Monday, January 16, 2012

Improving upon our recycling processes

Recycling has always been a matter of helping the environment and the process of recycling has been around for thousands of years.  In ancient times it was a common occurrence to melt down swords, pots and other metal items that had served their purpose.  After the melting process, new items such as coins, statues and other household items were made. 
Products were not nearly as abundant in ancient times as they are now, so resources were hardly ever wasted. Folks from those times would likely cringe if they saw the amount of recycled materials the general public wastes today.
Recognizing a need to improve upon the existing recycling program at MKC, members of the MKC Way Committee, a leadership program at MKC, have taken the initiative to do just that.  Tires, scrap iron, paper, cans and bottles are just some of the processes that will be improved upon or put into place.
“We recognized that we didn’t have a coordinated effort when it came to recycling,” stated Tara Struber, a member of the committee. “Some of our locations have processes in place and we wanted to take their programs and implement them throughout the entire company. Our goal is to make recycling a habit and join other leaders in our communities who recycle.”

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Women in agriculture

Fall crops had been delivered to the Mid Kansas Coop at Castleton when Tina Collins started cleaning machinery and building fence in preparation for the cattle she would be bringing home for winter on her Reno County farm.

Dixie Mattas and her husband, Gary,
farm near Lindsborg.
At Dixie Mattas’ farm the routine is about the same, down to the waxing of the combine. While Mattas farms with her husband Gary, just north of Lindsborg, in McPherson County, Collins works solo, having taken over her family farm four miles south of Pretty Prairie.

Collins and Mattas make up about 26,800 female farmers out of Kansas’ nearly 70,000 farm operators according to the recent Census of Agriculture. Meanwhile Collins is part of an even smaller group of 7,943 women who are considered the principal operator of the farm.

Despite different farming operations, the two women share a passion for their work and an appreciation for MKC and how the cooperative has enhanced their lives in several ways.

Both women were raised on farms, and helping out was just always a part of their childhood.
“I loved it,” Mattas said of growing up on her parent’s farm near Bridgeport. The granddaughter of Swedish immigrants who lived in a dugout near Bridgeport, she says her roots run deep in central Kansas.

Friday, January 6, 2012

MKC to award scholarships

MKC will once again award nine scholarships valued at $500 each.  The scholarships, available to high school seniors graduating in the spring of 2012 within MKC's territory, will be awarded based on academic achievement, activities and an essay about the value of the cooperative system.

"This is our opportunity to recognize outstanding students in our communities," states Kerry Watson, Communications/Administrative Specialist for MKC. 

Seniors who plan to attend an accredited university or college including junior, community,vocational or technical schools are eligible to apply.  Applications are available at and are aslo available through area high school counselor offices. 

Application deadline is March 15.