The Folks Behind Your Food

Here in Kansas, you probably don’t have to shake your family tree too hard before a farmer falls out. Today’s farmers mesh traditional values with college degrees and high-tech tools. Meet the soccer moms and mini-van-driving dads of 21st century Kansas ag, and find out what “locally grown” really means, from the people who know best. Get the scoop on why they farm, why they farm the way they do, and why they’re so proud of it!

  • Female farmers in the United States

    Women on the Farm

    We all know women can do any job. But, as in other fields — both literal and figurative — farming is stereotypically seen as a man’s job, even though women have done every type of work people do on farms for centuries.  Let’s dig into women’s work on the farm historically, meet a few...

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  • Luke Bellar

    How Luke Bellar Started as a Young Farmer

    Luke Bellar always wanted to return to his family’s farm after college, but the question was how? With four siblings, many of whom also wanted to return, Luke knew the farm could not support everyone who wanted to come home and farm. He discussed it with his father, who recommended that...

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  • LaVell and Andy Winsor - Winsor Family Farm

    What Sustainability Means at Winsor Family Farm

    There’s a lot more to farming than meets the eye. Farmers work behind the scenes year-round to ensure their crops are produced sustainably and with the best management practices to fit their individual farms. 

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  • Kansas sunrise on the farm - Laura Haffner

    Visit a Farm with Your Favorite Bloggers

    What is a typical day on a farm like? Go behind the scenes with some of our favorite bloggers as they meet farmers and ranchers who grow our food.

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  • Gigstad family portrait

    Cooking Up Something Good in Northeast Kansas

    Just like a good recipe works when different flavors and textures come together in a delicious dish, Jessica Gigstad’s life on a crop farm in Everest, Kansas, works as a beautiful blend of different roles — wife, mother, adventurer, homeschool teacher, local TV show host and blogger....

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  • Kelsey Baker farm family

    Farming, Financing, Exporting: Catching Up with Nu Life Market’s Kelsey Baker

    Kansas has seen many of its farm kids leave for big cities and never look back. Some passionate and dedicated farm kids, however, head back home and use their experiences to plug their rural communities into the global marketplace. Kelsey Baker is one such individual. Kelsey grew up on a...

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  • Little Sammy Jinkins - Farm Dog

    The Life of a Farm Dog

    When you think about farm animals, cows, pigs, or even horses may come to mind. But dogs are also a staple on many farms. Just like city dogs, farm dogs can provide companionship and perform important work like herding and guarding livestock.

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  • Manna Meadows Alpaca Farm

    A Passion for Alpacas

    Late-night infomercials are known for a lot of things — handy kitchen gadgets, miraculous beauty treatments and amazing workout gear. Launching careers in agriculture isn’t typically among them. But that’s exactly what happened for Sharon and Brian Heimes of Manna Meadows in Bonner...

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  • Kansas sunflower farmer Karl Esping

    Life on a Kansas Sunflower Farm

    These Kansas sunflower farmers are as bright and cheery as the flowers they grow! Meet the Espings from the Lindsborg area.

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  • Brett Neibling soybean field - thumbnail

    Caring for the Land: Neibling Farms

    Brett Neibling didn’t take the traditional path to agriculture.  After graduating from Kansas State University, Brett planned to attend graduate school and become a college professor. But he soon realized grad school wasn’t for him. He worked in Kansas City and St. Joseph and soon...

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