Category: Business/Farm

Army worms launch latest attack on farm crops
Army worms launch latest attack on farm crops

Army worms launch latest attack on farm crops

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This infestation of army worms shows the potential for damage they pose as they move through a field of brome grass or wheat. The army worms in many cases are stripping the brome grass down to the central rib of the blade, says Kevin Suderman, agronomist with Cooperative Grain & Supply. Photo courtesy of Kevin Suderman and CG&S. Click image to enlarge.

 

Just when you thought the freeze-damaged wheat couldn?t possibly be hurt anymore, along comes word that army worms are eating their way across the country as a final blow.

A final blow does sound like the logical outcome to most people when they first hear about army worms moving in. But Kevin Suderman, agronomist with Cooperative Grain & Supply, said the biggest damage from the hungry worms actually is being done to another important crop: brome grass for hay and pasture.

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Commentary-Storm?s path left a hard, long trail

While it?s been more than a month since the monster storm system hit Kiowa, Edwards, Stafford, Barton and Saline counties, it?s difficult to erase the images, smells and feelings of this disaster from my mind.

I traveled through these counties 10 days after May 4. I saw with my own eyes the aftermath of the storms while listening to stories by the people who road them out.

Listing all of the details about this storm would be impossible. Instead, here are some of the more vivid ones.

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Nominees sought for FSA Area No. 1 opening

The election of local farmers and ranchers to Farm Service Agency county committees is important in giving producers a voice in how federal farm programs and services are administered in their local areas.

It also maintains a direct link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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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.

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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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