KState Extension: Regional Farmers’ Market Workshop Scheduled for Chanute

Submitted by Krista Harding

The interest in purchasing locally grown food is strong. Many consumers are looking to buy farm-fresh items that have been picked at the peak of ripeness, in most cases that very day! Have you ever thought about trying your hand at selling a product at a local farmers’ market? If so, you will want to plan to attend the regional farmers’ market workshop planned for our area.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are hosting a farmers’ market workshop set for February 10, in Chanute at the Mid-West Fertilizer Agronomy Center – 3030 S. Santa Fe.

The farmers’ markets are a great avenue for growers to market their products. The market allows growers to have face-to-face interaction with consumers. However, there are legal, safety and financial considerations that growers need to understand before choosing to sell at a farmers’ market. The regional workshop topics will cover topics that growers need to know about before selling.

Highlighted workshop topics include:

 Vendor Marketing and Communications

 Growing in High Tunnels 101

 Regulations on Selling Meat, Eggs and Poultry

 Sales Tax for Vendors

KDA’s Division of Weights and Measures will also offer free scale certification at the workshop for attendees.

Registration for the workshop is now open and is $20 per participant. Registration includes lunch; however, lunch will only be guaranteed to those participants who register by February 1. Registration forms can be found at FromtheLandofKansas.com/FMWorkshop or at any of the Southwind Extension District office locations in Erie, Fort Scott and Iola.

Onsite registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and the workshops will begin at 9 p.m. and conclude by 3 p.m.

In addition to this workshop, local growers are encouraged to attend the 2018 From the Land of Kansas Annual Meeting and Farmers’ Market Conference on March 1 and 2, in Manhattan. Registration is open at FromtheLandofKansas.com/FMConference and will close February 19.

Krista Harding is a K-State Research and Extension Agricultural agent assigned to Southwind District. She may be reached at kharding@ksu.edu or 620-244-3826.

FSCC Will Offer Women’s Golf, Track And Field In Fall

Tom Havron, Fort Scott Community College Athletic Director and Dean of Students.

New opportunities for students to attend Fort Scott Community College on an athletic scholarship are here.

Woman’s golf and also men’s and women’s track and field programs will be offered in Fall 2018, according to Tom Havron, athletic director and dean of students, said.

“This is an opportunity for us to add to the student body and give students academic opportunities,” Havron said.

Ryan Pulsifer was hired as the new track and field coach.

“This is near and dear to my heart….I was a track and field coach for Neosho County Community College, Chanute,” Havron said.

“There is a possibility of using local talent on our team,” Havron said.
“Fort Scott High School has tremendous cross country and track teams. The local talent is  high.”

Track has potential to add 50 to 90 students to the student body, and up to 15 for golf, Havron said.

Jeff Tadtman, current head women’s basketball coach, is the new women’s golf coach.

“Tadtman has had some experience coaching golf in a previous position,” Havron said.

FSCC has already signed two high school students for this team and is aiming for eight, he said.

For college, women’s golf is played during  fall and spring semesters, Havron said.

“We were looking to add a woman’s sport,” Havron said. “Because of Title 9, it’s important to have things equal, to give opportunities to females.”

Havron said in addition to staff recruitment, people can apply for the athletic scholarships.

In addition to academics and sports, FSCC allows students opportunities to serve the community.

Havron said the athletic department prides itself on “producing a culture of community service.”

He cited such service as helping the middle school with several fundraisers, Beacon Adopt-A-Child, Angel Tree, reading programs at the elementary schools, line judges at the high school volleyball games, Upward Bound referees and shoe donations to a third-world country.

“We get multiple calls every month, people who need help,” Havron said. “The coaches are great to get this going.”





Bourbon County Commission Meets Jan. 9

Following is the agenda for the Bourbon County Commission, Tuesday, Jan.9, starting at 9 a.m. The commission is located on the second floor of the courthouse at 210 S. National.

9-9:45 a.m.     Jim Harris

9:30                    Disposal of wreaths at the national cemetery

9:45-10:15     Commissioners consider and take action on any and all questions regarding the law enforcement project

10:30-11         Ben Cole-Sheriffs Dept. Wages

11-12                Justin Meeks

Noon-1:30       Commissioners gone to lunch

2-2:30              Ed Guss-City of Redfield/Fire Department

2:30                    Employee handbook

 Justifications for an executive session:

          Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

          Consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship

          Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representative(s) of the body or agency

          Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships

          Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition of real property

          Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system


Northwest Scott 4-H Gives Gifts to Adopt-A-Child Program

The Northwest Scott 4-H Club met for its regular monthly meeting on December 11, 2017, at the First Southern Baptist Church fellowship hall.

President Kaitlyn Hanks called the meeting to order with eight members present. The roll-call question was “What is your Christmas wish?” The secretary read the minutes from the last meeting, and the treasurer gave a report. Kaitlyn Hanks gave a project talk about performing arts and told us about her membership in the National Thespian Honor Society.

Abbie Collins did a demonstration about how to make Christmas bows. Members enjoyed both talks, but awarded the traveling trophy to Abbie Collins.

A motion was made and seconded for the meeting to adjourn. Presents were wrapped that had been purchased for eight children through the Adopt-A-Child program at the Beacon. After wrapping Christmas gifts,  special holiday snacks were shared that the members brought.

 Club Leader Rachel Wagner reminded members that the club  will lead the flag salute on Dec. 15 at the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Fort Scott National Cemetery.

Chamber Of Commerce Changes

Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Board Members present at the first coffee of 2018: from left front, Deb Needleman, Gina Shelton; back from left: Reta Baker, Alysia Johnston, Jody Hoener, Mark Lewis, Darcy Smith, and Gregg Motley. Members not present: Ken Anderson, Bob Beckham, David Lipe, Bill Michaud, Geoff Southwell, and Robert Uhler.

The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce will have a new face welcoming the public at its office at 231 E. Wall and a new configuration of the building interior this year, along with some new divisions of the Chamber.

At the weekly Chamber coffee January 4,  Lindsay Madison, executive director of the Chamber, said Vonnie Rickerson will replace Allyson Turvey as the administrative assistant in the Chamber office starting January 8.

Vonnie Rickerson left, will be the new administrative assistant at the Chamber starting January 8. She is pictured with Lindsay Madison, right.

In an interview following the coffee, Madison said the public area of the Chamber building will be enlarged and the administrative assistant will be shifted to the left of the front door, while the tourism section will be moved to the north part of the building.

Turvey will change from a Chamber employee to a city employee.

“She will work 1/3 time for tourism, 1/3 time for economic development and 1/3 times for community development,” Madison said.

The enlargement of the public area is the result of Fort Scott becoming a regional tourism center with the State of Kansas.

“There are two other regional tourism centers in the state,” Madison said. “So there will be a lot more materials and signage, so there will be changes to the building.”

Also new this year, the Chamber board is adding an Ambassador Group “to be more in touch with our members,” Madison said. At the coffee meeting, she asked for volunteers to be an Ambassador.

Madison said the Chamber has selected a new mission statement as a result of the tourism section coming under the city direction.

Supporting businesses, building community and promoting town spirit is the new mission statement at the Chamber.

Announcements from the first Chamber Coffee of the year:

  • The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign this year netted $7,000, Allen Schellack said. Schellack is the director of Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries and the local agency for the SA.
  • The Young Professional League will soon be having its annual enchilada fundraiser in support of the Beacon, YPL Member Chris Petty said.
  • Zach Allen, Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative, said that the company is bringing fiber optic services to the city’s businesses.
  • Live Local, a local grassroots group, will be a new division of the Chamber and will focus on local businesses, Gregg Motley said.
  • The annual Chamber dinner will be March 15, Motley said.

Pictured above, the attendees of the weekly Chamber coffee mingle before the meeting began.

Each week attendees may pay $1 and tell about an upcoming event, with proceeds going to support the Chamber trolley car.

The average attendance is 40-60 people, according to Madison.







Job Openings From The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce

The following jobs are taken from the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce website.
PO Box 151
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Information Technology System Administrator
Category: Accounting
 TitleInformation Technology System Administrator  Open Date12/4/2017  Number of Openings1  Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  Exempt/Non-ExemptNon-Exempt  ShiftDays  Category
Information Technology  Description SUMMARY Responsible for effective provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related infrastructure in order to meet Citywide priorities. Formulates and executes plans and budgets that are consistent with and supportive of the City IT goals read more
Phone:(620) 223-0550
2401 Cooper St.
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Video Editor
Category: Graphic Arts
“WE HIRE THE PERSON NOT THE POSITION”Job Posting: Video EditorWard/Kraft, Inc, located in Fort Scott (KS), is currently looking for a Video Editor. Ward Kraft is an industry leader while being one of the most innovative print manufacturers in the Print Industry. Ward/Kraft is a family owned company that started over 40 years ago with customer service and good business values as a number one priority. Ward/Kraft offers a competitive salary and a substantial benefits package to their membersWard/Kraft want read more
Phone:620-223-5500 x-4351
4505 Campbell Drive
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Production Scheduler
Category: Manufacturing
Date: Dec 12, 2017, Location: Fort Scott, KS, US, 66701 Company: Timken Production Scheduler: Wrap Molded – Fort Scott, KS Develop and manage the Value Stream production schedules.  Work with the planning group and Value Stream Manager to develop and execute the SIOP plan.  Work with the VSM and production supervisors to manage daily production to meet required metrics for Value Stream budget and SIOP.Execute Production Plan – Scheduling Manufacturing  in accordance with Firm and Forecasted Demand read more
Phone:620-223-0080 ext. 2
2420 S. Main St., Suite 200
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Back-Up Assistant
Category: Retail/Wholesale
Title:Back-Up Assistant (Part-Time)  Location:KS – Fort Scott – 641  City:Fort Scott  Metro Area:Fort Scott  State:KS  Postal Code:66701  Functional Area:Store Operations  Description: Back-Up Assistant: Position Summary   Assists with the management of day-to-day operations, this position provides support to the Store Manager and Assistant Store Manager.  The Back-Up Assistant reports directly to the Store Manager.   Key Responsibilities:  Contributes to team effort by read more
Phone:(620) 223-1622
PO Box 151
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Part-Time Communications Technician
Category: Telecommunications
 TitlePart-time Communications Technician Open Date10/3/2017  Number of Openings1  Full-Time/Part-TimePart-Time  Exempt/Non-ExemptNon-Exempt  ShiftRotating Days and Nights  CategoryCommunications  Description We are seeking applicants to fill this position on an as needed part-time basis to cover when regular full-time staff is on vacation or out on other leave.  As full-time positions in this department come open, we do fill them from our pool of part-time as needed staff.   SUMMARY Under the general read more
Phone:(620) 223-0550

KState Extension to Host Poultry Grower Meeting

Submitted by Christopher Petty

You may have heard that Tyson Foods has had an interest in constructing a processing plant in Kansas. While there are no immediate plans to do so, it may be a possibility in the future. Farmers within an approximate 60 mile radius of the processing facility may be able to become contract poultry growers.

To learn what it might be like to be a contract poultry grower, plan to attend a poultry grower meeting on Thursday, January 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Thayer Senior Center in Thayer, Kan. This program is hosted by the Southwind Extension District of K-State Research and Extension and the Allen and Neosho County Farm Bureaus. The program will feature K-State Research and Extension Poultry Specialist Dr. Scott Beyer. Dr. Beyer will be on hand to discuss a variety of topics such as a typical day in the poultry production, contracts, rules and regulations, management and facilities.

Space is limited, so please call the Southwind Extension District Erie Office at 620-244-3826 to register. For additional information, contact Southwind Extension District Agent for Livestock Production and Forage Management, Christopher Petty by e-mail at cgp@ksu.edu.