Category: Business/Farm

Dry times could mean hard times for farmers

When you think of Kansas farmers and ranchers the words resilience and resolve come to mind. This is especially true as they look another year of drought squarely in the face. Most crop and livestock producers believe 2018 is shaping up to be as dry as 2011 or 2012—once considered the peak of a long-term drought that started back in […]

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Marion FFA team takes 1st in mechanical CDE

Students from Marion High School earned first place in the South Central District Agriculture Mechanical and Technical Systems Career Develop­ment Event Monday, April 4, at McPherson High School. The central theme of the contest was combine harvesting systems. Contestants were required to complete several tests and practicums over related activities. Some of the activities included reading and interpreting electrical wiring […]

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Critical thinking needed for environment issues

Lack of understanding and critical thinking on the part of some in the environmental movement has compromised their effectiveness as self-appointed protector and guardian of our planet. Whenever we improve our critical thinking skills it becomes easier to see through deception and exaggeration that has characterized the promotions of some environmental organizations and the mass media’s coverage of their issues. […]

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Kansas Forest upgrades arboretum accreditation

The Kansas Forest Service maintains a unique, five-acre “backyard” which serves as a highly acclaimed resource to homeowners and conservationists alike, and the public is invited to celebrate its anniversary later this month. The KFS Demonstration Arboretum and Honor Grove has achieved the status of a Level II Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum. The […]

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Spring in the air at Centre Greenhouse; open house set for April 21

Spring in the air at Centre Greenhouse; open house set for April 21

Centre High School students Jensen Riffel, Almeda Giroux, Emma David and Alexis Craney water the flowers and move plants and flats of flowers to get things ready for the spring sale. Ever since they returned from winter break, they have been working on getting ready for the warm weather and growing plants for others to enjoy. Their hard work can […]

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‘Earth Day’ is everyday for Kansas farmers

When it comes to protecting the land and improving the environment, farmers continue to lead the way and do their part. As this nation celebrates Earth Day April 22, farmers and ranchers remain committed to protecting the environment using modern conservation and tillage practices. Farmers and ranchers will tell you their fondest wish remains to pass their land on to […]

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Trump tariffs will cause drastic impact for Kansas farmers

Kansas farmers and ranchers depend on market access for our exports around the globe. Kansas Farm Bureau voiced concern about retaliation when the Trump administration announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum and continue to watch developments closely. The retaliation by China against the proposed tariffs will result in drastic impacts on Kansas markets for beef, pork, soybeans, sorghum and […]

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Drought conditions may nix Flint Hills burning

Unless something changes in the moisture situation, Barb Downey and husband Joe Carpenter will not burn their grassland in the Flint Hills this season. The ranch couple report no (moisture) run-off event in more than a year on their native grassland in Riley and Wabaunsee counties. Every spring across the vast, open Flint Hills grasslands, fires blaze for miles. The […]

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4-H NEWS (March 14, 2018)

◼ The Livewires-Empire Best 4-H Club had its monthly meeting at the McPherson County 4-H building Feb. 18. Before the meeting, the 4-H club served sloppy joes, potato salad, macaroni salad, chips and dessert to about 20 community members. After everyone was served and clean-up was complete the meeting was called to order by President Cash Toews. The Flag Salute […]

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Assemble disaster kits now

While the threat of severe weather in Kansas is year-round, March 5-9 is “Severe Weather Awareness Week” in Kansas, and a good opportunity to discuss the importance of emergency preparedness with your family. In 2017, the National Weather Service reported about 60 tornadoes state­wide. Kansas also experiences numerous other high-impact weather events, including blizzards, severe thunderstorms and floods. “When severe […]

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