Feb 06, 2020 6:59 PM

NSP Recognizes Marshall with Top Sorghum Congressional Award

Posted Feb 06, 2020 6:59 PM

This week, the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) awarded U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., with the Sorghum Congressional Award for 2019, the organization’s top honor for individuals who work diligently for the sorghum producers they represent and for achievements in creating and implementing farm policies that benefit sorghum farmers around the country.

“I represent the largest sorghum producing district in the U.S. I know how important this crop is to my farmers and the role it plays in our nation’s food, fuel, and fiber sources,” said Rep. Marshall. “I have enjoyed working with the NSP and sorghum growers across my district on issues of trade, renewable fuels, and regulatory rollback.”

Rep. Marshall has advocated for sorghum producers through the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of a sorghum oil pathway, Renewable Fuels Standard policies, and working to find resolutions during the recent trade and tariff issues.

“Congressman Marshall represents a large number of our grower members in Kansas and has been a powerful advocate for the Kansas Big First,” NSP Chairman Dan Atkisson, a sorghum producer from Stockton, Kan., said. “We appreciate his relentless efforts to be a champion for sorghum and the Kansas farmers he represents.”

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Hutchinson Regional Medical Center adds UV lights to disinfection arsenal

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Hutchinson Regional Medical Center has made a purchase in an effort to continue to reduce the rates of infection at the hospital.

"We've purchased three high-tech pieces of equipment," said Chuck Welch, Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer at Hutch Regional. "We purchased them from the Clorox company, which is actually a subsidiary of the Clorox company that everybody knows, the bleach. This is their healthcare division. They've developed a tower, if you will, of ultraviolet light. We purchased three of these. One is going to be dedicated in the operating room and the two will be out on the floors."

The ultraviolet light scrubs for things even hospital cleaning can miss.

"The ultraviolet light is in the room and it will attack and eliminate over 30 different types of bacteria and pathogens and further make that room less contaminant," Welch said.

The light can get places that soap and water can't.

"It's on wheels and it sits in the middle of the room and it, when the nurse turns it on, it will emit this light for about 5 to 10 minutes," Welch said. "You can wipe a countertop off, but if they get in cracks and crevices, they can hide, well, they can't hide from the light."

The rooms will still be cleaned manually and disinfected first before the light is put in multiple positions in the room to disinfect all surfaces.