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October 31, 2000

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Conference

Experts to discuss future of agriculture

The future agriculture will be the topic of a conference this week in Hays.

The 23rd annual Agricultural Outlook Conference will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday at Fort Hays State University. The reservation deadline is Wednesday.

Among the presenters:

Alan Barkema, vice president and economist at the Center for the Study of Rural America at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Mo.

Joe Christopher, grain market analyst for RJ O'Brien & Associates in Greenwood Villages, Colo.

Dan Dhuyvetter, beef cow/calf nutritionist for Land O' Lakes Farmland Feed Co.

Andrew Gottschalk, senior vice president for RJ O'Brien.

For more information, call (785) 628-5805.




Publishing

Primedia buys online content provider

Primedia Inc., publisher of Seventeen, Modern Bride and New York magazines, agreed Monday to merge with online content provider About Inc. in a stock deal worth $690 million that will combine old and new media.

Officials of both companies described Primedia's acquisition of About as a textbook example of old media merging with new media to forge an alliance that will help marketers and advertisers reach millions of new consumers.




Earnings

Verizon meets Wall Street estimates

Third-quarter results at Verizon Communications Inc. met Wall Street expectations, helped by strong demand for wireless and DSL services.

For the three months ended Sept. 30, Verizon recorded net income $3.47 billion, or $1.27 per share, compared with $2.54 billion, or 91 cents per share, in the year-ago period, Verizon said Monday.

Excluding items, including a $1.5 billion gain on asset sales and other adjustments, Verizon earned $2 billion, or 73 cents per share.




Technology

Printer licenses eBiz Software program

A Topeka-based software firm is teaming up with a print supplier for a program that will allow distributors to design, proof and order semi-custom products from a Web site.

The Topeka business, eBiz Software Inc., said it had licensed its TechForms technology to PrintXcel, the world's largest supplier of printed materials to the reseller market.

Terms were not disclosed.

Steve Kuker, eBiz's chief executive officer, said the firm planned to relocate its offices and that Lawrence was among the sites being considered.

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