Feb 10, 2020 8:03 PM

Young farmers and ranchers attend statewide leadership conference

Posted Feb 10, 2020 8:03 PM

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Farmers and ranchers from across Kansas gathered in Manhattan Feb. 7-9 for the annual Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) leaders conference. More than 575 attended the three-day Kansas Farm Bureau conference designed to maximize efficiency on family farming operations.

The conference provided young ag producers between the ages of 18-35 with agricultural education, motivational speakers and opportunities to connect with industry resources and network with peers.

Attendees heard from Jay Hill, a farmer and agriculture advocate from West Texas and Southern New Mexico; Jim Morris, a major league baseball player whose story was portrayed in the movie, The Rookie; Dr. Roger Marshall, Kansas’s 1st congressional district’s representative; and Rich Felts, Kansas Farm Bureau president.

State committee members from each of the 10 Kansas Farm Bureau districts planned and hosted the conference. The conference included workshops, speakers, tours and competitions. The YF&R state committee played an integral part in making this year’s conference a success.

Winners of the conference competitions included:

Collegiate Discussion Meet – Max Harmon, Kansas State University

YF&R Discussion Meet – Scott Thellman, Douglas County

Ag Quiz Bowl – Colt Sutterby, Eli Ohlde, Isaac Brunkow and Andy Mink, Kansas State University

Excellence in Agriculture – Jackie Mundt, Pratt County

YF&R of the Year – John Buttenhoff, Lincoln County

Young farmers and ranchers from 82 counties participated in this year’s event.

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2 injured Hutch corrections officers still not back to work

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Two of the five correctional officers who were hurt during an inmate disturbance last week at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility remain off work, a prison official said Monday.

The Feb. 4 incident at the facility prompted a prison lockdown at the time and cancellation of last weekend’s visitation to its central unit.

The investigation remains ongoing as to what sparked the disturbance that occurred during dinnertime as a group of inmates were leaving the chow hall, said Jordan Bell, spokesman for the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. The facility holds more than 1,000 inmates, and meal times involve “a constant movement” that usually lasts a couple of hours to feed them all.

Citing privacy concerns, Bell declined to release any additional details about the officers’ injuries other than to say all five were treated and released that same night from a local hospital. No weapons were involved.

About 20 inmates were placed in restrictive housing after the incident for investigative purposes, with some of those offenders receiving disciplinary reports amid the continuing investigation, Bell said.

There was no damage to the prison facility, he said.