Category: Business/Farm

Chambers unite for banquet meeting

Chambers unite for banquet meeting

Officers of the two chambers gather at the head table prior to Monday’s annual meeting. Patty Decker / Free Press More than 200 members and guests attended the fourth annual joint Marion-Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce banquet Monday in the ballroom of the Marion Community Center. In addition to recognizing Chamber board members from both com­muni­ties, this year’s speaker was Jim […]

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Bowers has seen farming change over 38 years

Bowers has seen farming change over 38 years

Greg Bowers takes a break from working on the antique Ford tractor he recently acquired and plans to restore following his retirement from Central National Bank after 38 years. He and wife Mary Beth will continue to operate their farm northeast of Marion. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Greg Bowers came home to Marion County after serving as a first […]

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Drones aiding K-State wheat research

Drones aiding K-State wheat research

Daljit Singh with one of the drones he is using to gather data on wheat conditions. Kansas Wheat Association photo It’s invisible to the human eye, but measured in microseconds, and helping shape the future of Kansas wheat varieties. Sounds like science fiction, but research funded by the Kansas Wheat Alliance is using near-infrared light measurements to dramatically speed up […]

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Food needs better public relations

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau Hype is a word often associated with advertising agencies, public relations firms and spin doctors who attempt to create, change or repair an image. Many people consider hype a dirty word, something to detest. On the flip side, hype, or attention-provoking material, can also help shape and mold a public’s way of thinking. If […]

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MB Foundation to share earnings with denomination

Anticipating a record-setting earnings year in 2014, MB Foundation is planning to share the earnings with its Mennonite Brethren denominational family. Jon C. Wiebe, MBF president and CEO, said, “Second Corinthians 9:11 says that we are made rich so we can be generous. While none of us would call ourselves rich, we still want to share this blessing with our […]

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Businesses equipped to take on the ‘Big Box’

Businesses equipped to take on the ‘Big Box’

Presenters at the “Think Outside the Big Box” made themselves available for one-on-one conversations with participants. Roger Holter (left), former big-box manager currently serving as city administrator at Marion, chats with Roger Fleming of Hillsboro. Free Press photos by Don Ratzlaff About 55 signed people in as participants at “Thinking Outside the Big Box, the free training program designed to […]

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Fall harvest surpasses wheat harvest for many

Fall harvest surpasses wheat harvest for many

From smaller wheat harvests and larger fall harvests, to businesses opening, closing and coming, 2014 proved to be an eventful economic year for Marion County. January Officials with Mid Kan­sas Cooperative Association said the year-long project to build a high-speed loading facility west of Canton along U.S. High­way 56 could be completed by the end of August. The grain shuttle […]

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K-State researchers develop heat-tolerant wheat gene

by Julia Debes Kansas Wheat If temperatures are too hot in May and June, farmers could lose more than layers. During this critical grain filling stage, extreme temperatures can lead to shriveled kernels and yield loss. One gene may be the answer. Harold Trick, plant pathologist at Kansas State University, and Allan Fritz, KSU wheat breeder, are working on a […]

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Business seminar aims to help businesses compete

“Thinking Outside of the Big Box,” a free program designed to enhance small businesses in Marion County, will be offered Thursday, Jan. 8 in the Wohlge­muth Music Educa­tion Center on the Tabor College campus. The afternoon program will begin at 4 p.m. with a presentation by Marion City Administrator Roger Holter focusing on prepping businesses for the incoming big box competition. […]

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Movie buffs have new insta-outlet in Hillsboro

Movie buffs have new insta-outlet in Hillsboro

David Vogel launched his Instaboro DVD vending machine at Hillsboro Ampride the first week of November. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Movie buffs in the Hills­boro area have a new place to scratch their itch for a last-minute DVD rental. Since the first week of November, Hillsboro native David Vogel has been offering current DVDs through “Instaboro,” a video vending […]

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