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USDA Announces Framework for Shoring Up the Food Supply Chain and Transforming the Food System to Be Fairer, More Competitive, More Resilient
USDA efforts to create more and better markets will benefit both producers and American consumers through fairer prices, as well as address longstanding issues intensified by pandemic

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing details of a framework to transform the food system to benefit consumers, producers and rural communities by providing more options, increasing access, and creating new, more, and better markets for small and mid-size producers. Today's announcem
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Practical Qabalah Lesson 5 Tree in Yesod 6 - Ego
On the original Tree of Life the sixth sepheroth is Tipheret; Harmony, Beauty, The Higher Self. On the tree in Yesod the sixth sepheroth is Ego. From the perspective of these analyzes, the Self, or Higher Self, is you as a unique aspect of the Whole. All that is, is merely a focused personification of an aspect of the One. From a human to a fly, from an atom to a universe, from A sharp to G. Your Self is the personification of a single aspect of the One. It needs to be cherished and respected. T
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Prairie Strips (Contour Grass Buffer Strips)
Written by Fred Wedel, Retired NRCS District Conservationist

Contour grass buffer strips are narrow strips of perennial vegetation alternated down the slope with wider cropped strips that are farmed on the contour. Contour grass strips are used on cropland with potential for sheet and rill erosion. Many times, grass buffer strips are used in combination with terraces. The grass buffer strips are typically used below terraces where land slopes are less than 4 to 5 percent. Grass buffers work b
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Conservation District Local Workgroup Meeting
Conservation Districts in Northwest Kansas are scheduling this meeting for a (5) County Area. Counties Involved in this process are: Sherman, Thomas, Cheyenne, Rawlins, and Decatur.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather information and make recommendations to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist, as well as other state and local leaders, related to addressing natural resource concerns identified at the local level.

This meeting will be held at the GMD
Events
David Padgett had a talk with the community about humanitarian efforts in the Ukraine
Written by Bernadette Mills

If you weren't at Fresh Seven Coffee today then you missed out on some great information!

David Padgett has been in Poland for 3 weeks with Task Force URE running humanitarian missions to support the Ukrainian refugees at the border.

Task Force URE is a group of US Military veterans that organized to prevent US Vets from getting caught up in joining mercenary groups going into Ukraine. They instead redirect motivated vets to work with them in assisting wo
Events
Task Force URE member to have town hall meeting about humanitarian efforts in Ukraine
Task Force URE is a group of veterans working in the Ukraine, providing humanitarian support for people in need.
They bring in and distribute needed medical and food supplies.
Extract family members who are caught in the Ukraine and cannot get out on their own.
Helps organize incoming veterans in to properly vetted groups where their skills can be best utilized within the Ukraine.
Comforting orphan refugee children in Poland while they wait for relocation.
Getting proper protective equipmen
News
NWKS Food Climate Survey
Healthy and robust food systems help to support and sustain healthy communities and strong local economies. One of the key steps to understanding a community food systems’ current strengths and gaps is to conduct a comprehensive assessment.

This assessment is conducted by Western Prairie Food Farm and Community Alliance (WPFFCA) which includes the counties of Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Logan, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas and Wallace.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3M8FMSL
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Highway 36 Bloggers will visit Cheyenne County
The Highway 36 Association has been working with local Chambers of Commerce, Main Streets, and Economic Development offices in the thirteen Kansas counties that Highway 36 runs through to bring two travel bloggers to our region this month. These bloggers, Sara Broers with Travel with Sara, and Melody Pittman with Wherever I May Roam Blog, will be road tripping along Highway 36 to highlight what visitors can experience in all 13 counties along Highway 36. They arrive in Doniphan County on Sunday,
A Review Of...
Practical Qabalah Lesson 4 Tree in Yesod 7 – Mirror
The underlying premise for these lessons is that the Original One says ‘I Am’, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘I Am That I Am’; meaning: Consciousness, Reflection, and Expansion. The Expansion creates vibrational reality and a means to interact and create and is ruled by the mathematical relationship of the Golden Mean1. Seeking out the Reflection denotes will and duality and is ruled by the square root of 22. And Consciousness is the foundation of reality as we are able to perceive it and is ruled
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Benefits of Livestock Manure
Written by Fred Wedel, Retired NRCS District Conservationist

Livestock manure has many benefits when used to supply nutrients for crop production. Livestock manure is a source of many key nutrients needed by crop plants. The nutrients include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, magnesium, calcium, and micro-nutrients. Manure added to crop soil impacts the chemical, biological, and physical aspects of soil quality. Livestock manure is useful to replenish nutrients removed from soil by
Spotlight On...
Prairie Strips (Contour Grass Buffer Strips)
Written by Fred Wedel, Retired NRCS District Conservationist

Contour grass buffer strips are narrow strips of perennial vegetation alternated down the slope with wider cropped strips that are farmed on the contour. Contour grass strips are used on cropland with potential for sheet and rill erosion. Many times, grass buffer strips are used in combination with terraces. The grass buffer strips are typically used below terraces where land slopes are less than 4 to 5 percent. Grass buffers work b
Benefits of Livestock Manure
Written by Fred Wedel, Retired NRCS District Conservationist

Livestock manure has many benefits when used to supply nutrients for crop production. Livestock manure is a source of many key nutrients needed by crop plants. The nutrients include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, magnesium, calcium, and micro-nutrients. Manure added to crop soil impacts the chemical, biological, and physical aspects of soil quality. Livestock manure is useful to replenish nutrients removed from soil by
Playa Wetland
What is a playa? Playas are small, shallow, intermittent wetlands that are disconnected from rivers, streams and lakes. They only fill with water as a result of rain, snow or runoff from nearby land. Playas can remain filled with water from a month to all season long. Kansas has nearly 22,000 playas. They are in the western half of the state. Playas are also called mud holes, buffalo wallows or lagoons.

Wetland playas have the general characteristics: soggy soils, water-loving plants,
4R's For Nutrient Management
By Fred Wedel, retired NRCS District Conservationist

Nutrient Management is the efficient and effective use of plant nutrients to achieve economic, social and environmental benefits with the involvement of farmers and other stakeholders. Nutrient stewardship builds crop production capacity by assisting farmers and consulting agronomists to be able to produce more food, feed, fiber and energy with fewer nutrient losses, resulting in sustainable crop production. Fertilizer management, improve
News
USDA Announces Framework for Shoring Up the Food Supply Chain and Transforming the Food System to Be Fairer, More Competitive, More Resilient
USDA efforts to create more and better markets will benefit both producers and American consumers through fairer prices, as well as address longstanding issues intensified by pandemic

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing details of a framework to transform the food system to benefit consumers, producers and rural communities by providing more options, increasing access, and creating new, more, and better markets for small and mid-size producers. Today's announcem
NWKS Food Climate Survey
Healthy and robust food systems help to support and sustain healthy communities and strong local economies. One of the key steps to understanding a community food systems’ current strengths and gaps is to conduct a comprehensive assessment.

This assessment is conducted by Western Prairie Food Farm and Community Alliance (WPFFCA) which includes the counties of Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Logan, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas and Wallace.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3M8FMSL
Highway 36 Bloggers will visit Cheyenne County
The Highway 36 Association has been working with local Chambers of Commerce, Main Streets, and Economic Development offices in the thirteen Kansas counties that Highway 36 runs through to bring two travel bloggers to our region this month. These bloggers, Sara Broers with Travel with Sara, and Melody Pittman with Wherever I May Roam Blog, will be road tripping along Highway 36 to highlight what visitors can experience in all 13 counties along Highway 36. They arrive in Doniphan County on Sunday,
FISCAL YEAR 2021 AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT
Information from Helen Dobbs, Director of the Cheyenne Community Development Corporation


Under the American Rescue Plan, EDA was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

American Rescue Plan funding enables EDA to provide larger, more transformational investments across
Events
Conservation District Local Workgroup Meeting
Conservation Districts in Northwest Kansas are scheduling this meeting for a (5) County Area. Counties Involved in this process are: Sherman, Thomas, Cheyenne, Rawlins, and Decatur.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather information and make recommendations to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist, as well as other state and local leaders, related to addressing natural resource concerns identified at the local level.

This meeting will be held at the GMD
David Padgett had a talk with the community about humanitarian efforts in the Ukraine
Written by Bernadette Mills

If you weren't at Fresh Seven Coffee today then you missed out on some great information!

David Padgett has been in Poland for 3 weeks with Task Force URE running humanitarian missions to support the Ukrainian refugees at the border.

Task Force URE is a group of US Military veterans that organized to prevent US Vets from getting caught up in joining mercenary groups going into Ukraine. They instead redirect motivated vets to work with them in assisting wo
Task Force URE member to have town hall meeting about humanitarian efforts in Ukraine
Task Force URE is a group of veterans working in the Ukraine, providing humanitarian support for people in need.
They bring in and distribute needed medical and food supplies.
Extract family members who are caught in the Ukraine and cannot get out on their own.
Helps organize incoming veterans in to properly vetted groups where their skills can be best utilized within the Ukraine.
Comforting orphan refugee children in Poland while they wait for relocation.
Getting proper protective equipmen
Winter Farmer's Market
On Saturday the 5th of March, from 10am til 1pm, there will be a Winter Farmer's Market at 108 W Washington St in Saint Francis.

The Farmer's Market Board has been working to round up vendors who want to participate and give you the opportunity to come and get those products and food you normally only see during the summer time. There will be ready-to-eat foods, take-and-bake food, metal crafts, hand made crafts, packaged meats, salves and oils, and I have heard there will even be fre
The Arts
The Dust Jackets at Fresh 7
Had the pleasure to see and hear the Dustjackets at Union Square in St Francis last Saturday. Had a wonderful time and the music was great! They are a Folk/Americana band that included a little rock and roll, blues, country, bluegrass, even a little jazz. Union Square is fantastic venue, complete with coffee, a variety of liquor beverages (I had saki, yum) munchies and ambiance galore. Lots of people showed up to get down to the music. Union square is a center for good times in our little town.
Local Artist Exhibits This Spring
Re-posted for Margaret Lister

Allison Grice's exhibit of photography and graphic design has opened at Quincy Gallery with a reception on March 2nd.

Ms Grice, a St Francis native, is well known here as an exceptionally talented artist with wide range of interests. Over the years, though, it is photography that has allowed her to share her heart.

Whether it's a rusty old pickup or wheat blowing in the breeze against a sunset, Ms Grice's photography shows her love of nature and
A Review Of...
Practical Qabalah Lesson 5 Tree in Yesod 6 - Ego
On the original Tree of Life the sixth sepheroth is Tipheret; Harmony, Beauty, The Higher Self. On the tree in Yesod the sixth sepheroth is Ego. From the perspective of these analyzes, the Self, or Higher Self, is you as a unique aspect of the Whole. All that is, is merely a focused personification of an aspect of the One. From a human to a fly, from an atom to a universe, from A sharp to G. Your Self is the personification of a single aspect of the One. It needs to be cherished and respected. T
Practical Qabalah Lesson 4 Tree in Yesod 7 – Mirror
The underlying premise for these lessons is that the Original One says ‘I Am’, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘I Am That I Am’; meaning: Consciousness, Reflection, and Expansion. The Expansion creates vibrational reality and a means to interact and create and is ruled by the mathematical relationship of the Golden Mean1. Seeking out the Reflection denotes will and duality and is ruled by the square root of 22. And Consciousness is the foundation of reality as we are able to perceive it and is ruled
Practical Qabalah, Lesson 3: The Trickster
Qabalistically speaking, this chapter focuses on Hod in Yesod or the Intellect in the Subconscious. The nature of the intellect is to analyze the mechanics of its environment. This is a very fulfilling enterprise. It gives a sense of purpose, innovation and accomplishment. Over time it produces a nice cozy feeling and eventually, complacency and stagnation. The Trickster is there to make sure that doesn’t happen. He throws a wrench into the works. He reminds the Subconscious that there are m
Practical Qabalah, Lesson 2, Child and Shadow
Each Sepheroth on the original tree has a tree within it. In the Sepheroth designated Yesod, or ‘Subconscious,’ aspects of the subconscious are separated out so that each aspect can be examined, learned and applied in dealing with the other aspects. These are your tools and how they can be used. They could be compared to Carl Jung’s archetypes1 but I think of them more as personifications of the Original Whole’s mental possibilities. This takes it out of the realm of collective unconsci
Tech
Eagle Communications broadband upgrade a go in St. Francis
ST. FRANCIS — Eagle Communications announced this week a major milestone had been reached in the planned broadband upgrades project in the community of St. Francis, a move that will bring high-speed internet access to residents and businesses.

Eagle, working alongside with the St. Francis Internet Committee volunteers, reached 210 early signups, meaning the upgrade will proceed as planned.

"The support of the community of St. Francis has been simply amazing,' said Travis Kohlrus,
Video of an unexplained object, moving in the skies above Cheyenne Co, KS
Posted for Ray Alcott

After seeing the 4-28-17 video of the object moving across the moon, @ http://www.latest-ufo-sightings.net/2017/04/ufo-caught-moving-across-moon-baffles-viewers.html it reminded me of a similar video I had shot on 10-22-14 north of St. Francis, KS at sunset. If it wasn’t for that post I wouldn’t have posted this—however both videos to me look as if they are related somehow???

It was worth a post

Camera Zoom was 20X & the video is 500% of normal speed
Your Eagle Fiber-Optic Internet Questions Answered - 4/11/17 Edition
Since going public with the plans for the Fiber to the Premises project, it has been the goal of the St Francis Internet Committee to get as much information as possible out to the people of St Francis. We have been talking out details with Eagle for a long time, and talking with many of you about those details, trying to get you as excited about fiber-optics as we all are.

A Fiber Internet infrastructure in St Francis will greatly increase your internet speed. And by 'greatly' I mean
Truly high speed internet in St Francis
We in St Francis have an opportunity to have truly high speed internet. To clarify, by high speed I mean speeds that most cities have not achieved, and are currently fighting to get. A physical, hard line, fiber-optic connection to every customer, business and residential. The max bandwidth being offered to any individual customer is 1 gigabyte per second (1000 mb/s), which is honestly more than many of our systems can handle. With bandwidth options starting at 25 mb/s (which is 10x more than I
Recipes
Asparagus
Asparagus (scientific name Asparagus officinalis) is a perennial flowering plant that has been used as a food and medicine since as far back as 3,000 B.C. Many early cultures imbued it with aphrodisiac properties.1 Today, asparagus is recognized as an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, with few calories or sodium. Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, the amount of each vitamin offered in a serving of asparagus as a percentage of reference daily intakes (RDI) break down as follows:
The benifits of Tumeric
Tumeric is a wonderful spice and aids in the control of many problems. Studies show that turmeric may help fight Infections and some Cancers, reduce Inflammation, and treat Digestive problems.
Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an Anti-inflammatory, to treat Digestive and Liver problems, Skin diseases, and Wounds.

Curcumin is also a powerful Antioxidant. Antioxidants scavenge molecules in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with
Legal
Amendments to the Kansas amusement ride act which could affect carnival rides at the fair.
House Bill 2389 is scheduled to be heard, I think on Thursday and Friday in Topeka. This may or may not affect the carnival rides at the fair, but looks like it may. I would suggest people contact Representative Adam Smith and maybe e-mail any concerns, so this doesn't have a negative affect on the community.

Here is a link to the information page on the Kansas Legislature site:
http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/hb2389/

March 23, 2017

The Honorable John Barker, Chai
Cheyenne County Budget - Detailed
I got the detailed budget to better understand the county budget summary in the paper. It explains the receipts and expenses in detail so I'm passing them on to you. I did not reproduce the detail of line items in the General Fund. The 2014 fiscal paperwork has been has been completed by the auditors and includes another level to the already complex accounting system. The level of ACTUAL, though official for 2014 is not yet official for 2015. So the ACTUAL is still vague for the moment. Ques
Notice of Budget Hearing
The governing body of Cheyenne County will meet on August 31, 2016 at 9:00am at Cheyenne Courthouse for the purpose of hearing and answering objections of taxpayers relating to the proposed use of all funds and the amount of ad valorem tax. Detailed budget information is available at County Clerk's Office and will be available at this hearing.

Budget Summary
Proposed budget 2017 Expenditures and Amount of 2016 Ad Valorem Tax establish the maximum limits of the 2017 budget. Estimated tax
My Opinion
CCDC and WKREDA needs your input
CCDC (Cheyenne Community Development Corporation) belongs to WKREDA, an Economic Development Organization with membership in 55 counties in Western Kansas. We are having a meeting on July 28th, and have been asked to provide some information from local residents.

Please respond with the area/city you live in and answer the following without regard to money or practicality:
What are the top 3 things your town needs?
1.
2.
3.
Where do you live?

Thank you for your responses.

Please s
THE TIME IS OUT OF JOINT – A FATHER’S DAY MESSAGE
By: Mark Winne

NEWSLETTER FOR 06/15/2020

THE TIME IS OUT OF JOINT – A FATHER’S DAY MESSAGE [3]

Now my dears, said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.
_The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Nature is out of balance, teetering toward an unsavory resolution that may, in fact, be revenge for the abuses that humans have h
Career Cruising
I have just read the article 'Principal Matters' in the 9/22/16 St Francis Herald. There have certainly been career development programs in high school up till now. The difference between this program and preceding programs is that this one is mandatory.

Up till now, if a kid wanted to wait until a year or two after high school to find his or her true calling he/she could. If it turns out he was to be starving poet then our world will have found another midwife of truth. If she was t
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Rangeland Fencing
Written By Fred Wedel, retired NRCS District Conservationist
Photos By Cale Rieger, NRCS Natural Resource Specialist

Proper fence is needed for grazing livestock in a rotational grazing system. As mentioned before, a rest-rotation grazing system is essential for properly managing grazing systems in the western Kansas area of short grass and mid-grass prairie.

Many perimeter fences are 3 or 4 strands of barbed wire. Interior cross-fences are usually a single smooth wire. The interior fe
WHAT ARE COVER CROPS?
Written by Fred Wedel, Retired NRCS District Conservationist

What are cover crops? Cover crops are grown for the protection and enrichment of the soil. In Agriculture, cover crops are used to cover and protect the soil rather than to be harvested.

Cover crops are used to manage cropland and reduce soil erosion, improve soil fertility, improve soil quality, improve water storage, reduce pressure from weeds, pests and diseases, and improve biodiversity and wildlife in an agroecosystem.

Future Leadership Training Classes in Cheyenne County
There is a group of leaders in Cheyenne, Rawlins, Sherman and Thomas Counties that held discussions with K State Extension, Hansen Foundation and the Kansas Leadership Center regarding support for establishing sustainable leadership programs in these four counties. The first Community Builders class was held in Cheyenne County in 2007 and the last of four classes was held nine years ago in 2012. Close to 80 county residents participated in these classes. The original eight trainers have eithe