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Posted Feb 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM

US crop prices have been stagnating in recent months, signaling another tough year for US farmers. The USDA is projecting that net cash income will drop 22% in 2015, the biggest year-over-year drop for farmers since the Great Depression.Worst-hit have been the corn and wheat markets, which are near four-year lows due to robust harvests and waning demand from China. Meanwhile, hog producers have seen the value of their animals cut in half during the last year.Other markets like...

Posted Feb 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM

In a world where we wear activity trackers on our wrist to count the number of steps taken and set alarms on our phones to remind us to move every hour, it is not a surprise our children are following in our inactive footsteps. Long gone are the...

Posted Feb 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

From Sean Penn and the Oscars to Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly at their cable TV perches, and with a dash of national security issues for good measure, we're "all atwitter" — literally.Twitter — the 140-character social...

Updated Feb 25, 2015 at 8:43 AM

The way I see it, we have two choices.We can set up our economic system so that every able-bodied person who wants to work hard can succeed.Or we can keep wages so low that many full-time workers will need government...

Posted Feb 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM

When Gov. Brownback spoke to Kansans in his state-of-the-state address last month, he called for a school finance formula that “should reflect real-world costs and put dollars in classrooms with real students, not in bureaucracy and...

Posted Feb 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM

One Friday afternoon a few weeks ago about 4pm, I got a call from one the fine reporters at our fine local newspaper. He wanted to ask me a few questions about a bill that has been put before our legislature that would prevent college professors...

Posted Feb 23, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Every spring, the ritual continues. Farmers, stockmen and landowners continue to use fire as a range management tool while maintaining the economic viability of the Flint Hills.Viewed up close or at a distance, prairie fires are riveting.

Posted Feb 23, 2015 at 2:30 PM

We are nearing a prime time to apply chemical controls for Musk thistles. When temperatures warm up in the spring and musk thistles begin to grow they are more easily controlled by foliar sprays, particularly while they are in the rosette stage...

Posted Feb 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM

This coming April, retired Corps ranger Rich Abdoler and I will take some folks out who would like to find mushrooms and teach them how to find them.We will take them to some backwoods areas on Truman Lake via pontoon boat, have a big fish...

Posted Feb 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The bleary-eyed, two block trudge to the church to serve six o’clock Mass when I was ten years old was not something I relished on any morning, but in the winter I deplored it.Feared it really.It was the cold wind that scared...

Posted Feb 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM

I think I am going to build myself a 12- or 14-foot wooden johnboat to use on some of the local rivers, like my dad and grandfather once built to use on the Big Piney. I have several boats for rivers of all sizes, a 19-foot square-stern canoe and...

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