Weekend events include farm, ranch show


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

Drought, depleting water supplies, crops and alternative energy will be hot topics during the 2013 Garden City Farm and Ranch Show, scheduled for today through Saturday at the Finney County Exhibition Building, 209 Lake Ave.

Doors open daily at 9 a.m. Admission is free.

Today's farm show theme is Alternative Energy Day and Dairy Summit and will feature U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp; Tom Willis of Conestoga Energy and president of the Kansas Ethanol Association; and Dr. Mike Brouk, with KSU Dairy Management.

Huelskamp will provide brief remarks and then will take questions from the audience. Huelskamp is expected to address a number of critical issues facing farmers and ranchers, including the drought, crop insurance, overregulation, taxes, trade, energy and farm policy.

Friday will feature an Ag Outlook 2013 discussion with guest Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman concerning progress of LEMA; Jeff Hutton, National Weather Service, will have a weather trends presentation; and ag marketing professionals will talk about world supply, crop demand and the impact on farm prices.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, the Kansas Water Forum will address groundwater issues facing farmers and the use of alternative crops that require less water. The forum will feature Tracy Streeter of the Kansas Water Office, along with a panel of guests to discuss options and possible water shortage emergencies for producers in the near future. A question-and-answer session will be available.

Others on the water forum panel include David Barfield, chief engineer with the Kansas Division of Water Resources; Wayne Bossert, representing groundwater management district No. 4, and representatives of several other west-central and south-central Kansas groundwater management districts.

Also on Saturday, Rex Buchanan, Kansas Geological Survey director, will discuss oil and gas industry fracking and its impact on agriculture.

The Mid America Ag Network is host for the event, which will be televised in a¬ special television web-cast each day of the show at KWKSmedia.org and MidAmericaAgNetwork.com.

Also this weekend, Sunflower Community Action, along with other organizations, will be hosting a Deferred Action Clinic at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building auditorium at Garden City Community College, 601 Campus Drive.

There will be two sessions, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. This is an opportunity for students to fill out their DACA application at no cost. The clinic is free to all those who attend. Attorneys will be present to answer any questions. For more information on the clinic, contact Janeth Vazquez (316) 655-2667.

On June 15, 2012, President Obama issued an order to stop deportation of students. Now, those who entered the U.S. undocumented before turning 16 can apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA allows these young adults ages 15 to 30 who have a high school diploma, are current students, or have their GED to apply for Deferred Action. They also may receive an employment authorization documents so they can work and go to school for a period of two years.

Elsewhere in Garden City this weekend, entertainment and fundraising for seniors are the main events.

Here are those events and more:

* A chicken noodle supper is scheduled for Friday at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St.

Homemade chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and dessert will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $6 per person.

Entertainment will be provided by "Too Many Strings."

Proceeds from the event go to fund activities for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the senior center.

For more information, call Marty Dinkel at 275-5566 or Barbara Jensen at 272-3620.

* A musical program featuring "The Humdingers" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at Homestead Assisted Living, 2414 N. Henderson St.

The public is encouraged to attend at no charge.

* The Finney County Democrats will have a reorganizational meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room at Wheatlands Restaurant, 1408 E. Fulton St.

The meeting will include election of board officers. For more information, call Tim at 276-2243.

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