• Kelly Hills Dairy Kristina Haverkamp and Calf

    Love Is a Kansas Dairy Farm

    Kristina Haverkamp wants you to love dairy. This wife, mother and grandmother helps run Kelly Hills Dairy, a 600-cow operation in Seneca. She’s passionate about sharing her work and life with others. “My job is never boring. It’s exciting,” she said. “I used to have a desk job. Now, I...

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  • Jacquelyne Leffler crops

    The Story of an Athlete-Turned-Farmer

    Jacquelyne Leffler loves telling the story of agriculture. The first time she shared her experience farming with others, she was the one who had several aha moments.

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  • Ohlde Dairy three generations

    Life at Ohlde Dairy Is About Cows, Family and Feed

    The silos at Ohlde Dairy stand empty, replaced with covered piles of silage. Silage is a food for cattle that is made from crop plants — every part from stalk to stem — then fermented. It’s a key part of the feed for the nearly 1,300 cows currently milked at the dairy. 

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  • Baby Pygora goat at Rowantree Farm

    A Dream Takes Shape at Kansas Fiber Farm

    Have you ever fantasized about living on a small hobby farm — someplace to settle down where you could grow your own food and live self-sufficiently? The McGees did, and they’re making that dream come true. Both Collen (pronounced KAW-leen) and her husband Mike are veterans who currently...

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  • The Heiniger Kids on the Farm

    Growing Up on a Farm

    We’ve loved getting to know so many wonderful farmers and ranchers across Kansas. Many of them talk about the importance of family, of being raised on a farm or raising their own children on a farm. We couldn’t help but wonder what kids would say about the experience. So, we asked, “What...

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  • Pagel Kansas Ranch

    Raising Cattle by the Seasons

    Kelsey Pagel used to joke she didn’t want to marry a farmer. While Kelsey was growing up, her parents started a farm together from scratch — no small feat! She saw firsthand the hard work and dedication farming required.  “I learned a lot about work ethic on the farm with two parents...

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  • Holy Goat Creamery Nubian goats

    Meet a Local Goat Cheese Maker in Kansas

    For 30 years, Suzanne Bennett worked as an OB/GYN delivering children. She always had an interest in making her own cheese. After retiring, she attended a cheesemaking workshop and loved it. She decided to take the plunge and make goat cheese at home. That’s when her pet project took on a...

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  • Shiloh Vineyard in Western Kansas

    Winery Brings Slice of Heaven to Western Kansas

    How did a self-proclaimed Bud Light drinker start a vineyard in Western Kansas? It was a leap of faith. “We had no clue what we were doing,” said Kirk Johnston, who runs Shiloh Vineyard with his wife Treva. “We had absolutely no experience in vineyards or winemaking.” 

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  • Kohman family ranch

    At Kohman Meats, Ranching Is About Family

    Kelli and Todd grew up around the corner from each other in Abilene. Their families did business together — Kelli’s family leased some of their farmland to Todd’s family — but that was it. They knew each other, but they weren’t close. It wasn’t until they were grown that the two became a...

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  • How Feeding Pigs Is Helping This Kansas Farm

    After graduating from Kansas State University, Caitlyn Horton moved home to help on her family’s farm north of Kendall, in southwest Kansas. The farm includes 5,000 acres of corn, wheat and sorghum, along with cattle and pigs. Caitlyn started Horton Show Pigs as a branch of the operation...

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