The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA's largest conservation programs. The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Although women represented only 28 percent of Kansas farmers in 2012 and the number of farmers is declining overall, women are ramping-up their involvement in several of the state's less common forms of agriculture. The Kansas Rural Center is one organization in Kansas that continues to advance programs to better serve the needs of this historically underserved population.
We all know a century is a long time. In U.S. agriculture the changes make it seem more like a millennium. We are aware of the obvious changes in crops, crop yields, machinery and technology, demographics, and globalization. But where and why did those changes happen and how have these changes changed, or not changed, what a farmer has become?
During the playoff season fans' enthusiasm often manifests itself in the form of purchases of a favorite team's merchandise. The lead up to the Super Bowl gets emotions high – and prices can seem high as well. So many go searching for bargains. Unfortunately, some of those "bargains" that can be so alluring are cheaper for a reason: they are fakes. That means the workmanship and the materials used in their manufacture will be of inferior quality, making that "great deal" quickly turn into a rip-off.
A new Toastmasters club is being formed in Great Bend. Newcomers are welcome. Meetings are from 6 to 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday's of each month at St. John's Episcopal Church, 2701 17th St., Great Bend. For more info contact Krystal Barnes, 620-639-4384.