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.

  • Bichelmeyer Meats taco bar customers

    The Taco Bar

    By John Schlageck on May 20, 2016

    In front of the meat counter at Bichelmeyer Meats, the aisle is chock-full of happy customers anticipating their purchases. Standing in a long line next to the tables and windows on the south side of...

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  • Oodles of tomatoes book cover

    Oodles of Tomatoes and One Packed Van

    By John Schlageck on May 16, 2016

    This book on raising garden produce for a market stand is the first children’s book by Lois Lenkner. The Barber County Farm Bureau member and her husband, Robert, raise farmfresh produce for their...

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  • Sod Shop owners

    Home Turf

    By John Schlageck on February 9, 2016

    Every spring, homeowners across Kansas dream of a lush, thick, green lawn. That’s where the Sod Shop of Lawrence stands ready and able to provide locally produced, quality turf. Ted and Wade Wilbur...

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  • Hudson Cream

    By John Schlageck on November 9, 2015

    Gleaming elevators tower above the wheat fields of the Kansas prairie at Stafford County Flour Mills. The silos are the same color as the mill’s rich white flour. Located in the village of Hudson —...

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  • One of Lady Luck Ironwork's first cuff bracelets.

    Lady Luck Ironworks

    By John Schlageck on August 4, 2015

    Picking up the set of spurs from the weathered wooden workbench, Dan Atkisson admires Lady Luck Ironworks’ handiwork. “Nobody else has made a set of spurs like this,” he smiles. “They’re one of a...

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  • Hunting at Bigge Farm near Stockton, Kansas

    Hunting Heaven

    By John Schlageck on August 4, 2015

    A brisk fall wind whipped through the northwestern Kansas countryside. Heading north to south, the cold air nipped and stung the bright red cheeks of the hunters who high-stepped through the weed-...

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  • Munson's Prime of Junction City, Kansas

    Munson's Prime

    By John Schlageck on May 15, 2015

    If you’re a beef eater, there are few meals as phenomenal as well-raised, well-marbled steak. That is, until you’ve sunk your teeth into a well-raised, well-marbled, dry-aged steak from Munson’s...

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  • Cal-Ann Farms

    Spring Green

    By John Schlageck on February 13, 2015

    Cal-Ann Farms provides living herbs directly from the greenhouse to the grocery store in about 12 hours. That is if you’re lucky enough to live in the greater Kansas City region and shop at one of...

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  • Growing for Good | Kansas Living

    Growing for Good

    By John Schlageck on August 15, 2014

    Sixteen-year-old Maggie Roth of Holcomb latched onto the idea of growing pink pumpkins to promote breast cancer awareness in 2013, when she was a sophomore member of the Holcomb FFA chapter. Growing...

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