Three Kansas agricultural businesses, including one near Lawrence, have been named "Agricultural Innovators of 1989."
Award winners are John and Karen Pendleton, Pendleton's Kaw Valley Asparagus, Lawrence; Ron Schuetz, Schuetz Wild Bird Seed Farms, Horton; and Shirley and Dave Voran, The Kansas Wheat House, Cimarron.
Pendleton's Kaw Valley Asparagus is an 8-year-old business east of Lawrence on the Pendleton family farm. The couple produce asparagus, hydroponic tomatoes, blue corn for chips, and other horticultural crops.
"We provide a pick-your-own operation and farm experience," they said in a news release issued by the Kansas State Board of Agriculture. "All ages enjoy the country setting and northeast Kansas spring harvest of produce. Our 20 acres of asparagus and more than 1,300 tomato plants in the greenhouse provide high quality and value found only in one's own garden. Specialty items such as blue corn chips, bedding plants, cut flowers and other spring vegetables add to the farm market."
The Pendleton farm operation is featured in a chapter of the United States Department of Agriculture 1989 Yearbook "Farm Management, How to Achieve Your Farm Management Goals."