• P.J. Griekspoor

    Goodbye to a Kansas Original

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 29, 2011

    These days it seems like there's an announcement a day of U.S. companies being sold to buyers overseas. Granted, most of these are "international" companies with manufacturing, sales and distribution all over the world. But I was especially saddened to learn that an almost century-old Kansas company, Krause Corp. of Hutchinson, has a new, French owner. Granted, it probably won't make much difference in the day-to-day operations of the plant. The jobs will stay, the equipment will be…

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    An Awesome Evening with Awesome People

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 18, 2011

    I had the opportunity this evening to spend some time with the best farmers in Kansas; this year's Master Farmer/Master Farm Homemaker class, their families and friends and some of the past Master Farmer couples at the annual Master Farmer banquet in Junction City. I love Master Farmer time of the year because I always get to meet at least some families that I didn't know before and they are always amazing people. This year's class is no exception. Tonight, I had the honor of entertaining…

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    It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 14, 2011

    It's a well-known fact that winter isn't over until after the St. Patrick's Day parade and the state basketball championship tournament. But this is getting ridiculous. After back to back 70-degree days and kiddos thinking we can just open up the back door and run out to play, we get ... snow? Yep, snow. Wichita got only a slight frosting, but other parts of Kansas got up to 4 inches or more. My friend, Amy Hadachek, sent me this photo from their farm near Belleville in north central…

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    Are There Any Family Farms Left in Kansas?

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 4, 2011

    I ran into Marion County wheat grower Paul Penner at the 2011 Commodity Classic here in Tampa on Friday morning where there has been a lot of conversation about the need for farmers and ranchers to get the real story of their lives and jobs before the public. Penner said he was on his way back from Washington, D.C. and shared his farm roots with another passenger, who immediately inquired, "So are there any family farms left in Kansas or are they all gone?" Penner said he was glad to…

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    What, SNOW! Again?

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 3, 2011

    One of the perks of my job is I get to go nice places during nasty weather. This week that has meant beautiful Tampa, Fla. for the annual Commodity Classic. It's 80 degrees daily under mostly sunny skies with light winds and ... well it's just plain awesome. Today, I was looking at the weather since I'm headed home Saturday. And I see that it's 68 today, so, hey, maybe I spent a week in Florida and missed the end of winter. And then I look at the forecast. Arghhh! Snow overnight on…

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