Category: Business/Farm

Moran decries ‘hijacked’ farm bill

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a farm bill that was hijacked by urban interests, sacrificing rural America in the process. Strong words for certain, but for the first time, rural interests lost the battle of determining what goes into America’s farm policy.

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No-till residue has value beyond appearance

Not too many years ago, most farmers took great pride and pleasure in looking across their recently planted fields and seeing green seedlings emerging against a backdrop of black soil. That looked beautiful?still does.

Today, some farmers look across their land and see residue cover. That looks beautiful too. However, the benefits of residue can far exceed the way the field looks.

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Group tours pollution-prevention efforts at lake
Group tours pollution-prevention efforts at lake

Group tours pollution-prevention efforts at lake

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Terry Holt, Marion Reser?voir manager, and Mary Olson, mayor of Marion, observe a Kansas Wildlife and Parks developed wetlands on 250th Road before it dead ends on water at the northeast end of the reservoir. Jerry Engler /Free Press. Click image to enlarge

Some one-day rain events this spring put enough pollutants into Marion Reservoir to cause the lake to eutrify into a swamp if there were no natural counter-measures.

That was the assessment of Philip Barnes, associate professor of biology and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University, shared with a bus-tour crowd of county, city and conservation officials Tuesday, July 24, at the Tampa Senior Center.

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Haying, grazing CRP must meet regulations

Regulations under the Con?ser?vation Reserve Program permit managed haying or livestock grazing of established CRP field acres.

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Report includes two Angus bulls from Harms Ranch

Harms Plainview Ranch, Lincolnville, owns two bulls listed in the 2007 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Associa?tion in Saint Joseph, Mo. Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 6,679 sires, and is currently accessible at www.angussiresearch.com. ?This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers […]

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Donors assist with hog fund-raiser
Donors assist with hog fund-raiser

Donors assist with hog fund-raiser

HogFundraiserPeople.jpg Click image to enlarge Steve Goertzen of Goertzen Farms, Marilyn Unruh, Mike Berger and Steve Glahn (from left) assisted with the purchase and processing of the hog that the 4-H Development Council gave away at a fund-raising drawing during the Marion County Fair last week. The winners of a half hog were Ag Service Inc., Hillsboro, and David Funk, […]

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Goossen a finalist at National show
Goossen a finalist at National show

Goossen a finalist at National show

GossenTyAngus.jpg Click image to enlarge ?Ty Goossen of Hillsboro and Megan Fink of Randolph placed well in the showmanship competition at the 41st National Junior Angus Show July 1-7 in Tulsa, Okla. The two, chosen to represent Kansas in the national showmanship contest after finishing first and second, respectively, at state, competed against 52 other state representatives and made it […]

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Three women combine insights for new devotional book
Three women combine insights for new devotional book

Three women combine insights for new devotional book

CarolDuerksen3women.jpg Co-authors Carol Duerksen, Michele Hersh?berger and Laurie Oswald Robinson (clockwise from top) plan a series of area book <p>signings. Click image to enlarge Carol Duerksen, Hillsboro author, will be hosting a book signing at her farm home, 1582 Falcon, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Joining her will be the other co-authors of their new devotional […]

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Farmers should be aware of upcoming FSA deadlines

The Farm Service Agency has many programs that provide Kansas farmers and ranchers supplemental income to help with the many expenses of a farming or ranching operation. FSA wishes to remind producers that some important program deadlines are fast approaching. Those deadlines are: n Aug. 1?Final date to submit nominations for the FSA County Committee election. Any Noninsured Crop Disaster […]

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Florence council combats rumors about mill-levy increase

The Florence City Council addressed rumors about a large pending increase in the mill levy at its July 16 meeting.

Councilor Randy Mills assured people the mill levy had not been set yet and would be announced at an upcoming meeting.

While
new funds will be added to the budget, the actual numbers had not been
set. A budget meeting was planned for 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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