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March 8, 2023
The Kansas Department of Agriculture is asking producers to share information on how they use pastures, both native and non-native, in the state.
The 2023 Bluestem Pasture Survey and the 2023 Kansas Pasture Survey are both voluntary and are administered through the Kansas State University Land Use Survey Office. The Bluestem Pasture Survey collects information on native tallgrass pasture use and practices, while the Kansas Pasture Survey collects the same kind of data for all types of pastures.
The Bluestem Pasture Survey is open only until March 31. It collects information on the use and practices in the native tallgrass region of Kansas, including these 14 counties: Butler, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Greenwood, Woodson, Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Marion, Morris, Geary, Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee. It can be filled out online at Bluestem Pasture Survey.
The Kansas Pasture Survey is open until May 31. It collects information on all types of pasture use and practices — from pasture leasing rates to fencing costs and more. It can be filled out online at Kansas Pasture Survey.
Participation in the surveys is voluntary, and all responses will be kept confidential. If you have questions, call Leah Tsoodle at the K-State Land Use Survey Office at 785-532-1517 or email her at [email protected].
Editor, Kansas Farmer
Through all her travels, Jennifer M. Latzke knows that there is no place like Kansas.
Jennifer grew up on her family’s multigenerational registered Angus seedstock ranch and diversified farm just north of Woodbine, Kan., about 30 minutes south of Junction City on the edge of the Kansas Flint Hills. Rock Springs Ranch State 4-H Center was in her family’s backyard.
While at Kansas State University, Jennifer was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and a national officer for the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. She graduated in May 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a minor in animal science. In August 2000 Jennifer started her 20-year agricultural writing career in Dodge City, Kan., on the far southwest corner of the state.
She’s traveled across the U.S. writing on wheat, sorghum, corn, cotton, dairy and beef stories as well as breaking news and policy at the local, state and national levels. Latzke has traveled across Mexico and South America with the U.S. Wheat Associates and toured Vietnam as a member of KARL Class X. She’s traveled to Argentina as one of 10 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism. And she was part of a delegation of AAEA: The Ag Communicators Network members invited to Cuba.
Jennifer’s an award-winning writer, columnist, and podcaster, recognized by the Kansas Professional Communicators, Kansas Press Association, the National Federation of Presswomen, Livestock Publications Council, and AAEA. In 2019, Jennifer reached the pinnacle of achievements, earning the title of “Writer of Merit” from AAEA.
Trips and accolades are lovely, but Jennifer says she is happiest on the road talking to farmers and ranchers and gathering stories and photos to share with readers.
“It’s an honor and a great responsibility to be able to tell someone’s story and bring them recognition for their work on the land,” Jennifer says. “But my role is also evolving to help our more urban neighbors understand the issues our Kansas farmers face in bringing the food and fiber to their store shelves.”
She spends her time gardening, crafting, watching K-State football, and cheering on her nephews and niece in their 4-H projects. She can be found on Twitter at @Latzke.
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