August 31, 2015

Agritourism hot for Kansas farms, ranches

Two Longhorns grazing at Moore Ranch. Submitted photo

Two Longhorns grazing at Moore Ranch. Submitted photo

What’s hot among those looking for nearby adventure? Agritourism. Every weekend, local explorers visit Kansas farms and ranches to learn about regional agriculture production, sample great products and step into another life …

Wheat smut detected in KS, farmers warned

Kansas farmers are encouraged to be especially cognizant during wheat planting season to select wheat varieties with high resistance to fungal diseases as well as to apply fungicides to seed before drilling wheat this season.  Wheat flag smut was detected …

Kansas earns high marks for friendliest to small biz

Thumbtack has announced that Kansas received an overall grade of an “A” for small business friendliness in its annual survey of business owners. The score is an improvement upon the state’s grade of a “B” in 2014, and matches the …

Plenty of competition at the Kansas State Fair

Competitions add to the excitement at the Kansas State Fair for fairgoers of all ages. From clothing and textiles to foods and fine arts, there’s fun to be had and competitions to enter. This year’s Fair will run Sept. 11-20 …

Host of dignitaries commemorate Kubota warehouse’s grand opening

Masato Yoshikawa, center,  president and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corporation, is flanked by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts and other dignitaries as he cuts a red ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of Kubota’s North American Distribution Center in Edgerton. Officials anticipate the warehouse will eventually employ more than 100 in sales and distribution. Currently, approximately 40 people work at the facility. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Masato Yoshikawa, center, president and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corporation, is flanked by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts and other dignitaries as he cuts a red ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of Kubota’s North American

State announces new child support campaign

The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) hosted a joint news conference on Friday, Aug. 14, to announce a new campaign to promote the collection of child support.
By law, employers must …

Kansas joins other states in suit delay EPA rules

Kansas and 14 other states have asked a federal court in Washington, D.C., to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s new greenhouse gas regulation before it takes effect.
The states previously had filed suit asking the United States Court of Appeals …

Sen. Moran appoints Gardner man to board

Ernie Honas, Gardner, has been named to Sen. Jerry Moran’s 2015 Kansas Service Academy Selection Board. The 20-member board reviews applications and interviews candidates applying for admission to the U.S. Service Academies, which include the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval …

State history focus of Labor Day event in Abilene

The Chishom Trail, a trail through Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas through which cattle were driven, celebrates its 150th next year. In preparation for its sesquicentennial, Abilene, Kan., will play host to a kick-off event over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-3 …

State announces finalists for project that could compete with intermodal

The DeLong Grain Company unloads, stores and ships grain for export at the Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton. Mayor Don Roberts said the DeLong facility’s Edgerton location has already lowered Kansas farmers’ grain shipping costs by up to a third. Roberts said a state-run or financed facility would be direct competition for the BNSF Intermodal and the adjacent logistics park. State officials say the planning of a transloading facility is in the very early stages, and state officials don’t know who would operate or finance the construction of such facilities. File photo

The DeLong Grain Company unloads, stores and ships grain for export at the Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton. Mayor Don Roberts said the DeLong facility’s Edgerton location has already lowered Kansas farmers’ grain shipping costs by up to a