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Aerial Surveys to Document Lesser and Greater Prairie Chicken Population Trends

  Aerial surveys conducted by helicopters will begin March 16 and continue through early May in areas of Kansas containing prairie chicken habitat. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) to document population trends and determine how populations are responding to current management strategies.

  Data collected from the aerial surveys will be used in conjunction with data from KDWPT’s annual ground surveys to inform future management efforts.

  Initial results will be available beginning July 1. For more information on the aerial survey work, go to http://bit.ly/38xqt1S. For more information on prairie chickens in Kansas, including a map of the species’ range, go to http://bit.ly/3lfeSdg.

Ag Law Briefs: Farm Bankruptcy, Farm Stress and Mental Health

  Kansas Farm Bureau's Legal Foundation is offering a webinar on farm bankruptcy, immediately followed with a conversation about farm stress and mental health Wednesday, March 31, starting at 10 a.m. to Farm Bureau members in Kansas.

  Kansas farm bankruptcies hit a 10-year high in 2019, and the number only slightly improved in 2020. The first half of this webinar will discuss the basics of farm bankruptcy. With continued low commodity, milk, and livestock prices, along with high production costs, trade disruption and weather disasters, farming is as challenging as ever and has become too challenging for some operations to sustain. Participants will learn about bankruptcy eligibility and overall requirements of the various types of bankruptcy. Attention will also be given to bankruptcy alternatives. The second half of the webinar will focus on an often-related subject matter: farm stress and mental health. Many of the same issues affecting a farm operation’s financial health, can have a great impact on farmer and rancher mental health. This discussion will focus on recognizing the warning signs, how a person can provide help and give participants a list of resources for those struggling with mental health issues.

  Participants must be a Farm Bureau member in Kansas to participate in this webinar. To learn more about membership, or to join KFB, participants can visit https://www.kfb.org/Join.

  The webinar is offered free of charge to participants not seeking CLE credit.

 You can register for one or both hours of the webinar at www.kfb.org/aglawbriefs.

  Upon registering for the webinar, participants will receive an auto-generated email with instructions for accessing the webinar.