LCBIA tours area farms and ranches
The Leavenworth County Beef Improvement Association (LCBIA) held its third annual Farm and Ranch Tour Saturday, Aug. 23. Approximately 100 members and guests were on hand for a smoked brisket dinner, followed by speakers, including Al Knapp, vice president of the American Gelbvieh Association and co-owner, with his wife Mary, of Knapp's Triple K Gelbvieh ranch, which was the site of this year's tour, south of Basehor.
Knapp introduced information about the Gelbvieh breed of cattle and using them in a cross breeding program.
Also on hand was Rick Davis of Topeka, representing the Lower Kansas River Basin Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy. Davis has a background in agriculture and used the opportunity to introduce area agricultural producers to the programs available to assist in developing a sound strategy for conservation and water quality issues.
Attendees were treated to live music during the meal and following the program by The Third Generation Band.
The LCBIA tour is one of several fundraisers organized to assist Leavenworth County students pursuing majors in agriculture with scholarships which totaled $7,000 in 2008. The addition of the Bill and June Beaver Scholarship Fund - funded exclusively by the Beavers - in 2007 boosted the program.
Recipients of scholarships, awarded to Leavenworth County students active in agriculture, in 2008 are: Shannon Smith ($2,500 ), Kelly Yunghans ($2,500), Katie Yunghans ($1,000) - all Kansas State students - and Michael Holton ($1,000) of Fort Hays State.