Category: Business/Farm

Cattle roundup pits rancher vs. fed. government

by Frank J. Buchman Special to the Free Press he modern day rangeland war saga continues. Media on all levels have been covering the controversial roundup of a Nevada rancher’s cattle on Bureau of Land Management as tension between cattlemen and the landowners—this time the federal government—intensified, reminiscent of the range wars of the late 1800s, though no shooting or […]

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Native grassland care still a burning issue

by Frank J. Buchman Special to the Free Press “To burn or not to burn, that’s still the question.” With blatant smoke haze all around, most would contend: “Everybody has already burned, or at least they are right now.” But that’s not the case. True, there have recently been considerably more than normal pasture fires throughout the Flint Hills, both […]

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More than 125 people register at Marion County Health Fair

More than 125 people register at Marion County Health Fair

Laughs Peni Ens, Hillsboro, checks her balance by taking the Biodex fall risk test during the Marion County Health Fair March 29. More than 125 people registered to take part in the fair, which was held in the Marion Sports and Aquatic Center. Fifty vendors, representing a variety of health and wellness organizations, offered a multitude of services and discounts […]

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County hears concerns about burn bans

Seventy-four people who called in were denied permits by county offices for burning grass pastures and Conservation Reserve Program acres Saturday during calm wind conditions. Then Sunday, during high winds, Emergency Manage­ment Director Randy Frank told the Marion County Com­mission Monday, that county firefighters were called to put out eight different rangeland fires. Frank, Sheriff Rob Craft, fire chiefs and […]

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Marion-Florence FFA competes in district events

Marion-Florence FFA members placed third at the South Central District Entomology CDE March 26. Marion hosted the event at Buhler High School. Students competing in the event were required to complete a written test over insect characteristics, life cycles, habitats, food preferences, control and economic significance. They also were required to identify 50 insect specimens. Marion placed third in the […]

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Janzen appointed to state sub-committee on aging

Lu Janzen, Hillsboro, has been appointed to serve on the Nursing Facility Sub­committee of the state’s Advisory Council on Aging. The goal of the subcommittee will be to advance the quality of long-term care while encouraging Kansas residents to plan for possible long-term care needs. The subcommittee will provide specific input regarding consumer education, and ideas on how to encourage […]

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Chamber salutes contributions of Vogt family

Chamber salutes contributions of Vogt family

Cynthia Fleming (center), president of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, presents cards of appreciation to Todd Vogt and Karleen Vogt during a March 11 luncheon. More than 40 people attended the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce luncheon March 11 to commemorate the Vogt family for 89 years of service in the grocery business, and to welcome the new owners of the […]

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Soweto Choir to perform at Bethel

The Soweto Gospel Choir is coming to Bethel College as the final event in this year’s Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series. It is also the kickoff for the first-ever “Spring into the Arts” Festival, sponsored by the Newton Area Arts Council. The Emmy and Grammy Award-winning choir will be in Bethel’s Memorial Hall March 28 at 7:30 p.m. According to HBPA […]

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Effects of harsh winter on wheat soon evident

The next 10 days may say a lot about what kind of a year 2014 will be for wheat production and pasture grazing in Marion County. “Personally, I think what we need most is moisture,” said Rickey Roberts, Marion County Extension agent. He’s also watching some wheat fields that haven’t greened up yet to see whether they begin typical spring […]

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Strong demand continues for rental farm land

Farm profits remained strong in 2013, keeping the demand for land leases steady, according to Farmers National Co., the nation’s leading farm and ranch real estate company in the country. Despite lower commodity prices and decreased gross incomes, farm profitability remains good due in part to a 30 percent drop in fertilizer prices since 2012 and carryover grain sales from […]

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