Fowl Play

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau Used to be every farm in Kansas raised chickens along with cattle and swine. This wasn’t just country folks either. Town and city families often raised their own chickens too, especially if they lived in rural areas. I’ve been...

Adaptation and Evolution

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau Some environmental groups have been less than kind to agriculture. They have bombarded the public with figures on soil loss, pesticide-related mishaps and alleged failed attempts at using pesticides to reduce infestation. Their...

Smart Business

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau While food safety will always be the cornerstone of our farm and ranch production process, allegiance is making inroads into why and where consumers buy their products. Sure, the majority of today’s shoppers enjoy and often take...

Ag Hall of Fame, Vacation Worthy

By Glenn Brunkow, Kansas Farmer Recently I had a meeting at the Agriculture Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs. There are many places that fascinate me and this is one of them. I am not sure how many times I have been to the Hall of Fame, several over the past twenty...

Gathering the Grain

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau It’s 10 a.m. and the sun blazes down on a patchwork of golden grain that dots the High Plains near Seguin in northwestern Kansas. A blistering southerly wind pushes the heat index to the century mark. On this late-June morning, a...

Land is Sacred

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau Almost every farmer has said in one way or another, “My life begins with the land.” Look at it any way you want but this bedrock principle remains as it has for generations. Land ownership is the key to farming and ranching....