Articles By: John Schlageck

Classic rural movie theaters provided terrific times for kids

It seems like only yesterday when I raced my buddies down the red-carpeted ramp of the Pix Theater in Hoxie trying to nail down those good seats. You know the ones I’m talking about—those in the front row where tennis shoes could be heard latching into congealed soda from the earlier matinee. Back in those days, “the guys and me” […]

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Modern farm families steeped in core values

Seems some people outside of agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. These same folks tend to question corporate farming whether family owned or not. Let’s look at a Kansas family farm. In our state, many are based on owner operation. This means the rights and responsibilities of ownership are vested in an entrepreneur who lives and works the […]

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Farmers need to share their approach to ag

Today’s livestock producers work in a noble profession. Unfortunately, not everyone believes this so people who care for animals must understand how consumers think and feel. Get inside their heads, if you will. Consumers hold farmers responsible for the humane treatment of farm animals. In recent consumer surveys, people rated animal wellbeing higher than the care and wellbeing of workers […]

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Stuck in the ‘dog days’

In case you hadn’t noticed, much of the state is mired in the “dog days” of summer. Excessive heat warnings. Abundant sunshine. High humidity. You may not like this weather, but this is July and August in Kansas. It’s what we live with most years. And while it may be nothing to brag about, Kansans and the ancient Romans have […]

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Keep safety in mind as wheat harvest continues

Long hours, a flurry of activity, less-than-ideal weather conditions and work involving large machinery can make wheat harvest a potentially dangerous period. To say farmers are busy during this time would be an understatement. Try to call one after 7 a.m. or before 10 p.m. and you’ll be wasting your time—they’re not home. They’re in the field or shop preparing […]

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‘Summer safety’ has unique variables for rural kids

Before long kids will toss their schoolbooks and pencils in the far corners of their rooms, don their Magellan garb and embark on a summer course of outdoor exploration. For many rural children, railroads, dumps, junkyards, abandoned properties and ponds make exciting places to explore. It is up to parents to decide where suitable adventure sites may be found. Each […]

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Dress for safety on the farm

Now that spring is here and field work picks up, so does the potential for farm accidents. Tractor overturns remain the leading cause of death for farmers, ranchers and workers. About 19 percent come from machinery and about 36 percent involve tractors; 5 percent of farm and ranch accidents are livestock related. Stress has always been a major factor in […]

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Keeping food safe is everybody’s business

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau Seems some in our society today remain anxious about the food they buy and serve to their families. While it’s not a recent phenomenon, questions about food safety are bound to occur. While some food safety problems occur on the farm, many more occur in the kitchen, where food can be mishandled or poorly […]

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Earth Day: Work this world wisely

This is a special week for those who are involved with the production of food and fiber. It marks the 47th observance of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. The original premise of Earth Day was to promote the conservation of our natural resources. It is only fitting that on this day we showcase the progress of the Kansas farmer […]

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Country folks toot their horn about their cows

Talk to farmers, stockmen and ranchers, most will tell you how much they love their cows. Problem is, this humble and in most cases easy-going beast rarely receives the praise associated with the noble show horse or one of the so-called smartest creatures, the squealing pig. No one extols the virtues of this contented creature that spends her days quietly […]

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