• 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 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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    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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    Choose the Environment, Farmers and Biodiesel

    Filling up at the fuel pump is a regular ritual for everyone. That full tank means we can commute to work, school, the grocery store or even our favorite restaurant. Doesn’t it make sense to choose an environmentally friendly fuel? 

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    Go Ahead — Eat Some Dirt!

    Eating dirt is a bad thing, right? Not when we’re talking about edible soil! This fun STEM activity is a great way to teach kids about the layers of minerals and organisms under their feet. And it tastes good. We promise.

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  • Soil Underwear Activity for Gardening and Farming

    Get Ready to Soil Your Undies

    There’s a movement that’s been taking root over the past few years called the Soil My Undies challenge. (Don’t worry, things aren’t about to get gross.) The challenge is actually about testing your soil’s health by burying underwear.  Here’s how it works:

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