Mankato Chamber discusses community clean-up day
The regular meeting of the Mankato Chamber of Commerce was
held last Wednesday at Bob's Inn with 10 members present.
Brian Shulda, vice president, called the meeting to order. The minutes of the February meeting and the treasurer's report were read and approved. It was reported there are 54 members of the chamber.
Jewell County Foundation met and reported they exceeded the $50,000 they were hoping to raise.
The garden shed is now in place at the community garden. Sara Reiter reported what was left from the Dane Hansen Grant to spend on the garden. It was discussed what we would need. Jewell County Health Department and the Boy Scouts will be taking over the donation plots this year. Cindy Wagner of Golden Prairie Greenhouse, Smith Center, has donated seeds for the donation plots.
April 22 is the date set for the community clean-up. Brian Shulda and Jason Ortman are the contacts. Volunteers will meet at the park at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served to all volunteers.
Chris Rhea talked to the group about the trail clean-up to be held April 29. Volunteers are asked to meet at the park at 9 a.m. The clean-up will consist of trimming and cleaning up the trail.
Monica Walker gave an update on the Fun Run to be held the weekend of the Threshing Bee. There will be a 5K run and a half mile run for children up to 12 years. The starting line will be downtown Mankato this year.
On May 14, the chamber will host a Mother's Day luncheon. As in the past years, they will be asking for volunteers to work and make desserts.
The next meeting for the Mankato Chamber of Commerce will be May 10 at the Buffalo Roam. Michelle Griffin from North Central Kansas Coordinated Transit Council will be the guest speaker.
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arrests in aggravated robbery
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) announced that three arrests were made Thursday afternoon in connection to an aggravated robbery incident in Garnett.
Last Wednesday, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the Garnett Police Department responded to an aggravated robbery report at Papa's Front Porch Antiques, 618 East 6th in Garnett. Upon arriving at the scene, officers located a female victim who had been physically battered and robbed. She was transported to Anderson County Hospital for serious injuries sustained during the robbery.
On Thursday, as a result of investigative efforts by the KBI, the Garnett Police Department, the Anderson County Sheriff's Department and the Osawatomie Police Department, evidence was collected that led to the arrests of Billy Joe Waters, 43, Osawatomie; Harold Stults, 36, Osawatomie; and Daniel Vannorman, 30, Garnett. Vannorman was arrested in Garnett; Waters and Stults were arrested at separate locations in Osawatomie. Each arrest took place without incident. All three suspects were booked into the Anderson County Jail for aggravated robbery.
The investigation is ongoing, according to the Anderson County Attorney's Office.
Farmway, CVA boards okay next step in merger
After a review of the recently completed merger study, the
boards of directors of Farmway Co-op, Inc., and Central Valley
Ag both unanimously approved the next step in a merger of the
two cooperatives. The merger proposal will now be presented to
Farmway members for a vote.
"By combining two strong financially-stable cooperatives in a merger, a unified cooperative would provide the opportunity for expanded services and facilities, increased savings and accelerated equity redemptions for the benefit of our member-owners," said Tim Porter, Farmway's board chairman. "The board of directors asks for member-owner support by voting 'yes' to the unification."
The results of the merger study were conclusive and both boards felt strongly in proceeding with a merger of CVA and Farmway," said Dave Beckman, chairman of the board for Central Valley Ag. "The study outlined benefits in terms of improved efficiencies and cost savings, which we feel will bring additional value to members of both cooperatives.
Initial merger discussions between the cooperatives began in January 2017, with the respective boards meeting this month to unanimously approve the merger. Farmway will host area informational meetings next month, starting with the Farmway annual meeting on May 4, so members can better understand the results of the recently completed merger study and ask questions regarding the proposed merger. Shortly thereafter, Farmway will hold a series of voting meetings for the membership to vote regarding the merger. Farmway voting members are highly encouraged to attend these meetings and vote.
For the merger to be finalized, Farmway members must approve by a super majority, which is defined as 66 percent.
Farmway is headquartered in Beloit and has 37 facilities across nine counties in northcentral Kansas, offering energy, agronomy, feed and grain solutions. Central Valley Ag is a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in York with locations in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, providing products and services in grain, agronomy, feed and energy.
Report changes to farmland, operations
If you have made changes to your farming operation this year,
report these changes to your county office as soon as possible.
Neglecting this housekeeping chore can result in not receiving
needed notifications as well as late, missed, or improper payments.
Some examples of changes that need reported to FSA are name, address,
or bank account changes, restructuring of entities such as trusts
or corporations, purchasing or selling land, and changes in land
When changes in farm ownership or operation take place, a farm reconstitution may be necessary. The reconstitution, or recon, is the process of combining or dividing farms or tracts of land based on the farming operation.
To be effective for the current Fiscal Year (FY), farm combinations and farm divisions must be requested by Aug. 1 of the Fiscal Year for farms subject to the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program. A reconstitution is considered to be requested when all required signatures are received on form FSA-155 and other applicable documentation, such as proof of ownership, is submitted. Total Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and non-ARC/PLC farms may be reconstituted at any time.
These changes may also require producers update their CCC-902 Farm Operating Plan.
Agricultural producers are also reminded to consult with FSA and NRCS before breaking out new ground for production purposes, as doing so without prior authorization may put a producer's federal farm program benefits in jeopardy. This is especially true for land that must meet Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions.
Producers with HEL determined soils are required to apply tillage, crop residue and rotational requirements as specified in their conservation plan. Producers should notify FSA as a first point of contact prior to conducting land clearing or drainage type projects to ensure the proposed actions meet compliance criteria such as clearing any trees to create new cropland, then these areas will need to be reviewed to ensure such work will not risk your eligibility for benefits.
Landowners and operators complete the form AD-1026 - Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification to identify the proposed action and allow FSA to determine whether a referral to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for further review is necessary.
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