Daily Archives: August 1, 2012

House Leadership Pulls Extension of Current Farm Bill Vote


New Bill Being Prepared

Late Tuesday night, July 31, House leadership pulled a vote on extending the current Farm Bill for one year, in favor of working a disaster assistance bill to help farmers and ranchers hard hit by the nation’s drought. 

“My priority remains to get a five-year farm bill on the books and put those policies in place,” said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.). “But the most pressing business before us is to provide disaster assistance to those producers impacted by the drought conditions who are currently exposed. The House is expected to consider a disaster assistance package on Thursday.”

While the path of the new Farm Bill is less clear,  it appears that  Congress was increasingly uncomfortable heading home for the August recess without in some way addressing aide to drought stricken livestock and crop producers in their states. But now the door is left open for a House-Senate compromise bill to be worked before the current bill expires September 30.

Article provided by Kansas Rural Center

Westar Energy Youth Dove Hunt Sept. 1-3


Labor Day weekend event for youth 16 and younger; registration deadline Aug. 23

The Westar Energy Green Team will host a youth dove hunt at JeffreyEnergyCenter, north of St. Marys, on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3. Hunts will be on wheat stubble or sunflowers, guided by volunteers in the early morning or late afternoon. Area staff report that the fields are in excellent condition and should provide excellent hunting.

These hunts are a great way for kids 16 and younger to learn dove hunting basics with plenty of birds flying at close range. Youth must bring their own shotguns, be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, and have a license and HIP stamp if age 16. Nontoxic shells will be provided.

Interested hunters or mentors should phone Barb Cornelius at 785-575-8125. Hunters will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and hunts will be scheduled as requests dictate and hunting groups can be formed. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 23.