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Thursday 05/28/2015
A Mother’s Love
Posted: May 28, 2015

Most mothers possess the instinct to protect children — all children, not just their own. A mother watching her child play at the park will rush to a stranger’s child who has fallen and hurt himself.

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Ark City Farm and Art Market begins with new hours
Posted: May 28, 2015

The Ark City Farm and Art Market began the 2015 season last week. This year, the market will start at 4 p.m. — half an hour earlier than last year — and continue until 6 p.m. every Tuesday.

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Pull! For Healthcare to benefit William Newton Hospital
Posted: May 28, 2015

WINFIELD — The William Newton Healthcare Foundation will be host to its third annual Pull! For Healthcare benefit trap shoot on June 6.

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Friendship and life skills in the show ring
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 5:02 pm

WINFIELD — Cowley County Extension, the Cowley County Sheep Show Committee and the Ark Valley Swine Association offered three unique educational experiences for Kansas 4-H and FFA youths during Memorial Day weekend at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

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Thursday 05/21/2015
4-H impacts local youths
Posted: May 21, 2015

4-H began more than 100 years ago and has grown to become the nation’s largest youth development organization.

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Leaves of three — let it be!
Posted: May 21, 2015

I’m certain that someone has told you this before in an attempt to keep you away from poison ivy: Leaves of three, let it be.

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Blankenship Farm host to Wheat Plot Tour and Field Day
Posted: May 21, 2015

UDALL — Around 51 wheat farmers gathered May 12 at the John Blankenship Farm, southwest of Udall, for the annual Wheat Plot Tour and Field Day, sponsored by Kansas State Research and Extension.

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All that glitters might be gold(fish)
Posted: May 21, 2015

WINFIELD — Aaron DeMoss was in for a couple of surprises May 13.

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Bicycle fun and learning at rodeo
Updated: May 21, 2015 - 11:46 pm

Aubrey Coursey, 3, receives a little helpful instruction during the Optimist Club’s annual Arkansas City Bicycle Rodeo on May 16 at Reedy Ford.

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Thursday 05/14/2015
May is Beef Month
Posted: May 14, 2015

May is Beef Month in Kansas. Please join Kansas cattle producers in celebrating the month and enjoying the high-quality, mouth-watering, grain-fed beef that Kansas is known for around the world.

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Summer safety
Posted: May 14, 2015

Before long, kids will toss their schoolbooks and pencils in the far corners of their rooms, don their Magellan garb and embark on a summer course of outdoor exploration.

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4-H teaches critical life skills
Posted: May 14, 2015

4-H got its start in Kansas as boys and girls clubs more than 100 years ago.

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Chinese delegation visits Kansas
Updated: May 14, 2015 - 10:38 pm

MANHATTAN — The Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas Department of Commerce were host to a Chinese agricultural delegation from Hebei Province on May 5-6.

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Ark City Farm and Art Market has new hours
Posted: May 14, 2015

The annual Arkansas City Farm and Art Market will return for 2015 on Tuesday.

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Thursday 05/07/2015
May garden calendar
Posted: May 07, 2015

Gardening calendars are one of the essential gardening tools for every gardener. My first news column of each month will be dedicated to the monthly gardening calendar.

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Kansas Bucket List launches campaign
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 9:23 pm

TOPEKA — Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison; Sporting KC’s Kevin Ellis; and other state and local officials kicked off National Travel and Tourism Week at the Museum at Prairiefire by revealing the Kansas Bucket List campaign.

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Emergency loans available from FSA
Posted: May 07, 2015

Farmers in Butler, Cowley, Elk and Sedgwick counties who suffered crop or livestock losses due to drought between April 7 and now may apply for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans, according to FSA farm loan manager Limual Vinson.

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Feeding Kansas
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 10:44 pm

PROTECTION — On the same farm where Andi and Kurt Dale raise cattle, pigs and chickens, they will attempt to grow cantaloupes and pumpkins this summer to sell to their neighbors.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Update on stripe, leaf rust update in winter wheat
Posted: April 30, 2015

Last week’s finding of stripe rust in south-central and southeast Kansas has stimulated a lot of questions and scouting activity in wheat.

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Tricks for Ticks
Posted: April 30, 2015

My wife’s dislike of ticks is legendary around our house. A friend of ours who mows around an old abandoned farmstead noticed recently that this year’s crop seems to be exceptional, and of course he told Joyce first, so I have heard about it numerous times already.

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Youths learn life skills from inside the show ring
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 12:01 am

The Cowley County 4-H Council was host to the 30th annual Cowley County Classic Steer and Heifer Show on Sunday at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

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Local Food and Farm Task Force to meet in Topeka
Posted: April 30, 2015

MANHATTAN — The Local Food and Farm Task Force will meet from 9 a.m. to noon May 8 at Room 142S in the Kansas Capitol.

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Wheat Plot Tours and Field Day open for all
Posted: April 30, 2015

WINFIELD — Area crop producers, agronomists, chemical applicators and anyone with an interest in agronomy or wheat production in south-central Kansas is invited to attend the Wheat Plot Tours and Field Day on May 12.

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Thursday 04/23/2015
The Kansas Garden Guide
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 9:29 pm

A well-planned and properly tended garden can provide for a family throughout the year. Most home gardeners agree that homegrown produce has the ultimate in vegetable flavor.

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Options available in Cowley
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Don’t like what your doing? Tired of doing the same old thing? Do you feel like you “can’t” do something? Do certain limitations keep you or your kids from participation in activities?

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Kansan offers testimony in support of lifting Cuban embargo
Posted: April 23, 2015

Manhattan — The chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry recently held a hearing on opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba.

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State park cleanup to be held Saturday
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 9:22 pm

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE); the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT); and Westar Energy will hold the second annual “Keep It Clean Kansas” state park cleanup event from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in recognition of Earth Day.

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Zip line at Outdoor Expo
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 9:28 pm

The zip line at the ropes course at Camp McFadden is one of the popular activities of the annual Outdoor Expo. This year’s Outdoor Expo is May 2-3 at the camp on the west shore of Kaw Lake in north-central Oklahoma. Admission is by donation, with $3 suggested at the gate. There is an additional charge of $5 for the zip line. For more information, call (580) 762-9955 or (580) 762-9494.

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Thursday 04/16/2015
If you love them, then leave them
Posted: April 16, 2015

One of our city employees called me at work today to tell me that an owl was perched in a tree in the city park, just a few feet above where the guys were cutting up a tree felled by a recent storm. He said it just sat there while they worked just below it, so he figured it was sick or injured.

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Priorities: Do you have the time?
Posted: April 16, 2015

How often to you feel like there isn’t enough time? Like you’re too busy?

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KSU lab reports increase in rabies
Posted: April 16, 2015

MANHATTAN — A Kansas State University laboratory that conducts tests on suspected cases of rabies in the state is reporting a spike in the number of positive results compared to the same period a year ago.

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Selecting just the right sweet corn
Posted: April 16, 2015

Ears of sweet corn are a popular addition to summer meals. The flavor and quality of freshly picked sweet corn is outstanding.

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Friday 04/10/2015
Feed ingredient buyers’ mission comes to Kansas
Posted: April 10, 2015

MANHATTAN — The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) and Food Export Midwest will be host to a value-added feed ingredients buyers’ mission in Kansas City, Kan., on June 1-2. The first of its kind for suppliers in Kansas, the buyers’ mission opens economic opportunities for value-added exports.

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State of wheat crop to be discussed
Posted: April 10, 2015

HACKNEY — K-State Research and Extension is teaming up with Kansas State Extension Agronomy to host the “The State of the 2015 Winter Wheat Crop” at 9 a.m. Monday at the Pleasant Valley Township Building in Hackney.

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KDA lifts bird flu restrictions
Posted: April 10, 2015

MANHATTAN (AP) — Kansas has lifted restrictions on the movement of poultry flocks in two counties imposed after a case of bird flu was confirmed last month.

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Help youths learn to cope with stress
Posted: April 10, 2015

Are you too busy? Do you feel like you’re run ragged, chasing your tail? Is your life so overscheduled that it’s stressing you out?

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Ensure a successful tomato crop start
Updated: April 10, 2015 - 12:18 am

Gardeners often try to get a jump on the season by planting tomatoes as early as possible. Though that can be successful, there are certain precautions that should be observed.

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Bridge painting on I-35, Turnpike to begin Monday
Posted: April 10, 2015

Wichita — Painting of seven bridges crossing the Kansas Turnpike in Butler County will begin Monday, weather permitting.

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Thursday 04/02/2015
Improving safety in highway work zones
Posted: April 02, 2015

TOPEKA — Supervisor Greg Bayless has seen far too many “near misses” in his years at the Kansas Department of Transportation office in Anthony.

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Updated resources and information available to aid farmers markets
Posted: April 02, 2015

MANHATTAN — In efforts to support farmers markets in the state continuously, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, through the From the Land of Kansas agriculture trademark program, has collected data and updated resources available to markets across the state on the From the Land of Kansas website.

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Kan. Farmers Union members participate in Family Farm Day
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 9:26 pm

TOPEKA — Kansas Farmers Union members participating in Kansas Family Farms Day gathered March 24 to dissuade legislators from considering several bills that potentially could be detrimental to rural communities.

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April garden calendar
Posted: April 02, 2015

Gardening calendars are one of the essential gardening tools for every gardener. My first column of each month will be dedicated to the monthly gardening calendar. These month-by-month tips will provide you with a list of the most appropriate tasks, maintenance, and projects that should be completed in your gardens, yards and flower beds.

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Kansas wildlife CSI
Posted: April 02, 2015

A coworker recently told me she saw her horses chasing a couple of animals across her pasture that were dark, about the size of raccoons, and had no visible tail. She told me a couple animals of the same description had run from her barn awhile back.

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Choose activities wisely
Posted: April 02, 2015

Spring break is over and believe it or not, the school year is beginning to wind down. This is a time when many parents are beginning to think about summer activities. We are blessed to live in a county that offers a plethora of activities for kids to take part in throughout the year, and summer is no exception.

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Friday 03/27/2015
Smoke model website now active
Posted: March 27, 2015

One of the key elements of the Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan is the smoke modeling decision-aid tools. The tools can be found at ksfire.sonoma-techdata.com/view/summary.

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Public water supply goal meetings
Posted: March 27, 2015

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KDHE launches online interest finder
Posted: March 27, 2015

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has launched the Kansas Environmental Interest Finder (KEIF). KEIF is a Web-based mapping application designed to identify sites in Kansas where there are potential environmental impacts. Those sites include facilities that are permitted or registered to use or store chemicals.

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Health to better living
Posted: March 27, 2015

I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.”

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Neera, a special pup, has new family
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 12:07 am

She was only 4 months old and already in trouble.

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Thursday 03/19/2015
4-H excels at regionals
Posted: March 19, 2015

Involvement in 4-H gives youths the opportunity to learn important life skills that help them to develop into responsible, productive citizens.

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