Rick McNary

Rick McNary

Rick McNary became intensely aware of hunger on a mission trip to Nicaragua when a starving girl asked him to feed her. He dedicated himself to fighting world hunger and recruiting volunteers to help. He is also a fan of farmers and understands that to combat world hunger we must all work together.  


  • CT Taylor and son

    From Homeless to Helpful

    By Rick McNary on April 20, 2021

    C.T. Taylor had no plans to become a farmer until his small family moved onto nine acres south of Larned. “Farming was never something I even thought about,” C.T. says. “But we moved out there and...

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  • Bruce's Bullseye building

    Building kitchens to build businesses

    By Rick McNary on March 25, 2021

    Have you wanted to start your own business but don’t know what you would sell or how to start? Laurie Bruce had the same question and found the answer on the shelf in her pantry. “I always wanted to...

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  • girl watering plant

    10 Ways You Can Become a Friend of Farmers

    By Rick McNary on March 17, 2021

    The award I received from Kansas Farm Bureau for being a "Friend of Agriculture" is the greatest honor I've ever received outside of being called a husband, Dad and Grandpa. My Dad told me not to...

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  • 5 Chicks and a Hen

    By Rick McNary on February 25, 2021

    Marriages are full of compromise, but seldom is a goat the most practical solution. Yet, when the Fieser family of Plains sought a companion for their Great Pyrenees dog, Bear, a goat seemed like a...

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  • Kansas FFA Student Makes Chicken Coops

    By Rick McNary on February 1, 2021

    When Austin Simon was 12 years old, he built a rabbit hutch but discovered it was too large. Although it was not the right size for rabbits, it was an appropriate size for chickens, so he listed it...

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  • Castle girl with pigs

    Kansas Pork Producers Sell Direct to Consumers

    By Rick McNary on December 15, 2020

    How many couples do you know who would happily duck out of a Valentine’s Day dinner to make sure they had the winning bid for pigs in an online sale that would be the start of their herd?  Eric and...

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  • lake scott_pueblo

    Friends of Lake Scott

    By Rick McNary on July 22, 2020

    Did you know Kansas ranks seventh in the nation for volunteerism? That’s quite an accomplishment in a state as rural as Kansas. Farmers and ranchers make up a large part of that number. You don’t...

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  • Valerie Visser at Fork in the Road

    Providing for the community

    By Rick McNary on April 17, 2020

    Did you know the average calorie you consume travels approximately 1,500 miles before it reaches your plate? That is, unless you buy directly from local farmers and ranchers who grow the food you eat...

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  • Brandi Buzzard family 2

    Trusting Animal Agriculture

    By Rick McNary on February 10, 2020

    Are you looking for someone to tell you the truth about meat alternatives and whether cow flatulence is to blame for climate change? Would you trust a mom who feeds her child the same beef her family...

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  • 10 Things You May Not Know About Young Farm Women

    By Rick McNary on December 18, 2019

    Before I started writing about farm families in Kansas, my stereotype of the American farmer was an old guy in bib overalls and a straw hat. I wasn’t too far off considering the average age of a farm...

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