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New U.S. Crop Insurance report to reveal key causes of record $17.3 billion in 2012 crop losses

How can farmers prepare for extreme weather ahead? Extreme weather forced the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) to pay out a record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year, as detailed in a new crop insurance report and crop loss mapping tool to be released at Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, August 27, by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 2012's record-breaking crop insurance payouts smashed the trend of annual Federal Crop Insurance payouts from 2001-2010, when crop losses averaged just $4.1 billion a year.

September 01, 2013 | | Agriculture


Coming up dry: Study focuses on future availability of groundwater in High Plains Aquifer

If current irrigation trends continue, 69 percent of the groundwater stored in the High Plains Aquifer of Kansas will be depleted in 50 years. But immediately reducing water use could extend the aquifer's lifetime and increase net agricultural production through the year 2110.

September 01, 2013 | | Agriculture


Brophy is 53, his brain is 70

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Jay Brophy is 53. Doctors have told him his brain is 70.

September 01, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


4-H Small Bore competitors finish strong

On Aug. 17, three Barton County 4-Hers traveled to Reno County to compete in a 4-H small bore rifle competition. Caleb Straub from Great Bend competed in the senior division. Katelyn Reh from Ellinwood and Parker Smith from Great Bend competed in the junior division. Parker placed 2nd and Katelyn placed 4th.

September 01, 2013 | | Local Life


Kid’s Ag day is almost here!

Kansas is in the heartland of Agriculture in the United States. Unfortunately, students in our communities have only a little more knowledge of agriculture, and its direct and indirect roles in our lives, than students living in urban areas. Twenty years ago, the Chamber of Commerce's Agriculture committee sought to change that. Kid's Ag Day was born, and is fondly remembered by many even years later.

September 01, 2013 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Obama’s Blundering Incompetence

I don't know who's more confused about Syria, President Obama or me.

September 01, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Humanizing Savage Capitalism

Since his election, Pope Francis has warned repeatedly of the challenges and dangers posed by a "savage capitalism" that "has taught the logic of profit at any cost, of giving in order to get, of exploitation without thinking of people." He has rightly criticized a "dictatorship of the economy" and a "cult of money" that consistently subordinates concern for human beings to questions of efficiency and profit. He has also held up an alternative rubric, noting that "concern for the fundamental material and spiritual welfare of every human person is the starting-point for every political and economic solution and the ...

September 01, 2013 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Missiles

September 01, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons


Agriculture Education is Hands-On at Agriland during the Kansas State Fair

Touch corn, experience a virtual combine ride or sit tall in the saddle. All of these fun activities and many more will take place in Agriland at the 2013 Kansas State Fair. The cooperative agricultural education exhibit is located in the Pride of Kansas building.

September 01, 2013 | | Agriculture


Local students awarded degrees from Fort Hays State University

The names of 344 students who completed requirements for associate, bachelor and graduate degrees during the summer 2013 term at Fort Hays State University have been released by FHSU Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joey Linn, who is also university registrar.

September 01, 2013 | | Education


Mixed emotions from NFL players on settlement

NEW YORK - The hundreds of millions of dollars the NFL is ready to pay former players sounds great, until you stretch it out over 20 years and divide it among thousands of people.

September 01, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Fuller Industries names Alan Burton as Financial Controller

Fuller Industries is pleased to announce that Alan Burton has joined the company as Financial Controller. Burton graduated summa cum laude from Fort Hays State University with a B.B.A. in Accounting. He worked in the retirement plan industry for several years and is a member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries. In addition, he became a certified public accountant in 2012 while working in public accounting and was recognized for earning one of the top scores in the country for that year on the Uniform CPA Exam with the Elijah Watt Sells Award. He is ...

September 01, 2013 | | Business


Baord of Education retreat

The Board of Education will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 5 at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road, for a retreat, with a guest facilitator.

September 01, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Are We There Yet?

Before today's topic two brief mentions are in order. First, the hot dry weather of the last week hasn't dramatically changed the drought ratings from the week before. If this pattern persists for the next week or so, much of the county will slip back into the abnormally dry or moderate drought range. However, the abundant rains received earlier have made a large difference. Second, K-State entomology is studying sorghum head worm (a moth) in the area north of Great Bend. As of this week the traps indicated that numbers of head moth had risen to levels that ...

September 01, 2013 | | Agriculture


Mauler Reunion

A reunion of the Mauler Family was held on Aug. 25, at the Best Western Courtyard in Great Bend. Co- hosts for the day were Paul Maneth, Ed and Sharon Mauler, and Larry and Karel Maneth.

September 01, 2013 | | Reunions


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Barton drops second straight in Jayhawk play

For the first time this season the Barton men's basketball lost back-to-back games. Courtesy a home loss Wednesday night to Colby the Cougars have ...

January 22, 2016 | Mike Marzolf | Community College


Barton split wrestling duals

Being a first year program, the Barton wrestling team is looking for progress. The Cougars showed that for sure Tuesday night at the Barton Gym.

January 22, 2016 | | Community College


Kansas 150 1901-1925

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