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Schmitz receives FFA Award

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Audrey Schmitz of the Axtell FFA was recognized during the FFA Convention in Manhattan held last week. Schmitz received a State FFA Proficiency Award in Dairy Production Entrepreneurship for outstanding accomplishments she has made in developing programs that will prepare her for a career in agriculture. The daughter of Joseph and Amy Schmitz, she plans to attend KSU after high school and ... Read More »

Expiration deadline for FSA Loan Assistance approaching

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The expiration date for filing applications for Emergency Disaster (EM) loans by farmers and ranchers in Marshall, Nemaha, Pottawatomie and Riley Counties is May 1, 2013, according to Kay A. McCoy, Farm Loan Manager, for the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Those needing farm credit as a result of drought, excessive heat and high winds on January 1, 2012 and continuing ... Read More »

Kansas Farmers Union holding workshop Saturday

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Kansas Farmers Union will be hosting a Beginning Farming Workshop this Saturday, January 26 from 9-5 at Nelson’s Landing Restaurant in Leonardville.  There will be several different speakers talking about the financial aspect of farm transitioning, sustainable agriculture, farm to school program, and an attorney specializing in real estate and contract matters will be there as part of the class.  ... Read More »

FSA loans available to Marshall and Nemaha County farmers

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“Farmers in Marshall and Nemaha Counties, who suffered crop or livestock losses due to drought occurring November 15, 2012 and continuing may now apply for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans,” FSA Farm Loan Manager Kay a. McCoy, said today. Pottawatomie and Riley Counties also became eligible under existing legislation which provides that farmers in counties bordering on those which ... Read More »

Fire Destroys Baler, Buildings and Hay Field.

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  The Washington, Hanover, Steele City, Diller and Hollenberg fire departments were called out to a fire north of Washington, not far from the Nebraska border. According to Jerry Aldridge, Washington Rural Fire Chief a baler caught fire and started a field on fire.  The fire spread to an abandoned farm and destroyed several small buildings.  Aldridge said they remained ... Read More »

Gage County Third Graders Farm Education Event

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Third graders in Gage County will enjoy a day on the farm this Wednesday.  The youth will be provided with seven stations to learn about life on the farm.  Sessions will include information about cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, grain and farm-to-table.  The event is sponsored by the Gage County Agricultural Society and the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Office. Read More »

2012 Farm Tractor / Machinery Safety Certification Training

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      All youth, ages 14 or 15-years old, who plan to work with farm machinery for someone other than their parent(s) or guardian(s), are encouraged to complete safety certification training in 2012. Since 1968, the Department of Labor has allowed non-farm youth (who do not have a parent(s), guardian(s), or family corporation owning farmland) to legally operate farm tractors / ... Read More »

Department Of Labor Attempting to Regulate Child Labor on Farms

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Senator Jerry Moran announced the Department of Labor (DOL) would withdraw and “re-propose” the parental exemption portion of its proposed rule to regulate the activities of youth in agriculture. If the rule had been implemented as it was written, parents would no longer have discretion over the responsibilities they gave their children on farms or ranches jointly owned and operated ... Read More »

Four State Agreement Allows Farmers to Operate Vehicles Without a CDL

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In a deal with Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma, Kansas farmers will be able to operate farm vehicles across three state lines without getting a commercial driver‘s license. Drivers with valid non-commercial licenses may operate farm vehicles within 150 air miles of their property. The vehicle must be used only to transport agricultural products, farm machinery or farm supplies for the ... Read More »

Waterville Barn Destroyed by Fire

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Fire destroyed a large horse barn north of Waterville midday Monday.  Waterville and Blue Rapids Fire Departments responded to the David Smerchek farm located at 422 Temple Road.  A large horse barn was completely engulfed destroying thousands of dollars in horse tack and related equipment.  The barn was a total loss and one horse did have to be euthanized due ... Read More »