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Aerial Sprayer plane, Liberal, Kansas

Aerial Sprayer plane, Liberal, Kansas
Date: September 22, 1949
This black and white photograph shows a field being sprayed for noxious weeds by an aerial spray play using 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic near Liberal, Kansas. 2,4-D, as it was commonly called, was a pesticide/herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds.


Aerial spray plane

Aerial spray plane
Creator: Hetzel Photo Lab, Dodge City, Kansas
Date: Between 1940 and 1950
This black and white photograph shows a field being sprayed for noxious weeds by an aerial spray plane using 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. The spray, commonly called 2,4-D, is a pesticide/herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds. In the foreground, a man can be seen carrying items across a field.


Aero Spray King plane, Manhattan, Kansas

Aero Spray King plane, Manhattan, Kansas
Date: February 24, 1949
This black and white photographshows the Aero Spray King plane and the 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid tank from the Ong Aircraft Corporation in Manhattan, Kansas. 2,4-D, as it was commonly called, was a pesticide/herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds.


Atomic Basic Chemicals Corporation label

Atomic Basic Chemicals Corporation label
Date: September 26, 1951
This black and white photograph shows the labels for the Atomic Basic Chemicals Corporation and the Farmers Co-Op of Lyndon, Kansas.


Barrell from Chemical Corporation of Colorado

Barrell from Chemical Corporation of Colorado
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This black and white photograph taken at the Armstrong Air Service in Scott City, Kansas, shows the top of a barrel containing Colorado.44 25% DDT. The emulsifiable concentrated chemical was manufactured by the Chemical Corporation of Colorado in Denver. The spray from the barrel was found to be adulterated with 2.76% 2,4 - D. It had been used to spray a sugar beet field that contained garden webworm.


Board of Agriculture reports

Board of Agriculture reports
Creator: State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1874
This series of Board of Agriculture notes from 1874 covers broad topics relating to live stock and crops. Materials included in the collection is: correspondence, reports and handwritten notes.


Board of Agriculture Treasurer's Annual Reports

Board of Agriculture Treasurer's Annual Reports
Creator: State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1871-1873, 1876
These records include the treasurer's annual reports of the State Board of Agriculture and related vouchers. The January 10, 1872 report, written by treasurer Thomas Murphy, itemizes the proceeds of the Kansas State Fair. Murphy's reports were audited by J.K. Hudson and E.S. Niccolls. The 1873 report was prepared by treasurer George N. Veale and the 1876 report by J.C. Wilson. Additional auditors include A.J. Burdick, W.A. Johnston, J.P. Davis, C.H. Graham, and D.W. Finney.


Curbing the wind

Curbing the wind
Creator: Aicher, L. C.
Date: 1935
The twenty-ninth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture includes this short article by L. C. Aicher, superintendent of the Fort Hays Experiment Station in Hays, Kansas. In the article ("Curbing the Wind" in Twenty-Ninth Biennial Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture for the Years 1933 to 1934"), Aicher describes the most effective techniques for preventing wind erosion, stating that "the secret in preventing soil from blowing is to keep the surface in a roughened condition." He also gives directions about the best methods for listing land and caring for fallow fields.


Harper County Agricultural and Mechanical Association annual report

Harper County Agricultural and Mechanical Association annual report
Creator: State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1880
This annual report of the Harper County agricultural association and county fair was compiled by H.O. Meigs of Anthony, Kansas. The fair was held from September 23 to September 25, 1880.The report lists the value of fair grounds owned by the association, and the financial record for the year. The length of the race course, whether the site is shaded, and the distance to the nearest railroad station are also recorded.


Kansas Board of Agriculture officials, Topeka, Kansas, inspecting a field

Kansas Board of Agriculture officials, Topeka, Kansas, inspecting a field
Date: July 07, 1948
This black and white photograph shows two officials from the Kansas Board of Agriculture, J.C. Mohler and Ted Yost, examining the effects of 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid in a field southwest of Topeka, Kansas. 2, 4-D, as it was commonly called, was a pesticide/herbicide used to control boardleaf weeds. Mohler was the secretary of the Board of Agriculture.


List of Chartered Agricultural Associations

List of Chartered Agricultural Associations
Creator: State Board of Agriculture
Date: January 19, 1874
This is a record of all agricultural associations incorporated in Kansas betewen January 9, 1866 and January 19, 1874. Many are county agricultural associations, but some serve more specific populations, such as the First Swedish Agricultural Company of MacPherson County and the Danish Agricultural Society of Jackson County. The official state seal is affixed to the final page of this record to show that it has been certified by the Kansas Secretary of State, W.H. Smallwood.


Mahon's Flying Service, Dodge City, Kansas

Mahon's Flying Service, Dodge City, Kansas
Date: Between 1940s and 1950s
This black and white photograph shows Mahon's Flying Service plane and company truck from Dodge City, Kansas. It was a custom spraying service for farmers.


Presbyterian Church Survey

Presbyterian Church Survey
Creator: State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1874
This survey, taken by the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, shows the number of church organizations in each county by denomination. The records shown here document the aggregate membership, number and value of church buildings and other property belonging to Presbyterian churches in Kansas in 1874. Subsects of Presbyterian churches are listed where applicable, for example, the church in Neuchatel Township of Nemaha County is listed as "French Presbyterian."


Ralph Stum and John Wunder

Ralph Stum and John Wunder
Creator: Capper Engraving Co.
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows Ralph Strum, on the left, talking with John Wunder from Bazine, Kansas about weeds at the Ness County Noxious Weed Department.


Roy Mahon and Ralph Stum

Roy Mahon and Ralph Stum
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows pilot Roy Mahon, to the left, speaking with Ness County Weed Supervisor Ralph Stum about crop dusting.


Sam Brownback, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture, to Loren Doll

Sam Brownback, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture, to Loren Doll
Creator: Brownback, Sam, 1956-
Date: January 20, 1993
Secretary of Agriculture Sam Brownback expressed his opposition to litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Kansas Board of Agriculture. In the court case, the plaintiffs claimed that the governance structure of the Board of Agriculture violated constitutional guarantees of "one person, one vote." Secretary Brownback expressed his view that the existing structure by which the Secretary of Agriculture was appointed by the Board of Agriculture had served Kansas well and did not need drastic changes. In 1995, the Kansas Legislature abolished the Board of Agriculture and replaced it with a cabinet level Department of Agriculture, with the governor appointing the secretary of agriculture.


Township Trustee Records

Township Trustee Records
Creator: State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1875
This folder contains handwritten reports of the township trustees in each county of Kansas in 1875. Alfred Gray, Secretary of the State Board of Agriculture, sent a form to each county superintendent on which they recorded all townships and township trustees in their county. Gray used a printed directory of county superintendents to keep track of the number of trustees in each county. Gray then compiled a master list of all township trustees' names and addresses in alphabetical order by county.


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