Category: Business/Farm

Schlehuber sweeps top showmanship award at 3 shows
Schlehuber sweeps top showmanship award at 3 shows

Schlehuber sweeps top showmanship award at 3 shows

SchlehuberHeifer60762.jpg Click image to enlarge. Maci Schlehuber of Hillsboro shows the champion Charolais heifer she showed at the recent Sunflower Classic show in Hutchinson. She was also reserve intermediate champion showman out of a competitive group of 26 participants. She also went on to lead the champion Charolais heifer at the Central Kansas Classic in Salina and was named champion […]

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Goossen to compete at national show

Ty Goossen, Hillsboro, will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2007 National Junior Angus Show at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Square, July 1-7. Goossen, a junior member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo., is one of 817 young Angus breeders from 37 states who have entered a total of 1,773 head in the show. The National Junior […]

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Moran bill would increase ag income through hunting fees

Congressman Jerry Moran recently introduced legislation to increase hunting opportunities for sportsmen and stimulate rural economies in Kansas.

The ?Open Fields? legislation provides incentives for farmers and ranchers to voluntarily make their land accessible for outdoor activities like hunting and fishing.

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Engler book-signing planned for Saturday

Marion County author Jerry Engler is scheduled to do a public book signing from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Hillsboro Public Library. Engler also is known for his work as a writer for the Hillsboro Free Press. He has gained increasing interest among fans and reviewers for his two books, ?Just Folks: Earthy Tales of the Prairie Heartland,? […]

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COMMENTARY- NBAF project would be a boon for Kansas

In Kansas and our neighboring states, protecting our food supply?crops and animals?is key. This nation?s economy depends on farmers and ranchers and those who work in this valuable sector.

Agriculture provides more the 22 million jobs in the United States even though less than 2 million are farmers and ranchers. The agribusiness sector contributes more than $1 trillion annually to this nation?s economy. This amounts to 15 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.

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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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