information and registration, see 2014 Farm Bill.
Upcoming Events
Planning for Farm & Ranch Succession Future
Pratt County Community College, Pratt, Kansas
January 10, 2015

Legal Issues, Family Dynamics are Part of Upcoming Farm Succession Conferences
Five Conferences are Planned in Kansas Communities in Early 2015

To help Kansas farmers and ranchers with the succession process, K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services are teaming up with other agencies to offer five “Planning for Farm & Ranch Succession” conferences around the state. The meetings are supported by a grant from the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national institute of Food and Agriculture. Meeting dates and locations include:

• January 5 – Allen County Community College – Iola
• January 10 – Pratt County Community College – Pratt
• January 16 – Kansas Farm Bureau Plaza – Manhattan
• January 17 – Flint Hills Technical College – Emporia
• March 3 – K-State Agricultural Research Center – Hays

The conferences are part of a larger effort to develop a comprehensive succession education and service program, said Forrest Buhler, attorney with Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services. A succession planning website is being developed which will include archived webinars, videos and other educational materials available to the public. More information, including online registration is available at http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/kams/ or by calling 1-800-432-8222. The cost at each location is $60 per person for the first family member to register and $40 per person for all other family members.
Ford County Extension Office
100 Gunsmoke
Dodge City, KS 67801
Phone: 620-227-4542
Fax: 620-227-4586
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Making a Difference
CES Proclamation 2
K-State Provost April Mason (left) and Associate Director for Extension and Applied Research Daryl Buchholz signed the university's proclamation May 8, recognizing the 100-year anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service.
This year, USDA is celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the Smith Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension System. Extension helps take research conducted at more than 100 land-grant university partners across the country and make it accessible to the general public. Click on the above TITLE to watch video of address.
4-H Event
Southwest Kansas Leadership Forum
Nazarene Church, 1700 Ross Rd, Dodge City, KS 67801
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Southwest Youth Leadership Forum

Ford County 4-H Online Enrollment
November 15, 2014

Ford County 4-H Online enrollment will begin on November 15th.  Please click
on the link below to watch an
instructional video on how to complete the enrollment process.
Note:  You must have a completed 4-H Participation Form in the office for your enrollment process to be complete.
Southwest Volunteer Forum
Nazarene Church, 1700 Ross Rd, Dodge City, KS 67801
Saturday, January 17, 2015

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Ford Co. Notification System
Ford County Residents...
Sign Up Today for New Notification System
Ford County emergency notification system is designed to instantly reach cell phones and other mobile devices when an urgent situation needs to be communicated. In the event of an emergency or severe weather conditions, an alert will be sent to the phone number provided by text and/or e-mail. There is no cost for an individual who has registered for the alerts; however, your cell phone carrier might charge you to receive text messages, so check your plan. For more information, contact the Ford County Administrative Services Office at 620-227-4670.
Register today at http://www.fordcounty.net.