I am pleased to announce that Pride Ag Resources in support of continued education for its members, is providing five $1000 scholarships.
Eligibility: Area high school seniors who will be graduating in May of 2014 and will be attending post education at Vo-Tech, Junior College or 4-year College will be eligible to apply.
Application:Applicants must be children of parents who are members of Pride Ag Resources and will need to apply before May 5th of 2014. Award money will be paid in two payments each semester to an education facility selected by winners. Scholarship winners will be announced prior to and will be recognized at the Pride Ag Resources Annual Meeting on May 20th , 2014 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Dodge City, KS.
Committee: Applicants will be selected by a committee of educators, retired employees, and business leaders. Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, disability, or national origin. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, and a statement of career and educational goals.
Recipients: The scholarship winners will need to provide a proof of passing at the end of semester, graduation certificate, and certification of enrollment for the post education selected. Payment will be made directly to the college after proof of enrollment.
Time to change Flag's. Chet Jones and Bill Maskus took time to change the flag at Pride Ag Resources Wednesday morning. Pride Ag would like to thank these two men for showing their pride in the United State of America!
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Pride Ag Resources of Hanston We would like to congratulate Noel Krof and his wife on their new baby Boy. Noah Dean Korf 6lbs. 5oz was born Saturday, January 18th 2014.
Letter to first purchasers from Kansas Wheat Commission
The following letter is from the Kansas Wheat Commission to first purchasers in Kansas regarding a wheat check-off increase:
Dear Kansas First Purchaser,
Fifty-six years ago, the Kansas Wheat Commission was created to conduct a campaign of wheat promotion and market development through research, education and information. The many successes attributed to Commission activities through this producer investment would not have been possible without the support of those who collect and submit the assessment. Thank you for your support in collecting the Kansas Wheat assessment.
For the past 5 years, producers have been investing 15 mills (1.5 cents per bushel) to support research and market development activities of the Commission. At a meeting this August, the Kansas Wheat Commission board voted to raise the assessment from 1.5 to 2 cents per bushel which is the maximum allowed by current statute. This change will be implemented on November 1, 2013. This will put the Kansas wheat check-off at a rate equal to or less than most other wheat check-offs in the U.S.
Why are we increasing the check-off?
Continued Innovation in Wheat Research
With the opening of the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center in December 2012, a huge step was taken towards the advancement of wheat research in Kansas. The 35,000 square-foot, $10.3 million facility will result in new, improved wheat varieties being released at an increased frequency. Decreased wheat acres and smaller crops in combination with decreased state and federal research funding make it more vital than ever that farmer invest more in their own industry. The increased assessment will allow the Commission to pay down debt on the building and focus on funding research in the Innovation Center.
Ever-Changing International Markets
Kansas continues to export 50% of wheat produced every year to international markets at a value of $1.5 billion. The Commission continues to work through U.S. Wheat Associates to identify new and emerging international markets and assessing the needs of those customers. Case in point, the U.S. will export over two million tons of wheat to Brazil this year. Every Kansas farmer dollar contributed to international marketing efforts through U.S. wheat is matched by nearly three dollars of federal support.
Fighting Fads on the Home Front
The gluten-free food market has seen a 28% increase in growth the past five years. Books like the “Wheat Belly” feed into this consumer diet fad. Only a very small percentage of the population has celiac disease (gluten intolerance) or are allergic to wheat gluten. Through support of the Wheat Foods Council, Kansas wheat farmers can make sure that truth and science combat myths and fads regarding gluten.
Thank you for your continued support of the wheat industry and the Kansas Wheat Commission. If you or your customers have any questions about the assessment increase, please do not hesitate to call 1-866-75Wheat.
Pride Ag Resources is going Green with our Newsletters. In order to go Green you will need to submit your email address to our webmaster. We then will email you when our quarterly Newsletter is published to our site. Here is our 4th Quarter Newsletter
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