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K-State’s College of Agriculture Celebrates Success and Looks Ahead to a Productive Future



Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture aims to be a top-five agricultural college in the United States by 2025, and in collaboration with K-State Research and Extension, it intends to continue serving as a global destination for education, research and extension. Reaching this feat not only would benefit the university, but it would benefit the citizens of Kansas and beyond with immediate solutions to needs in agricultural production.


4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Dan Atkisson - Lady Luck Ironworks



As the rodeo queen rides by, the light flashes from the fancy spurs which she wears on her boots.  These attractive spurs were created by a couple of cowboys from rural Kansas.
4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


DAN MEERS – KC WOLF Play Audio



Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute introduces us to a sports mascot that provides inspiration to people around the world.


3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Dan Meers - KC Wolf



The stunt went horribly wrong. The team mascot was to drop 20 feet on a bungee cord above the stadium, bounce back up to a zip line, and ride down to midfield. But something must have malfunctioned, and instead of the bungee cord bouncing down 20 feet, the mascot fell 75 feet and crashed into the stadium seats below. This excruciating incident marked an important point in the life of this costumed mascot, who is making a difference in the lives of others.
3/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


Huck Boyd Institute to Present Leader of the Year Awards for Entrepreneurship, Diversity and Service



Outreach, innovation and service would be hallmarks of the five Kansas initiatives which are to be recognized by Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development as Leaders of the Year for 2015.
3/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Agriculture



From field crops to garden vegetables, various types of foods rely on soil for growth. The world population continues to grow, and one of the main challenges those involved in agriculture face is increasing the overall productivity of soils to meet elevated food demands.
3/23/2015 8:00:00 AM


Grants Announced to Support Economic Growth for Rural Communities



Funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is expected to assist communities and regions in creating self-sustaining, long-term economic development through research and strategic planning.
3/23/2015 8:00:00 AM


JOHN MARTENS – NMOTION UAS Play Audio



Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at an entrepreneur who is using aerial drones to help firefighters do their jobs more safely and effectively.

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - John Martens - NMotion UAS



The fire is raging through the building as the firefighters hurry to the scene. They need to identify the location of the fire and determine the safest and most efficient tactics for dealing with it. If only they had a quick, practical way to get an aerial view of the building…that is the thought process which led a Kansas entrepreneur to create an innovative new business using unmanned aerial systems to enhance public safety.
3/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


Honoring Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers



Six couples have been named Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers for 2014. The couples are identified as leaders in farming and their communities, and they were honored at a banquet March 13 in Manhattan.
3/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


KELLY LOVE – NDII Play Audio



Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a Kansas woman whose love for basketball has led to one of the largest home school basketball tournaments in the nation.

3/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Kelly Love - NDII Basketball



March Madness. It’s the time when fans are filling out brackets and cheering on their teams. In addition to high school and college basketball, there is another basketball tournament going on in Kansas with an even higher purpose.
3/11/2015 8:00:00 AM


CHAD MAY – MELTPOINT Play Audio



The average hospital generates 16 pounds of plastic waste every day—most of it in the “surgical blue wrap” that covers sterilized surgical instruments and other items.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells us about a rural entrepreneur who helps manage this and other specialized waste, saving space in local landfills.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Chad May - Meltpoint Environmental



About 60 entrepreneurs applied. Ten were selected. Three were ranked most highly by voters, and one ultimately won the grand prize award. That was a process designed by the K-State College of Business to encourage entrepreneurs, and the winner is an innovative entrepreneur from rural Kansas.
3/4/2015 8:00:00 AM


ALTA VISTA MARKET Play Audio



Increasingly, rural residents find themselves traveling farther from home to buy even the most essential groceries and household items.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells us about one successful effort to bring a hometown grocery store to one small Kansas community.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Shane Tiffany - Part 2



How far do you go to get a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread? In rural communities, accessing supplies can be a challenge. Many rural grocery stores have closed, but today we’ll learn about one which has newly opened.
2/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


TIFFANY CATTLE COMPANY Play Audio



When an old Army air base near Herington was transformed into a beef cattle feed yard, it altered the lives of a man and his two sons.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute explains how two brothers took over a thriving business from their father.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Shane Tiffany - Part 1



“From bombs to bovines.” That sounds like an unusual transition, and it is. It describes a transformation of a former Army air base in central Kansas which became a cattle feedlot and is now part of one of the state’s leading cattle operations.
2/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Urban Life



When you think of cities, thoughts of cars, buses, people, skyscrapers and other concrete buildings might come to mind. But, below those concrete buildings, paved roads and high-traffic areas stands a foundation of one of the necessary components for life to exist—soil.
2/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


GEFF DAWSON – POETRY RODEO Play Audio



The typical rodeo features cowboys, cowgirls, horses, bulls, calves—but one rodeo coming to Kansas will featuring rhyming and recitation, rather than roping and riding.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells us about the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Geff Dawson - Poetry Rodeo



The rodeo is coming to town! But this isn’t a competition of riding bulls or roping calves. This competition takes the form of rhyming words. For the first time ever, the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is coming to Kansas.
2/11/2015 8:00:00 AM


DEANNA MUNSON – MUNSONS PRIME Play Audio



Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute explains how prize-winning beef led to a new restaurant business.

2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


In a Flash – Conditions Can Develop Quickly for Grain Dust Explosions



We’ve seen the impact they can cause – grain dust explosions sparked when certain conditions come together to create a combustible situation. And those conditions can develop much faster than many know, according to a Kansas State University grain scientist.
2/5/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Deanna Munson - Munson's Prime



It’s time to name the Grand Champion at the American Royal. And here it is! But this isn’t the grand champion steer, it is the grand champion steak. The American Royal has wisely started to honor a top quality end product, in the form of a steak, as well as the traditional grand champion steer. The Grand Champion steak for 2013 is from the Munson Angus farm near Junction City, Kansas. The Munson family are high quality beef producers and innovators in marketing their product all the way to the consumer.
2/4/2015 8:00:00 AM


Impact of Agriculture on County Economy - Part Two Play Audio



Kansas Department of Agriculture economist Josh Roe talks about how new data illustrates the influence of agriculture on each county's economy.

2/2/2015 6:00:00 PM


Health Care Access ‘Doctors Up’ Local Economies



Many thoughts go into choosing a place to live and work. Access to affordable housing, high-quality schools and a comprehensive health care system are among those considerations that typically rise to the top of the list.


2/2/2015 8:00:00 AM


KARL MATLACK – STINGER Play Audio



Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a rural Kansas company which makes heavy transport easier.          

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM


BRET CHILCOTT – AG-EAGLE – PART TWO Play Audio



Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a rural Kansan whose robotic aviation product is improving agricultural production from the sky.        

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


BRET CHILCOTT – AG-EAGLE – PART ONE Play Audio



Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a rural Kansan whose robotic aviation product is improving agricultural production from the sky.        

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


BRIAN ROBERTS – MIAMI COUNTY TROLLEY Play Audio



Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a couple whose local transportation business is making a difference for visitors to their rural Kansas community.

1/8/2015 6:00:00 PM