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ISSUE DATE: 12/28/2009

Looking is as much fun as finding

By Doug Rich

Glen Wright, Cushing, Okla., has been collecting and restoring steam engines, tractors, Model T and Model A cars for most of his adult life. Along the way, he has collected some interesting stories, too.

Mary Lou Wright knew from the beginning that she had married a collector. On their honeymoon her husband, Glen, stopped to look in every pawn shop they happened to come across.

At that time, Glen Wright was collecting guns; but, in the late 1950s he began collecting and storing bigger items like steam engines, old tractors, as well as Model T and Model A cars. Wright said he became fascinated with steam engines as a kid, watching his neighbor thrash grain with an old steam engine. Since 1959, Wright has purchased, restored, and sold many of the big steam engines.

"I don't keep them," Wright said. "I get them running, fix them up, and pass them on for someone else to enjoy."


NEWS

Ag Consultants pick Minneapolis for 2010 meeting
Ag foundation holds Cargill-sponsored learning opportunities for students
Area's largest agricultural exposition coming to Qwest Center-Omaha
Chambliss, Lucas request USDA, EPA to update climate change analysis
Climate change to plants: "ready, set....grow!"
Colorado producers face tough climate
Cover Your Acres Conference set for Jan. 19 and 20 in Oberlin
Experts agree on a universal drought index to combat climate risks
Farm Aid funds projects to strengthen, promote sustainable family farm food production
Kansas Department of Commerce to host Kansas Wind Supply Chain Workshop
Kansas Precision Ag Conference Slated Jan. 21 and 22 in Salina
KFAC, KFB to host 3rd annual Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops in Jan., Feb.
K-State and eXtension offer financial planning, other help for ag producers
K-State's Pollution Prevention Institute to host workshop for small businesses
Lawsuit claims tannery sludge damaged Missouri farmland
Looking is as much fun as finding
Minnesota farmers try green practices
Montana historians seeks to recognize 100-year farms
Moran legislation would undo EPA greenhouse gas rule
Munsch featured speaker at KRC Growing Your Farm Profits Workshop
NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences honors students
NMSU hosts six regional workshops on increasing profits at farmers' markets
Nominations sought for Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame inductee
North Texas Ag Conference set for Jan. 12 in Wellington
Policy information seminars to be offered during 2010 KNID Agrifest
Policy information seminars to be offered during 2010 KNID Agrifest
Rancher knowledge: An untapped resource
Spaces still available for K-State Master of Agribusiness tour of Australian, New Zealand agribusine
Survey suggests improving but weak Plains economy
Upcoming KSU ag events
Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo set March 10 and 11

CROPS

Alternative Crops School Jan. 13; RSVP by Jan. 7
Climate change leads discussions at OWGA meeting
Cover Your Acres Conference set for Jan. 19 and 20 in Oberlin
Crop scientist: 300-bushel corn yields are possible
Cropping Profitability Seminars planned
Demand for corn and soybeans continues in 2010
Extension offers help to pesticide applicators with expiring licenses, first-time applicants
Kansas Precision Ag Conference Slated Jan. 21 and 22 in Salina
Liquid propane shortage adds to harvest woes
MGGA launches "Our Neighbor's Daily Bread" project
Missouri sets two-year precipitation record with 106 inches, more possible
Next year's seed needs
Record funding for state conservation cost-share program
Texas pecan crop down but not out
Think about soybean seed purchases
USW reaches out to Saudi Arabian wheat buyers
Website has lots of info about Panhandle's crops
Weed management school Jan. 26, 2010
What can we plant to make money?
Wheat researchers unlock the power of genetics¬ 

LIVESTOCK

2010 Iowa Pork Congress to be held Jan. 27 and 28
2010 National Limousin Sale will showcase top genetics
2010 National Western Stock Show schedule of events
A.I. school to be held at CSU in February 2010
Art exhibit and sale opens Jan. 6
Bovine TB tests to continue through December
Brittany Eagleburger honored with Bronze and Silver awards
Cattle on feed numbers released
Colorado native tops Sale of Champions with Grand Champion Steer at North American International
Farmers and Ranchers Cow-Calf College at USMARC Jan. 19
'Feeding the Cowherd for Maximum Profit' school set for Jan. 13 and 14
From the President and CEO
FSA provides Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payments
Gelbvieh Association activities set for NWSS
Hereford Denver activities planned
Highlights from MSGA's 125th Annual Convention and Trade Show
Improved practices have history of increased production for hog farmers
International Agri-Business Center in its 25th year
International Livestock Congress-USA set for Jan. 12
Interstate meat shipping program will help grow local demand, promote competition
Kansas junior receives leadership award
KCA industry meetings draws hundreds and organizational support
Kid Rock shows some good horse sense
Leon County 'Beef CEU Update' set Jan. 29
Livestock judging team rounds out year with final contests
Manageable crossbreeding systems drive profitability
MGGA launches "Our Neighbor's Daily Bread" project
Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference April 12 and 13
NAILE Hereford champions named
Nathan Eagleburger honored with Bronze and Silver awards
National Western funds 71 scholarships
NC debuts consumer membership
New rules at the 2010 National Western Stock Show
New vaccines may help thwart E. coli O157:H7
NLRB sets Jan. 21 and 22 for National Beef union vote
NWSS has a proud history
OSU animal scientist talks U.S. beef in China
Prairie Dog Creek Cattle Co. wins Red Angus GridMaster Award
Rancher knowledge: An untapped resource
Red Angus age and source certificates accessible online
Red Meat Club annual dinner is Jan. 14
Spreutels Farm wins Red Angus GridMaster Award
Strong spirit of ill daughter inspires Jim Hertzog to stay calm, win LMA's final WLAC qualifying co
Tom and Becky Kourlis named 2010 Citizens of the West
USDA announces new Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment program
USDA geared to begin a new agricultural year with sheep and goats survey
USDA outlines plan to send dairy farmers payments
USDA to survey cattle, sheep, goat producers in January
USDA to survey Oklahoma cattle producers
Vilsack announces cheese purchase of $60 million to assist struggling dairy producers
Virginia family taps market for goat meat
World Ag Expo Dairy seminars run Feb. 9 to 11

EDITOR

Four-color propaganda
Take the driver's seat for agriculture
USDA analysis confirms cap-and-trade damages agriculture
Use the gift of memory

COLUMNS

Faith and family
Fueling the flame
Just a scoop full
New cotton varieties debut
New software system tracks livestock
Pull the plug on Granny...Pull the plug for free!

MARKETS

Ada livestock sales report
Although trade slow, prices remain steady
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock sales summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado cattle auction summary
Dalhart livestock sales report
Denison feeder cattle report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Faith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
Lacking market support pushes soybean, wheat bids lower
Lexington livestock sales report
Newell sheep sales report
Ogallala livestock auction market
Pratt livestock sales report
Salina cattle auction report
Superior video auction report
Watertown cattle sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Academy for Ranch Management sets 2010 workshop schedule
Agency sees problems with wild horse plan
Eastern Red Cedar meetings take to the road
Grassland Reserve Program application cutoff date announced
Multi-paddock grazing provides efficiency, profits for ranchers
Range management specialists featured at January meetings
Spring Forage Conference set for Feb. 23 in Springfield
Texas fire officials predict below-normal threat

FAMILY

Climate change to plants: "ready, set....grow!"
Colorado poinsettia greenhouses blooming
De-icer mistakes can harm people, plants, concrete
Entertaining thoughts on casual party fare
FFA float will connect with millions during Tournament of Roses
From the stand to the yard: Real Christmas tree transplants
It's time to ring in the hors d'ouvres
Make this holiday season a green one
Meditation for 12-28-09
Organization works to thwart illegal hunting activities
Poinsettia death trip: Most consumers kill their poinsettias with neglect in about two weeks
Texas A&M Invitational succeeds despite weather
Texas pecan crop down but not out
Texhoma FFA displays talent at the Hooker Livestock Jackpot Show
The "Christmas Tree" Story
Thirteen volunteers inducted into New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame
Uniquely designed Watson full of space
Upcoming K-State horticultural events

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