WIBW Radio/KAN Podcast: Western Farm Show Manager Ken Dean Previews The Upcoming Show Feb 22-24


Ken Dean, Western Farm Show manager, joined us on Tuesday’s Ag Issues program.  The 58th annual Western Farm Show will take place February 22-24 at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Missouri. The show hours are from 9 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23 and 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday, Feb. 24. Adult tickets are $10 daily. Children ages 12 and under are free. If you would like a $3 off coupon for a ticket, click here.


Climatologist Mary Knapp Talks About Recent Cold Conditions and Gives Winter Outlook

Climatologist Mary Knapp with the Weather Data Library at the Kansas State University Department of Agronomy was the guest on Monday’s Ag Issues program on 580 WIBW.  Knapp gave a comparison of recent cold weather conditions to historic readings. Knapp also talked about the winter outlook, and talked about how the conditions are faring for winter wheat in Kansas.

WIBW Radio/KAN Bonus Podcast: Kansas FSA Director David Schemm on County FSA Offices Reopening Temporarily


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that many Farm Service Agency offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21.

In almost half of FSA locations, FSA staff will be available to assist agricultural producers with existing farm loans and to ensure the agency provides 1099 tax documents to borrowers by the Internal Revenue Service’s deadline.

“Until Congress sends President Trump an appropriations bill in the form that he will sign, we are doing our best to minimize the impact of the partial federal funding lapse on America’s agricultural producers,” Perdue said.  “We are bringing back part of our FSA team to help producers with existing farm loans.  Meanwhile, we continue to examine our legal authorities to ensure we are providing services to our customers to the greatest extent possible during the shutdown.”

Kansas will have 91 county FSA offices that will be open. For a listing, click here.

Wednesday afternoon, we spoke with Kansas FSA State Director David Schemm to get additional details on FSA staff that will be in the offices during those three days and what they will be doing during that time.



WIBW Radio/KAN Podcast: Kansas State Representatives Don Hineman and Larry Hibbard


Kansas State Representatives Don Hineman (R-118th) from Dighton and Larry Hibbard (R-13th) from Toronto joined us on Wednesday’s Ag Issues program. The discussion focused on the start of the 2019 Kansas Legislative session and what they anticipate will be talked about by Governor Laura Kelly during her State of the State Address tonight. Hineman and Hibbard looked at some of the top issues that will be discussed including school finance, comprehensive transportation plan and medicaid expansion. Hineman and Hibbard are both a part of the new Rural Revitalization Committee with Hineman chairing the committee. Both discussed what they would like to discussed and what the committee’s objective will be during the upcoming session.


WIBW Radio/KAN Bonus Podcast: Incoming Kansas Secretary Of Agriculture Mike Beam


Citing his 38-year career with the Kansas Livestock Association, incoming governor Laura Kelly announced Mike Beam as her choice to lead the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Beam is a Senior Vice President at KLA, a highly regarded trade group made up of over 5,000 members throughout the state. He’s worked with the legislature for over 30 years and assisted farmers and ranchers in advancing their policy and public relations needs. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Ranchland Trust of Kansas, an accredited agricultural land trust that’s affiliated with KLA.

“Mike Beam is a respected leader in Kansas agriculture and uniquely qualified to provide guidance and innovation at the Department of Agriculture,” said Kelly. “I look forward to working with him – and other stakeholders – to grow our agricultural markets at home and abroad. Together, we can reenergize rural communities and our ag economy.”

Beam has been active in conservation efforts and business groups to improve Kansas. He is a charter member and past president of the Agribusiness Council of Kansas City. He has also been appointed to numerous task forces and working groups on wildlife regulations, natural resource conservation, ecotourism and more.

“I’m honored to be chosen by Governor-elect Kelly as her administration’s Secretary of Agriculture,” said Beam. “I’m inspired by their respect and admiration for our state’s farmers and ranchers and excited about their commitment to pursue rural economic development initiatives.”

Beam will replace current Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey who Beam says will help in the transition.

He will serve as interim state secretary of agriculture pending a normal background check and state Senate confirmation.

Source: Office of Governor-Elect Laura Kelly


Thursday afternoon, Greg Akagi spoke with Beam about his appointment as Kansas Secretary of Agriculture.


Winter Storm Forecast, and Winter Outlook for Winter Wheat Belt

Meteorologist Dan Holiday was the guest on Friday morning’s Ag Issues program on 580 WIBW in Topeka.  Holiday discussed what we can expect from the rain and winter snow storm expected to hit northeast Kansas during the day on Friday.  Holiday also talked about the winter outlook for the winter wheat belt, and also looked at forecasts for Brazil and Argentina, where it’s growing season for corn and soybeans.