Articles By: John Schlageck

Critical thinking needed for environment issues

Lack of understanding and critical thinking on the part of some in the environmental movement has compromised their effectiveness as self-appointed protector and guardian of our planet. Whenever we improve our critical thinking skills it becomes easier to see through deception and exaggeration that has characterized the promotions of some environmental organizations and the mass media’s coverage of their issues. […]

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‘Earth Day’ is everyday for Kansas farmers

When it comes to protecting the land and improving the environment, farmers continue to lead the way and do their part. As this nation celebrates Earth Day April 22, farmers and ranchers remain committed to protecting the environment using modern conservation and tillage practices. Farmers and ranchers will tell you their fondest wish remains to pass their land on to […]

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Drought conditions may nix Flint Hills burning

Unless something changes in the moisture situation, Barb Downey and husband Joe Carpenter will not burn their grassland in the Flint Hills this season. The ranch couple report no (moisture) run-off event in more than a year on their native grassland in Riley and Wabaunsee counties. Every spring across the vast, open Flint Hills grasslands, fires blaze for miles. The […]

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Kansans will never forget the 2007 ‘Tornado Alley’

Every seasoned Kansan knows we live smack-dab in the middle of tornado alley. The Heartland of America boasts one of the most tornado active regions in the world. If you’re like me, you’ll never forget May 4, 2007. On that fateful day the town of Greensburg, in Kiowa County, was all but wiped off the face of the earth. This […]

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Wheat hanging by a thread for lack of moisture

Some say the landscape in central and western Kansas looks like a barren, brown wasteland. Others believe that statement may be too kind. Whatever you see, and however you describe it—conditions remain dire in many regions of Kansas going into the final week of February. In Lincoln County for example, it’s difficult, and nearly impossible, to see green anywhere. Wheat […]

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Time to make deals

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau The future of U.S. agriculture remains tied to this nation’s competitiveness in world trade. Our country must become more aggressive and assume its leadership role in trade negotiations. It’s past time for our nation’s president and congressional delegation to lead this trade train. Political posturing and lack of cooperation on both sides of the […]

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A farmer’s greatest possession is dignity

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like a new-born calf takes to its mother’s udder. I’ve often heard friends, neighbors and family—my dad, for one—quote bits and pieces of it. I’ve heard others refer to it at meetings, in church, at a […]

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Give thanks for our wholesome food

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau It’s holiday time with Thanksgiving this Thursday and Christmas and New Year’s Day just around the corner. This means all sorts of good tasting food—ham, roast turkey, bread stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, wine and pumpkin pie. What better time than during this festive period to give thanks for the most wholesome […]

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It’s all about safety

There’s an old saying, often considered conventional wisdom that sometimes you need a good whack on the side of the head. Nothing could be truer today in this speeding world of instantaneous communication. While there are countless ways of doing so, many of us remain tied to the comfort of doing something in the same way. As a result, it […]

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Need a whack on the side of the head?

There’s an old saying, often considered conventional wisdom that sometimes you need a good whack on the side of the head. Nothing could be truer today in this speeding world of instantaneous communication. While there are countless ways of doing so, many of us remain tied to the comfort of doing something in the same way. As a result, it […]

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