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Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a rural Kansan who uses new technology to improve old grain elevators and create new ones.

12/18/2014 6:00:00 PM

Success of Extension in 2014 Play Audio

The associate director of Extension at K-State, Daryl Buchholz, reflects on Extension's achievements in 2014, responding to the "grand challenges" that Kansans have identified for Extension to address...among them, water, global food systems, leadership development and community vitality.

12/17/2014 6:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile – Now That’s Rural – Mike Frisbie – Frisbie Construction

Culbertson, Nebraska. A state-of-the-art grain handling facility is being installed, with the capacity to unload 105 railroad cars at a time. The innovative construction company which is installing this new grain handling facility is found in rural Kansas.
12/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at the music of a rural Kansan who immortalizes the Flint Hills through music---including a song for the holidays.   

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Annie Wilson - Holidays

The winter nights are cold and clear. A blanket of snow covers the hills. When singer-songwriter Annie Wilson observed this winter scene, it provided the spark for her to write a Christmas song about Kansas. This is a special holiday edition of Kansas Profile.
12/10/2014 8:00:00 AM

It Can be Catching: Community Vitality Boost Coming to NW Kansas

Northwest Kansas communities are gaining a new resource whose focus will be on training and supporting people as they work for the common good in those communities. And when good is happening, it can be catching.

12/8/2014 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute profiles a professor who shares her love of country dance with K-State students.                                                                        

12/7/2014 6:00:00 PM

World Soil Day: Celebrate the Many Benefits of Soil Dec. 5

World Soil Day Dec. 5, 2014 Video

In a lab at Kansas State University, soil microbiologist Chuck Rice pours red-colored water from a flask through a funnel filled with soil. After several seconds, the water drips from the funnel into a beaker, but this time the water runs clear. The demonstration shows how soil can improve water quality, but that’s only one of the many benefits of this often-overlooked, finite natural resource.

12/3/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Donita Whitney-Bammerlin - Swingin Spurs

The man from Beijing, China deftly steps forward. He swings and turns and throws his partner up into the air. Is this judo? Karate? Olympic gymnastics? None of the above. This is a performance of a country swing dance troupe which is honoring the heritage of rural Kansas. 
12/3/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Basil Dannebohm

“When you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you try to remember good moments.  For me, those were in Ellinwood.” That statement is from a young professional who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, but has found a rewarding life back home in rural Kansas. 
11/26/2014 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute profiles a man whose health challenges caused him to re-evaluate his life and return to his native Kansas, where he is making a difference for his rural community and state.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at an educator whose community college program is helping entrepreneurs design and build new products.                                             

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Jim Correll - Fab Lab

Does your school have a lab? Maybe a laboratory for chemistry or biology? Today we’ll meet a school laboratory of a different sort. It is what’s called a Fab Lab. This Fab Lab is helping entrepreneurs develop new products. It even helped one little girl get a brand new right hand.  This is today’s Kansas Profile.
11/19/2014 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a Kansas educator who provides training to budding entrepreneurs.   

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Jim Correll - Ice House Entrepreneurship

“Who Owns the Ice House?” That’s not a question one hears every day. This unusual question is the name of a book which has helped inspire the creation of an entrepreneurship program being utilized in Kansas and beyond.
11/12/2014 8:00:00 AM

FDA Official Highlights Hot Topics Including Changes in Antibiotic Use in Animals

Significant changes on the horizon for the animal health industry are reflected in three new documents now available, according to Sharon Benz, director of the Division of Animal Feeds within the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.
11/11/2014 8:00:00 AM

They’re Back: Tiny Mite Can Cause a Big Itch … and Pain

A tiny mite whose bite packs a surprisingly big wallop has reappeared in Kansas, and it may make you think twice about outdoor activities, especially in close proximity to oak trees.

11/7/2014 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute profiles a farmer and ag pilot who is working to make products applied from the air safer for pilots, producers and consumers.                                                

11/6/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State Offers New Course: Economic Issues in the Global Animal Health Industry

Kansas State University’s award-winning Master of Agribusiness program is offering an internet-based examination of the economics of the animal health and companion animal industry: AGEC 750, Economic Issues in the Global Animal Health Industry. The three-credit, online graduate course provides an interactive study of the economics and business challenges and opportunities facing the animal health and companion animal industry.
11/5/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Tom Miller - Ag Pilot

“Have a SAFE flight!” That’s the type of sentiment which we might express to a loved one as they depart on an airplane. In this case, the term SAFE also applies to a program which encouraged safety and precision in the work of agricultural pilots. Today we’ll meet a farmer and agricultural pilot who has been a leader in this initiative in Kansas.
11/5/2014 8:00:00 AM

Legal Issues, Family Dynamics are Part of Upcoming Farm Succession Conferences

Dennis Metz admits it. He was resistant to some of the changes his sons wanted to make on the family’s dairy and crop farm near Wellington, Kansas.
11/3/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Agriculture in the Classroom Play Audio

Administrator of the Kansas Agriculture in the Classroom program, Cathy Musick, reports on that program's current activities in promoting introduction of agriculture-based materials into Kansas' school curriculum...an example of which is called the A+STEM initiative, tying agricultural information into science, technology, engineering and math teachings.

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute for Rural Development profiles two small-town athletes who are providing leadership to the K-State football team.

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Jonathan Truman and Weston Hiebert

“The Back Stops Here.” No, that’s not quite right. The famous saying was “The Buck Stops Here.” It was President Harry S. Truman who put that sign on his desk in the White House in the 1940s to appeal to people who were tired of politicians avoiding responsibility by “passing the buck.” Today, however, I am referring to a different Truman. This Truman plays football. As a linebacker, part of his responsibility is to keep the running backs from advancing the ball. His teammate plays on special teams to stop the returner, so it might be said that “The Back Stops Here” could be their motto.
10/29/2014 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development profiles a rural Kansas woman who successfully went from the farm to the aerospace industry.                                                

10/23/2014 7:00:00 PM

Innovative Ag Newspaper and Award-Winning Broadcaster Honored

Demonstrating a commitment to business leadership and to their communities is a common quality of the journalists receiving the 2014 Huck Boyd Leader of the Year awards. Tom Taylor and Holly Martin of the High Plains Journal in Dodge City and Tad Felts of KKAN/KQMA Radio in Phillipsburg were honored for outstanding work in community newspapers and radio, respectively. 
10/22/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Carolyn Harms

Prestwick, Scotland; Jinjiang, China. A U.S. aerospace company opened repair facilities here. A key person in developing this venture is a woman from rural Kansas. Not only is she a leader in the business world, she is a remarkable volunteer in her community and state as well.
10/22/2014 8:00:00 AM

Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio

K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen", his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

10/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, looks at Carl Reed, Kansas singer and songwriter.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells the story of a Flint Hills Balladeer.

10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM