Economy, Policies, Exports, Weather All Impact Today’s Agriculture Markets, Speaker Rationalizes

“We don’t know ‘nothing’ about the future. Make sure you make marketing decisions with that in mind.”

In an hour long highly technical, yet entertaining presentation that kept a room filled audience listening on the edge of their seats, Darrell Holaday of Advanced Market Concepts/Country Futures summarized the economic outlook during the recent 580 WIBW Farm Profit Conference at Valley Falls.

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Sixth Generation Prominent Council Grove Ranch Family Traces Back To Civil War

Story To Be Unraveled At Prairie Bluffs Talk Saturday

Moxley Hall Herefords at Council Grove, Kansas, at one time one of the most prominent seedstock operations in the world, is a memorable part of “the story.”

Before that, J.J. Jerry Moxley was a Percheron Draft Horse breeder, producing “Kansan,” a champion of many national shows and rated as the top American-bred Percheron in the 1930s. That’s more of “the story.”

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Longtime Junction City Sale Barn Operator, Auctioneer Howard Langvardt Dies

A prominent Midwest livestock auctioneer, stockman and sale barn operator has passed away.

Howard LaVern Langvardt, 69, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at The Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan.Born on November 11, 1944, at Junction City, Langvardt was the son of LaVern Roland Langvardt and Ethel Marie (Norman) Langvardt. He graduated from Junction City High School and immediately attended the Repperts School of Auctioneering in Decatur, Indiana. Continue reading →

Third 580 WIBW Farm Profit Conference Of 2014 Is Wednesday Evening At Paxico

There’s still time to sign-up to attend and sponsor the third Farm Profit Conference sponsored this year by the 580 WIBW Farm Department.

“In cooperation with the Wabaunsee County Extension Service, our next Farm Profit Conference is Wednesday evening, at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, just north of Paxico,” announced Kelly Lenz, longtime 580 WIBW Farm Director, who coordinated the educational and entertaining program.

Mary Knapp

Doors are set to open at 5:30, with a beef supper prepared by the church ladies starting at 6 o’clock, and the Farm Profit Conference program gets underway at 6:45.

Most of the more than 30 sponsors of the evening’s activities will be in attendance, and many will have attractive displays of their products, along with informational material to distribute and visit with about to the large crowd expected to attend from nearly a dozen counties. Sponsors are also again providing door prizes to be given in drawings throughout the evening for everybody who is welcomed to sign up as they come in the door.

Kickoff speaker in a repeat appearance at Farm Profit Conferences will be Mary Knapp, the assistant state climatologist at Kansas State University, who will present “The 2014 Weather Outlook.”

Debbie Lyons
Debbie Lyons-Blythe

Highly anticipated on the program and now recognized throughout the county as a leading spokesperson for the agriculture industry is Debbie Lyons-Blythe, a Morris County rancher from White City, described as an “Agriculture Advocate,” answering the all-important question: “How Do We Communicate Agriculture’s Message?”

Of course, again expected to be the highlight of the evening, in a repeat appearance at Farm Profit Conferences this year and for the past half dozen years, is Darrell Holaday of Country Futures at Frankfort revealing “The Other Side of the Coin.”

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Darrell Holaday

The Farm Profit Conference meal and program are free, but reservations are required in order to make sure there is ample beef for full plates and many seconds. The supper count is needed by tomorrow, Feb. 25, by calling the Wabaunsee County Extension Office at 785-765-3821, or emailing

Sponsorships for the Farm Profit Conference at Paxico are also still available through Frank J. Buchman at785-228-7259. In addition to advertising on Prime 580 WIBW Ag Programs, sponsors are recognized in live-read promotions, on the event program, will attend, can have booth, hand-out materials and are to be introduced.

Sound Judgment Most Critical

“Common sense is far more important than intelligence.”

Never have we proclaimed to have any smarts, nor has anyone credited us with being bright. Yet, often: dull.

Sometimes, we’ve claimed to have common sense, but many question that. Admittedly, we wonder, too, after the outcome of some things.

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