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Agwire: Election underway for the 2018 County Committee

An election for USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s Osage County Committee is underway. Every eligible producer is encouraged to participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and USDA. The 2018 election in Osage County will be conducted for the representative of Local Administrative Area No. 2, the northwest corner of the county west of U.S. Highway 75, and north of 237th Street.

County committee members are a critical component of FSA operations. Committees should be comprised of members who reflect the diversity of producers involved in production agriculture in Osage County. This means that producers representing under served groups or communities should be on the committee to speak on behalf of their constituency.

Under served producers are beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers and land owners or operators who have limited resources. Other minority groups including Native American and Alaska Natives, persons under the poverty level, and persons that have disabilities are also considered under served.

County committee election ballots were to be mailed to eligible voters on Nov. 5, 2018. The last day to return completed ballots to the Osage County USDA service center is Dec. 3, 2018.

Extension schedules beef meeting to discuss winter feeding options, livestock theft

“Options for Feeding the Cowherd” and “Livestock Thefts in Kansas” will be the topics covered at a beef meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 27, 2018, at the Overbrook Livestock Commission Company, 305 W. First St., Overbrook, Kan.

This summer’s drought and the lateness of spring have left many producers short of hay for the winter feeding period. The hay shortage coupled with droughty pasture conditions has led to more corn being cut for silage than any time in the recent past. Questions have come up, like, “What’s the best way for me to feed my cows through the winter?” “Do I limit the time they can eat hay?” “Can I put them on grain?” and “How much silage should I feed?” Jaymelynn Farney, KSU beef systems specialist, will discuss these items and many more.

The second topic of the evening will be “Livestock Theft in Kansas.” Kendal Lothman, special agent with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office assigned to the Livestock and Brands Investigation Unit, will be on hand to discuss his role in livestock theft investigations. He will explain how he becomes involved in an investigation. He will also describe case trends, such as when most thefts are reported and how the cattle market affects his case load. Lothman will also give producers ideas of what they can do to reduce the risk of cattle theft.

Time will be allotted at the end of the presentations for questions. For more information about the meeting, call Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, at 785-828-4438, or email [email protected].

Meeting to explore potential benefits of local prescribed burn association

A meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 13, 2018, at the community building in Garnett to discuss the benefits that a local prescribed burn association could have in the community. Local producers are encouraged to attend the meeting and discuss the benefits of burning, the challenges of burning, and learn how a prescribed burn association can assist in conducting a safe prescribed burn.

Grasslands constitute significant economic, biological, recreational, and aesthetic resources of statewide importance. Fire is essential to the maintenance and improvement of a large percentage of these acres. There are many benefits to conducting prescribed burns on grasslands every three to five years, including invasive species management, wildlife habitat improvement and improved grassland health. Working together as a prescribed burn association, landowners can achieve more successful and safer burns.

According to the Kansas Prescribed Fire Council, more than 95 percent of burns conducted by trained and cooperating association members stay within designated boundaries and less than 1 percent require fire department assistance.

Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health, and reduce wildfire risk. No other tool can so effectively remove the hazardous buildup of wild land fuels.

Land and water stewards sought for annual conservation awards

Tallgrass prairie in the Kansas Flint Hills. Photo USFWS.

The Kansas Conservation Awards Program, sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association, will once again be held in Osage County. The KBA, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Tourism have established six award categories, including energy conservation, water quality, water conservation, soil conservation, windbreaks and wildlife habitat.

The purpose of the program is to stimulate a greater interest in the conservation of agricultural and natural resources of Kansas. Each year more than 200 Kansas producers and landowners are recognized through this program. Nominations for these awards can be made by any person in the county. Information about these awards can be picked up at the local Extension office or by visiting the K-State Research and Extension website:

Nomination forms are available at the Osage County Conservation District office or the Frontier Extension District office in Lyndon, the Bank of Burlingame or the Bank of Osage City. Or contact the Extension office at 785-828-4438 for a nomination form to be mailed to you. Nomination forms should be completed and returned to the Frontier Extension District, PO Box 400, Lyndon, KS 66451, by Oct. 31, 2018.

Upon receipt of the nomination forms, a committee chaired by Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, will select this year’s winners. Winners will be recognized at the Osage County Conservation District’s annual meeting.

Chamber Chatter: Beer aficionados invited to Septemberfest

By Jeanette Swarts
Osage City Chamber Executive Director

Osage City Chamber Festival of Beer Sept. 29

Come sample dozens of craft and import beers featuring several brewed right here in Kansas. Enjoy the music of The Bryton Stoll Band while satisfying your hunger from the Saucy Lady BBQ food truck.

There will be a raffle table with drawings for some awesome craft beer related items. Every taster will get a sample glass to take home. Event will be 4-7 p.m. Sept. 29, at the Osage City fairgrounds pavilion. Ticket sales benefit the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, which in turn benefits The Warmth Fund, ECAT, college scholarships for high school seniors, and the July 4 fireworks, among others.

Advance tickets are $25 with tickets at the gate $30. Tickets are available at Jerry’s Thriftway, Stark Car Wash, Bank of Osage City, all in Osage City, or Mulready’s Pub, Emporia, and online at All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

Chamber selects Shaffers’ lawn as Osage City yard of the month for September

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has selected Robert and Cheryl Shaffer’s yard as the Osage City’s Yard of the Month for the month of September. With the assistance of Mother Nature providing the area some much needed rain, Robert and Cheryl’s yard in Osage City became green again along with their beautiful and intriguing landscape areas. Their home is located at 849 Romine Ridge, Osage City.

September marks the fourth and final month of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s recognition of the “Yard of the Month” for 2018. Recognition is given during the period of June through September.

ECKAN partners with Topeka credit counselors to offer financial class

ECKAN Osage County has partnered with Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. to offer a free informative class on budgeting, emergency funds, savings, handling debt, credit scores, impacts to financial security, and dealing with collections.

This program is open to individuals whose income is under 125 percent of the federal poverty level and space is limited to 25 people, who must qualify to attend. Proof of income prior to attending class is required.

The class will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at the Osage City Public Library, 515 Main St., Osage City.

Attendees will receive a light meal and Osage City Chamber Bucks for attending.

For more information or to qualify for the program, contact the ECKAN office at 785-528-5184, 530 Holliday St., Osage City, or [email protected].

Edward Jones named one of ‘50 Companies That Care’ and a great place to work

PEOPLE magazine and Great Place to Work have honored Edward Jones as one of People’s “50 Companies That Care,” a ranking based on the firm’s associate feedback about how their workplace makes a difference in their lives and their communities.

Edward Jones offers financial services through advisers at local branch offices throughout the United States and Canada (through its affiliate). Locally, financial adviser Robyn Williams maintains the Edward Jones branch office at 516 Market St., Osage City, Kan. Mandi Potter is the senior branch office administrator, and Jen Koch is the branch office administrator.

PEOPLE magazine’s rankings represent feedback from more than 4.5 million employees across the U.S. The magazine partnered with Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and consulting firm, to analyze employees’ survey feedback and to consider each organization’s benefits, philanthropic and community support. Edward Jones took the No. 5 spot on the list.

Osage County AgWire: Disaster program compensates producers for forage losses

Producers in Osage County are eligible to apply for 2018 Livestock Forage Disaster Program benefits on native pasture, and improved pasture. LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffer grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately owned or cash leased land, or fire on federally managed land.

County committees can only accept LFP applications after notification is received by the national office of a qualifying drought, or if a federal agency prohibits producers from grazing normal permitted livestock on federally managed lands due to qualifying fire.

Eligible livestock producers must submit appropriate form and required supporting documentation no later than Jan. 30, 2019, for 2018 losses.

Tradition of resident care continues at Osage City’s Peterson Assisted Living

Many have heard about the closing of longtime Osage City business, Peterson Health Care, Inc., which has been a central fixture in Osage City since 1976. Maybe not as well understood, though, is that one family’s legacy of caring for people will continue just across the street at Peterson Assisted Living.

Crystal Peterson owns both businesses, with Peterson Health Care offering nursing home services since 1976, and a sister business, Peterson Assisted Living, beginning in 1996. The recent sale of the nursing home was part of Peterson’s plan for retirement.

“When all of my children graduated from college was when I planned to retire,” Peterson said recently. “The last one graduated in May.”

She explained the sale of the nursing home was the first step for reducing her business involvements, but retirement plans still include continuing her family’s business of caring for people. Peterson noted she first began in the nursing home business when she was a child. Her grandparents offered rooms in their home, caring for the elderly and infirm, starting in the 1950s.

“It started as a little house with four rooms for the people my grandparents took in,” she said.

As Peterson grew up, it was common for her to spend time reading with residents at her grandparents’ home or cranking the player piano for their daily entertainment.

“It was part of my life, going there every day after school,” she remembered.

As an adult, Peterson continued that tradition of caring, eventually operating the nursing center and neighboring assisted living facility in the 600 block of Holliday Street.

“We were dedicated to providing the best experience, whether at the assisted living or across the street,” she said. “And throughout the years, we were committed to this community.”

With the assisted living facility continuing, Peterson said the business will continue to provide the best experience for residents.

Peterson noted that a dedicated staff is in place at the facility, with Tricia Gundy serving as director.

“I’ve worked side by side with Tricia for the last five years,” Peterson said. “I feel very confident in trusting her in that job.”

Gundy previously served as rehabilitation director at Peterson Health Care.

The staff at 20-apartment facility provides the best homelike atmosphere as possible. As an assisted living facility, such things as medication management and meal preparation are included in the cost of living there. While the level of care is different than a nursing home, residents at the assisted living also have access to outside agency assistance, such as for speech therapy or other rehabilitation therapies.

Chamber Chatter: Volunteers, organizations, participants wrap up successful county fair

By Jeanette Swarts
Osage City Chamber of Commerce

The Osage County Fair Association worked hard this year to have this be one of the best fairs so far. Activities from Wednesday, June 27, 2018, through Saturday, June 30, included exhibits, 4-H activities and competition, Chamber of Commerce Parade, live band, family fun night, pie contest, carnival, cooking demonstration, Shootin’ Hoops 3 on 3 basketball tournament, football 7 on 7 tournament, pet shows, antique tractor show and pull, kids pedal tractor pull, barnyard Olympics, 5K “Glow Run Run”, and a dance party.

2018 Osage City Fair Parade celebrates patriotism

The annual fair parade, sponsored by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, was Thursday, June 28, 2018. The theme for the parade this year was “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue”.

Diane Michael, parade chairman, did a fantastic job coordinating a variety of entries including the Boy Scouts of Osage City starting the parade as flag bearers, emergency vehicles, including the city and county law enforcement, ambulance and fire department, parade marshal Mary Lou Estes and Mr. and Mrs. Osage City Jerry and Marilyn Giesy, floats, golf carts/ATVs, band, politicians, antique tractors, horses, and others. Even though the heat index was very extreme at parade time, the participants were eager to have a great time and the spectators seemed to enjoy the entries.

Osage County sizzles in drought with scant rainfall, high temperatures

With Osage County and portions of Kansas under a state-issued drought emergency declaration, the federal government has authorized emergency grazing of some of the state’s Conservation Reserve Program acres. The governor had earlier authorized use of state lakes for water sources for counties designated in a drought emergency.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced today additional authorization of Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency grazing for 44 counties in Kansas, including Osage County.

Earlier in the month, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued a drought declaration for the state, which included all 105 counties in drought emergency, warning or watch status; 50 counties are in emergency status.

The declaration allows individuals and communities in counties in emergency stage to be eligible for use of water from certain state fishing lakes and some federal reservoirs. Anyone needing water from the designated lakes must contact Kansas Water Office for a water supply request prior to any withdrawals.

Likewise, eligible producers interested in emergency grazing of CRP must request approval through their local FSA before grazing eligible acreage, and obtain a modified conservation plan from the NRCS that includes grazing provisions.

The governor’s declaration is in effect until rescinded by executive order; emergency grazing of CRP is authorized through Sept. 30, 2018.

Officials cited livestock water shortages, low flows at some reservoirs, and outlook of persistent drought as reasons for the statewide drought declaration. Some areas of Kansas are behind more than 15 inches in moisture for the year, and outlooks indicate continuing above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

Ag meeting in Burlingame: Utilizing cover crops as a forage

Does the drought have you wondering how you will feed your livestock this fall and winter? Cover crops can provide additional forage for livestock and improve soil health in crop fields.

Local conservation agencies will host a meeting on utilizing cover crops as forage at 7 p.m. July 24, 2018, at the Masonic Lodge, 106 E. Fremont Ave., Burlingame.

Pomona Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy, K-State Research and Extension and Osage County Conservation District will host the meeting that will also cover electric fence components and installation, USDA programs to help with water supply, and financial assistance.

Carbondale farmer directs community grant to Osage County 4-H Council

David Badger presents a $2,500 grant to Osage County 4-H members. Courtesy photo.

CARBONDALE, Kan. – A local farmer has partnered with the Monsanto Company to give back to his community. David Badger, Carbondale, has directed a $2,500 grant to the Osage County 4-H Council as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

Grow Communities provides farmers the opportunity to support nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice.

As part of its mission, the Osage County 4-H Council will use the funds to continue to promote the work the council does in helping with 4-H activities and promoting the great life skills that the 4-H program provides.

“We are so appreciative that David chose the 4-H program to donate the money to,” said Janae McNally, Frontier Extension District 4-H agent. “We are very fortunate to have community supporters like David who want to see the program continue to grow and thrive in Osage County.”

Ag Wire: Local county committee election covers northwest Osage County

Farm Service Agency county committee members are an important component of FSA operations and provide a link between the agricultural community and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs, conservation programs, incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities, emergency programs, and eligibility. FSA county committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.

The COC nomination period runs from June 15, 2018, through Aug. 1, 2018. Local Administrative Area No. 2, the northwest portion of Osage County, will be the local election area for 2018.

Osage County USDA will be hosting a county committee election informational meeting at 10 a.m. July 18, 2018, at the USDA Service Center, 115 W. 17th St., Lyndon.

Osage County EMS recognized for care of cardiac and stroke patients

Osage County EMS has been recognized with the 2018 Bronze Plus Mission: Lifeline award by the American Heart Association. This is the third consecutive year that OCEMS has received the award, which recognizes the company for its care of patients suffering heart attack or coronary conditions.

OCEMS service director Donna Connell noted, “A dedicated staff of EMTs and paramedics, progressive protocols, EKG transmission capabilities, and aggressive education have benefited their patients. This award recognizes that system of care for cardiac and stroke patients.”

This year the AHA utilized a more rigorous set of performance measures to evaluate the participants. Those measures included not only patients experiencing a heart attack, but all acute coronary syndromes, cardiac arrests, and stroke patients. OCEMS exceeded the goals of previous years to meet the more stringent criteria and received the Bronze Plus award for their efforts.

Diehl retires; Willow Brook Insurance passes on with integrity

LYNDON, Kan. – There is going to be a little more relaxation going on out by Willow Brook soon. After 15 years of operating an independent insurance agency, Ardis Ann Diehl has sold Willow Brook Insurance and is planning her retirement from the Lyndon business.

While things will be easygoing for Diehl now, the transition might be harder on customers and friends who have relied on Diehl to help them with their insurance needs throughout the years. But, she said her customers were on her mind as she made arrangements to transfer the agency to another company.

Diehl said it was important to her to pass her customers’ trust on to a respected company with ties to rural community such as Lyndon, and someone who shares her loyalty to God, family, country, and hard work. She said she thinks she found the right company in Integrity Insurance Agency, which will take over her accounts effective July 1, 2018.

“For my customers, I want to make this as easy as possible,” Diehl said.

Integrity Insurance Agency is operated by Jan and Marshall Madill, of Overbrook, with offices in Topeka and Burlington. A Lyndon office will be open by the time the transition is completed.

The only changes customers should notice are a different voice on the telephone and a different agent’s name on the policy declaration page, Diehl said.

Chamber Chatter: Osage City Municipal Golf Course opens for businesses

Osage City Golf Course board members welcomed Chamber members for an “After Hours” in April; from left, Dave Wiley, Gordon Worthing, Kim Bergquist, Clint Silver, Richard Burkdoll, and Matt Harmon. Chamber photo.

By Jeanette Swarts, Chamber Director

The Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” is a quarterly networking event held for Chamber members and guests. Attendees have the opportunity to become acquainted with the businesses and patrons in the community.

The Osage City Municipal Golf Course hosted an After Hours Mixer on April 27, 2018. Approximately 20 attended the event. Everyone enjoyed delicious snacks and beverages and good conversation.

The course is in great shape and the golf board members would like to encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a game of golf. Available are a variety of memberships to join which include single, family and student. The spacious club house is also available to rent for meetings, parties and receptions. Sunday morning breakfast is also served during selected months throughout the year. Many tournaments are hosted throughout the year at the course.

Scheduled plans for future “After Hours” will be ECAT in July, Peterson’s Assisted Living in September, and Ramblin’ Rose in December.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships

Chamber scholarship recipients, Georgia Hutton and Carter Swindale.

This year, the Chamber received several excellent applications for the scholarships. The applicants demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievements and community service. The scholarship requires students to submit an application, two letters of reference, an official transcript, and an essay covering “the advantages of owning and operating a business in a small town.”

The revenue from the $5 that residents pay to be listed on the maps for the spring and fall garage sales goes directly for these two scholarships.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce was pleased to announce Georgia Hutton and Carter Swindale as the 2018 recipients of the $250 scholarships.

USDA designates 10 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 10 counties in Kansas, including Osage County, as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. The designated counties include Clay, Geary, Lyon, Pottawatomie, Shawnee, Coffey, Jackson, Osage, Riley, and Wabaunsee.

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Kansas also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are: Allen, Cloud, Greenwood, Nemaha, Anderson, Dickinson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Atchison, Douglas, Marshall, Washington, Brown, Franklin, Morris, Woodson, and Chase.

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of May 10, 2018, to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster.

RCIL to host free employment skills class

Resource Center for Independent Living is hosting a class on job preparation, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Emporia.

Topics will include job search, resumes, interviewing, and more. The class is free and open to all persons; those with disabilities who are interested in working are especially encouraged to attend.

The class will be held at RCIL, 215 W. Sixth Ave., Suite 202, Emporia. The morning session will cover job searches, resumes, and the interview process. The afternoon session will feature presentations by Working Healthy and Kansas Works, and vocational rehabilitation.

For more information, accommodation requests, or to RSVP, contact Adam Burnett at RCIL at 800-580-7245 or [email protected]. Snacks and drinks will be provided; RSVP by May 21.

Chamber Chatter: Spring brings ‘busy-ness’ to businesses

Mother Nature did not deliver favorable weather for city’s BBQ weekend

Attendance at the Friday night, April 6, 2018, Taste of Osage City event was diminished due to the colder temperatures. The participating teams still furnished their favorite meals; however, a lot of the spectators ended up making their purchase and taking it home to eat. Corey Linton reported that 104 teams competed in the sanctioned barbecue contest on Saturday. He did have a few teams that canceled due to the weather.

Car show cancelled

Due to inclement weather, The Twin Lakes Cruisers canceled the Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show that was to have been held in downtown Osage City on Saturday, April 7. Predicted snow and low temperatures are not conducive conditions for car show participants or spectators. Orgnanizers had received 91 pre-registrations. They were given the option to have their fee refunded or apply toward next year’s event. The huge majority chose to apply toward next year. They had very positive comments regarding the decision to cancel and also compliments on the quality of shows as they look forward to coming back each year. The participation has been approximately 300 for the past several years. The Twin Lakes Cruisers are looking forward to next year’s event which will mark their 15th year.

Chamber after hours

Lusk Properties hosted a Chamber of Commerce After Hours on Sunday April 15, at 8411 W. 273rd St., in Barclay, at a large house that has recently been renovated by James Lusk and is now available to rent. Also celebrated was Ann Lusk’s 90th birthday. Approximately 70 people attended. Guests enjoyed touring the house, visiting and refreshments. The house has five bedrooms and is located on six acres.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce offers a $250 scholarship to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating from Osage City High School. Application deadline was April 20, 2018. The revenue from the $5 that residents pay to be listed on the maps for the spring and fall garage sales goes directly for these two scholarships. The recipients of the 2018 scholarship were to be announced at the May 2 high school awards ceremony.

Congratulations to Osage City graduates

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2018. Best wishes to each of you in continuing your future endeavors of college, technical school, employment, or where ever your interests may lead you.

2018 Osage County Fair plans are in progress – theme “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue”

In the near future, the fairgrounds, Lions Club food stand, 4-H barns and pavilion, parade route will be in full swing with a lot of activity going on. June 27-30, 2018, are the dates for the Osage County Fair, in Osage City. Diane Michael is in charge of the parade which will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 28. She is working diligently getting information out to the businesses and organizations to plan to participate in the parade this year. She is hoping to make it a fun filled event this year. If you have any questions or would like information regarding an entry in the parade contact Diane Michael at [email protected] or 785-608-2277.

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