• P.J. Griekspoor

    Auditorium Full of Blue Jackets Inspirational

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 28, 2009

    It was my absolute joy today to attend the 81st Kansas FFA State Convention in Manhattan, present a proficiency award to an outstanding young man and soak up the promise for the future that filled the atmosphere. Micah Harmon of the Holton FFA Chapter received the Forest Management and Products Proficiency Award this year and it was my honor to present his award. Kansas Farmer traditionally sponsors the Ag Communications award, but there was no state winner in that category this…

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    Countdown to Harvest is Under Way

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 18, 2009

    Our friends in Oklahoma and Texas have been hard hit by winter drought and late freeze. But even though Kansas has faced some weather challenges with the 2009 wheat crop, things are looking good. So far. As many of my friends keep reminding me you never count the bushels until they are in the bin, but it sure is getting hard not to get excited about a good harvest with pretty decent prices, historically speaking. Plenty of folks paid hefty inputs last fall to get this year's crop in the…

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    Compromise Reached on Coal-Fired Plant for Sunflower

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 4, 2009

    After two years of wrangling, Gov. Mark Parkinson and Sunflower Electric Power Corp. CEO Earl Watkins announced today that they have reached an agreement that will allow the construction of one new 895-megawatt coal-fired plant near Holcomb. Sunflower and its partner, Tri-State Electric Cooperative out of Colorado, had hoped to build two 700-megawatt plants. But Kansas Secretary of Health and Environment, Rod Bremby, denied an air permit based on carbon dioxide emissions from the plant…

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