MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. —Kansas State University (KSU) agricultural economists received the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Outstanding Electronic Media Education Award for 2010 at that organization’s national meeting in Denver, Colorado, U.S. at the end of July. The award was for the website.

Team members include Rich Llewelyn, manager of the site, Kevin Dhuyvetter, Art Barnaby, Dan O’Brien, Troy Dumler, Michael Langemeier, Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Ted Schroeder, and Alicia Goheen.

"The website is the flagship of electronic extension and education programs for KSU’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. has recently had some additions and upgrades, Llewelyn said.

"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.