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Two charged in Pratt County cattle shooting.

Last week in this space, we mentioned that six cattle near Pratt had been shot and killed and the perpetrators were still at large. The Associated Press reported last Tuesday that two people have been charged with crimes, including intentionally killing, maiming or torturing an animal, criminal damage to property and unlawful discharge of a firearm…

  • Tyler Bosly, 25 and Thomas Westerhaus, 18, are accused of killing six cows and wounding five others, which have since recovered, although weight losses on the surviving cattle were dramatic…
  • Speaking of criminal acts, the Topeka NBC television channel, KSNT-27, featured a broadcast last week of a farmer in Wabaunsee County who had copper stolen from two center pivot irrigation system control panels…
  • The copper is estimated to be worth about $400 at a scrapyard; the damage to crops due to drought is estimated at $19,000. The cost to replace the wiring is estimated at $10,000…
  • That's not all: a few days after this story aired, a dozen farmers met with Shawnee County Sheriff officials to air their concern that similar thefts are causing tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue. The Sheriff's office promises to work with farmers in hopes of apprehending the thieves…
  • Last week, members of the Kansas Wheat Commission participated in a "Flour Milling Experience" at the Kansas State University mill in Manhattan. The two-day "Experience" was intended to teach commissioners the technical and practical side of flour milling, and how critical it is to have uniform wheat supplies to work with…
  • "Flour milling is a very complicated procedure with lots of steps and a lot of adjustments to make," says Commissioner Dean Stoskopf, Hoisington. "Uniform consistency wheat is a valuable part of the process."…
  • Commissioners milled 120 bushels of Kansas winter wheat into fortified white flour. Flour was packaged in specially printed cotton bags commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kansas Wheat Commission. Several bags will be given to dignitaries; the rest is available for purchase by the general public…

Doug Keesling, Kansas Wheat Commissioner from Chase, participated in the Wheat Milling Experience last

week at K-State. Kansas Wheat Commissioners milled 120 bushels of wheat, packaging the fortified flour in 20- and 40-pound cotton bags emblazoned with the KWC's 50th Anniversary logo.

  • Flour is available in 20 pound bags for $20 and 40 pound bags for $30. Also, bags are available for sale to collectors. All proceeds go to Greensburg relief. Contact Kansas Wheat at [email protected] or 1.866.75WHEAT for information…
  • The Kansas Rural Center's summer meeting will be Aug. 18 at the Smoky Hill Bison Company, Assaria. Featured speaker is Don Worster, professor at University of Kansas, whose presentation "Kansas Water: Past, Present and Future" is open to the public at 4 p.m…
  • Following Worster’s presentation, a bison meatloaf dinner is at 5:30 pm with a tour to the bison herd at 7 pm. The public is welcome to attend Worster’s address, dinner and the bison herd tour. The cost to attend is $25 per person. To make reservations, call 785-873-3431 or email [email protected].
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