Epiphany!! After church and dinner, we started in again moving
and cleaning. The boys are doing well. Cole is a marvel at sorting
and reorganizing our stuff.
Marc arrives with his program counselor. Looks like he will
fit right in with us and of course communication is the key.
to school. Tonight Layton had a 4-H council meeting plus he
is the president. Louise also attended as leader. Marc settled
in. Marit worked on piano. Cole continues to organize our books,
papers. It's wonderful. He is also getting lots of things ready
for Australia. Vance is working on the dairy and wheat meetings
coming up. We sent out news releases to local papers.
Winter is the time to have grower meetings. Vance and I have
made sure Dighton or our region has had an annual Wheat Management
and Production meeting for the last 8 years. It is January 24
with excellent speakers. Vance was interviewed on the radio
by Hap Larson on his Farm Show on KBUF about the upcoming wheat
meeting. They also discussed current profitability issues on
the farm and even our dairy plans.
Louise met with the Lane County Museum president Judy Fullmer
to line out plans for the January 27th Kansas Day celebration.
We will talk about local products and the byproducts of the
commodities grown here. People don't realize all the byproducts
made from commodities we grow which are unrelated to food. Example:
packaging peanuts made from wheat, wheat particle board, strawboard,
paste to name a few.
were sure glad to see their friends at school. Marc seems to
be adjusting. So are we. Made more plans for closing the land
purchase we made 3 weeks ago. We will close on Friday. That
will bring our farm to 6,240 acres. Most of that is rented acres.
We have landlords in California, Kansas, and Colorado. Vance
does most of the communication with them keeping them updated
on growing conditions, wheat price forecast. He asked me today
if we could do a newsletter on our new computer. So we will
Louise worked on the Festival of Breads fundraising letter.
This bread baking contest for Kansans is April 4 with preliminaries
in March. Tanner is working on cleaning our grain bins--getting
the bottom wheat scraps the augers do not pick up. He's also
sleeping in late--storing up for next semester. He will leave
really have a mess as Louise cleared her desk of piles, which
Cole is organizing, into files as well as the books. It will
be great when it is all done.
Monday the phone has been ringing constantly. Everybody is just
like us--trying to do those tasks we put off until after the
first of the year.
and some dairy directors headed to Syracuse, Kansas to visit
with a banker there who is expert at dairy finance and profitability.
They may also visit a dairy there. Tonight is the historical
society annual meeting. Kansas Day plans are moving along.