Greeley County Community Development hosted its second Coffee and Chat last Wednesday, March 15. They welcomed Russell Plaschka and Sammy Gleason from the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
Sammy Gleason, program manager for the From the Land of Kansas program, visited with those present about the various services the program offers for Kansas growers.
“Our goal is to help businesses that grow, raise, and produce products in Kansas,” Gleason said.
Gleason highlighted a map of the state that showed that many of the Kansas producers working with the From the Land of Kansas program are in the eastern part of the state. Kansas Department of Agriculture staff would like to see more companies involved from western Kansas, too.
“Consumers are 81% more likely to purchase products branded with the From the Land of Kansas label,” Gleason said.
Involvement in the program allows access to an online marketplace that helps other retailers and direct customers find and source Kansas products. Those involved with the program also have reduced-price access to testing and product development services at K-State’s Value-Added Food Lab and Meat Science Lab.
Those interested in learning more should visit FromtheLandofKansas.com/benefits.
Gleason and Plashka also visited about limited available grant programs, some of which focus on the expansion of specialty crops and education surrounding their viability and usefulness. Incubator/community kitchens were also discussed.
Those present asked questions about the current status of sales tax on food, farmer’s market resources, and working community/incubator kitchen models. Immigration, as it relates to workforce visas, was also briefly discussed.
Plashka, Agriculture Marketing Director, also spoke about the division’s various areas of focus, which include: retaining, serving, and growing current farms, ranches, and agribusinesses in Kansas, expanding the Kansas agriculture industry, assisting in maintaining and growing rural Kansas communities, raising awareness of agriculture, and creating appreciation for agriculture in the state.
For more information, visit the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s website at www.agriculture.ks.gov or contact Russell Plaschka or Sammy Gleason directly at (785) 564-6700.
Monday, May 22, 2023, Greeley County Courthouse: Regular Session Present: Supervisors Monty Moritz (entered at 5:05 pm), Kirby Kleymann, Justin Phillips, Scott Steele, Steve Mangan; Gina Bond, Utility Administrator (entered at 5:20pm); County Clerk Jerri Young, and County Treasurer... [More]
Local veterans and VFW Auxiliary members hosted a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Greeley County Cemetery on Monday, May 29. From left to right are Joyce Huddleston, Pamela Forbes, Hudson Louderbaugh, Daryl Miller, and Luther Keith.
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Lincoln Shafer and Jadyn Mangan competed at the State Track Meet held in Wichita Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27.
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A life well lived It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Leroy Sons, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. Leroy was born on January 8, 1933, in Sullivan, Missouri, and passed away on April 25, 2023, at the age of 90... [More]
John S. Barker, 96, died May 17, 2023, at Marjorie’s Home in Kingman. He was born July 16, 1926, at Pratt the son of Cecil E. and Olive Cook Barker. A resident of Kingman County most of his life, he was a farmer and stockman. John was a member of the United Methodist... [More]
Dale Eugene Appl, age 90, passed away on April 29, 2023, at his home in Leoti. He was born on May 3, 1932, to Martinus and Violet (Elder) Appl in Leoti. He was a farmer and rancher as well as a past member of the Leoti Lions Club and the Antique Car Club. He loved farming as... [More]
Danny “Dan” Neil Donovan, age 75, passed away on April 15, 2023, at the Adara Living Nursing Home in Broomfield, Colorado. He was born to Claude Oren & Beulah Rebecca Hagstrom Donovan in Syracuse, Kansas on October 2, 1947. He was a graduate of Greeley... [More]
Randy Harris, age 67, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. He was born on August 20, 1955, in Tribune to Gail and Pearl Koestal Harris. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Tribune. He served his... [More]
William “Pug” Eugene Mitchell passed away at Logan County Senior Center in Oakley on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at the age of 83. He was born April 10, 1939 in Beloit. He was the son of William Arthur Mitchell and Edna Sophronia (Colby) Mitchell. Pug began... [More]
Denis James Weber was born at the family farm in Sheridan Lake, Colorado on September 15, 1933 to Frank and Agatha Weber. He was the eighth of eight children. After struggling with complications of COPD, he passed away at his home on Monday, March 7, 2023. Denis loved... [More]
Joyce L. Nemechek, 92, passed away at the Greeley County Long Term Care on Thursday, March 2, 2023, in Tribune. She was born on February 5, 1931, in Horace, Kansas, to parents Herman and Iva Rhea Smith, who preceded her in death. She married Bernard (Bernie) Nemechek... [More]
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