Category: Soil Conservation

Signup deadline is Feb. 26 for CRP enrollment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers and ranchers the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conserva?tion Reserve Program, is Feb. 26. This will be one of the most competitive general sign-up periods in history, in part because of a statutory limit on the number of acres that can be enrolled in the program, […]

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Cady family earns Wildlife Award

The Gerald Cady family was selected as the 2016 Wildlife Award winner. Jerry and family purchased several pieces of property over the years and worked to enhance wildlife food and cover while maintaining a working farm. The family has worked to establish riparian field borders, food plots, shrub thickets and an artificial wetland using several programs from the USDA, Kansas […]

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Meeting speaker shakes notions about quakes

Meeting speaker shakes notions about quakes

More than 125 people attended the 69th annual Marion County Conservation District?s dinner and meeting. In addition to recognizing conservation award winners, Rex Buchanen, interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey?University of Kansas, was the guest speaker. Buchanen?s presentation, ?Recent Seismic Activity in the Midcontinent: Events and Responses,? focused on the possibility of earthquakes associated with saltwater disposal from hydraulic […]

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Going the extra mile for students

Going the extra mile for students

Rod Just, fourth-grade teacher at Hillsboro Elementary School, explains soil conservation practices applied to this field during his field tour last spring. Courtesy photo Going the extra mile?literally and figuratively?is a key reason Rod Just was named the 2015 Conserva?tion Teacher Award winner by the Marion County Soil Con?servation District. A fourth-grade teacher at Hillsboro Elementary School, Just developed and […]

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Couple is convinced that conservation pays off

Couple is convinced that conservation pays off

Ed and Mindy Svitak are partners in farming and in soil conservation projects. Courtesy photo Ed Svitak?s beginning in soil conservation came when he convinced his grandfather, also named Edward, to build waterways and terraces in the fields with gullies they had to start farming around. Since that first step, Ed and wife Mindy have completed a conservation plan on […]

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Plan addresses gully problems

Plan addresses gully problems

Kim and Kathy Koop have worked partnership with Irma Koop (right) to develop an effective conservation strategy in a large field that was developing gullies. Courtesy photo Kim and Kathy Koop are Marion County Conserva?tion Banker Award winners this year for the work initiated on a large field Kim owns with his mother, Irma Koop, near Hillsboro. Koop said he […]

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Restoring grassland becomes a family project

Restoring grassland becomes a family project

Charles and Barbara Stinchcomb, who live in Russell, used their land to involve grandchildren and nephews in a family venture to remove invasive Osage orange and cedar trees that were taking up valuable space and shading out grass on their 550 acres. Charles Stinchcomb is a retired veterinarian in Russell whose love of family involvement with cattle grazing on Kansas […]

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Continuation Award

Continuation Award

?Kleibers keep improving the land Courtesy Photo Mike and Carolyn Kleiber received the Banker Award in 2008 for their conservation practices on cropland and grassland. They have since added more waterways, terraces and grass seeding to newly acquired land and were chosen to receive the Continuation Award this year. Mike Kleiber uses areas that aren?t conducive to farming to enhance […]

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2015 SOIL CONSERVATION POSTER CONTEST WINNERS

2015 SOIL CONSERVATION POSTER CONTEST WINNERS

Emma Noble. Photo Patty Decker / Free Press Emma Noble, a fourth grader at Hillsboro Elementary School, was the first-place winner in the poster contest sponsored by the Marion County Conservation District. Noble, along with the second- and third-place poster winners, was recognized during the annual meeting Saturday at Eastmoor United Metho?dist Church in Marion. Her poster will also be […]

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District reports highlights from 2014

The Marion County Conservation District reported highlights from 2014 during its 69th dinner and meeting Saturday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. In 2014, the conservation award winners included Joel and Dawn Suderman of Marion for the Continuation Conservation award. The Sudermans were recognized for the soil building and erosion control work they have done to their 700 acres […]

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