1. K-State home
  2. »Research and Extension
  3. »News
  4. »Radio Network
  5. »Kansas Profile

K-State Research and Extension News

Kansas Profile

Kansas Profile is a weekly radio feature hosted by Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development.  Each is approximately 4-minutes in length.

Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

Program Date

Segment Title
and Description

Listen and Download

09-25-20FARMER DIRECT FOODS – Wheat flour sales, which were in a five year slump, surged in early 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. A rural Kansas flour milling company responded to the increased demand by doubling its flour production capacity in just one week. This achievement was so remarkable the company has been recognized as an Ag Hero by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.KAN 09-25
09-18-20MATT CASE– FOOD FIGHT – A “food fight” – while fun – also creates a mess. However, a recent food fight in a rural Kansas community turned into a competition that generated much-needed food for local pantries hit hard by an increased demand for food because of the pandemic. KAN 09-18
09-11-20TAD FELTS– ONLINE – A long-time, award-winning Kansas broadcaster is reaching his community through a new channel of communication – producing programs for the My Phillips County Online Facebook page. Learn about his remarkable career and how he’s using that talent to provide special reports during the COVID-19 pandemic.KAN 09-11
09-04-20EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE – There are many types of engineers, but probably not many spacesuit engineers. Learn about a woman from rural Kansas who is living her childhood dream of exploring the universe.KAN 09-04
08-28-20PERRY’S PORK RINDS – Frying pork rinds started as a hobby and then became a way to fund a cruise. Now, it’s a successful business in rural Kansas that is shipping pork rinds across America and beyond. In fact, these pork rinds have been requested by a former U.S. President.KAN 08-28 
08-21-20HIGH PLAINS MOTO – How about a cup of coffee while you have your motorcycle or ATV serviced? A couple in rural northwest Kansas are making that possible. They own Fresh Seven Coffee and the business next door – a motorcycle shop where track-day and road-race machines can be serviced and equipped.KAN 08-21 
08-14-20FRESH SEVEN COFFEE – A lot of people love coffee. But would they open a roastery and coffee shop in rural Kansas? That’s exactly what a married couple with a shared love of coffee decided to do after having a “cup of joe” at a community coffee shop in India. They also offer food and beverages and ship their hand-roasted, small-batch coffee across the nation. KAN 08-14
08-07-20CIRCUMNAVIGATING THE GLOBE – It sounds like a script for a romantic comedy. But it’s not. A couple meets and fall in love. They get married, sell everything and travel the globe. Along the way, they see marvelous sights, create memories, and help others. Then, they return to Kansas to pursue another love: coffee. KAN 08-07 
07-31-20SOUTH BALDWIN FARMS – It turns out that working in peach orchards as a kid is a lot more fun than working behind a desk as an adult. So, Gabe Spurgeon seized the opportunity to put in an apple and peach orchard with his father-in-law. His innovative practices have made them one of the largest tree fruit producers in Kansas – on a limited amount of acreage.KAN 07-31 
07-24-20VIRTUAL LIVESTOCK SHOW – Setting up a virtual business meeting isn’t too hard, but a virtual livestock show takes lots of work, technology and collaboration. When the Haskell County spring livestock show was canceled due to the pandemic, the county 4-H youth livestock ambassadors conducted the show entirely virtually.KAN 07-24
07-17-20GOAT MILK SOAP STORE – Moving out of the city so the kids could grow up in a small town environment led to growing a garden, raising some chickens – and because two of the kids are lactose intolerant – dairy goats. The goats produced more milk than the family could consume. After researching what to do with the excess milk, they discovered that it’s good for the skin. Now they produce an entire line of hand-made goat milk products.KAN 07-17
07-10-20KANSAS EARTH AND SKY CANDLE – The idea to make a candle for his wife instead of buying one ended up being so much fun that he and his wife turned it into a business that uses natural fragrances that relate to their life in Kansas.KAN 07-10 
07-03-20SOUL SISTER CERAMICS – Making pottery started out as a hobby between two friends – who also happen to be related. Their pottery was so well-received by others that it became a pottery and boutique business that ships products made in rural Kansas all across the nation.KAN 07-03
06-26-20MID-AMERICA PIANO – From selling new pianos for someone else to starting his own business to sell new and used pianos, a rural Kansas man has built a remarkable company that sells across the nation and beyond from its 11,000 square-foot building. The company – which started in a little hole-in-the-wall place – might also have the finest collection of art case pianos in the world.KAN 06-26 
06-19-20RANCHIN’ MISFITS BOUTIQUE – Kids not only say the darndest things, they often make us say the darndest things. For a rural Kansas woman who started selling purses and jewelry to help her mom after her mother was diagnosed with cancer, what she kiddingly said to her daughters became the name of her boutique business.  KAN 06-19
06-12-20NIKE PRODUCT DESIGNER – Nike receives thousands of applications each month from graphic designers who want to work for them. However, a designer from rural Kansas was surprised when Nike reached out to him. He’s been with the company since 2015 and his latest project was designing the logo and uniforms for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.KAN 06-12 
06-05-20SHOP KANSAS FARMS – The COVID-19 pandemic has caused several disruptions, including the food supply. A rural Kansas man, who saw a disconnect between the people raising beef and the consumers looking for it in the store, had an idea. That idea, to use social media to connect producers and consumers, now has more than 100,000 followers and is enabling people to purchase food locally.KAN 06-05
05-29-20ETHIOPIA READS PROGRAM – Ethiopia Reads is a nonprofit organization seeking to encourage literacy. The organization has trained 450 librarians and teachers and has donated and distributed 200,000 Ethiopian and English-language books to more than 350 schools in every region of Ethiopia. And, there’s a Kansas connection to this important literacy program. KAN 05-29
05-22-20LOMA VISTA NURSERY – A major league All-Star pitcher, who also co-owned and worked at a tree nursery in California during the offseason, visited a teammate who had been traded from Boston to Kansas City and fell in love with the hunting and fishing in the KC area. After retiring from baseball, he moved to Kansas and opened a nursery which is now operated by his daughter. That nursery has become one of the leading wholesale suppliers of plants, trees and shrubs in the nation.KAN 05-22
05-15-20HODGEMAN MAKER SPACE – Three months ago, no one was too worried about how many nasal swabs were available. That all changed with the global outbreak of COVID-19. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University says a project inspired by an economic development specialist in rural Kansas eventually led to much-needed nasal swabs being manufactured on a 3D printer.KAN 05-15
05-08-20VIRTUAL GREAT BEND FARM SHOW – A typical farm show features lots of vendors, speakers with the latest information, and various products to learn about. When a farm show is supposed to be held during a pandemic with stay-at-home orders in effect, that creates a huge problem. However, a recent farm show in Kansas solved the problem by holding the show virtually.KAN 05-08
05-01-20TONJA’S TOFFEE – A family recipe that was always a big hit and left many people saying “they should sell it” eventually became an online business which has shipped toffee coast to coast. And, this business is truly a labor of love.KAN 05-01 
04-24-20PHYLLIS’ FLOWERS & MORE – People buy flowers for a variety of reasons and the owner of a flower and gift shop in rural Kansas goes out of her way to make the perfect floral arrangement for any occasion. In fact, her business emphasizes personal service to its customers – near and far.KAN 04-24
04-17-20BOOT HILL DISTILLERY – Businesses across the country have been modifying their operations to combat the coronavirus. Learn about a father and son in Kansas who stopped producing distilled spirits to make something that’s in short supply – hand cleanser. And, they’re giving it to the public for free. KAN 04-17
04-10-20LITTLE APPLE AERIALS – A Kansas company has a talented staff that specializes in demonstrating aerial arts and teaching participants to do gymnastics up in the air. This high-flying business offers classes in the art of aerial gymnastics, aerial performances for special events, and assists school cheerleading squads.KAN 04-10
04-03-20YOUTH COMMUNITY PERCEPTIONS – The Kansas PRIDE program in Ellis was asked to host a pilot test of a new K-State Research and Extension program called Youth Community Perceptions. Learn about a team of Ellis high school students who evaluated various aspects of their hometown and presented the results to the city council, which in turn, made several improvements based on their input.KAN 04-03 
03-27-20PHILIPS COUNTY CODING – A site council meeting where school leaders identified a need for students to learn more high-tech skills, eventually became a partnership which provides a facility and curricula for students to learn computer coding. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says the idea came from Phillips County economic development director Nick Poels.KAN 03-27
03-20-20ATHENA SPINNING – It took 17 models to gain his wife’s approval, but the spinning wheel he made marked the beginning of a business that has them traveling coast to coast to sell them. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says the spinning wheels are popular because they’re attractive, compact, and easy to use and assemble.KAN 03-20
03-13-20DICK BOYD– NORTON TELEGRAMA fourth generation Kansas newspaperman has won numerous honors for his lifetime of dedication to his community. Dick Boyd’s approach to reporting focused on regional coverage, the positive aspects of news, and covering state and local news with a hometown touch.KAN 03-13
03-06-20NORM CONARD– MILKEN CENTER Unsung heroes can take many forms. When stories of heroism are told, they can have a transformative power. This is the story of a long-time Kansas high school social studies teacher who witnessed this power and was inspired to create an educational center to recognize unsung heroes.KAN 03-06
02-28-20NORM CONARD– IRENA SENDLER – An idea for a National History Day competition became part of a globally recognized effort to honor a Polish woman who risked her life to save thousands of children. And, without the research and dedication of three rural Kansas high school girls, this amazing story may have gone untold.KAN 02-28 
02-21-20BILLY FOGO– DVSPORT – A Kansas native and Kansas State University graduate is working on an innovative software system that helps NFL football teams and others perform at their highest levels. The video editing software is used primarily for team tendency analysis and official replay.KAN 02-21
02-14-20KAY HAFFNER – PRIDE GRAINFIELD– A group of community volunteers are utilizing their pride – and the Kansas PRIDE program – to benefit their rural town. Learn how the Grainfield Community Development Committee is working to revitalize their town.KAN 02-14 
02-07-20BYRON GITHENS – OLD IRON – A group of volunteers in rural Kansas are using “old iron” – tractors and farm equipment of yesteryear – to share this agricultural heritage with others. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, describes how a small tractor show for kids became an annual event that attracts thousands of schoolchildren from around the region.KAN 02-07
01-31-20KELLY LENZ– FARM BROADCASTER– The nature of radio is that broadcasters seldom see their audience. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t form a strong connection. Learn more about a Kansas farm broadcaster who connected so well with listeners that many felt like he was a member of the family.KAN 01-31
01-24-20TERRI ANDERSON – HORSE HOTEL– As a kid, Terri Anderson loved horses. As a grownup, she took her passion for horses and created a horse hotel that hosts travelers who are traveling with equines.KAN 01-24
01-17-20MELINDA WILLIAMSON– KOMBUCHA– A Native American woman who lives in rural Kansas is producing a healthy, fermented drink that promotes health in a person’s gut. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says the drink improved her own health after being diagnosed with an autoimmune illness – and helped her launch a business that helps others.KAN 01-17
01-10-20JAMES KENYON– GOLDEN RULE DAYS– A recently published book describes the history of 109 closed Kansas schools, including one in each of the state’s 105 counties. The idea for the book originated during the author’s trip home for his 50 year class reunion at Bogue Rural High School.KAN 01-10
01-03-20HARRY TROTTERFOOTBALL– This year’s Kansas State University football team features several Kansas natives. This is the story of one athlete whose collegiate career originally took him due east.KAN 01-03
12-27-19DAVE GAEDDERTDROPSEED– In this final program featuring the Gaeddert brothers, we learn about one very forward-thinking brother who’s developed some cutting-edge software.KAN 12-27
12-20-19AARON GAEDDERT– PRAIRY– Continuing with last week’s family theme, we meet another brother from the Gaeddert family. This brother decided to pursue a more “natural” ambition.KAN 12-20 
12-13-19JOEL GAEDDERTFLINT HILLS DESIGN– Visit any museum or traveling museum exhibit, and there’s a good chance you’ll see a Kansas product – or – maybe not. Learn about a company that is directly involved in the production of exhibits of all kinds.KAN 12-13
12-06-19SARA DAWSONPRAIRIE OAKS DESIGNS– Artists work with all kinds of media and materials. Paint and clay and stone are among the most common. However, one Kansas artist works with a less-common material.KAN 12-06
11-29-19LINDA CLOVERBALL OF TWINE– What started as one farmer’s personal obsession more than 50 years ago, has now become the pride of a small central Kansas town, and an international attraction. This is the story of a Kansas landmark and the woman whose life has become entwined with it.KAN 11-29
11-22-19LEADERSHIP MITCHELL COUNTY– Sometimes a small question leads to BIG answers! Learn about a north central Kansas county that took a big idea, scaled it down, and grew an entire generation of county leaders.KAN 11-22
11-15-19LANA McPHERSONMUNICIPAL CLERKS– Some people associate small towns as the “starting point” of a career, with the final destination being a big city. However, one dedicated civic official reached international recognition through an exemplary career in rural Kansas.KAN 11-15 
11-08-19STEVE RADLEY– NETWORK KANSAS– Kansas is known for its agriculture: fields of wheat, pastures of beef cattle grazing in the sun. But Kansas grows other things, too. Learn more about an entrepreneur who realized a different kind of harvest.KAN 11-08
11-01-19STEVE RADLEYRURAL ROAD FILM– There are a lot of roads between Kansas and Hollywood, California. One of those roads took a movie producer to a small Kansas town. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, tells us about a big journey that began with one small rural road.KAN 11-01
10-25-19JESSICA BUSTEEDCORNERSTONE BAKERY– So often, a meal is more than just the food – there’s the presentation, atmosphere, and the people at the table. Learn about a bakery that represents so much more than the bread and sandwiches it’s serving up in a small Kansas town. KAN 10-25
10-18-19BOB RALPHPRINCETON POPCORN– He’s known on Facebook as “Farmer Bob,” and pretty soon, you’ll find his main crop available in movie theaters—on another continent! Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to an entrepreneur whose ideas tend to multiply.KAN 10-18
10-11-19CHRIS BROECKELMANNATOMA WORDWORKING– Imagine creating or building something really, really nice; now, imagine your great-great-grandchildren fighting over who gets to keep it. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, tells us about Kansas teacher who helps students design and build just such items, all while helping them carve out their future.KAN 10-11
10-04-19PHIL AND SHARRON KNOXAgSun– Corn is one of our oldest and most versatile grains – but it can be tricky getting to all the good nutrition inside a kernel of corn. Grinding the kernels is one way of doing it. A Kansas farm couple has innovated a product for beef and dairy cattle that resembles a popular grocery store item.KAN 10-04
09-27-19CHARLES CURTIS– He was the first Kansan who was a member of a winning presidential ticket. If you’re thinking of a boy from Abilene, well… hold that thought for a moment. This is the story of another son of Kansas that you may not have heard of. KAN 09-27
09-20-19TERESA ARNOLDBIGGEST BARN QUILT– Some citizens in a small Kansas community wanted to get their town a bit more recognition, so they decided to think big! And, their ultimate idea has been a huge success.KAN 09-20
09-13-19MIKE AND AMY JENSENJENSEN FARMS– A central Kansas family operates a successful business built around a vegetable crop that most people would never associate with the Sunflower State. Learn about this old café that was given new life as a trendy spot for healthy eating. KAN 09-13
09-06-19BUDDY WILLIAMSCUSTOM ROPE– We all get stuck from time to time, and a good rope can help pull you out of any sticky situation. When giant trucks, tractors and boats need a tow, they’re probably using a heavy-duty tow rope created by a man from Kansas. KAN 09-06
08-30-19MIKE AND DONNA UHL– ALLEN MEAT PROCESSING– A cattleman and a chef – who just happen to be married – recently bought a meat processing business in rural Kansas. In addition to meat processing, the couple is expanding the business to meet the needs of the community. KAN 08-30
08-23-19VERL COUPTALMAGE MUSEUM– It’s rarely a welcome sight when a business or essential service shutters its doors in a small community — but sometimes, such closings can lead to new things that enrich the lives of citizens. Learn about a military veteran and mail carrier who seized an opportunity to turn two vacant buildings into cultural touchstones.KAN 08-23
08-16-19PATHWAYS TO HEALTH– When setting out towards a destination or goal, it’s important to have directions, a plan for getting there. A community organization in far west Kansas is helping its citizens take aim at a healthier way of life.KAN 08-16 
08-09-19JERAD GOOCH– LEOTI FOODS/SIMPLY PRODUCE– Last week, we heard about K-State Research and Extension’s Culture of Health initiative. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, tells us about a local grocery store owner who made it his personal mission to offer his customers a greater quantity, quality, and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.KAN 08-09
08-02-19PAULA PETERSCULTURE OF HEALTH (Part 1)– Rising health care costs have spurred individuals and health insurance providers to look for ways to promote better personal health. Learn about one woman’s mission to leverage an existing network to do for personal health and wellness, what it’s already done for agriculture.KAN 08-02
07-26-19DON WHITTEN– BEECHER BIBLE AND RIFLE CHURCH– Bibles and rifles are an unlikely combination, but the two came together during the free-state movement in a Kansas country church. Learn more about this church’s past and present.KAN 07-26
07-19-19LYNN SMITHPIONEER BLUFFS– A successful non-profit organization in the Flint Hills can trace its roots back to one man’s long, long walk across Tornado Alley. Learn about his tale of ranching heritage and history.  KAN 07-19
07-12-19JOHN & JINA KUGLERBUG HOUNDS– In addition to being “Man’s Best Friend,” dogs also assist people with various physical limitations, and are skilled members of search and rescue teams in the wake of a natural disaster. Learn more about some dogs in Kansas with amazing noses for a particular household insect pest. KAN 07-12
07-05-19PATTERSON HEALTH CENTER– Small town rivalries are nothing new -- they can be found all over America. In Kansas, one big rivalry has been between the towns of Anthony and Harper. Learn how these communities put aside the rivalry to cooperate on one of the best examples of rural health care in America.KAN 07-05
06-28-19MADONNA OF THE TRAIL– When thinking of pioneers traveling west, it’s easy to get lost in all the cowboys and “Indians” portrayed in so many Hollywood movies. However, there was an effort more than 100 years ago to honor an often overlooked pioneer.KAN 06-28
06-21-19CARL PARCHER AND RICHARD GOBLESOUTH HAVEN LP AND SERVICE– Sometimes, the cloud of economic disaster can have a silver lining. Learn about a pair of business partners that took a chance on expansion, while staying faithful to the location and the community that had first supported them.KAN 06-21 
06-14-19STEPHANIE AND DOUG DAVIDBOW CREEK RANCH– Kansas is known for being one of the leading beef cattle states, but one entrepreneur is looking to break into the market with a more exotic bovine. KAN 06-14 
06-07-19TOM CIRCLE– PECANS– Pecans are usually associated with the southern states, especially Texas. But, a family business in southeast Kansas has made the pecan nut its lifeblood for at least three generations.KAN 06-07
05-31-19HEATHER HORTONTOAST– Ron Wilson continues last week’s profile of Pittsburg entrepreneur Heather Horton, who will soon be opening a new business, named after an old childhood favorite. KAN 05-31
05-24-19HEATHER HORTONBLOCK 22– The founders of a southeast Kansas city originally divided up the area into sections they called “blocks.” Learn about an entrepreneur and small business owner who helped resurrect one of these blocks into a thriving artistic community to rejuvenate the downtown area. KAN 05-24
05-17-19ONE MILLION CUPS– It’s a ritual that’s been going on for decades – a sharing that can occur most any time of the day, or night. Find out how this ritual has become the centerpiece of a movement to help budding entrepreneurs realize their dreams. All for the price of…well…listen for yourself. KAN 05-17
05-10-19DARIN MILLERIRON CLAD COWORKING– Entrepreneurs come up with all kinds of innovative ideas that they bring to market. This is the story of one entrepreneur who didn’t develop a tangible product, but a business that helps other businesses find their own success. KAN 05-10
05-03-19POST ROCK 2– ROSSLYN SCHULTZ– A group of community advocates in the Post Rock region of Kansas is turning their passion for limestone architecture into an economic development opportunity. The Post Rock Limestone Coalition is working to get people off the interstate to see the historic limestone buildings found in many rural communities throughout the region. KAN 05-03
04-26-19POST ROCK 1ANGIE MULLER– In the Post Rock region of Kansas, things are on the grow because a community found a way to give economic development projects a little jolt to get going.KAN 04-26
04-19-19MARK NUTSCH– There probably aren’t many people that can say, “Hollywood made a movie about me!” Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has the story of a native Kansan who is the subject of an action-adventure movie – a story he lived to tell.KAN 04-19 
04-12-19JAN LEONARD– HUGOTON– In far southwest Kansas, there’s a town with connections to gambling, patent medicine, and just maybe, infamous outlaws from the early years of the Great Depression. Find out what happened when one man went digging – literally – into his community’s history.KAN 04-12 
04-05-19ADAM & MAGGIE POUNDS– SIMPLE ABUNDANCE FARM– We’ve all heard the saying, “Big things come in small packages.” A Kansas couple in South Hutchinson is using small parcels of land to generate big harvests -- and their entire operation was founded on an even smaller space.KAN 04-05 
03-29-19JERRY RUMBAUGH/DAN O’NEALSTUDIO 57– A Kansas craftsman who works with fine wood once helped outfit one of the most famous passenger planes in the world. Learn more about this unique opportunity, and how he leveraged those skills for even more intricate works of art.KAN 03-29 
03-22-19RICHARD PITTS– LIVING HISTORY– If you’ve seen any of the “Night at the Museum” movies, you may have wondered what it might be like to talk with someone from hundreds of years ago. Well, you're in luck! An upcoming event is going to allow visitors to experience some very unique “living history.”KAN 03-22
03-15-19TODD STEINBACHAERO-MOD– Water is essential to the survival of all life on our planet, and the conservation and reclamation of water will be very important in the decades ahead. A Kansas entrepreneur has developed a waste water treatment system that can be found all over the world.KAN 03-15
03-08-19TIM PENNERHARPER INDUSTRIES– One of the most outrageous, unique videos on Facebook has more than three million views. Learn more about the Kansas company that put it there.KAN 03-08
03-01-19ALAN VANCEBROCE BROOM– There are many steps in the process of paving a new road. However, a Kansas company has revolutionized one of those steps.KAN 03-01 
02-22-19DUSTY TURNER PEACE PARTY– The town of Cedar Vale has been the site of annual motorcycle rallies, established by a local organizer. These motorcycle rallies also served as the blueprint for another kind of gathering—aimed at mending fences. KAN 02-22
02-15-19DUSTY TURNERMOTO GUZZI– A young man’s love of motorcycles and traveling turned into something of an economic boom for a small Kansas town. What started as a weekend camping trip has become an annual festival with participants from around the globe.KAN 02-15 
02-08-19TRENT BOALDINEPIC TOUCH– High-speed internet access is traditionally thought to be exclusive to large communities. However, thanks to a local entrepreneur with a background in local telephone service, high-speed internet is available in the southwest corner of Kansas.KAN 02-08 
02-01-19LAURA AND RONN MARTINSEW LOVED QUILT SHOP– Most of us probably save one or two treasured Christmas gifts from our childhood, and the rest we lose track of on our journey through life. However, a Kansas woman eventually turned one of her Christmas gifts into a passion, and a successful business.KAN 02-01 
01-25-19KANSAS FIRSTS January 29th is Kansas Day, commemorating the state’s 1861 admission into the Union. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, offers a rundown of notable Kansas citizens, and their contributions to a better life for us all.KAN 01-25
01-18-19CLARA REYESDOS MUNDOS– For immigrants starting a new life in America, the language barrier can be a challenge. However, one entrepreneur found a way to help Kansas City’s Hispanic community bring two worlds together through communication.KAN 01-18 
01-11-19MIKE PRAY AND JAKE TRUMMERFRIENDSHIP HOUSE– If you’re already milling the flour, why not bake some bread? Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, says that was the philosophy that turned into one of the more successful businesses in northeast Kansas.KAN 01-11
01-04-19BLAKE LYNCH– College football players, especially linemen, often stand more than 6 feet tall and weigh over 300 pounds. This is the story of a Kansas State University player from a small Kansas town who is proving football is also a game for the little guy.KAN 01-04
12-28-18SOUTHEAST KANSAS CHICKEN– The sports rivalry between Kansas State University and the University of Kansas is legendary. However, the rivalry between the fans of two chicken restaurants in southeast Kansas might be just as intense.KAN 12-28
12-21-18RICHARD BAKER– On this special edition of the program, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, profiles Richard Baker, one of the best-known radio voices in Kansas.KAN 12-21 
12-14-18JOE & CATHY BROECKELMAN– THE SATISFIERS– Farmers and ranchers have long realized the benefits of diversifying their operations. Learn about a family of pork producers who have ventured out of their hog barn and into a bakery.KAN 12-14
12-07-18LONA DUVALL– FINNEY COUNTY– Transloading is the process of transferring a shipment of good from one mode of transportation to another – from a train to a truck, for example. A small project in Garden City has grown to be the largest transloading facility in North America.KAN 12-07
11-30-18DFA MILK PROCESSING– In his ongoing series about the growth of the Kansas dairy industry, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, explains how the growth of one segment of an industry can spur the growth of the next segment.KAN 11-30
11-23-18wKREDA– Could Kansas be the land of opportunity for a competitive industry? Maybe. A dairy coalition has brought growth to the western Kansas dairy industry by touting the area’s advantages to farmers in other states.KAN 11-23
11-16-18DONNA PEARSON McCLISHCOMMON GROUND– The ground beneath us: we walk on it, drive on it, build on it, and grow food on it. Learn about a teacher and a student who found a way to help the less fortunate in their community, by finding common ground. KAN 11-16
11-09-18ROY AND BOBBI REIMAN– NETAWAKA FITNESS CENTER– ”Kansas Profile” frequently chronicles entrepreneurs and business owners who create a business or product in Kansas. On this edition, Ron Wilson profiles a publishing magnate who came home to Kansas to do something special for his wife’s hometown. KAN 11-09
11-02-18GARDINER ANGUS RANCH (PART 3)– In this third and final program devoted to the history of the Gardiner Ranch, we learn about a recent event that changed the ranch in startling and traumatic fashion. KAN 11-02
10-26-18GARDINERSPREMIUM BEEF (Part 2)– Continuing his look at one of the leading beef cattle ranchers in Kansas, Ron Wilson has the tale of a plan to improve the quality of beef, by encouraging producers to raise their own standards before their cattle even left the ranch.KAN 10-26
10-19-18GARDINER ANGUS RANCH– In the first of a series of profiles, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to one of the premier ranching families in Kansas. They’ve gone from very humble beginnings, to using some of the most innovative technology available.KAN 10-19
10-12-18DAN SENESTRARO– KANSAS DAIRY (Part 4)– To hear Hollywood tell it, people come to California to make their dreams come true. However, one dairy farmer left his home in the “Golden State” to find his dreams among the sunflowers.KAN 10-12
10-05-18BYRON LEHMANKANSAS DAIRY (Part 3)– In the United States, the dairy industry is largely driven by local dairy cooperatives. Ron Wilson tells us about a Kansas dairy farmer who is passing along his passion to the next generation.KAN 10-05
09-28-18STEVE STRICKLER– KANSAS DAIRY (Part 2)– In the second part of his series on the Kansas dairy industry, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, tells us about a dairy farmer who has always made it a point to be a good neighbor.KAN 09-28
09-21-18STEPHANIE ECKROATKANSAS DAIRY ASSOCIATION COMMISSION– In the first of a four-part series on the dairy industry in Kansas, we meet a woman who has become an industry leader for Kansas.KAN 09-21
09-14-18DENNIS WRIGHTSUNFLOWER OIL– You have probably seen celebrity chefs on TV reaching for E-V-O-O or extra virgin olive oil. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to a Kansas farmer who’s spreading the word about “E-V-S-O.”KAN 09-14 
09-07-18ANJAN GHOSH HAJRA– I3DP– Doctors and surgeons currently use radiographs and magnetic imaging to see inside the human body, but what if a single piece of imaging technology could provide a view from the inside? This is the story of an entrepreneur who has developed a new kind of 3-D technology.KAN 09-07
08-31-18JEAN HARRISON, KIM RINGWALD – Sometimes, your field of view is very important — when you need to get a “birds-eye view” of a large area, for example. Meet a pair of entrepreneurs who are using technology to offer people a bigger view when they need it most.KAN 08-31 
08-24-18MELVIN EPP– REMINGTON– A copy of a famous work of art created by an artist who once lived in Kansas can not only be found in the Oval Office of the White House, but also in the Kansas high school bearing his name. This is the story of the man behind the sculpture and the community’s efforts to honor the legacy of this famous artist.KAN 08-24
08-17-18CORNING COMMUNITY– Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, usually tells us about one specific person, landmark or business that stands out in their local community. This time we hear about a Kansas community where everything and everyone seems a bit above average.KAN 08-17
08-10-18JEFF HAKEJNT– Imagine experiencing the sensation of driving a car at 200 miles per hour, but without ever getting into an automobile. Meet a Kansas entrepreneur who is using virtual reality to help spread the word about his clients.KAN 08-10
08-03-18ROSANNA BAUMANCEDAR VALLEY FARMS– The biggest and best success stories often start off small, and with limited means. This is the story of a farm family who leveraged limited acreage into a fantastic farming success. KAN 08-03
07-27-18ROGER RINGERKANSAS ODDITIES– What do a Turkish princess, a Hollywood rooster and the first helicopter patent all have in common? This is some of the story; for the rest, you’ll have to read the book.KAN 07-27 
07-20-18ABRAM MERTZLIVESTOCK DIRECT– Sometimes you can accomplish more, with less – especially if you know when and where to place your “less.” A marketing specialist is spreading the word about his clients specifically to those who are interested. KAN 07-20
07-13-18JOE, KIM, BOB AND MARY MERTZ (Part 2)– Jeanne and Harold Mertz left a mark on Kansas highways that still stands today, all over the state. And, their sons have carried on the family business with surprising results.KAN 07-13
07-06-18HAROLD AND JEANNE MERTZ (Part 1)  – We encounter all kinds of signs in life: signs that alert us to something, signs that want to sell us something, and signs that try to inform us about something. A Kansas farm couple created signs to inform motorists on Kansas highways about the value of agriculture.KAN 07-06
06-29-18RANDALL TOSHPHOREUS BIOTECH– Sometimes big ideas come in very, very small packages. In fact, a Kansas company is delivering big advancements in packages so small, you can’t even see them.KAN 06-29 
06-22-18PAT HAPPERMERIDEN (PART 2)– We all need the occasional pick-me-up, and for many of us, a good cup of coffee is just the ticket. Learn more about a rural coffee shop that has a unique beginning.KAN 06-22
06-15-18JAKE FARRANTMERIDEN (PART 1)– Football has come a long way since the days of leather helmets, minimal padding, and games played on natural turf. A Kansas entrepreneur is helping football players from high school to the National Football League get a firm footing on the field.KAN 06-15 
06-08-18TED BENDER– BENDER STEEL– A businessman in rural Kansas who learned to weld by taking agricultural education classes in high school says that skill became the basis of his career. KAN 06-08
06-01-18TONY SALCIDOREV-E3– As we continue a slow conversion to a nearly-paperless society, the need to tackle waste paper has also changed. One Kansas entrepreneur is committed to dealing with that growing waste issue.KAN 06-01
05-25-18TIM BROWNNUTRITIONAL CONSULTANT– It’s one thing for a product or business to be known all across their home state – but how about a reputation that spans the globe? Meet a Kansas entrepreneur who had just enough time to tell his story before boarding another transcontinental flight. KAN 05-25
05-18-18TIYA TONNFARM TO FORK– Sometimes, a good meal can go a long way towards bringing people together. In fact, there's a community event that not only brings people together around a good meal, it shows a lot of them just where their food comes from.KAN 05-18 
05-11-18JOEL RUSSELLCODELL CYCLONE DAY (PART 2)– Whoever first uttered, “Lightning never strikes the same place twice,” probably never visited Codell, Kansas. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, continues his look at the amazing weather events that occurred there, and how the community is incorporating them into their local history and heritage.KAN 05-11
05-04-18JOEL RUSSELLCODELL CYCLONE DAY (PART 1)– Whoever first uttered, “Lightning never strikes the same place twice,” probably never visited Codell, Kansas. This is the story of the amazing weather events that occurred there and how the community is incorporating them into their local history and heritage. KAN 05-04
04-27-18RAY ESSINGTON– In helping students with their keyboard skills, a rural Kansas high school music teacher is also building on the tradition of one of the world’s most famous musical instructors. Ironically, these two musical people came from the very same hometown.KAN 04-27
04-20-18DOROTHY DeLAY– One of the most famous, sought-after teachers of professional violinists in the world grew up in Kansas. This is the story of a woman who taught the masters.KAN 04-20
04-13-18ZACK SCHAFFERSCHAFFER FURNITURE– One of best-known commentators and personalities from television and the internet recently posted rave reviews about a gift he received. This is the story of the Kansas craftsman behind that gift.KAN 04-13 
04-06-18MARCI PENNERBIG KANSAS ROAD TRIP– The author of what is perhaps the best-known guidebook for the state of Kansas has decided that telling people about things isn’t enough – so she’s going to show them.  KAN 04-06