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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.