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Advocate for agriculture

Today, almost half of the state's 2.9 million people live in five counties. Four are located in eastern Kansas and one in south-central Kansas.

February 21, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


New sales associate joins Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate has announced the appointment of Amanda Baxter as a full time sales associate, according to Roger Sell, President.

February 21, 2016 | | Business


Are Lower Oil Prices Good for the Economy?

In response to a dramatic increase in U.S. oil production over the last several years, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided in November 2014 to dump low-cost oil into the global markets in an effort to drive down the price of oil and punish U.S. oil producers. As a result, crude oil prices have fallen by about 50% over the last year.

February 21, 2016 | Edward Cross, President Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association | Oil & Gas


New coker now operating at CHS Refinery at McPherson

Member-owners of CHS Inc., the nation's leading cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, are now benefitting from the recently completed coker at the company's central Kansas refinery.

February 21, 2016 | | Oil & Gas


Regional Pianist finalist

February 21, 2016 | | Education


Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy taking applications for 2016 Session

The American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy is now taking applications for its 2016 session. The event, which will be in its 79th year, will be held Sunday, June 5, through Friday, June 10, at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

February 21, 2016 | | Education


Soil temps

The warm, spring-like temperatures that we have been experiencing lately have been making it hard for people to remember it is still February! The warm sunshine and higher than normal temperatures feel like spring is already here and it's time to start planting your vegetable garden. One thing that is commonly overlooked when it comes to spring planning is soil temperature. Since the air temperature is so warm, it is easy to forget that the soil underneath our feet is still in the 30's right now. I found a short column about soil temperatures and how they can ...

February 21, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Saying goodbye to a member of the family. Sort of.

A couple months ago I said goodbye to an old friend. She was a reliable, dependable member of the family for eight years - our 2004 blue sedan Saab, model 9-5. She was a Swede; a country that gave also gave us Pippi Longstocking, Ikea and ABBA. Over the years we owned three Saabs.

February 21, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Small savings can yield big results

The idea of saving money can be an intimidating concept for some Americans. Having money saved and available can provide security in the event of an emergency and even reduce stress in everyday life. However, studies have shown that one out of three Americans does not have sufficient savings to cover unexpected expenses.

February 21, 2016 | | Business


Margin compression in agriculture could lead to lower net incomes, decreased rental rates

The agricultural industry is entering a period of margin compression, in which revenues are depressed and costs remain elevated, according to Brian Briggeman, Kansas State University associate professor of agricultural economics and director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. As a result, farming profits are expected to be thin, and net incomes are projected to be down in 2016.

February 21, 2016 | | Agriculture


Nearly 150 students receive graduation honors

Nearly 150 Kansas State University students are earning graduation honors with their degrees awarded at fall 2015 commencement.

February 21, 2016 | | Education


FHSU will award honorary Doctor of Arts degree; renowned statesman will give Commencement address

Fort Hays State University will award its first-ever honorary doctorate in May to Robert J. "Bob" Dole, a western Kansas native who earned national and international acclaim over a lifetime of public service. The doctorate will be presented during the university's two Commencement ceremonies on May 13 and 14, where Sen. Dole will be the keynote speaker.

February 21, 2016 | | Education


Marsh Musings

You can feel it in the air. The days are getting longer. The ice is gone. The mink at the Bottoms are back in the thick brush and cover. I found this little fellow last week on the last bit of ice. I am always happy and surprised to see them out and about. I casually wonder if Karl and Charlie have ever done a mink count at the Bottoms. You would be amazed at the info and statistics they do keep on our marsh. They can tell you when the first of most species are seen each year. I ...

February 21, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


USDA sees strong demand for Conservation Reserve Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is Feb. 26, 2016. This will be one of the most competitive general sign-up periods in history, in part due a statutory limit on the number of acres that can be enrolled in the program. The most competitive applications will be those that combine multiple conservation benefits, such as water quality and wildlife habitat.

February 21, 2016 | | Agriculture


National President of the American Legion Auxiliary visits Argonne Unit 180 Auxiliary and members

National President Sharon Conatser will be honored at American Legion Auxiliary Unit 180 March 8, during a stopover, in her year-long, nationwide tour to call on community members. Conatser will have the opportunity to learn about veteran support efforts in Great Bend such as the Golden Belt Quilts of Valor program.

February 21, 2016 | | Club News


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