Articles By: John Schlageck

Ag rising in stature, past secretaries say

With more than three decades of collective service under their belts, six former U.S. agricultural secretaries discussed and cussed climate change, international trade, subsidies, crop insurance, food stamps and a bushel basket full of other ag issues Oct. 21. As part of Kansas State University?s Landon Lec?ture series, participants included Kansan Dan Glick?man, John Block, Mike Espy, Mike Johanns, Ed […]

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Farmers and ranchers develop weather wisdom over time

For the first time last week a touch of fall filled the early morning air. With the coming of fall and approach of winter, it?s fun to recall some time-tested weather sayings. Many of the following weather signs were collected from farmers and ranchers across the state. It seems there is very little people would rather talk about than the […]

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Farms provide rich learning experiences for youth

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. While they are learning to sow seeds, cultivate weeds and harvest grains, flowers and vegetables, they are also cultivating knowledge. […]

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Public hearing set for proposed transmission line project in state

With each passing day there?s more interest in the Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission project. This is the proposed direct current (DC) electric transmission line that would run from near Spearville north and east across the state to the Kansas-Missouri border. Thousands of farmers and ranchers who live and work along the proposed route of this project may need […]

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Even fun in the sun can sometimes turn deadly

My dermatologist recently shared with me a list of five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include being hit by a golf ball, run over by a golf cart, whacked by a golf club, struck by lightning and forgot your hat. While none of these possibilities is pleasant to contemplate, the threat of skin cancer is […]

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Phones may be smarter than people using them

Is there a shift in human focus and concentration, or is it just me? While waiting in the foyer of a well-known seafood restaurant in Kansas City, I counted a half a hundred people milling about, engaged in some form of interaction?primarily with themselves. Yes, there were others with them, but these people were head-down on their phones. I?m certain […]

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Thank America?s dairy farmers for your next bowl of ice cream

What would a sweltering summer day be like without an occasional stop at the local ice cream parlor for a couple of scoops? Can you imagine eating piping hot chocolate cookies without a frosty glass of milk? Imagine sipping a buttery glass of chardonnay without a couple of pieces of aged cheddar. Every day in this great country of ours […]

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Electrocution remains a quiet danger on farms

In June of this year, a 37-year-old Stanton County farmer died inside a grain cart while preparing for wheat harvest. A tarp (containing a metal rod) in the grain cart blew up and touched an overhead power line, electrocuting him. Without a doubt this falls in the category of a freak accident. There?s probably no way this young farmer would […]

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This year, ‘harvest luck’ smiled on central Kansas

Once in a long while all the chips fall the right way and a Kansas farm family raises the best wheat crop it ever had. The Kent Winter family of northwestern Sedgwick County harvested such a crop in late June of this year ?It?s just incredible when the weather cooperates and you manage to have a few things in place?but […]

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