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Prevent Falls Among Seniors in Four Steps

One of the most important reasons that falls among older adults are so dangerous is the high risk of serious injury. The National Council on Aging has declared Sept. 23 “Falls Prevention Awareness Day,” which aims to raise awareness about how to avoid these injuries.
8/28/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Ethan Eck - Chem-Blade

Phoenix, Arizona. February 2015. A new invention is being highlighted at a national meeting.  This invention, called a Chem-Blade, was selected as part of a national contest for agricultural entrepreneurs. The invention was created by an entrepreneur in rural Kansas.
8/26/2015 8:00:00 AM

Jumping Jiminy Crickets! Rainy Conditions May Have Boosted Kansas Cricket Population

First it’s the racket of 17-year cicadas. Now Kansans in some areas may be facing an influx of chirping crickets, aided by this year’s moisture that favors the insect’s survival and development, according to a Kansas State University specialist.
8/25/2015 8:00:00 AM

The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Health

Soils Support Health, International Year of Soils Video

More than a billion different bacteria, fungi, archaea and protists live in a single teaspoon of soil. While it might be difficult to imagine miles and miles of these microscopic organisms, called microbes, in that tiny teaspoon, perhaps even more interesting is scientists only know about 1 percent of them.

8/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute introduces us to a Kansas entrepreneur whose career has been filled with diverse inventions.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural Cooperatives Update, Part One Play Audio

A conversation with two Kansas agricultural producers, which was part of the 2015 K-State Symposium on Cooperative Issues yesterday in Manhattan:  Matthew Voth of Newton and Susie Mackey of Spring Hill talk about how agricultural cooperatives can continue to be of value to their producer members, based on their experiences as co-op board members themselves...they address the importance of providing quality service to producers and the different needs of larger and smaller-scale operations;  they also comment on co-op mergers and acquisitions, and maintaining member service and satisfaction as those happen;  and they remark on the future of the cooperative business structure and how it must change with the times.

8/19/2015 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural Cooperatives Update, Part Two Play Audio

Matthew Voth and Susie Mackey continue their remarks.

8/19/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Ralph Lagergren

From rotors to Rageball 5. This unusual phrase describes the diverse types of new products which one remarkable rural entrepreneur has worked on developing.
8/19/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells of a woman from rural Kansas who is helping educate people of all ages about the history and future of agriculture.

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Making Connections: K-State Research and Extension Office is Conduit for New Business

Ryan Heyer and Rebecca Eller wanted to grow their Douglas County-based business, Fitness Kitchen, but they knew they faced big costs for equipment and other infrastructure expenses. Fitness Kitchen combines their interest in personal training and healthy eating into a service for their clients.

8/14/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Dawn Gabel - National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame

“Creating a classroom.” That’s something that teachers do frequently. Today we’ll learn about a Kansan who is creating a classroom for agriculture, but not inside a traditional school. This Kansan is leading a national center which provides a living experience to help people of all ages learn about agriculture.
8/12/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute introduces us to a man who is bringing symphonic music to a rural outdoor setting.

8/6/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Wayne Kruse - Orchestra on the Oregon Trail

What happens when music meets a meadow? That sounds like an unusual combination. Today we’ll learn about an initiative which brings together high quality symphonic music, genuine western history, and pristine natural beauty in rural Kansas.
8/5/2015 8:00:00 AM

Use the Calm before the (Next) Storm: ‘Prepare Kansas 2015’ Registration is Open

K-State Research and Extension has developed a way for Kansans and others to prepare. Prepare Kansas is an online challenge, now in its second year, which focuses on simple activities every week during September. A goal is to make it as easy as possible for individuals or families to complete each activity – and become better prepared.
8/5/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute introduces us to a radio and TV veteran who is providing leadership to the broadcast stations of Kansas.

8/2/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Kent Cornish - Kansas Association of Broadcasters

“Turn it up.” That’s what I say when I hear something especially interesting on the radio or the television. Today we’ll learn about a leader of the radio-television industry in Kansas who is helping his member stations succeed and serve their communities.
7/29/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells of a man who serves the state of Kansas through journalism.                             

7/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

University Park Celebrates 10 Years as a Recognized Firewise Community/USA

The lakeshore community of University Park, Kansas has been recognized for its standing as a Firewise Community/USA for the past 10 years.
7/22/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Doug Anstaett - Kansas Press Association

On the wall of Doug Anstaett’s office, a large map of Kansas is adorned with stars. “Those stars are the newspapers in Kansas, and the color (of the star) tells me when I visited them,” Doug said.  Staying in contact with newspapers is part of the lifeblood of his position, because he is the executive director of the Kansas Press Association.
7/22/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a man and his canine companion who are helping a rural Kansas community with disaster recovery.  

7/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Matt Deighton - Molly and the Tornado

When a disaster strikes, what do we need? First aid, emergency help, transportation, supplies, and more. Maybe we also need something to lift our spirits, in the way that only a good dog can do.  Today we’ll meet a remarkable Kansan whose dog’s role in disaster recovery has taken him into print, across the nation and beyond.
7/15/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute examines a rural Kansas company that is working to improve the steak dining experience.                                                 

7/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Lyle Billips - America's Best Steaks

By beef eaters for beef eaters. That sounds like my kind of project, and it is a fitting description for a growing company that is producing and marketing top quality beefsteaks.
7/8/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute takes us on a visit to a small Kansas high school... with a sports team that topped a “best of” list in the “USA Today” newspaper.                                                

7/6/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Shelly Hoyt - Hoxie Basketball

USA Today has named the best high school girl’s basketball program in the nation. Would you believe, that honor belongs to a small school in rural Kansas? Today we’ll learn about this remarkable coach and community and the basketball program she directs.
7/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells us about a fourth-generation, diversified energy business.

6/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a seed-planter manufacturing business serving the world from rural Kansas.                                                

6/18/2015 7:00:00 PM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute introduces us to a man who helped create in rural Kansas volunteer organization that promotes economic development in the region.

6/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

''From the Land of Kansas'' Update Play Audio

The director of the "From the Land of Kansas" program in the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Stacy Mayo, talks about the latest efforts by that program to promote Kansas-grown-and-produced agricultural products to consumers...she reports on the new Savor the Season promotion which will be featured at local farmers' markets starting this summer.

6/3/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile -- Now That's Rural -- Liz Sosa, Part 2

Ron WilsonWhat do we do with our equipment after the electricity has temporarily been off? The answer is, we power up. Today in the conclusion of a two-part series, we’ll learn about a remarkable young woman who is giving leadership in various ways across the state – including a group known as PowerUps.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM