K-State´s Agricultural Economists Receive National Education Award Honored for Website

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the past eight years, K-State agricultural economists have worked diligently to combine their information into a comprehensive source of applied research and economic information.

"Their work was rewarded this week when the team received the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Outstanding Electronic Media Education Award for 2010 at that organization´s national meeting in Denver last week," said Rich Llewelyn, K-State agricultural economist and manager of the site. In addition to Llewelyn, other team members recognized include K-State Agricultural Economists Kevin Dhuyvetter, Art Barnaby, Dan O´Brien, Troy Dumler, Michael Langemeier, Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Ted Schroeder, and Alicia Goheen.

"The AgManager.info website is the flagship of electronic extension and education programs for K-State´s Department of Agricultural Economics, Llewelyn said. The site features livestock marketing, including weekly "In the Cattle Markets´ updates; grain marketing, including biweekly "Grain Outlook" reports; crop insurance and government programs; and farm management information, including a large variety of Excel spreadsheets and web-based decision tools, such as crop and livestock budgets, land/lease tools, and data sets.

AgManager.info has recently had some additions and upgrades, noted Llewelyn. "RSS feeds and web-browser dashboards for decision tools are complemented by more than 50 Excel spreadsheet tools that help crop and livestock producers manage risk and make decisions," he said.

Another risk management tool available is the grain basis tool, providing weekly historical grain basis information going back as far as 1998, for wheat, corn, grain sorghum and soybeans from about 800 locations in the High Plains. Associated GIS maps of grain basis and the deviation from the three-year average also are available each week.

Recent additions to the site of interest to the livestock industry include the CLPER (Connecting Livestock Producers with Recent Economic Research) quarterly newsletter, by Glynn Tonsor, Extension livestock marketing specialist; "Cattle Finishing Returns" a monthly newsletter by Michael Langemeier; and departmental theses and dissertations available from the front page or the News page. Other on-going materials include livestock and hay charts, updated weekly; grain supply and demand charts, updated monthly; and projected and historical livestock budgets.

Changes to the site to create greater accessibility include top menus on the main pages; all decision tools now available together on one page; the Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA) site has been updated and better integrated into AgManager; and the AAEA "Choices"

magazine is now available through AgManager.info with recent research and policy analysis.

AgManager.info also can be found on Facebook, Llewelyn said.

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