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!

  • 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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  • Agronomist Jeremy Olson

    The Plant Doctor Is In: Meet Jeremy Olson

    There’s more to farming than just planting seeds and harvesting crops. Some people specialize in making highly scientific decisions between planting and harvest season to help crops thrive. 

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  • Brandi Buzzard Frobose Kansas Rancher

    A Kansas Cattle Rancher Shares Straight Talk on Animal Agriculture

    Are you curious about meat alternatives and whether cow flatulence is to blame for climate change? Do you wish you could have a heart-to-heart with a mom who lives and breathes agriculture about what she feeds her child? Meet Brandi Buzzard Frobose, a Kansas cowgirl who raises beef cattle...

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  • Good Farms: Kansas Pig Farmers

    The Good Life: Pig Farming in Kansas

    When you’re coming up in the world, the guidance of a mentor can be incredibly helpful. Patient, sound advice can not only build your expertise, but also shape your trajectory. Craig and Amy Good had that kind of support from a village of mentors: Craig’s parents, Don and Jane; Amy’s...

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  • Melissa Hildebrand Reed of Hildebrand Farms Dairy

    Hildebrand Farms: A Passion for Dairy

    Hildebrand Farms has been a staple in Junction City since 1930, when Arnold Hildebrand got a permit to sell milk in the area. Today, Melissa Hildebrand Reed is the fourth generation to work the farm, which is owned by her father, her uncle and their wives. “We’re a family run and...

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  • Kyle and Michael stan by a drive unit, which moves the sprinkler system in circle around a field.

    Irrigation: How Kansas Farmers Conserve Water

    Running a farm is tough work with many decisions to be made and jobs to juggle. One important piece of the puzzle is watering crops properly. Too much water will drown the seeds. Too little will stunt growth. To deliver just the right amount, farmers often turn to irrigation systems....

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  • Child at computer for virtual farm tours

    Virtual Farm Tours, Activities and Lesson Plans

    What is life on a farm like? Explore this fascinating world with your students through these educational resources.

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