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TAD FELTS (PART ONE)... Play Audio



Because of his passion for small-town radio over several decades, one highly-decorated broadcaster has become an invaluable pillar of his north-central Kansas community.  The director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, Ron Wilson, tells the first of his two-part story on this week’s program.
 

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Tad Felts - Tad Poll



Listen, I hear a Tad Poll. No, not a young frog. I hear a radio program called the Tad Poll which one legendary broadcaster has been doing for decades in rural Kansas. It’s today’s Kansas Profile.
7/23/2014 8:00:00 AM


JILL MARTIN Play Audio



On the last edition of “Kansas Profile,” we met a rising star in the country music scene, who got his start in rural Kansas.  Today, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to his wife, who’s making her own mark on the music scene.

7/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Jill Martin



Jill Martin seems to have been born with a love for music. At the age of two, she was walking around singing songs in her rural Kansas home. That love of music would lead to a music career in Nashville, and ultimately to another love in her life. Special thanks to Newman University in Wichita and writer Jayden Gregory whose article was used with permission for this story.
7/16/2014 8:00:00 AM


K-State Risk & Profit Conference Set for Aug. 21-22



Reforms in densely-populated China and their implications for U.S. agriculture will take center stage as part of Kansas State University’s Risk & Profit Conference. The topic, along with an array of others is part of the annual event this year set for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan.


7/15/2014 8:00:00 AM


LOGAN MIZE Play Audio



The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism has a new Official Kansas Tourism Ambassador:  a singer/songwriter who’s appeared on national television, toured overseas, and opened for some of the biggest names in country music.  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to this star of the big stage, with roots in rural Kansas.  SPECIAL NOTE FOR THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM: This “special edition” of the program features music by a country music artist.  The usual outcue, “Kansas Profile,” occurs at @ 4:19, followed by another 10 seconds of music.  This week’s program is also in stereo, rather than mono—the file is a bit bigger.

7/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Logan Mize



From a small town to the big stage. That’s a journey which many entertainers have attempted, and it is a tough road. Today we’ll meet a singer-songwriter who is making such a journey. He is not forgetting his small town roots. In fact, he is honoring them.
7/9/2014 8:00:00 AM


ERIKA NELSON – WORLD’S LARGEST THINGS Play Audio



Sometimes, the “Next Big Thing” really is something big.  It might even be the “World’s Largest” thing.  In the final installment of his series on grassroots art, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, has the story of an artist with an interesting specialty in “The World’s Largest Things.”

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


No More Military Surplus For Rural Fire Departments... Play Audio



From the rural fire protection program of the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, Eric Ward reports on a concerning new development regarding the availability of excess military vehicles for service in rural fire departments in Kansas and across the nation...that program has now been halted, and he talks about how this will severely hamper many local fire departments in the state.

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Erika Nelson - World's Largest Things



What is the Next Big Thing?  Maybe it is the World’s Largest Thing. Today, in the third and final part of our series on grassroots art, we will meet an artist who has developed a specialty in the World’s Largest Things. When she’s not on the road, this artist can be found in rural Kansas.

7/2/2014 8:00:00 AM


Circles Builds Networks, Helps Families Out of Poverty



Circles of The Heartland, Salina, Kansas Video
Circles of Hope, Newton, Kansas Video

Kimberly Trigg, a single mother of three boys living in Salina, Kansas, moved from where she grew up in southern California several years ago to change her life, be a better mother and be a better individual.

7/1/2014 8:00:00 AM


ROSSLYN SCHULTZ – BOWL PLAZA Play Audio



The Grassroots Art Center in Lucas, Kansas, is known for its distinctive, offbeat, unique works of art that populate every room in the center—every room, including the center’s public restrooms.   In the second part of his series on grassroots art, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, describes the community’s effort to construct what has been described as the world’s most artsy public bathroom.

6/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Rosslyn Schultz - Bowl Plaza - Grassroots Art Center



Have you ever visited a community that is flushed with pride – and I mean that literally?  Today we’ll learn about a rural community which is a center of grassroots art. The community’s latest project involves, well, a toilet.
6/25/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Net Farm Income Continued to Slide in 2013



Kansas farmers took a one-two punch with drought and lower grain prices in 2013 and the result was a drop in average net income to its lowest level since 2009, according to data from the Kansas Farm Management Association’s annual PROFITLINK Analysis.

6/24/2014 8:00:00 AM


ROSSLYN SCHULTZ – GRASSROOTS ART CENTER Play Audio



It might be pieced together from old car parts and scrap metal… broken glass and used chewing gum… food containers and plastic flowers.  Whether you call it “folk art,” “recycled art,” or even “outsider art,” you’ll probably find it in Lucas, Kansas.  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, has the story about a unique art center, and the wheat farmer’s wife who put it on the map.

6/19/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Rosslyn Schultz - Grassroots Art Center



Self-taught art. Visionary art. Primitive art. Outsider art. Naïve art. Recycled art. Trash art.   Contemporary folk art. Raw art. Intuitive art. Marginal art. There are many names worldwide for the type of creative endeavour which I am describing today, but perhaps the best umbrella term might be “grassroots art.” Grassroots art, a term coined by Kansan Greg Blasdal, refers to spontaneous, unique, and sometimes outlandish yard environments. Our state’s center for grassroots art is found in rural Kansas.
6/18/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Communities, Individuals Honored at Day of PRIDE, 2014



Improving a school playground or updating an aging downtown can be expensive, daunting tasks, especially in small communities with limited resources. But some Kansas towns have completed such projects and more. For their efforts, several communities and individuals have been honored with 2014 PRIDE Capital, Community Partners or Communities of Excellence awards.
6/16/2014 8:00:00 AM


JUNE HILBERT – HIGH HEELS TO GUMBOOTS... Play Audio



City girl…published author… enthusiastic runner.  June Hilbert is all of these—but it’s her role as a farm wife that prompted her to write a book about her experiences.  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, tells us how this multi-talented woman’s career began with a rather unusual bouquet.

6/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - June Hilbert - High Heels to Gumboots



A head of broccoli. That sounds like the beginning of a healthy supper. In one case, a head of broccoli also became the beginning of a healthy courtship and a happy marriage. This marriage entailed the bride's transformation from city girl to farm wife. The woman who experienced the transformation is now a rural Kansas author.

6/11/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansas State University hosts national summit June 9-10 to improve rural access to healthy food



Local grocery stores are vital to rural America. But as small towns lose population to larger cities, the issue of finding healthy food in rural areas is a growing concern.
6/6/2014 8:00:00 AM


MATT WOLTERS – SUREFIRE AG... Play Audio



A new business Rawlins County has spurred some unexpected growth there, bucking the trend of urban growth and rural population loss that was found in the most recent census results.  . Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, relays the story of one entrepreneur whose work has been the advent of private sector, agribusiness enterprise.

6/5/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Matt Wolters - Surefire Ag



The population estimates are in. Census Bureau data show the most recent estimates of population change in Kansas counties, with a pattern of urban growth and rural population loss – except for a few counties which have bucked the trend. For example, the northernmost tier of counties in Kansas all demonstrated population loss, with one exception: Rawlins County. Why is this so? At least one source of the population growth in Rawlins County has been the advent of a private sector, entrepreneurial agribusiness enterprise.
6/4/2014 8:00:00 AM


BUNKHOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST Play Audio



Sunrise, sunsets, and serenity—three ingredients that formulate one family’s bed and breakfast near Medicine Lodge.

5/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY Play Audio



For many citizens, there is this unconscious feeling that they can never be anything more than a spectator to whatever change might take place.  We'll hear from one activist and entrepreneur who feels that the average person not only can, but should work to take back their government and reclaim democracy. The political rancor continues to grow, with no end in sight.  For many citizens, there is this unconscious feeling that they can never be anything more than a spectator to whatever change might take place.  We'll hear from one activist and entrepreneur who feels that the average person not only can, but should work to take back their government and reclaim democracy.

5/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State Agricultural Lender Survey: Start of 2014 Shows Expected Increases for Future Ag Lending



MANHATTAN, Kan. – Agricultural lenders indicated less optimism early this year than they did near the end of last year, according to the results of the March 2014 K-State Agricultural Lender Survey. Lenders were not as optimistic as they were in the fall 2013 survey, although one area of continued optimism is farm loan volume. Results show that respondents expected an increase in interest rates, farm loan volume and non-performing loans, and land values are expected to decrease.
5/29/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Ringer Family - Bunkhouse



Sunrise. Sunsets. Serenity. That is an appropriate motto for the peaceful, scenic location where the Ringer family has created a bed and breakfast in rural Kansas. 
5/28/2014 8:00:00 AM


FORGOTTEN ITEM MARKET... Play Audio



Needing just one ingredient to finish a baking project wouldn’t be a problem for many people. They’d jump in the car and head to the store. However, when you live 25 miles from a store, it’s a huge problem. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says running out of powdered sugar while doing some Christmas baking, prompted a woman to open a local store that’s now full of forgotten items.
 

5/22/2014 7:00:00 PM


David Proctor, National Rural Grocery Summit... Play Audio



The director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development at K-State, David Proctor, looks at the role of rural grocery stores in the economic health and vitality of our smaller rural Kansas communities...this in advance of the 4th National Rural Grocery Summit to be hosted by K-State in early June.
 

5/20/2014 7:00:00 PM


STEVE IRSIK – AGRIBUSINESS (Part 3)... Play Audio



Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd national Institute for Rural development at Kansas State University, concludes his series on Steve Irsik, an agricultural entrepreneur in southwest Kansas. This week, he profiles an innovative 4-H club which is helping extend the benefits of 4-H to Spanish-speaking families.
 

5/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


RURAL GROCERY STORES ARE VITAL... Play Audio



Research shows local grocery stores are vital to America’s rural communities. These stores help drive the local economy – providing essential jobs and tax revenue. Yet, we continue to hear that another rural grocery store is closing. Kansas State University is working to reverse that trend. As part of that effort, the fourth National Rural Grocery Summit is being held next month in Manhattan. K-State Center for Engagement and Community Development director, David Procter, discusses why they strongly believe grocery stores in rural communities – those of 3,000 people or less – are essential to that community’s survival.
 

5/15/2014 7:00:00 PM