Last week's column described conventional breeding techniques for the production of varieties and hybrids. Today's column delves into genetic engineering. Before tackling that it's important to remember that much of today's crop and livestock in large part remain tied entirely or partially to these "conventional" techniques. And no matter how sophisticated genetic manipulation becomes, we still take the materials into the field.
Charles Robert Brown of Ellinwood will celebrate his 80th birthday on July 9, with a card shower.
Jason Robert and Kristin Ann Demel announce the birth of their twins, Annabelle Lou Demel and Colton Robert Demel on June 7 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Annabelle weighed 5 lbs. 8 oz. and was 19 1/2 in. long. Colton weighed 5 lbs and was 18 1/2 in.
Vance Espinosa of McPherson and Tiffany Espinosa of Ellinwood announce the engagement of their daughter Tiara Espinosa of Hays to Benjamen Gregg of Hays, son of Shannon and Julie Gregg of Great Bend.
Tom Van Brimmer will celebrate his 80th birthday from 2 to 5 p.m. on July 6, with a Come and Go reception at 552 ½ Clay Street in Hoisington.
Merna Mills will celebrate her 85 birthday on July 12 with a card shower. Cards may be sent to 201 W. 8th Terrace, Apt. 8, Lawson, MO. 64062.
Melinda Kurth recently joined Thrivent Financial as a financial representative with a new office at 1311 Williams in downtown Great Bend. Kurth offers comprehensive financial strategies, personal customer service and a wide range of financial products.
Tory Arnberger, majoring in Business Education and Tourism & Hospitality Management at Fort Hays State University, was elected to serve the National Officer Team as the Mountain Plains Region Vice President at the National Leadership Conference for Phi Beta Lambda. She will hold this position for the 2014-2015 school year. Her responsibilities include assisting the president in the promotion and development of PBL in the regions which elected them, keeping in touch with her territory on a regular basis (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico), assisting in planning Regional Leadership Conferences, and presiding at ...
It's Fair time again in Barton County! The youth from all of our communities have been working hard on their various projects, and will be displaying them for the community to see. Whether you enjoy photography, artwork, or livestock, there is something for everyone at the fair.
Have you ever heard about the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop acreage, production or stocks reports and wondered, "How does USDA come up with these crop estimates?" "Why do they impact prices so much?" Or, "why can't USDA get it right?"
Hillary Clinton called the Hobby Lobby decision "deeply disturbing."
Pity poor Dr. Mehmet Oz. He gets big bucks hosting the popular Opra Winfrey-syndicated "The Dr. Oz Show" on TV. But now he's come under fire in Congress, in the media, and on the Internet for promoting health supplements that sold big due to his effusive recommendations -- products now considered by many to be largely useless. How did he respond?
CLEVELAND - For someone who just endured a beer bath, T.J. House was all smiles.
PHILADELPHIA - As word spread through NBA inner circles that Kansas prospect Joel Embiid suffered a foot injury, the Philadelphia 76ers wondered if his misfortune was just the break the downtrodden franchise needed.
Doyle and Gwen Cook of Great Bend will celebrate their 60th anniversary with a reception and card shower for family and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 2, at Cedar Park Place Community Room, 17th and McKinley.
There have been several phone calls over the past few weeks about Palmer amaranth (Palmer pigweed). Several producers and local agronomists are noticing that it is not being controlled effectively in places with Glyphosate. I was e-mailed a news release this week that will give some information about what is being observed in the state, especially in Central Kansas at this time. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can get a hold of me by phone, email or stopping in the Extension office.
The descendants of Francis and Clara Finger gathered July 12, at the Fellowship Hall at St. Mary's School in Salina. Original members remaining are Leonard Finger of Larned; Catherine Kuhlman of Trumbull, Neb., Mary Lou Wheeler of McPherson, Carolyn Urban of Salina and Francis, Jr. of Fayetteville, Ark. Deceased members are Mildred Phillips, Dorothy Juno Cavenah, and Marvin Finger. Those attending included:
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
The annual Christiansen family reunion will be held at the Larned Community Center on Saturday August 9. There will be a potluck dinner
Once again Israel is being forced to defend itself from the terrorists who run Gaza.
"It is difficult to make decisions or even know where to start after the death of someone close to you." Speaker D. Elizabeth Kiss, PH.D, KSU told an audience of 30 at the workshop for "Women on the Farm".
In the words of Pope Francis, America is experiencing a "humanitarian emergency." Fleeing instability and violence in Central America, a human tide of thousands of refugees, many of them unaccompanied children, has been flooding across our southern border.
Wheat harvest has mostly wrapped up and temperatures have increased, so take a few days and cool off at Kansas Wheat's Annual Meeting and High Plains Journal's Wheat U on Aug. 4 and 5 in Wichita. Wheat board meetings will be held on Monday, August 4, beginning at 11 a.m., at the Sedgwick County Extension Office and will include separate and joint meetings of the Kansas Wheat Commission and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. The Commission meeting is open for interested parties to attend.
News stories about data breaches have gotten common over the last few years, so much so that it can be easy to skip right over them and move on to the next news story. During 2013 there were 2,164 incidents exposing over 822 million records. Nearly 48% of those cases involved compromised passwords.