Written by Bill Harmon Tuesday, 31 January 2012 15:19Producers are reminded that enrollment for the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program began Jan. 23 and continues through June 1.
Signup for either program is to be done annually during the targeted enrollment period. Enrollment is performed on a contract identified as form CCC-509.
The DCP provides two types of benefits to eligible producers. “Direct” payments are guaranteed and calculated using 85 percent of Farm Service...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 31 January 2012 15:04Upon the recommendation of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, the Hillsboro City council approved an ordinance at its Jan. 24 special meeting that would allow a sporting goods and gun sales business within Hillsboro Heights or Hillsboro Business Park.
City Administrator Larry Paine said Clint Seibel, the city’s economic director, has been working with a client who is looking at property within those two developments for a business that would focus Marion Reservoir traffic driving by on U.S. Highway 56.
“Currently, the Highway Service zoning district does not have an approved use that would cover sporting goods and gun sales,” Paine said. “All our commercial zoning districts except Highway Service allow sporting goods...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 31 January 2012 15:02Ron Wilson, with the Huck Boyd Institute of Rural Development at Kansas State University, was the speaker at the first joint Marion-Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce banquet Monday in Hillsboro.
Wilson said he commended the two Chambers for coming together for the event. About 250 people came to the dinner and program.
“It is a wonderful thing and, if we work together, it is the mutual benefit that can strengthen all of us,” Wilson said.
In his presentation, Wilson spoke about a sampling of “amazing people” in the state in the areas of business, agriculture, arts and tourism, history and places and technology.
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Wilson said that whenever he is able to talk about the history of Kansas, it gives him a...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:58A business based on the farm for more than a quarter century has moved to the city.
Since the transition in mid-October, Jost Fabricating has settled comfortably into its new home in Hillsboro Heights right along U.S. Highway 56.
Kevin and Angy Jost, owners, say the move couldn’t have gone much smoother—and the local reception couldn’t have been much warmer.
“We really haven’t looked back,” Angy said. “What I think is the most amazing part, not being a town business, is that it’s been 100 percent positive. Everybody’s been so encouraging.”
Jost Fabricating has been selling and installing custom truck beds for 25 years.
As part of the process, they sell and install side rails, skirting...
Written by John Schlageck Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:58This Jan. 29, our state will be 151 years old. Kansas was admitted to the Union two and a half months before the beginning of the Civil War—one of our nation’s most terrible times.
It’s important to recall our heritage, our roots and a bit of our state’s history, especially in celebration of another Kansas birthday.
The war between the northern and southern states officially began April 12, 1861, after the shelling of Fort Sumter. The Kansas territory had been at war for years before it was officially admitted on Jan. 29, 1861, one year after Abraham Lincoln was elected president.
As a result of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, the Missouri Compromise was overturned. That meant Kansas did not have to enter the Union as a slave...
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