Kansas Farmers Union is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the North Central Risk Management Education Center. KFU will use these funds to support Kansas livestock producers challenged by rising input costs, intensifying drought conditions and increasing land prices.

Amazing Grazing programming includes a conference, six workshops and two field days across the state. The project will tap both Kansas experts and nationally-known educators to assist producers in enhancing grazing management. More than 300 graziers are expected to participate in events covering diverse topics such as range and drought planning, low-stress livestock handling, improved soil health and forage development.

“The North Central Risk Management Education Center is dedicated to funding projects that help producers learn and adopt effective risk management practices and strategies. This project promises to help livestock producers manage current challenges from drought to land costs, implement effective strategies including managed grazing, and position their operations for success,” said Brad Lubben, Director of the NCRMEC.

The grant is a collaboration with the Kansas Graziers Association (KGA), a grassroots producer organization formed in 2000 to support Kansas ranchers with educational activities including workshops, tours and networking opportunities. “The beauty of this group is the way in which members share their experiences and wisdom with each other-the good, the bad, and the different,” explained Mary Howell, KGA Board Secretary and KFU Member Specialist.

“We’re extremely excited to organize and offer this high quality programming,” stated Howell, who will serve as Project Director. “The upcoming year of activities are open to anyone involved in the ranching and livestock industry and will be very worthwhile! Stay turned for dates and details.” Visit the Amazing Grazing blog for project info, event details or to sign-up for the e-newsletter: kansasgraziers.blogspot.com.

“I’m really happy that Kansas Farmers Union can offer the livestock producers of Kansas availability to these great resources, especially as drought management affects our management decisions more all the time,” says Donn Teske, KFU President.

Amazing Grazing project collaborators include Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, National Resources Conservation Service, Kansas State Research and Extension, and Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops.

The North Central Risk Management Education Center (NCRMEC), supported by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, awards grants through a competitive application and review process. NCRMEC will fund 16 projects totaling approximately $652,000 from the 31 submitted full proposals requesting $1,220,289.

Learn more about the project on the Amazing Grazing blog.

About Kansas Farmers Union Kansas Farmers Union represents our members, who are engaged in diverse farming and ranching pursuits, through cooperation, legislation and education. KFU believes that family ownership of farmland is the basis for the most viable system of food and fiber production and that maintaining this family farm system will preserve our natural and human resources. KFU’s primary objective is to help family farmers and ranchers add value to the food, fiber and energy they produce. Farmers Union assists producers to retain ownership of their farm products further into the processing channel and enhance market returns on their investment. To learn more, please visit kansasfarmersunion.org.

About the North Central Risk Management Education Center The Extension Risk Management Education Program, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), provides training to help producers learn new strategies to manage complex and growing agricultural risks. The program’s goal is simple – help farmers and ranchers manage risk.  Since 2001, the North Central Risk Management Education center, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics, is one of four centers nationwide that has been tasked with providing risk management education to the farmers and ranchers in our 12-state region.  The Center funds results-based, producer-focused, competitive grants on an annual basis to help provide producers with the tools they need to improve their risk management skills and capabilities.  The North Central region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. To learn more, please visit http://www.ncrme.org.

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