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WASHINGTON— Agricultural producers in Cherokee, Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, who suffered losses and damages due to a recent drought, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. The loans are made available under the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue.

Producers in the contiguous counties of Anderson, Atchison, Coffey, Crawford, Jefferson, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage and Shawnee in Kansas, along with Bates, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Jasper, Newton and Platte counties in Missouri, and Craig, Nowata and Ottawa counties in Oklahoma, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in all designated primary and contiguous counties will have until April 1, 2019, to apply for emergency loans to help cover part of their actual losses.

FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster.

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include: Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation ProgramLivestock Forage Disaster ProgramLivestock Indemnity ProgramEmergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA service centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at https://www.farmers.gov/recover.

More often than we’d like to admit we sometimes shoot ourselves in the foot when talking about the challenges we face in farming and ranching. These conversations with our friends, neighbors and family members take place at the local café, filling station, after church or Friday evening ball games.

During these visits, farmers and ranchers sometimes conclude that consumers and non-aggies don’t like them. Or, their urban acquaintances don’t listen to them or care one iota about raising crops or caring for livestock.

Most people don’t need to know much about farming today. They probably think about agriculture less than 30 seconds a year and 20 seconds of that time is based on misinformation.

Why should they?

Do farmers and ranchers wonder what a Detroit automaker does? Who he or she is? And what about their family?

While non-farm and ranch people harbor misconceptions about agriculture, believe me, they like farmers and ranchers. They admire this profession, especially if they understand farmers and ranchers provide the food their families eat.

Still, no one wants to be educated or preached to. Humans like to engage in conversations. They like give and take. Usually, if a person is knowledgeable about a profession like raising cattle, another person who doesn’t know about the livestock industry may be curious and willing to listen.

And while no one understands agriculture like farmers and ranchers, encourage and foster dialogues with those who know little about this profession. This includes people outside your comfort zone – someone you don’t usually talk to like city cousins, foodies, medics, lawyers, etc.

Conduct such conversations on a flight to another state or country. Develop dialogue with people at a professional meeting, just about anywhere and with anyone who isn’t savvy about agriculture.

Times continue to change. Forty years ago, people expressed little interest in agriculture.

As a fledgling photo journalist in the mid-1970s, I can’t remember someone asking me about agriculture at a social event. This just didn’t happen even though some knew I worked in ag journalism.

Agriculture wasn’t hip, cool or fly back then. Today the tables have turned, and some people are quite interested in where their food comes from. They don’t hesitate to walk up to you, cocktail in hand and ask, “Tell me about antibiotics and beef production.”

Talk to them. Tell your story. Exude passion about your chosen profession.

But remember – ask them about their profession, who they are and what makes them tick. Listen.

Develop those relationships and build on those dialogues. Before you can expect someone to listen to you for one-half hour about how important international trade is to your bottom line, you must listen to them tell you about their home and garden, their chosen path in life or whatever else they choose to talk about at the time.

There is a voice that doesn’t use words – listen.

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The 2018 North American Manure Expo is coming to the Swiftel Center in Brookings (824 32nd Ave.) on August 15 and 16, 2018.

This two-day, national event, hosted by SDSU Extension and partners, is an opportunity for livestock producers, professional manure applicators, consultants, specialists and many others to see the advances in the manure management industry and to learn from the region’s top experts regarding manure handling and nutrient management.

“There is a strong animal feeding industry both within the state of South Dakota as well as the region, and we expect to see continued growth in the dairy, swine, beef, and poultry segments. Manure goes hand in hand with raising livestock, with both benefits and challenges. Environmental issues can arise when manure is not managed properly. As a SDSU Extension water resources field specialist, I was personally interested in bringing the Expo to South Dakota to highlight the state’s animal feeding industry’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship; with emphasis on soil health, nutrient management, and water quality,” said David Kringen, SDSU Extension Water Resources Field Specialist.

Kringen added that in the Midwest, there is the opportunity to bring manure full circle by applying manure nutrients to the crops grown to feed livestock.

“Keeping the nutrients in this cycle, where they are most valuable and less harmful to the environment, is really the educational focus of the Expo,” he said. “Manure management is continually evolving, with new equipment, treatment options and best management practices prescribed every year. As a fertilizer source, manure plays into precision farming decisions and data management as well.”

Planning partners for the expo include the following: SDSU Extension, South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, NDSU Extension, Centrol Crop Consulting, Nutrient Advisors, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Minnesota Extension, University of Nebraska Extension and Iowa State University Extension.

Registration information
For more information and to register for the Expo, visit www.manureexpo.org.

Expo details
More than 1,000 are expected to attend the two-day North American Manure Expo where attendees will have the opportunity to participate in industry tours, educational presentations and a chance to view manure application equipment at work in the field.

Led by regional experts, researchers, and educators, the educational sessions scheduled for the morning of day two will focus on the following: manure basics, manure and the environment, manure on the job site and manure and soil health.

Below, is a complete listing of presentation topics and the experts who will lead the presentations. To view a complete agenda, visit iGrow.org/events.

Manure basics:
Manure Sampling: From the Farm to the Lab and Back Again – Cheri Ladwig, Chemistry/Manure Lab Lead Technician, Stearns DHIA Laboratories;

Maximizing Your Resources: Getting the Most Out of Your Manure – Andy Scholting, President/General Manager, Nutrient Advisors;

Use of Nitrification Inhibitors with Manure – Carrie Laboski, Professor & Extension Soil Scientist, Soil Fertility/Nutrient Management, University of Wisconsin – Madision;

Let’s Talk About the “B” Word – Amy Millmier Schmidt, Associate Professor & Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer, University of Nebraska – Lincoln;

Manure Application Uniformity of Solid & Liquid Manure – Dan Andersen, Assistant Professor, Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University;

How Do I Know How Much I’m Applying? – Leslie Johnson, Animal Manure Management Program Coordinator, Nebraska Extension.

Manure and the environment:
Water Quality Impacts of Manure Application During the Winter – Todd Trooien, Professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, South Dakota State University;

Managing Manure on Tile Drained Land – Aaron Pape, Tile Drainage Education Coordinator, UW Discovery Farms;

Understanding Microbial Fate and Transport Resulting from Manure Application, Rachel McDaniel, Assistant Professor/Water Resource Engineer, South Dakota State University;

Respiratory Hazards of Manure Laden Dust – Doug Hamilton, Associate Professor, Extension Waste Management Specialist, Oklahoma State University;

Manure Effects of Soil Physical Properties – Charles Wortmann, Professor, Soil Science, University of Nebraska – Lincoln;

Emergency Response in a Natural Disaster – Kevin Erb, Conservation Professional Training Program Director, University of Wisconsin – Extension.

Manure on the job site:
Working Across Language Barriers – Chela Vazquez, Project Coordinator, Immigrant Dairy Worker Health and Safety, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, University of Minnesota;

Public Perception – Rick Martens, Executive Director, Minnesota Custom Applicators Association;

Manure Spill Prevention, Planning & Response – Neal Konda, Natural Resources Engineer, South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources;

After the Manure Pit: Surviving a Near Death Encounter with Hydrogen Sulfide – Jerry Nelson, Former Dairy Farmer, Freelance Author, Ad Salesman and Writer for the Dairy Star;

Manure Pit Safety: Don’t be Complacent – Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist;

Conflict Resolution: How to Communicate with Various Personality Styles – Mary Berg, Extension Specialist, Livestock Environmental Management, North Dakota State University, and Jodi Bruns, Extension Specialist, Center for Community Vitality, North Dakota State University.

Manure and soil health:
Can Manure Improve Soil Health? – Teng Lim, Associate Professor of Extension, University of Missouri;

Transforming Manure Management from “Waste” to “Worth” – Rick Koelsch, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering & Animal Science Extension, University of Nebraska – Lincoln;

Using Compost in a Cropping System: A Farmer’s Perspective – Joe Breker, Farmer, North Dakota;

Manure Management Rate Effects on Soil Health in South Dakota – Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist;

Can Manure Application Improve Soil Health? – Linda Schott, Extension Graduate Research Assistant, University of Nebraska – Lincoln;

Manure and Cover Crops BMP’s – Melissa Wilson, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota.

Lawmakers may have left steamy Washington, D.C., for cooler temperatures, but Politico says they’ve only just begun to heat up talks to kill President Donald Trump’s rapidly spreading tariff war.

In talking about Trump’s tariffs, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah says, “I want to kill them.” The Finance Committee chaired by Hatch is working on legislation to rein the president in. Republican Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania are still working on what some have called a “hand grenade” amendment to stop Trump’s trade offensive. Politico says Republican sources tell them not a party meeting goes by where Republicans don’t fume over why the president isn’t listening to them on trade.

Senate Ag Committee chair Pat Roberts says his committee has met with the president on trade, but says, “Trump is a protectionist who has his policy wrapped around the rear axle of a pickup and it’s hard to get out.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report highlighting how much every state is affected by retaliatory tariffs. “The administration is threatening to undermine the economic progress it worked so hard to achieve,” says Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue.