Articles By: John Schlageck

In praise of the noble cow…

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 grazing […]

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Four keys to having a future in agriculture

If today?s crop of young farmers and ranchers plan to play a part in the future of agriculture, they must position themselves where this industry will be?not where it is. There are four key considerations young farm and ranch couples must take to heart if they are to reach their full potential. These include: be willing to change; be part […]

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Farmers? fortunes blowin? in the wind

Most Kansas farmers and ranchers have seen about everything. Still the sight of the white combine headed for a wheat crop, or soil leaving the home, is enough to make their blood run cold. That?s just what April and May have ushered into the Sunflower State?day after day of winds 20, 30 and 40 mph with gusts more than 60 […]

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Farmers have adhered to sound animal care

Farmers and ranchers have always adhered to sound principles of animal care for their livestock. Society?s views on animal welfare, on the other hand, continue to evolve. Today, people are becoming more concerned for the animal?s quality of life. While there are fringe groups, ?activists? if you will, many people have honest questions and concerns about the quality of life […]

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State?s water future is everybody?s business

You never miss the water until the well runs dry. No truer words have been spoken about Kansas water needs. Mired in a four-year drought, the Ogallala Aqui?fer continues to decline. Reservoirs?critical water storage structures for much of the state?fill with sediment. At the current pace throughout the next 50 years, the Ogallala Aquifer could be 70 percent depleted while […]

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Farmers need open minds and flexibility

With the advent of the New Year, Kansas farmers and ranchers must once again look to the future with an open mind and the flexibility to develop new ways of marketing their products. Customers and consumers are driven by changes in personal preferences and increased income levels. ?Give consumers what they want? will never ring truer than it will in […]

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Irish farmer tells Kansans about ag ?across the pond?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) still face challenges within the European Union; however, one Irish wheat farmer is optimistic change is on the way. ?With this challenge of feeding the world, we must embrace technology,? says John Dardis, who farms about 30 miles south of Dublin in Kildare County. The challenge will be for farmers to double food production by 2050 […]

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Rural Kansas needs changes to reverse out-migration

For farm and ranch families across Kansas, adding flexibility to our agribusiness laws represents a unique opportunity to access new markets, to diversify operations and to attempt a new strategy to invigorate rural communities and offer young people a rural alternative. Our current law has restricted this state?s ability to attract and capitalize on the potential in Kansas, keep families […]

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Congress, where is the new farm bill?

To say the farm bill has moved like molasses through Congress the past three years is a gross understatement. This branch of our federal government continues to be mired in the mud of partisan politics. Congress seems hell-bent on infighting while this nation?s business is left undone. Kansans and other farm-state lawmakers are urging their colleagues to look back to […]

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Youth follow news, but with different delivery system

The image of Mom with her nose buried in the front page, Dad reading the sports page and the kids chuckling their way through the comics, harkens back to long ago days when news exposure in the home was a family affair. Sections of the daily paper were shared just like the space around the glow of the round radio […]

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