• By John Green The Hutchinson News jgreen@hutchnews.com
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Weldon Headings learned his trade repairing equipment on the family farm, and on the road while working as a harvest custom cutter for more than a decade.

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JETMORE – In the heart of cattle country you’d expect a hamburger joint on Jetmore’s Main Street, not a Thai restaurant.

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Kiowa County United – The nonprofit was spearheaded by local Scott Brown. However, his idea came to fruition thanks to several community members who were concerned about the roadblocks they saw to rebuilding Greensburg’s business sector.

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Yes, this is small-town Kansas, population 6,300. But in this town with an economy centered on feedlots, dairies and irrigation, creative artists like Janice Baldwin are spiraling thanks to this downtown store.

Called the Main ARTery, it is a place that showcases the work of southwest Kansas’ creative. Yet, it is more than just a gallery, said Tracy Teeter, who purchased the business in January. She offers classes, as well as workspace so artists can hone their skills and finish projects in a congenial atmosphere.

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  • By Kathy Hanks Kansas Agland
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HUGOTON – For Rebecca Degollado, the steady stream of semitractor trailers along Main Street hauling milk, cattle and other agriculture products is a reminder that this isn’t the same town in which she opened her business 13 years ago.

  • By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press
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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget on Thursday, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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  • By Chris Beyerhelm, Acting Administrator, Farm Service Agency and Leonard Jordan, Acting Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service
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USDA has learned that Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri), an invasive weed, may have infested some newly-seeded (2016) conservation plantings across the upper Midwest. Palmer amaranth is highly competitive, and in fact, is the most competitive of the pigweed species. It grows rapidly and one plant can produce a quarter-million seeds.