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Author Archives: Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".

Time Running Out for CRP Burning

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It’s been hard to miss the plums of smoke that have dotted the landscape from controlled burns on CRP acres the past month or so. It’s also hard to not notice the places where those controlled burns misfired and became dangerous prairie fires. Area farmers have just two days left to meet the burn requirement on their CRP acres. Jim ... Read More »

Confirmation Hearing Near End for Sebelius

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It looks like Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius will soon be the former Governor of Kansas. That change in status could come as soon as the end of this week. With the Senate Committee’s vote that is scheduled for tomorrow, the full Senate should get the opportunity to vote on the Governor’s cabinet position nomination either Wednesday or Thursday. Sebelius’ ties ... Read More »

CRP Contracts

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On the heels of recent stops in the area by First District U.S. Congressman Jerry Moran, a Moran letter being fired off to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The letter asks the Ag. Secretary to make a final decision and announcement as soon as possible about whether extensions will be offered to expiring 2009 Conservation Reserve Program or CRP contracts. ... Read More »

New Hurdle for Sebelius Nomination for HHS Secretary

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Another money-related hurdle has been placed in Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ quest to become a part of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as head of Health and Human Services. This time the flap is over campaign contributions, not taxes. Sebelius admitted in a written statement to members of the Senate Finance Committee that she accepted $12,450 between 1994 and 2001 from ... Read More »

Senator Lee Comments On State Budget

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Last week was the last week of the regular session of the Kansas Legislature. After a three week break, legislators will return to Topeka for the wrap-up session which is expected to end sometime in mid-May. This past week the Senate and the House gave final approval to the fiscal year 2010 budget bill. 36th District State Senator Janis Lee ... Read More »

ACRE Program sign up extended

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August 14th of this year is the new deadline from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for farmers wanting to enroll in the 2009 Farm Program DCP –ACRE Program and Pulse Base Acres extension. The base year prices and yields have been set for Kansas in the ACRE Program with a sign up date that will probably be set sometime in ... Read More »