Category: Agriculture News

Wheat yields mostly good for county harvesters

Wheat yields mostly good for county harvesters

The Marion County wheat harvest was in full swing last week, including this combine harvesting a field at the intersection of 160th and Nighthawk. Dick Tippin, grain coordinator at Cooperative Grain & Supply, said with dry weather this week most farmers could be done with the 2017 harvest. The 2017 wheat harvest appears to be off to a good start […]

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Keep safety in mind as wheat harvest continues

Long hours, a flurry of activity, less-than-ideal weather conditions and work involving large machinery can make wheat harvest a potentially dangerous period. To say farmers are busy during this time would be an understatement. Try to call one after 7 a.m. or before 10 p.m. and you’ll be wasting your time—they’re not home. They’re in the field or shop preparing […]

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Gaines to direct Kansas FFA Foundation

Gaines to direct Kansas FFA Foundation

Marion County native Beth Gaines is former editor of Grass & Grain and directed the information at Tabor College for a time. Beth Gaines has been named the new executive director of the Kansas FFA Foundation. Tom Hemmer, president, and CEO of the Solomon Corp. and outgoing chairman of the Kansas FFA Foundation Board of Trus­tees, made the announcement May […]

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Marion-Florence FFA members participate at state convention

Members of the Marion-Florence FFA Chapter attended the 89th annual State FFA Convention from May 31 to June 2 in Manhattan. More than 1,500 FFA members and guests from around the state attended the convention. Partici­pants listened to the retiring addresses of the state FFA officers, heard from National FFA Vice President Ashley Willits and listened to several motivational speakers […]

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‘Summer safety’ has unique variables for rural kids

Before long kids will toss their schoolbooks and pencils in the far corners of their rooms, don their Magellan garb and embark on a summer course of outdoor exploration. For many rural children, railroads, dumps, junkyards, abandoned properties and ponds make exciting places to explore. It is up to parents to decide where suitable adventure sites may be found. Each […]

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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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‘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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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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4-H News (May 3, 2017)

n The Live Wires-Empire Best 4H Club met at the McPherson County Fair­grounds in Canton on Sun­day, April 23. The meeting was called to order by President Reed Wiens. Roll Call was answered by “What is your favorite animal?” Ten members, six leaders and four guests were present. Sage Toews gave the treasurer’s report. Reporter Isom Marston said that Smiths […]

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