Category: Business/Farm

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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Looking at crop insurance

Ask any Kansas farmer and the answer will be the same. Crop insurance is one of the more complicated risk-management issues with which the Kansas farmer needs to deal.

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Producers must file planted acreage by May 31

Farmers planning to earn and receive farm program payments and benefits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are required by existing farm-bill regulations to file acreage reports for all cropland on their enrolled farms.

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Marion County Fairground hosts annual Spring Beef Show
Marion County Fairground hosts annual Spring Beef Show

Marion County Fairground hosts annual Spring Beef Show

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Ty Goossen of Hillsboro shows the angus heifer that won grand champion for the breeding heifers in the annual Spring Beef Show April 28 at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Click image to enlarge.

Sixty-six 4-Hers from Marion County and beyond competed April 28 in the annual Spring Beef Show at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro.

The show is an indicator of the growth rate and condition of animals intended for show in upcoming county fairs, according to Rickey Roberts, Marion County extension agent who coordinated the event.

 

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Goat show is May 19

Area youth will be up early on Saturday, May 19, trimming and preparing for the yearly showing of their dairy goats at the Mar?ion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. A showmanship clinic is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. led by accomplished youth showman. At this day-long event there will be the Toy, Tool and Miscellan?eous drawing, a goat photography contest and exhibition, […]

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