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Frontier Extension District names McFarland as director

Frontier Extension District has announced that Rebecca McFarland has been named as director  of the district. McFarland has been a member of the Frontier Extension District team since the district’s formation in 2010 and prior to that served as the family and consumer sciences agent for Franklin County from 1996 to 2010. McFarland has spent her entire professional career in the cooperative extension system and just completed her 26th year.

Since July 2014, McFarland has served in various leadership roles. She currently serves as a co-leader for the Stress and Resiliency Transdisciplinary Team formed in 2019. She helped lead efforts in addressing behavioral health issues and concerns identified for K-State Research and Extension professionals and Kansans related to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also a member of the KSRE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work Group.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve as director of the Frontier Extension District,” McFarland said. “We have a dedicated staff, and board that is passionate about serving the people across our district. We will continue to work together to address critical issues facing our communities and be innovative and creative in our engagement and delivery.”

Ten-digit dialing begins soon in Kansas area codes 785 and 620

TOPEKA – Kansans that live in area codes 785 or 620 will soon be required to use 10-digit dialing when making local calls. This change will make it easier for persons in crisis to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Last July, the Federal Communications Commission approved 988 as the new abbreviated number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. As a result, any area code that uses the 988 prefix in telephone numbers is mandated by the FCC to adopt 10-digit dialing. That includes Kansas area codes 785 and 620, which cover the majority of the state. In total, 82 area codes in 36 states will make the change.

As it will take time to get in the habit of using 10-digit dialing (example: 785-XXX-XXXX), a practice period has been established. Callers are encouraged to begin using 10-digit calling on April 24, 2021. Any calls dialed with 7-digits will still go through during this practice period.

Beginning Oct. 24, 2021, callers in 785 and 620 area codes must use 10-digit dialing or the call will not go through. The only exceptions are any three digit abbreviated numbers available in the community, such as 911. Callers will still dial 1 and the area code and telephone number for all long distance calls.

Beginning July 16, 2022, callers can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 988. Until then, callers can dial 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

Osage City opens up garages and yards for spring citywide sales

Osage City is opening its garage doors, driveways and yards to shoppers Friday and Saturday. The town’s citywide garage sales are this weekend, April 16 and 17, 2021, hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has produced at map that lists sales all over town and designates which section of town and the types of goods for sale. Maps will be available Friday and Saturday at Casey’s, BP, Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City Hall, and Osage City Library, and on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Donations received for listing sales and for advertising on the map are used for a scholarship for a graduating senior from Osage City High School.

For more information, contact Tricia Gundy, Osage City Chamber garage sale committee chairperson, at 785-528-3301, or Peterson Assisted Living, 629 Holliday St., Osage City.

Also remember you can post your own garage sale for free on Osage County News at www.osagecountyonline.com/place-your-own-garage-yard-sale-ad.

Chamber Chatter: Springtime sprouts activity in local business community

Osage City spring citywide garage sales, April 16-17, 2021

The holidays have been over for a couple months, the ground hog saw his shadow; however, spring time is just around the corner and it is time to get ready to do some spring cleaning. It will soon be that time of the year to sign up for the spring Osage City citywide garage sales, set for April 16 and 17, 2021. This is a great opportunity to get rid of some of that “stuff” you never use and free up some space.

To sign up, contact Tricia Gundy at 785-528-3301 or 785-219-9727. She has revised the area map and is more user friendly, providing a chart for the type of items at the garage sales. She will need your name – as you want it listed on the map, address, a phone number in case of questions about the sale, if you are having the sale Friday and Saturday or Saturday only, what area you are on the map, type of items that you will be selling, and a $5 donation fee. Gundy is also working to make the map available per the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and website. The proceeds go towards a scholarship awarded every year to two Osage City High School graduates. The deadline for adding a sale to the garage sale map is 5 p.m. April 13.


Edward Jones Investments relocates to new office

Dec. 22, 2020, marked the first day of relocation for the Osage City Edward Jones office. Financial advisor Robyn Williams and her team moved east on Market Street one block, from 516 Market St., where the office had been located for 27 years, to 622 Market St.

New Edward Jones office at 622 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

Williams has been an Edward Jones financial advisor for more than 24 years and works to understand the individual goals of her clients prior to assisting them with their financial needs. Her primary goal is to help individual investors develop an investment strategy geared toward their family’s long-term goals. Her team has built their business by treating their clients as they would want to be treated.

Robyn graduated from Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s degree in business communications, a finance minor and a leadership studies certification. She began her career with Edward Jones in Beloit, Kan., in 1996; then moved to Emporia, Kan., before taking over as the financial advisor in Osage City in June 2001. In August 2008, she earned the accredited asset management specialist designation from the College of Financial Planning. She celebrated her 25-year anniversary with Edward Jones on March 4.

In her Osage City office, Williams is joined by two branch office administrators: Mandi Potter, has more than 22 years of experience in the Osage City branch, and Jen Koch, who has three and a half years of experience.

The Osage City Edward Jones team is planning to have a grand opening at the new location when corporate COVID-19 guidelines allow.


Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship

Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship will be celebrating its 18th annual event April 9-10, 2021. Friday evening’s Taste of Osage City will get underway at 5 p.m. in Jones Park. BBQ Bucks will be on sale prior to the event at Osage City Hall; and at Osage City Community Building during the Friday evening event. The celebration will include a live band outdoors along with a fireworks display.


Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show

The 17th annual Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show, will be Saturday, April 10, 2021, in downtown Osage City. This year, the Twin Lakes Cruisers will be having additional attractions along with the auto show including the Manhatchet Axe Throw, a craft show at St. Brigid Hall, and also the senior center will be kicking off the citywide garage sales a week early, with a thrift sale at the center.


Osage City Chamber of Commerce seeks 2021 scholarship applications

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce offers a scholarship to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating from Osage City High School. High School graduation is just around the corner and the Chamber is encouraging seniors that are furthering their education to get with Kathy Camarena, Osage City High School counselor, and ask for application information. For the Osage City Chamber of Commerce application, data needed to apply is a transcript, two letters of reference, and an essay from the student on importance of owning and operating a business in a small town. Application must be postmarked by April 23, 2021. The announcement of the winners will be dependent upon the status of the school allowing visitor participation in such events. The 2020 scholarships were awarded to Dylan Shaffer and Kaitlyn Heiserman.

Osage City fire station celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Budweiser donation

Unloading donated cases of emergency drinking water March 17, 2021, at OCFD No. 2 fire station were, from left, J.D. Lohmeyer, Assistant Chief Scott Brenner, FHB owner Casey Mussatto, Mario Schutter, Colton Hallgren, Dee Long, Lt. Justin Wright, and Cody Wright. Osage County News photo.

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Although a Budweiser semi-trailer backed up to Osage County Fire District No. 2’s fire station Wednesday morning, there wasn’t a St. Patrick’s Day party going on. Instead, Flint Hills Beverage employee Mario Schutter was unloading a supply of emergency drinking water, canned by Anheuser-Busch, to help provide hydration for local responders during this year’s wildfire season.

With recent wildfire conditions across Kansas and Osage County, Flint Hills Beverage, the local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler partner based in Osage City and Manhattan, arranged for 98 cases of emergency drinking water to be delivered March 17, 2021, to the fire station in Osage City.

J.D. Lohmeyer, Flint Hills Beverage sales manager, said the company was aware of recent efforts of local fire crews fighting numerous pasture fires in the area, and thought the Anheuser-Busch emergency water program would be able help out.

Noting Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing emergency drinking water for disaster relief efforts, Lohmeyer said, “We contacted them, and it only took about three days and the water was here.”

Anheuser-Busch periodically pauses beer production each year to can emergency drinking water to be ready during natural disasters and other crises. The water was donated through Anheuser-Busch’s partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council.

OCFD No. 2 Assistant Fire Chief Scott Brenner said the fire department welcomed the donation and fire fighters would be able to use it during the Flint Hills fire danger season.

“We are very grateful for the donation of drinking water that was received from Anheuser-Busch, National Volunteer Fire Council, and Flint Hills Beverage,” Brenner said. “Firefighters use water to stay hydrated during incidents to keep them functioning at their best, and the donation couldn’t have come at a better time as we are currently in the grass fire season.”

Brenner said the department consumes approximately 60 cases of water per year during all types of calls, either during structure fires, grass fires, or event standbys on hot days.

“Again thank you to Anheuser-Busch, National Volunteer Fire Council, and Flint Hills Beverage,” Brenner said.

The beer brewer teamed up with the NVFC in 2019 to provide emergency drinking water to help firefighters stay hydrated and healthy when responding to wildfires and large incidents. To date, the program has donated more than 3.2 million cans of water to volunteer firefighters across the country.

For more information about the OCFD No. 2 water donation, contact Lohmeyer at [email protected]. For more information about the emergency drinking water program, see www.nvfc.org/water.

Frontier Extension schedules virtual meeting on anaplasmosis management for cattle

The Frontier Extension District will host a virtual meeting on “Anaplasmosis in Beef Cattle and Fly Control Strategies,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. A.J. Tarpoff, KSU Extension beef veterinarian, will discuss anaplasmosis, and provide any updates on the disease. KSU Extension entomologist Cassandra Olds will highlight fly control and issues with insecticide resistance.

Anaplasmosis is a bacterial infection that attacks red blood cells and leads to the destruction of those cells. Signs typically show up in late summer and often the first sign of the disease is finding mature cattle dead in the pasture. Anaplasmosis is reported in every state except Hawaii. In eastern Kansas anaplasmosis is considered an endemic disease. Tarpoff will lead the discussion on the disease, management in cattle, and what can be done to reduce cattle deaths.

Fly control is another concern that takes millions of dollars from the cattle industry. Horn flies are blood feeders and they are responsible for the most loss. The loss comes from a decrease in average daily gain, milk production, and costs associated with fly control. Olds will discuss strategies that can be used to reduce these losses and will discuss other fly species that producers encounter.

To register for the Zoom presentation, contact the Frontier Extension Office in Ottawa at 785-229-3520 or [email protected].

Osage City historical downtown property shares in statewide preservation grants

The Star Block, at 520 Market Street, Osage City, center of photo, was once an early day doctor’s office, operated by Dr. Roup for a year or so sometime around the early 1890s. Photo thanks to the Osage County Historical Society.

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – An Osage City property will receive a historic preservation project grant as part of 2021 round of Heritage Trust Fund grant program.

The Star Block, a portion of the downtown in Osage City on Market Street, will receive $90,000 of the total of $1,168,492 awarded for 15 historic preservation projects across the state.

HTF grants reimburse expenses for projects that preserve or restore qualifying historic properties. The funded projects represent a diverse collection of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places or the Register of Historic Kansas Places. All awards are contingent upon available funding.

“Kansas has a unique and rich history, and with these awards, we can continue to celebrate and learn about that history for generations to come,” Governor Laura Kelly said in announcing the grants.

Learn about social implications of herbicide choice; annual crop fertility issues

The Frontier Extension District will hold a virtual meeting on “Crop Fertility Issues and Social Implications on Herbicide Choice,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Crop fertility issues surface each year. This virtual crop update features Dr. Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, who will address the latest fertility issues arising in corn and soybeans. Each year sees an increase in potash deficiency and during the growing season. Ruiz Diaz will address these issues and more during the presentation.

Herbicide choice not only has an effect on your crops, but potentially on the neighbors’ as well. Kansas State University agronomy specialists Terry Griffin and Sarah Lancaster will use a game approach that they developed to show how herbicide choices can affect others. With awareness of drift and proper management, hopefully specialty herbicides can continue to be used as effective tools in weed control for producers.

To register for this Zoom presentation, call the Ottawa Extension Office at 785-229-3520, or email [email protected].

K-State veterinarian to outline quality beef practices in virtual meeting

The Frontier Extension District will hold a virtual meeting “Beef Quality Assurance Practices,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Beef Quality Assurance is a producer driven program in which cattle producers, from the cow-calf producer to the feedlot sector, assume responsibility for producing beef that is a healthy, wholesome, quality product and free from defects such as injection-site lesions and bruises. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase – and can trust and have confidence in what they eat.

A.J. Tarpoff, KSU Extension beef veterinarian, will be the featured speaker, discussing BQA practices, vaccine care, processing, treatment records, injection site location, and livestock handling using low stress methods. Time will be available at the end of his 45-minute presentation for questions and answers. This meeting will not certify producers in beef quality assurance.

To register for the Zoom presentation, call the Frontier Extension office in Ottawa at 785-229-3520 or email [email protected]

Pandemic limits options for free local tax return assistance

Due to COVID-19, AARP will not be coming to Osage City to do tax preparation this year. To assist taxpayers, Osage City Public Library has compiled some information about availability of local tax assistance.

Tax return preparation assistance is available by calling Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, 785-235-1367, or Avondale East Community Center, 785-233-1365, both at Topeka, to schedule appointments. Three appointments will need to be made – to pick up paperwork, drop off paperwork, and pick up paperwork. There is no charge for this service.

Appointments also can be scheduled with CCNEK: Catholic Charities of Lawrence by calling 785-856-2694. There is no charge and participants do not need to be of the Catholic faith to use this service.

FHTC completes educational renovations in first phase of Inspiring Wranglers Campaign

FHTC's newly renovated commons area includes space to study or relax.Students returning to Flint Hills Technical College’s main campus for the spring semester are enjoying newly remodeled spaces and labs. The renovations were made possible by the completion of the Inspiring Wranglers campaign that kicked off in 2018. The more than $2 million campaign wrapped up in 2020 with the goal of providing students enhanced educational facilities, helping students achieve success.

“We are excited to have our students utilizing the newly renovated spaces within Phase 1 of the project,” said Mike Crouch, FHTC Vice President of Advancement. “The renovation would not be possible without the support of our many donors and we are extremely appreciative of their generosity to ensure that FHTC students have top of the line learning environments.”

Phase 1 began in August 2020 and the newly finished spaces include a state-of-the-art chemistry lab and upgraded student commons area with student study spaces and a dedicated luncheon area. Hospitality and culinary arts area renovations involved two kitchen labs – a senior teaching kitchen and a demonstration kitchen. Both labs were reconfigured with an optimized layout and outfitted with new equipment and technology. Construction on Phase 2 has begun and is slated to be completed by late spring 2021.

Virtual horticulture series blooms with spring flowers, flower arrangements, design

Frontier Extension District’s second webinar in its virtual horticulture series will be about cut flowers and arrangements. The webinar, at 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 2021, will help participants keep their Valentine’s Day flowers looking fresh longer, and learn which plants or flowers best to make arrangements, and how to design arrangements. Turner Flowers, which has been serving the Franklin County area since 1936, will present the webinar.

The meetings in the horticulture webinar series are free to the public; each will be a 45-minute Zoom presentation with the opportunity to ask the speaker questions at the end. For more information or to register, call Ryan Schaub, horticulture agent, Frontier Extension District Garnett office, at 785-448-6826 or email [email protected].

Other upcoming meetings:

  • March 4, 2021, irrigation for homeowners and gardeners, Cathie Lavis, KSU Extension specialist in landscape management.
  • March 18, 2021, wildlife control- Drew Ricketts, KSU Extension wildlife specialist.

Extension schedules virtual corn and soybean herbicide update

The Frontier Extension District will hold a virtual corn and soybean herbicide update at 7 p.m. Feb.10, 2021.

Sarah Lancaster, KSU weed control specialist, will be the featured speaker. Lancaster will update the latest in herbicide choices for corn and soybeans and will cover the latest on applicator certification needs for respective herbicides. Join in for a short and informative herbicide update.

Anyone interested in registering for the Zoom session should call the Frontier Extension District’s Ottawa office at 785-229-3520 or email [email protected].

Young Farmer Award: Young farm family learns from experts – parents, grandpas, uncles

Lori Kuykendall
Osage County Conservation District Manager

Young farm family, the Wiscombes: Amber, Justin, Jaycee, Kayden, Lorren. Courtesy photo.

Each year, the Osage County Conservation District honors a young farmer, and this year’s award recipient is Justin Wiscombe, of Overbrook, Kan.

Justin had many teachers in his farming endeavor.  His mom and dad, Diane and Kirk, both grew up on farms and now have their own operation in northeast Osage County. Both of his grandfathers, Jim Wiscombe and Fred Ullery, are farmers. His uncle Kelly Wiscombe also farms in the northeast part of the county.

The first big job Justin remembers doing on the farm was picking up rock and building fence with his dad, grandpa and uncle when he was about 12 or so. About six years ago, Justin’s dad let him plant some double crop beans after his wheat. The beans made 40 bushels to the acre and Justin was hooked.

He now farms around 260 acres in Osage and Douglas counties.  He is working toward applying no-till farming on all his farm ground.  He also has 63 head of cow-calf pairs.  Justin also has a full-time job with Douglas County public works.  He works on the asphalt crew as a paver screen operator.

Justin helps with his dad’s operation and his dad helps him out when he needs it.

“I have had some good teachers,” Justin said. “My dad, grandpas and uncle have been farming in this area since the late 50s and early 60s.”

Justin’s goals for the future include remaining healthy and able to work, paying a few things off, and growing his operation. Justin farms because he likes it.

Justin said his Grandpa Jim told him, “If you’re going to farm and have cows, you’d better like it or it’s not any fun!”

Justin also gets help from his wife, Amber, and their three daughters, Lorren, 11, Jaycee, 9, and Kayden, 6.

“If it wasn’t for their help and support, I couldn’t farm,” Justin said.

Justin, a deserving recipient of the Young Farmer Award, will be honored at the Osage County Conservation District annual meeting 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 25, 2021, at the Osage City Community Building. The meeting will be come and go; and all are invited.

Kansas Bankers Conservation Award: Shoups continue family tradition in caring land

Shoup Farms: Doug and Lara Shoup and their children Garrett, Cade, Charlotte and Leanne. Courtesy photo.

By Lori Kuykendall
Osage County Conservation District Manager

This year’s Kansas Banker Award for soil conservation goes to Shoup Farms. Shoup Farms is located north of Lyndon, and operated by Doug Shoup and his wife Lara and their four children. Doug received his BS, MS and PhD in agronomy from Kansas State University, and was an agronomist for 20 years before returning to Osage County to farm full time in 2012.

Doug and Lara both grew up on farms. Lara grew up in southern Osage County, where her parents still farm. Doug grew up on the farm they now care for.

Doug said, “Like most who farm, I grew up around it and have a passion for the challenge of raising a successful crop, and trying to make improvements to the operation every year.”

Doug and Lara met at Kansas State University and were married in 2005.

Shoup Farm’s crop rotation consists of soybean, corn and wheat. Doug believes soybeans are the most profitable crop in their rotation, so they try to implement a crop rotation to help improve their soybean yield. Corn can be profitable, but they mainly use it as an option to help break up their rotation keep from continuously growing soybeans. Wheat is valuable in reducing soil erosion, because it is a growing crop for eight months in a year and produces additional crop residue for added erosion reduction.

“We nearly always plant a double crop behind the wheat,” Doug said. “We do plant double crop soybeans but look to plant other crops to continue to help break up the rotation.”

Shoup Farms just completed their ninth growing season since Doug’s dad retirement. Doug’s dad cared for the soil enough to adopt soil reducing practices like terracing and reduced and no-till.

“I feel very fortunate to take over a farm that has been well cared for over the last 50 years,” Doug said.

Shoup Farms has seen a lot of changes in the last 10 years. They sold all their livestock in 2014, and have increased their crop rotation, and improved the monitoring of soil fertility levels. One way to monitor soil fertility is to grid sample, which reveals how nutrients are distributed across a field. By using the results of the grid sample, fertilizer can be applied where it is needed the most.

Doug feels that they essentially missed most of the “golden years” of agriculture between 2007 and 2013. “I’m hoping we experience future positive opportunities ahead for all of agriculture,” he said.

When asked what was next for Shoup Farms, Doug said, “I want to continue to adopt technology that will offer the greatest return on investment.”

For their conservation practices, Shoup Farms will be honored with the Kansas Banker Soil Conservation Award at the Osage County Conservation District annual meeting 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 25, 2021, at the Osage City Community Building. The meeting will be an informal come and go meeting; all are welcome.

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