Region Economy Survey Shows Dwindling Farmland Prices

Posted May 20, 2024 Creighton University released its Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) report for April, showing a dip into negative territory for the ninth month in a row. The region’s overall reading for May fell to 44.2 from 45.8 in… more

Bird Flu Outbreak in Dairy Cows Spreads to One Texas Resident

Posted April 3, 2024 One person in Texas has been diagnosed with bird flu which is believed to be connected to an outbreak of the disease in dairy cows in the state, Kansas and New Mexico. The Texas Department of… more

Bird Flu Found In Milk from Cattle Farms in Three States, Including Kansas

Posted March 27, 2024 Milk from Kansas dairy cows tested positive for bird flu Monday, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Monday, clinical samples… more

Regional Bankers Point to Low Commodity Prices as Biggest Risk for Farms in 2024

Posted February 15, 2024 Creighton University released its Rural Mainstreet Index for February and reported that 44 percent of bankers consider farmers’ financial conditions to be worsening. The overall Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI), ranging from 0 and 100 with a… more

Region Economy Remains Negative, Farmland Prices Index Drops

Posted January 18, 2024 Creighton University released its Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) report for January, indicating moderate growth in the region but still failing to achieve an above-average rating. The region’s overall reading for January rose to 48.1 from 41.7… more

Kansas Agricultural Robotics Startup Partners with Chipotle’s $50M Venture Fund

Posted December 19, 2023 Chipotle, and its $50 million venture fund Cultivate Next, have invested in a Wichita-area agricultural startup that specializes in autonomous weeding robots. Cultivate Next announced its investment in the agricultural tech company Greenfield Robotics last week,… more

Agriculture Innovation Forum Comes to KC in February

Posted December 15, 2023 The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City announced it will be hosting a forum on Feb. 13 in Kansas City to showcase the latest cutting-edge innovations in agribusiness and tech. The eighth annual Ag Innovation Forum… more

Q&A with American Royal President, CEO Jackie McClaskey

Posted December 4, 2023 Q: How did the decision for American Royal’s new home in Wyandotte County come to be? Where there other locations in mind? A: From the very first meeting I attended I knew this would be a… more

A New Barn in Town, American Royal Celebrates Barn Raising

Posted November 28, 2023 Updated November 29, 2023 The American Royal celebrated a barn-raising ceremony for its new facility in Kansas City, KS that will act as a new beacon for education in food and agriculture. The new home of… more

Region’s Economy Index Declines Again in October, Second Straight Month

Posted October 19, 2023 Creighton University released its Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) report for October shows for the second straight month, overall Rural Mainstreet Index sank below growth neutral to a 2023 low. The region’s overall reading for October fell… more