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More than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings, according to an annual survey conducted by Bankrate.com. Of those who do have savings, 67% have less than six months’ worth of expenses. While it’s nice to have a large sum set aside for emergencies, K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says having access to $500 to $1,000 of savings will help most people meet unexpected expenses. On today’s Sound Living: ways to start building an emergency fund.

7/17/2014 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

Static Charge Build-Up In Stored Diesel... Play Audio

K-State agricultural engineer Ed Brokesh talks about a potential safety issue that farmers and ranchers should know about:  static charge build-up in stored diesel.

6/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


If you are planning to be outdoors in the coming weeks and months, a couple of experts are warning to be extra cautious when it comes to ticks.  In fact, in some areas of the state tick exposure can truly be massive, with the possibility of encountering dozens, even hundreds of the little pests.  And these are pests that pose very real dangers for humans and animals, alike.

6/25/2014 7:00:00 PM

Combustible Grain Dust Prevention Workshop Planned

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University will offer a combustible grain dust prevention workshop teaching advanced mitigation methods on July 31, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. The workshop, which is free of charge, will follow a safety conference co-sponsored by the National Grain and Feed Association and Grain Journal.
6/19/2014 8:00:00 AM

Horticulturist Gives Tips for Dealing with Storm-Damaged Trees, Gardens

A late-spring stretch of stormy weather may mean damaged trees and gardens for homeowners. Kansas State University horticulturist Ward Upham provided tips for pruning damaged trees and assessing and helping garden plants survive the weather.
6/5/2014 8:00:00 AM

Short Wheat Stands Raise Safety Concerns Play Audio

K-State farm safety specialist Kerri Ebert looks ahead to the wheat harvest and the safety challenges posed by short wheat stands and other adverse field conditions, suggesting several ways for combine operators to remain extra alert while in the field...she also talks about the added potential for fires being sparked in wheat fields as headers operate close to the ground, and having a contingency plan in place, should that happen.

6/3/2014 7:00:00 PM

Weibert Honored as Animal Sciences and Industry Distinguished Alumnus

Warren WeibertWarren Weibert, a 1969 graduate of Kansas State, was honored on Nov. 15 as the recipient of the 2013 K-State Animal Sciences & Industry Distinguished Alumnus Award.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM