Category: Business/Farm

Local women hit paydirt in USDA grant-writing efforts, county hears
Local women hit paydirt in USDA grant-writing efforts, county hears

Local women hit paydirt in USDA grant-writing efforts, county hears

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Members of the Marion County community and USDA Rural Development representatives pose with Linda Carlson (above) and Teresa Huffman (below) as they receive their USDA grant checks.
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Relatively new Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman?s initial efforts were recognized at a County Commission payday meeting Thursday with receipt of $40,000 in grant money for county revolving account business loans from USDA Rural Development representatives.

But she was somewhat ?topped? by the efforts of an individual business woman, Linda Carlson of Carlson?s Grocery in Marion. The same half-dozen Rural Development representatives left the Commission meeting to present the grocery $83,036 in energy efficiency grant money from a grant Carlson wrote herself.

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Harvest Meadow housing project completes street phase
Harvest Meadow housing project completes street phase

Harvest Meadow housing project completes street phase

IMG_5748.JPG Click image to enlarge Al Vogts (far right) and his crew with Vogts Construction of Newton finish up their paving job Monday afternoon at Goessel?s new Harvest Meadow housing development along Main Street. ?When they?re done doing that, they?ll have a little more dirt work to do to fill in the leveling of the ground,? said developer Duane Unruh. […]

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Hillsboro Farmers? Market bringing people together at Schaeffler House
Hillsboro Farmers? Market bringing people together at Schaeffler House

Hillsboro Farmers? Market bringing people together at Schaeffler House

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ABOVE: Marilyn Bartel, pictured with daughter Amy, purchases peanut-butter twists from Kathy Jantz of Durham at Thursday?s Farmer?s Market in Hillsboro.

BELOW: Visitors to the Farmers? Market enjoy a chicken dinner outside the historic outside the Schaeffler House at Jefferson and Grand.

Laura Campbell / Free Press

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In the first century B.C.E. a Roman named Pubilius Syrus wrote that ?everything is worth what it?s purchaser will pay for it.?

To Hillsboro citizen Joni Calam, some things are worth more.

Entering the third week of its second season in Hillsboro, the farmer?s market of course continues to match buyers to sellers.

But to Calam, one half of a tandem of sisters who volunteered to start it a year ago, the market is more than a place to buy and sell; it is a place for a community to come together.

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Marion County businesses receive KDOC merit awards.
Marion County businesses receive KDOC merit awards.

Marion County businesses receive KDOC merit awards.

FlinthillsJunction.jpg Courtesy photos<p>The Kansas Department of Commerce gave merit awards to six Marion County businesses at its annual Kansas Business Appreciation Month South Central Regional Awards ceremony Friday in Wichita, including Flinthills Junction of Burns (left) and Peabody Market (right), both in the retail category. They were among 270 companies nominated for BAM awards this year. Peabody_Market.jpg Forty-eight south central […]

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Business Briefs (Week of June 6)

AFI names Jayson Hanschu All-American Agent   Jayson Hanschu of Hillsboro has been named an All-American Agent by American Family Insurance Co., joining a select group of agents who have distinguished themselves through outstanding sales of AFI products. Hanschu has been an agent for American Family since 1998.   Brenda?s Bloomers closes original Marion shop   Once again, Brenda?s Bloomers […]

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State FSA targeting new groups for assistance

The Kansas Farm Service Agency is targeting and reaching out to underrepresented groups like women and minority farmers in the state in an effort to get more of them involved in its farm programs.

?We?re in the business of helping our farmers and ranchers?all of them,? said Bill Fuller, executive director of the Kansas Farm Service Agency.

?Our programs are generally well known throughout the ag community,? he said. ?We do not have to promote their availability to the producers who have traditionally used them.

?But there may be producers, especially among women and minority farmers, who still are not aware of our programs and the benefits that may be available to them.

?We want to reach those producers and tell them the Farm Service Agency is here for them too.?

Fuller said that while FSA programs remain available to all producers, ?We want to increase participation by traditionally under-represented groups.

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Students receive scholarships
Students receive scholarships

Students receive scholarships

AgFutureBeltonP5231893.JPG Click images to enlarge. AmerLegScholarshipRecipients.jpg TOP: Gloria Belton, a senior at Centre High, is the recipient of the 2007 Marion County Agriculture Future of America scholarship. The $3,200 award requires a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 and a willingness to participate in AFA?s leadership conference and a four-year degree in agriculture. Applicants are interviewed and must submit an essay […]

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Sunshine saves hay crop from fungus-disease losses

The sunshine, wind and warmth of the last week helped Marion County farmers avoid what could have been a calamity, a huge additional loss in the hay crop following a hay-short year.

County Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said fungus diseases, primarily spring blackstem and leaf spot, were rapidly moving into the alfalfa fields, and actually had destroyed large sections of a few fields in the cool, wet, cloudy weather.

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Mother-daughter managing team ready to begin new pool season

Summer is just around the corner and the new co-managers at the Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center are gearing up for some fun in the sun.

At the end of April, the city of Hillsboro hired Judy Helmer and Marci Cain as co-managers, succeeding Jodi Stutzman.

The mother-daughter tandem is familiar to many Marion County residents.

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Status of wheat crop remains uncertain

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Marion County ag-agent Rickey Roberts said farmers will have to make difficult decisions regarding their wheat. In some fields, the grain can mostly be gone with only foliage still there, while in others tillers that come from the base of plants are growing and may still produce adequate grain. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

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A couple of guys were sitting in the Hillsboro Pizza Hut last week wearing crop insurance adjuster ballcaps.

Since the hats made it obvious who they were, they were asked the question they said they?re being asked everywhere, ?What?s happening with the wheat??

 

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