Articles By: John Schlageck

Eleven ways to cut your profit margins

The vocation of agriculture began thousands of years ago when the first farmer dug a hole in the soil and planted the first seed. Way back then others began working with and domesticating animals that have evolved into present-day hogs, cattle, sheep, chickens and other livestock. The farm and ranch creed has always been to nurture the land and livestock […]

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Relax, bacon lovers: Don?t believe every new study

The key to a healthy diet is to eat a variety of foods, including grains, milk, vegetables, meat and fruits?all in moderation. Each of us needs to make smart choices about when we eat and how much. In spite of this widespread consensus to eat in moderation and variety, there are plenty of detractors who are trying to limit the […]

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Leadership in organizations is critical for today?s farmers

While farmers and ranchers continue to fill our plates with food, their plates are filled with an ever-increasing number of issues. Such issues include escalating production costs, tightening use of water, continuing drought in some western Kansas counties, an ongoing search for new markets for agricultural crops and increasing oversight and regulation. And while these are good times for some […]

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What?s the best way to define family farm for contemporaries?

It seems people outside agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. In our contemporary society this means people two, three or four generations removed from the land live in sprawling suburbia. Today, men and women whose great-grandfathers or grandfathers worked the land with mules and horses, progressed to tractors and are now using GPS, sit behind desks and computers […]

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Farm is a wonderful place for children to grow

The farm has always been a fertile field for producing crops, but it is also an environment rich with learning experiences. For generations, children who grow up and work with their parents on the family farm have learned valuable skills about cultivating crops. While they are learning to sow seeds, cultivate weeds and harvest grains, flowers and vegetables, they are […]

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Keep safety in mind during fall harvest season

Keeping children safe while they live, play and work on farms can be challenging. It?s even more difficult during harvest season?a peak time for agricultural injuries. Long hours, a flurry of activity, less-than-ideal weather conditions and work with large machines make corn, milo and soybean harvest a dangerous time. People and equipment are pushed to the limit. Every machine?combine, truck, […]

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Farmers, find ways to tell the food story

A successful farmer said it best about his obligation to provide the public with an understanding of his profession. ?It?s my story and I gotta? tell it,? he said. ?No one knows more about what I do on my farm than me.? This western Kansas producer believes if the people who buy his products have a better appreciation of the […]

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There?s nothing like wheat harvest in the heart of a farmer

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 roar of combines signals the latest edition of another wheat harvest. Cutting begins about this time each day and […]

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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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