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.
DETROIT - Dave Dombrowski's latest trade also felt like one of his most predictable.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jordy Nelson had a secret on the way to the first practice of Packers training camp.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission hosted the USTA Jr. Open Tennis Tournament on Friday.
With no idea where he will be playing in the NBA next season, Kevin Love has withdrawn from this summer's Team USA basketball roster.
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants acquired right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.
PERIGUEUX, France - Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France and two Frenchmen will join him on the podium after a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is serious about what he has said about competition at the cornerback position.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made.
Lyle E. Schaben, 89, died July 26 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. He was born Aug. 27, 1924, at Bazine, the son of John and Verda (Ryersee) Schaben. Mr. Schaben was a graduate of Bazine High School. He married Nathalie J. Borger Feb. 15, 1947, at Bazine. She died June 22, 2012. Raised on the family farm, he began farming as a young man and he and Nathalie raised their family in the house built by Lyle's father. Lyle retired from farming when they moved to Great Bend in 2005, due to health reasons. Lyle also worked ...
WESTVILLE, Okla. - Wanza Lou McCrary was born Dec 11, 1931, in Morton, Texas, to James Olin and Pearl Dimple (Herndon) Willis, the eldest of three girls. She talked about growing up in the 1930s, about how hard times were, about nailing wet sheets to the windows during dust storms and the families dream of green pastures - then they moved here.
Jerry Mitchell Jones, 76, died July 24, at Hospice House of Reno County in Hutchinson. Born Dec. 13, 1937, in Hutchinson, he was the son of Ray and Marjorie (Swann) Jones. On March 12, 1958, he married Nelta Irene Simpson in Great Bend. She died on Dec. 3, 1997. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Seward, he was the owner and operator of the J&J Cafe in Seward until 1997.
POULSBO, Wash. - A memorial service for John David Lewis, formerly of Larned, who died on May 19, will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 2, at the First Presbyterian Church in Larned. Memorials are suggested to the church, Larned EMT's or the Pawnee County Food Pantry.
Clarence "C. D." Johnson, 63, died July 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 6, 1951, at Great Bend, the son of Clarence Harve and Bernadine (Ericks) Johnson. He married Jolene Debes on Oct. 11, 1980, at Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a rural letter carrier for Rural Route 2 for the United States Postal Service, Great Bend, retiring in 2012.