Category: Business/Farm

Kansas Forest upgrades arboretum accreditation

The Kansas Forest Service maintains a unique, five-acre “backyard” which serves as a highly acclaimed resource to homeowners and conservationists alike, and the public is invited to celebrate its anniversary later this month. The KFS Demonstration Arboretum and Honor Grove has achieved the status of a Level II Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum. The […]

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Spring in the air at Centre Greenhouse; open house set for April 21

Spring in the air at Centre Greenhouse; open house set for April 21

Centre High School students Jensen Riffel, Almeda Giroux, Emma David and Alexis Craney water the flowers and move plants and flats of flowers to get things ready for the spring sale. Ever since they returned from winter break, they have been working on getting ready for the warm weather and growing plants for others to enjoy. Their hard work can […]

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‘Earth Day’ is everyday for Kansas farmers

When it comes to protecting the land and improving the environment, farmers continue to lead the way and do their part. As this nation celebrates Earth Day April 22, farmers and ranchers remain committed to protecting the environment using modern conservation and tillage practices. Farmers and ranchers will tell you their fondest wish remains to pass their land on to […]

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Trump tariffs will cause drastic impact for Kansas farmers

Kansas farmers and ranchers depend on market access for our exports around the globe. Kansas Farm Bureau voiced concern about retaliation when the Trump administration announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum and continue to watch developments closely. The retaliation by China against the proposed tariffs will result in drastic impacts on Kansas markets for beef, pork, soybeans, sorghum and […]

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Drought conditions may nix Flint Hills burning

Unless something changes in the moisture situation, Barb Downey and husband Joe Carpenter will not burn their grassland in the Flint Hills this season. The ranch couple report no (moisture) run-off event in more than a year on their native grassland in Riley and Wabaunsee counties. Every spring across the vast, open Flint Hills grasslands, fires blaze for miles. The […]

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4-H NEWS (March 14, 2018)

◼ The Livewires-Empire Best 4-H Club had its monthly meeting at the McPherson County 4-H building Feb. 18. Before the meeting, the 4-H club served sloppy joes, potato salad, macaroni salad, chips and dessert to about 20 community members. After everyone was served and clean-up was complete the meeting was called to order by President Cash Toews. The Flag Salute […]

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Assemble disaster kits now

While the threat of severe weather in Kansas is year-round, March 5-9 is “Severe Weather Awareness Week” in Kansas, and a good opportunity to discuss the importance of emergency preparedness with your family. In 2017, the National Weather Service reported about 60 tornadoes state­wide. Kansas also experiences numerous other high-impact weather events, including blizzards, severe thunderstorms and floods. “When severe […]

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Kansans will never forget the 2007 ‘Tornado Alley’

Every seasoned Kansan knows we live smack-dab in the middle of tornado alley. The Heartland of America boasts one of the most tornado active regions in the world. If you’re like me, you’ll never forget May 4, 2007. On that fateful day the town of Greensburg, in Kiowa County, was all but wiped off the face of the earth. This […]

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KDHE: Burning affects air quality

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reminds Kansans that March and April are a time when large areas of the state’s Flint Hills rangeland are burned. These burns help preserve the tallgrass prairie, control invasive species such as Eastern Red Cedar and Sumac and provide better forage for cattle. Prescribed burning minimizes risk of wildfires and is effective in […]

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Wheat hanging by a thread for lack of moisture

Some say the landscape in central and western Kansas looks like a barren, brown wasteland. Others believe that statement may be too kind. Whatever you see, and however you describe it—conditions remain dire in many regions of Kansas going into the final week of February. In Lincoln County for example, it’s difficult, and nearly impossible, to see green anywhere. Wheat […]

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