Feb 10, 2020 9:20 PM

Plastic bags could still be around awhile at Dillons

Posted Feb 10, 2020 9:20 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — While the city of Wichita has taken the first steps to possibly banning plastic bags, Dillons has stayed the course in its plans to eliminate the plastic from stores.

According to a release from spokesperson Sheila Lowrie, Dillons continues to work toward its goal to phase out single-use plastic bags by 2025 as part of the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative.

At this time, Lowrie says there are not any new updates to share regarding the specific timeline for when plastic bags will be completely phased out from local Dillons locations.

Lowrie says there are a couple of factors at play here with the length of time because the transition is a huge step. It will also change how support companies produce and distribute paper and reusable bags.

Lowrie says people are getting into the habit of recycling the plastic bags, which increased by 2.2% throughout Dillons stores. Dillons continues the push to get customers to use reusable bags.

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Feb 10, 2020 9:20 PM
Young farmers and ranchers attend statewide leadership conference

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.