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.  


  • Symphony in the Flint HIlls string players

    Listen to the Music of our Prairie

    By Rick McNary on July 20, 2016

    Every spring Symphony in the Flint Hills celebrates the history, ecology and culture of the Tallgrass Prairie. This year, the event will be hosted June 10 in Geary County. If you haven't participated...

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  • Slechter family on front porch

    A family affair

    By Rick McNary on June 20, 2016

    How many pounds of cherry tomatoes must their family sell in order to pay for gas to Yellowstone and back? Jay and Linda Sleichter posed that question to their five children for their 2015 vacation...

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  • Satchel Creek cow

    Home-grown beef

    By Rick McNary on May 31, 2016

    Satchel Creek Steaks began in 2001 the same way the Satchel Creek Ranch was acquired in 1984: old-fashioned bartering. “I learned bartering from my parents who owned cattle ranches in Colorado and...

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  • Meiers standing at dairy sign

    Milking a cow...with a robot

    By Rick McNary on May 2, 2016

    The milk cows on Meier’s Dairy are unusual; they decide when to be milked rather than being forced to adapt to a schedule. Since robotic milking machines were installed, some cows now choose to be...

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  • woman standing next to barn quilt

    On the barn quilt trail

    By Rick McNary on March 28, 2016

    Chris Campbell is a professional quilt-maker because she loves a good story. In 2010, she combined quilt making and storytelling to start the Franklin County Quilt Block Tour, the first of its kind...

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  • Isaac and Glenn Brunkow

    From the farm to 'ewe'

    By Rick McNary on February 29, 2016

    Isaac Brunkow loved his first Southdown sheep--Oompa and Loompa--so much he started a business raising sheep. As a high school freshman, he applied for a starter flock program for young people  grant...

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  • Scott Thellman

    Growing Goals

    By Rick McNary on January 22, 2016

    Scott Thellman caught the ag bug at 9 years old when his parents purchased Juniper Hill Farms north of Lawrence. "My parents leased land to cattlemen,” Thellman said. "I'd wait in our farm house for...

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  • Ag Eagle owner with UAS

    Skyward vision

    By Rick McNary on December 14, 2015

    Bret Chilcott spent too much time and money on remote-controlled airplanes while growing up on a farm near Udall, Kans. At least that used to be the opinion held by Bret’s father. Bret has now...

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  • Tim Gogolski, Gogo's Bees

    The Bee's Knees

    By Rick McNary on November 24, 2015

    Tim Gogolski flips through the brittle pages of the pages of the 1952 Beeware Catalog addressed to his grandfather, Bernard. Tim now refreshes his family’s history of beekeeping in his new business...

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  • Valerie with sign

    The Fork in the Road

    By Rick McNary on October 19, 2015

    Valerie Visser became an entrepreneur watching her parents adjust to the collapsing hog market in the early ‘90s on the family’s northwest Kansas farm. Her parent’s creativity­--fueled by a passion...

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