• Golden field of wheat

    Why Wheat Is a Kansas Staple

    Close your eyes and picture Kansas. What springs to mind? If we had to guess, we’d wager there was wheat involved.  Kansas conjures thoughts of golden fields — delicate stalks rippling in the breeze as far as the eye can see.  But why is Kansas so solidly linked to wheat in our minds?...

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  • Footballs made from animal products

    Seven Everyday Items with Animal Byproducts

    When we think of animal agriculture, we often think of hogs and cattle being raised for food. But animals are used for more than meat, and they play a huge role in our everyday lives, even when we have no clue. Animals provide different chemicals, compounds and materials that can be used...

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  • Kansas Flint Hills

    The Dirt on Kansas Prairie Grass

    Many Kansans are familiar with the sight of prairie grasses waving in the wind. A lot of us, though, aren’t exactly sure what all that vegetation is in the scenery we know and love. To bump up your knowledge of Kansas flora, here’s what you need to know about the most common types of...

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  • Animal Welfare in Food Production

    “If you’re raising animals for slaughter, how can you say they’re well cared for?” People in animal agriculture get this question a lot and it’s an important topic to discuss.

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  • New Year 2020 for Farming and Gardening

    Ten Resolutions to Connect with a Farmer in 2020

    This year, when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, resolve to connect with a farmer in 2020. (OK, first kiss someone you love, and THEN plan to connect with a farmer!) Learning more about where — and who — our food comes from not only helps us appreciate what we eat, but also...

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  • What does a pig eat

    What Do Pigs Eat

    We know it’s important to eat nutritious, wholesome food for our health and wellbeing. That means fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy oils and, for many of us, lean meats. What about the food our food eats? Do animal diets make a difference? They sure do! For instance, let...

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  • Corn Harvest

    Surprising Corn Facts and Uses

    If you’ve ever taken a bite out of an ear of field corn, you know there’s a big difference between that and sweet corn, which is the kind of corn we eat. Field corn is a lot starchier and doesn’t have as much sugar, so it doesn’t taste nearly as good. So, why is 99 percent of the corn...

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  • Field of sorghum

    Trade Wars and Mother Nature: How Farmers Decide What and When to Plant

    Jim Sipes has farming in his blood. He’s the fifth generation in his family to farm and currently works with the fourth generation—his father and uncle—in Southwest Kansas. He started farming straight out of college and remembers losing sleep early on in his career when he would stress...

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  • School lunch cafeteria - Farm to Plate program

    Farm to Plate Programs Are a Big Hit in Kansas Schools

    Eating local isn’t a movement just for fancy restaurants. Thanks to the Kansas State Department of Education, it’s also for school lunches. No more scoop of mush on a tray. Farm-to-plate programs throughout the state are helping schools incorporate local meats, vegetables and fruits in...

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  • Kid-Friendly Museums in Kansas

    Get Your Kids off the Screen and Thinking About the Real World

    “Just one more episode!”  “I’m almost done!” “Five more minutes? Please?!”  Whether it’s a tablet, TV or phone, convincing your kids to disengage from their technology can be a challenge.  And once they have their eyes on you and not their screens, what is there to do? Trying to...

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