Category: Business/Farm

Flint Hills Rodeo gearing up for 80th edition

Flint Hills Rodeo gearing up for 80th edition

World champion cowboys Ken and Gerald Roberts developed rodeo skills nearly matching those of their all-around cowboy-dad, rodeo contractor E.C. Emmett Roberts (center). by Frank J. Buchman The Free Press The Flint Hills are cattle country. Where there are cattle, there are cowboys on horseback to take care of them. And they’re a competitive bunch. Who can ride the roughest […]

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Don’t let Purdue cut USDA Rural Development funds

by Anna Johnson Center for Rural Affairs The Center for Rural Affairs has fought on behalf of rural communities for nearly 45 years. We are heartened by U.S. Depar­t­ment of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s expressions of support for rural communities during his early days in office. However, we are concerned about his current path. On May 11, Purdue proposed eliminating […]

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Cairns receives $2,000 national FFA scholarship

Cairns receives $2,000 national FFA scholarship

Mitch Guetterman, manager of the Prairieland Part­ners John Deere dealership in Marion, presents Aidan Cairns of the Marion-Florence FFA Chapter a $2,000 scholarship from the National FFA Organization. The scholarship was sponsored by the John Deere corporation represented locally by Prairieland Partners. Cairns received the scholarship at the Marion High School Awards Night program Thursday, May 11. This year the […]

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‘Breakthrough 2030’ to determine best scientific advancements for ag

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has launched “Breakthroughs 2030,” a $1.12 million initiative the organization has described as an “innovative effort to determine the greatest scientific opportunities in the next decade within the fields of food and agriculture.” Breakthroughs 2030 will tap into the knowledge and experience of the U.S. research community to respond to the numerous […]

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Dress for safety on the farm

Now that spring is here and field work picks up, so does the potential for farm accidents. Tractor overturns remain the leading cause of death for farmers, ranchers and workers. About 19 percent come from machinery and about 36 percent involve tractors; 5 percent of farm and ranch accidents are livestock related. Stress has always been a major factor in […]

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Flint Hills center plans 4th festival May 20

The Flint Hills Discovery Center will be holding its fourth annual Flint Hills Festival from 10 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday, May 20. This family-friendly event offers live music from local artists, food trucks of all varieties, regional beer and wine, demonstrations from local artisans and lots of children’s activities. Families with children can have fun with the bounce house obstacle course, […]

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Students help  launch National Nursing Home Week locally

Students help launch National Nursing Home Week locally

A group of Hillsboro fifth-graders joined with residents of Salem Home in Hillsboro Monday to participate in a balloon launch to signify the start of National Nursing Home Week, May 14-20. Prior to the launch, students read to the residents original stories they had written about animals. Joshua Friesen, life enhancement coordinator at Salem Home, organized the event to honor […]

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FFA heightens ag awareness

FFA heightens ag awareness

Rabbits Display The Marion-Florence FFA chapter invited third-grade students from Hillsboro and Marion to their annual Agriculture Awareness Day on Friday at the MHS athletic fields. Students were formed into groups and spent about eight minutes with each of the 15 student-led presentations. At left, Kaitlyn Goebel and Rebecca Sawyer lead a presentation on raising rabbits. Horse Care Display Above, […]

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Museums coordinator enjoys learning how ‘old stuff’ works

Museums coordinator enjoys learning how ‘old stuff’ works

Steve Fast, new museums coordinator: “There’s a lot more preservation-type work than I expected…. Objects in the museum need to be repaired, and it has to be done right. You can’t just use super glue.” With a master’s degree from Harvard in hand, and 11 years experience as a financial adviser for oil companies in Kazakhstan under his belt, Steve […]

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Repairs begin on 190th South Cottonwood bridge

Repairs begin on 190th South Cottonwood bridge

Work on 190th Road started Friday after rain delayed the South Cottonwood bridge project. The photo shows the deterioration under the bridge. The plan, said Larry Cushenberry with the Road and Bridge department, will be removing the old concrete and other materials, and replacing it with riprap or large boulders of rock and placing it where the concrete was. Once […]

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