Articles By: John Schlageck

Let?s keep our commitment to wise use of our lifegiving land

Next week marks the 45th anniversary of what many consider to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day celebration occurred April 22, 1970. This is also a special week for those farmers and ranchers who are involved with the production of food, fuel and fiber. The original premise of Earth Day was to promote the […]

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Safety is fashionable for farmers

If Billy Crystal?s Fernan?do character were to visit a Kansas farm this spring you can be sure he wouldn?t be telling too many farmers, ?Darling, you look marvelous.? You can also bet not too many farmers step into the cab of their tractors wearing any of the high fashions portrayed on the pages of GQ or Esquire. Looking good is […]

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Report eggs-agerates cholesterol levels

The egg is in hot water again, thanks to recent reports of high cholesterol levels in the U.S. population. With this linkage between high serum cholesterol and coronary heart disease, these studies and others have led people to believe CHD is the fault of ?those dirty rotten eggs.? Not so fast. The three major risk factors for coronary heart disease […]

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Farmers in western Kansas are feeling endangered

Voluntary conservation plans are talked about in coffee shops, schools, after church, in meeting rooms and just about every place else in Kansas. Landowners, farmers, ranchers, home owners and builders see such measures as a way to protect land, wildlife and valuable water resources but also as a way to keep them in business. Talk to western Kansas ag producers […]

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Food needs better public relations

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau Hype is a word often associated with advertising agencies, public relations firms and spin doctors who attempt to create, change or repair an image. Many people consider hype a dirty word, something to detest. On the flip side, hype, or attention-provoking material, can also help shape and mold a public?s way of thinking. If […]

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Ag consumers’ wants continue to evolve

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau While food safety will always be the cornerstone of our production process, allegiance is making inroads into why and where consumers buy their products. The majority of today?s shoppers enjoys and often takes for granted the expanded menu in supermarkets. They look forward to shopping in a meat case filled with dozens of new […]

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Must farmers be chemists?

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau File this under the heading of, who would have ever thunk it? What I?m referring to is the notion that today?s farmers need a prescription and a degree in chemistry to apply herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers to their land in order to grow and produce the food we eat every day. About this time, […]

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November means farmers wrapping up fall harvest

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau Travel to the fields of Kansas during November and you?ll see farmers wrapping up fall harvest. Combines chomp through fields of corn, milo, soybeans and sunflowers eager to dump the bountiful crops into waiting trucks and grain carts before Old Man Winter arrives with ice, snow and sleet. About 86 percent of the corn […]

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Rush to farming would result in more uncertainty

Proponents of organic, labor-intensive farming contend we should go back to the days when every family owned 40 acres, farmed with hay burners (horses) and used no chemicals. You remember the good ole? days when people were self-sufficient, owned a couple milk cows, tilled a garden and butchered 40 or 50 fryers each spring. Some of these zealots propose each […]

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What a difference some rain makes in Kansas

This year Kansas has green fields, kissed by the sun. There are blue skies with white clouds high above. There are even valleys where rivers run. Heck, there?s even water standing in terrace channels. It?s been at least five years since the pastures have been this green in the eastern half of the state and even in some of the […]

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