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While farming is admirable as a way of life, it is also a business. Therefore, our research-based programs promote:

  • effective production practices;
  • competitive pricing;
  • business management skills;
  • environmentally sound production practices;
  • alternative agriculture businesses;
  • youth education about food and fiber sources;
  • successful living on a few acres.

 Farm Stress Resources

 Mental Health in Agriculture 

Working in agriculture is a worthy and honorable profession; however, it is not always easy. It is important to not only care for your crops and livestock, but for yourself as well. In agriculture's high stress atmosphere, your physical and mental health should never be overlooked. For questions or additional help, please contact Ray Ladd, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, at 913-833-5450 or cladd@ksu.edu.

Kansas Ag Stress 

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K-State Extension Agronomy eUpdate, April 3rd Issue

Applications of pre-emergence herbicides at or before corn planting are important to minimize yield losses to early-emerging weeds. Learn more about this weed management practice in this article.

Herbicides

 K-State Extension Agronomy eUpdate, April 3rd Issue

What types of considerations concerning placement and rates of starter fertilizer should producers keep in mind this spring? Read more from Dr. Ruiz Diaz, K-State's Soil Fertility Extension Specialist.

Nitrogen

K-State Extension Agronomy eUpdate, March 27th Issue

Optimal corn seeding rates can depend on a number of different factors. K-State's Crop Production Specialist, Dr. Ciampitti, discusses those factors and offers guidelines for producers as corn planting time draws closer.

Seeding Rate

Opportunity to get rid of OLD pesticides 

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Pesticide and Fertilizer Program received a grant for the disposal of orphan pesticides. Orphan pesticides are those pesticide products that are no longer supported by the registrant, that have not been registered with EPA or KDA for several years. Some examples would be lindane, chlordane, 2, 4,5T etc. If you have products with COOP on the label, it is time to dispose of them. There is a limited amount of money available. This is a short window of opportunity (about a 3 weeks) and is on a first come first served basis. This opportunity is for farmers or agri-businesses with old pesticides that cannot be used. There is no cost for disposal for those products that qualify. The grant covers disposal of pesticides only. Lubricants and adjuvants do not qualify. To be eligible for the funds, make a list of each of the products, the quantity, the name of the product and the EPA Registration Number, take photos of the products for disposal and email the list along with the photos to Judy.Glass@KS.gov. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Judy Glass at 785-564-6690 or email at Judy.Glass@KS.gov.

 

Do not delay if want to take advantage of this opportunity.

 

Upcoming Events

All face-to-face  Extension programs are postponed until  July  4

Mental Health in Agriculture

Working in agriculture is a worthy and honorable profession; however, it is not always easy. It is important to not only care for your crops and livestock but for yourself as well. In agriculture's high stress atmosphere, your physical and mental health should never be overlooked. For questions or additional help, please contact Ray Ladd, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, at  913-833-5450 or cladd@ksu.edu.

Get Help Now: Crisis Resources

Kansas Ag Stress Webpage 

Farm Stress: You're Not Alone Video

Identifying Stress

Common Signs of Stress & Ways to Help Yourself

Should I Be Feeling This Way? - KS Wheat

Understanding Stress and Depression

Understanding Suicide and Depression 

Ways to Manage Farm Stress

12 Tools for your wellness toolbox in times of farm stress

Coping Strategies for Farm Stress

How to Find an Agriculture Behavioral Health Counselor - KS Wheat

Helping a Neighbor in Need

What Can I Do to Help?

Tips to Help Others - KS Wheat

Financial Guidance

Farm Analyst Program

Kansas Agriculture Mediation Services

Kansas Farm Management Association 

Professional Support

The  Guidance  Center-Atchison, Jefferson &  Leavenworth

myStrength: Custom online tools to help you overcome the challenges you face. Access Code: DouglasCounty

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center: Education, consultation and outreach services regarding mental health

Headquarters Counseling Center: Professional staff in helping with emotional stress and crisis in Douglas County.

DCCCA: Support for substance abuse, prevention services and behavioral health.

Farming Community Can Often Suffer in Silence: Lawrence Journal World-LMH Health Article 

Additional Resources

Mental Health

Farm Crisis Center: Offers Disaster, Mental Health, and financial Assistance, 

Farm Aid Hotline: (800) 327-6243 M-F 9am-5pm eastern time

Disabilities on the Farm

Kansas AgrAbility: Assist people with disabilities in agriculture

Opioid Assistance

Farm Town Strong: Farmer - to - Farmer support to bring attention and help to those struggling with opioid addiction.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Helps reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness.

Drug Disposal Location Tool 

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic in Farm Country - AFB

Related Links

Contact Information

Ray Ladd

County Coordinator, Agriculture Agent, Horticulture Agent, 4-H Agent

Phone:  913-833-5450
cladd@ksu.edu