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Adverse Effect Wage Rates out of Vilsack’s hands

The U.S. Agriculture Secretary says his agency’s ability to address concerns with mandatory wage increases in the H-2A guestworker program is limited. Michigan Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin pressed Tom Vilsack for additional action to protect small farms from price hikes they can’t afford during Wednesday’s... Read More.

Board Welcomes Student-Athletes, Approves Tuition Rates

By Hutchinson Community College HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees opened its February meeting by continuing its tradition of welcoming student groups when they were introduced to members of the softball and football teams.

Higher interest rates continue to impact farm management

An ag economist says education is key when it comes to the current lending environment.  Matt Erickson, ag economic and policy advisor with Farm Credit Services of America says higher interest rates are forcing farmers to treat their operations more like a business.  “We... Read More.

KDA Announces 2024 Custom Rates Survey

By the Kansas Department of Agriculture MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Kansas Department of Agriculture is seeking feedback from Kansans for the 2024 Custom Rates Survey to collect information on rates paid for agricultural custom work. The survey is administered... Read More.

What do higher rates mean for your farm?

An ag lender says this winter farmers need to calculate the impact increased interest rate levels could have on their business. Denise Watson with Merchants Bank based in Indiana says rates seem to have stabilized and the shock of record increases is over. “Now this... Read More.

Guest worker wage rates a prominent issue for Farm Bureau

Ag labor challenges are sure to continue in the New Year. Minnesota Farm Bureau president Dan Glessing says possible fixes for guest worker wage rates were recently discussed during an American Farm Bureau board meeting. “It’s increasing annually 8 to 12 percent and that’s pretty... Read More.

Ag economist says Fed could lower interest rates in ’24

An ag economist says there was a tone shift from the Federal Reserve after it held interest rates steady for a third consecutive month. David Widmar, with Agricultural Economic Insights, says there have been some gains in the battle against inflation. “And... Read More.

Critics Attack Evergy’s Plan to Raise Electric Rates

TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS/KSNT) — Critics of Evergy’s plan to hike electricity rates in Kansas warn that higher prices would put the health of elderly people in danger. Evergy says its first increase to base rates in five years is less than the inflation over... Read More.