John Schlageck

John Schlageck

John Schlageck is a leading commentator on agriculture and rural Kansas. Born and raised on a diversified farm in northwestern Kansas, his writing reflects a lifetime of experience, knowledge and passion.

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    Kansas Whiskey

    By John Schlageck on November 7, 2018

    “Bartender, pour me a double shot of Red Eye whiskey, an Old-Fashioned for the little lady and two sarsaparillas for the kids.” Requests such as this one have become familiar at the Boot Hill...

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    Goat Cheese is Made in Kansas

    By John Schlageck on November 6, 2018

    For 30 years, Suzanne Bennett, OB/GYN, delivered children. Upon retirement, she decided to build a goat farm and craft artisan cheese. You might say that after all these years, she’s still...

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    Hunting with Heroes

    By John Schlageck on February 6, 2018

    On the opening weekend of pheasant season, veterans from across the United States travel to Ness County, a High Plains region of Kansas, to hunt with Marvin and Twylia Sekavec. Each year, between 40-...

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  • How do farmers care for cattle in the winter?

    By John Schlageck on December 13, 2017

    Nestled in the hills of the Saline River Valley, the Berndt family cowherd has weathered Kansas winters with below-zero temperatures and bitter-cold northerly winds since the late 1800s, when Leslie...

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  • Caring for cattle in the Flint Hills

    By John Schlageck on November 8, 2017

    Like bison that grazed the Flint Hills hundreds of years before them, cows (female cattle who have given birth) and heifers (female cattle who have not given birth yet) on the Blythe Angus Ranch eat...

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  • Sky High

    By John Schlageck on August 8, 2017

    During the fall of 2016, Jeremiah Nicholson introduced drones to the family farm and ranch business. He’s part of a growing number of farmers who use what started as military aviation technology to...

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    Aunt Faye's Community Kitchen

    By John Schlageck on May 9, 2017

    Nothing beats good food for bringing people together. In the little town of Morland, population 100, the place to make such culinary fare is Aunt Faye’s Community Kitchen. Little more than a year...

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  • Delp Christmas Tree Farm

    The Delp Christmas Tree Farm is a family affair

    By John Schlageck on November 10, 2016

    Harken back to those days of yesteryear when growing up in the Kansas countryside meant you didn’t buy a Christmas tree. Most rural families walked into the woods or down by the creek and cut down a...

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    Feeding the Future

    By John Schlageck on August 24, 2016

    For generations, farmers and ranchers in Clark County have carved their livelihoods out of the fertile soil. They produce nourishment for the body and sustenance for the soul. It’s home. Where they’...

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    Bichelmeyer Meats

    By John Schlageck on May 20, 2016

    When it comes to food, the truth is, nothing compares to the smell, sound and taste of a steak sizzling over an open fire. Kansas City strip. T-bone. Rib-eye. Porterhouse. Thick. Juicy. Delicious...

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