Rich Felts, Kansas Farm Bureau president, believes education is one of the biggest issues facing Kansas farmers.

"There is so much about agriculture that isn't being passed on or explained to children," Felts said in a Tuesday visit to the Daily Globe. "There's a disconnect there.

"We need to reach out and engage youth in farming again."

Felts, along with KFB senior editor John Schlageck, talked of annual farm days or agriculture days for school children.

"Now there is so much more information available, but fewer children looking for it," Felts said. "We need to make sure children understand the relationship between farmers, farm products and food."

Felts said other issues remain big for farmers in the state -- including the lesser prairie chicken and the federal Water Act.

"The ruling in Texas, which de-listed the prairie chicken, is for Texas only," felts said. "However, anything is a start and we needed that start.

"Something is better than nothing."

Schlageck said the numbers of the prairie chicken are returning because of increased rain in the area.

"This area was dry for so many years," he said. "Now, with more bugs, more cover, more natural habitat, the numbers are coming back."

"People tend to do whatever they can to maintain what they have," Felts said. "But, like most things, it's a cycle and the cycle always continues."

What Felts doesn't understand is where the rights of the individuals have gone to in certain discussions.

"No matter what anyone talks about, the rights of a landowner to make the decision for himself on what to do with his property is wrong," the president said. "It's amazing, whether talking about water rights or prairie chicken, how the individual's rights are never mentioned."

Grain prices will remain a big issue, Felts said, until things change again.

"Corn went from $7 a bushel to $3," he said. "Was there profit at $7? Sure. But it wasn't that much profit and for it to be $3 now is a slap in the face to farmers.

"Milo looks fantastic this year and the yield will be bigger than ever.

"Milo farmers are going to recover some of their losses, but it's because of quality and that's not going to happen every year."

Felts also mentioned how farming and science go hand-in-hand, yet many are rebelling against it.

"Genetics has played a role in seed production for years and we've never had any diverse effects from it," he said. "Now, people are trying to go organic with everything.

"We support the greater good, helping the larger numbers, especially when our science shows it's not a danger or a health risk."

The opening of trade markets also is key.

"There's no way our nation can eat all the food we grow," Schlageck said. "Opening trade markets will allow better return on our harvest."

As the pair continue their tour through the state, they admitted while greater moisture is good for farming, it also has an adverse effect.

"The more rain means more weeds," Felts said. "That means more weed pollen and worse allergies.

"There's nothing we can do about the weed pollen."