Food News, Trends & Research

Sometimes it’s hard to sift through all the information out there and know what the latest food news means for you and your family. Here, we break down trending food topics and dig deeper into local food, agriculture issues and more!

  • Farming generations - grandpa and grandson

    5 Ways Farmers Help the Environment

    See how Kansas farmers and ranchers incorporate environmentally friendly practices to keep the land and climate healthy now and for years to come.

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    Shows to Watch if You Love Cooking, Baking or Gardening

    If you’re wondering what to watch tonight, check out this list of the best cooking, baking and gardening shows available to stream now.

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  • Cover crops

    The Many Benefits of Multipurpose Cover Crops

    Cover crops reduce erosion, boost soil quality and protect waterways, making them a great land management tool. Learn why many farmers use them.  

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  • Field of ripe sorghum

    Fun Facts About Sorghum Harvest

    Sorghum harvest happens in the fall in Kansas. Read on for some fun facts about planting and harvesting sorghum!

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    Seven Fun Facts About Pigs and Pork

    How did Kansas become an ideal place for pig farming? How much do pigs weigh? What’s the difference between a pig and a hog? Here, we break down some frequently asked questions about pigs and pork and share farm-to-table facts behind them.

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    Five Signs of Spring in Kansas

    Spring always feels like it’s never going to arrive. Little by little, we get glimpses of what’s to come. Then there’s an explosion of green grass and pastel blooms, warm days and thunderstorms, baseball games and picnics. Spring has sprung! Here in Kansas, we have our own distinct signs...

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  • Fish made of bread dough

    A Farm to Fingers Food Challenge

    How many parents have told their children “don’t play with your food” over the years? You may have caught yourself uttering those very words as your kiddos listlessly pushed food around a plate or made props out of produce well past the age where that sort of thing is considered adorable.

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  • Woman in a sunflower field

    Why Kansas Is the Sunflower State

    Kansans everywhere are united by our love of the sunflower. There’s something nostalgic and just plain happy about bright yellow petals bursting in full bloom.  But what makes Kansas the Sunflower State? When did this love affair begin? While the honor became official in 1903 when the...

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  • Empty shelves at the grocery store

    Trending Topics on Farming and the Food Supply During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    There’s no doubt times are tough right now. With so much to navigate — new routines, extra responsibilities and ongoing stress — we can easily get worn down. As we look for the positive amidst the worry, we’re encouraged to see more people taking an interest in where their food comes from.

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  • Why farmers burn fields

    Five Reasons Ranchers Burn Their Pastures

    Did you know less than four percent of the original tallgrass prairie remains in America? Most of that is in the Flint Hills of Kansas. The prairie is composed of native grasses — not planted by any human. Even though it was designed by nature, it’s mankind's responsibility to help...

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