Category: Business/Farm

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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HHS student launches photography business

HHS student launches photography business

This photo of Jessi Dalke serves as a photographic “self-portrait,” and is an example of her professional skills. “I think it’s just hard advertising myself,” she said. Jessi Dalke, a freshman at Hillsboro High School, started a business in photography after encouragement from family, friends and her teacher, Nathan Hiebert. “I’m not sure if I would have started my own […]

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Chamber gala to feature mentalist

The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce will host its 2018 Winter Community Gala Monday, Feb. 26, in the fellowship hall of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe. The event is open to the Marion County community, and will include entertainment, a silent auction and a catered meal by Scott Catering. “The gala is going to be an incredibly fun event,” […]

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4-H (January 31, 2018)

◼ Caroling, gift baskets and Angel Tree gifts were the main ingredients for the Dec. 10 meeting of the Tampa Triple T’s 4-H Club at the Senior Center at Tampa. Roll call was answered by, “Your favorite Christmas movie.” After a short business meeting, a meal of chili, hot dogs, chips and a drink provided by the Rziha families, the […]

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Beef producers expecting impact with relaunch of beef slogan

Farmers and ranchers in Kansas are excited about the relaunch of the iconic, “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner” brand that has captured the attention of millions of consumers and evolved as one of the top commodity food brands over the past quarter century. The relaunch began Oct. 3 with the unveiling of the new BeefItsWhatsFor­Din­ner.com website, complete with a new […]

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