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    Supporting Rural Kansas Is Marci Penner's Mission

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 26, 2014

    If any of you out there haven’t heard of the amazing work done by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, consider this your invitation to learn. The Kansas Sampler Foundation is perhaps the best example of grassroots activism and community service in the whole country and its co-founder, Marci Penner has my vote year in and year for “Person of the Year” in Kansas. The Foundation has a mission to support and promote rural Kansas communities and help them thrive. It is the force…

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    Farm Bureau Meeting Introduces Someone Special

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 3, 2013

    One of the cool things about going to conventions is that you see things you might never see otherwise. A really neat one of those came Tuesday at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Farm Bureau in Manhattan when retiring KFB CEO Dan Yunk introduced someone special. Most Farm Bureau members know Dr. Yunk is the author of the popular series of children’s books, “Kailey Ag Adventures” and “Milk Comes from a Cow.” But someone most folks had never met was the…

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    Farm Bill Detractors Tell a Few Whoppers

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 20, 2013

    There’s a great deal of publicity surrounding the ongoing debate in the U.S. House on its version of the Farm Bill, most of it lambasting the “waste” and “giveaways” and “subsidies” that the senders of said publicity find appalling. But when you start going down the list of just exactly what it is that is so appalling, my vote goes to the misleading verbage and outright lies in the press releases about what the Farm Bill would do. Example…

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    Farm Bill Publicity on Christmas Trees Rings False

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 20, 2013

    did a double-take a couple of days ago as I plowed through the blizzard of Farm Bill propaganda that clogged my e-mail inbox as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared for their imbecilic performance on Thursday. “War on Christmas” and “Christmas Tree Tax” were the phrases that jumped out at me. What on earth are they talking about? I wondered. I got even more befuddled when the language was repeated by Kansas Congressmen, including Tim Huelskamp and Mike…

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    When It Comes to History, April is Unmatched

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 12, 2013

    As “this month in history” goes, April is an amazing month. I am always a little in awe at how many major events in American history have taken place in the month of April. Other months have their memorable dates: January is the month of inaugurations, February is famous for president’s birthdays, the lunch counter sit-in that launched the Civil Rights movement, the launch of the first U.S. astronaut and the explosion of the space shuttle, Columbia. In March the…

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    Fiscal Cliff, Farm Bill 'Deal' Doesn't Offer Much

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 2, 2013

    As a general rule, I like to think of myself as an optimistic person, working along the lines of Abraham Lincoln’s observation that most people are exactly as happy as they make up their minds to be. I have to admit, that in spite of the shenanigans coming out of Washington to avert a plunge off the “fiscal cliff” and extend the Farm Bill leave me less than excited about the prospects for the coming year. I don’t like feeling pessimistic but I’m finding my…

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    Where Were You That September Day?

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 11, 2012

    I was pretty busy with Husker Harvest Days and final deadline for Kansas Farmer, so I was able to spend most of today without thinking too much about the date, 9/11. Ignoring the memories of that horrific date weren’t so easy when I got back to the hotel tonight, turned on the television and caught up on messages on Facebook. I was in a unique place 11 years ago – a World Trade conference in Wichita at the Hyatt Convention Center. A Japanese trade group was in town and companies…

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    Some Ethanol Stuff Suddenly Crystal Clear

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 20, 2012

    I had one of the world's most enlightening conversations today with ICM's CEO David Vander Griend. He was talking about why the auto industry is fighting E-15 and why it's reasonable that they are doing that. It is, Vander Griend said, not about the 10 percent or the 15 percent that the public widely understands is ethanol. It is about what the oil industry puts in the 90 percent or the 85 percent. What has happened, he said, is that refiners quickly figured out how to profit from the…

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    New Immigration Stance Helps Labor Issue; Legislation Needed

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 16, 2012

    Some help for young people brought here as children by their parents comes in this week's announcement of a temporary pause in any deportation proceedings against these innocent young people. But it is just a tiny signal of a start, not the action that needs to be taken on comprehensive immigration reform. It's hard to believe that some people are hard-hearted enough to want to punish these young people for the decisions that their parents made up to three decades ago. I have been…

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    Generosity is Farm Value and It Is Needed Now

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 19, 2012

    There is no farm value more appreciated than that of chipping in to help out the people that nature has whacked. Gov. Sam Brownback completed a tour of the Oaklawn neighborhood in south Wichita on Thursday and issued a plea to all Kansans to help those whose lives were torn apart by last Saturday night's tornadoes and related storms and to volunteer to help with clean-up. As always when storms affect a metropolitan area, the number of people in need is much greater in the urban area, but…

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