Happy New Year to everybody. 2014 is history and 2015 is officially here. The last year was interesting to say the least for crop and livestock producers. The drought, record high prices for protein (beef, pork, and poultry), significant declines in crop prices, record corn yields, and steep declines in fuel prices. The natural question then is what does 2015 have in store for agriculture? This list is in no particular order and accurately seeing into the future is tricky at best.
Nineteen observers conducted the Cheyenne Bottoms CBC on Monday, December 29th. A chilly but clear and still morning provided good birding conditions; however, a weather front came in early in the afternoon, which brought falling temperatures and wind making conditions less than favorable. Much of Cheyenne Bottoms's pools had open water providing good conditions for viewing waterfowl. The Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count encompasses a 15-mile diameter count circle that includes Cheyenne Bottoms as well as other parts of Barton County, including parts of Great Bend, Hoisington, and Ellinwood. Participants were divided into small groups and assigned a certain ...
Mitt Romney, among others, suggested that Sony ought to release "The Interview," an R-rated comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, online for free. The outrage over the hack of Sony's private information and the intimidation campaign that got the release of "The Interview" scuttled for a time led to quite a lot of heated rhetoric, with Newt Gingrich calling the whole incident an "act of war."
Star Korean test prep instructors make huge salaries, often many million dollars a year, the Washington Post reports. The high salaries stem partly from the scale made possible by online technology and partly from the intensely competitive nature of Korean education.
Minimum- and low-wage workers in 21 states and the District of Columbia celebrated not just the New Year this week, but higher wages as well.
A few days ago, my husband and I went to my doctor's office to find out the gender of our fourth child.
It's hard enough for one person to deal wisely with money. But once you are married, dealing with money becomes an even bigger challenge. Money issues are the number one thing married couples argue about and are major contributors to divorce. If couples can learn to communicate positively about money, it can become an area of agreement, not conflict.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton finally has his first playoff victory - with a big assist from his defense.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo's first playoff game in five years is a second chance for the quarterback on the other side, Detroit's Matthew Stafford.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Luck and Andy Dalton have similar achievements listed on their resumes - and similar glaring holes.
Area basketball teams will resume mid-season play Tuesday, Jan. 6
LAWRENCE (AP) - Kansas wide receiver Nigel King will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State raised the level of its defensive pressure in the second half, which led to offensive success for the Cowboys and a victory in the first Big 12 Conference contest Saturday.
Two-step dance lessons will be offered from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-27, at the Great Bend Activity Center. All participants must have a partner for this class. Lessons are open to anyone 18 and older. The entry fee is $11 per person.
There are many exciting things planned for 2015 at Ellinwood School/Community Library. The Smithsonian Exhibit, "Hometown Teams" will begin January 30th with a Chamber Coffee. Be watching for the various activities scheduled with this event.
Elizabeth Warren continues to bedazzle people precisely because she's not running for president. If she were to actually run for president, her power to bedazzle would diminish in a flash. To quote the sage Bob Dylan, "What looks large from a distance, close up ain't never that big."
A forester once told me that you know a drought is severe if you see Red Cedar trees dying. All around the county, you can see Cedars in tree rows and windbreaks dead and brown. If you are looking to replace your tree row, The Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. Plants are one to two years old and sizes vary from 5 to 18 inches, depending on species. Orders are accepted from now through the first full week in May each year, but order early to insure receiving the items you ...
Last week's column briefly discussed some of the reasons for the large changes in agriculture over the last century. Drivers for change included two World Wars, the Great Depression, economic conditions after WWII, and the Federal Government. One reader pointed out that the column almost painted war as a good thing for agriculture. That wasn't the intent. The fact is the driver for change and the development of new techniques and technologies is typically an event or events forcing and accelerating change. Now, how did events change farming over the last century.
USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday at the District Education Center.
Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous-from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.
Sarah Jean Neeland, Great Bend, a 2012 graduate of Great Bend High School, has earned a place on the fall 2014 Deans Honor Roll at Fort Hays State University. She is a senior majoring in elementary education.
Consumers who are interested in getting the most bang for their buck (and who isn't?) know to watch for sales. Most of us notice the patterns over time – holiday items on sale right after the holiday passes and white sales in January, for instance. Beyond that, many simply look for the best price at whatever time the need for an item arises.