Meet a Farmer

  • The Franklins

    Meet Tim Franklin and wife Kat, farmers from Goodland, Kansas. 

  • The Scotts

    Meet Sara Scott and her husband  Travis, ranchers in Montgomery County, Kansas.

  • The Sawyers

    Meet Derek Sawyer, a fourth-generation Kansas farmer, and his wife Katie, a journalist and the publicist for  Sawyer Land and Cattle. 

  • Wheat Harvest Signals Start of Summer in Kansas

    Austin Moore’s wheat harvest ended in late June on a perfect day for cutting. A steady breeze, plenty of blue sky and low humidity meant the Woodson County farmer could roll through the last field of golden grain. The only issue Moore had was harvest closed a little early.

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    Robots on the Farm: Modernizing the Food Industry

    Clint Brauer from Cheney is working to re-shape food. His operation, MG Honor Farms in south-central Kansas, is a mecca of vegetables and herbs. For nearly a decade, MG Honor Farms has grown food for local consumers. Brauer, along with high school students and other part-time help, has completed...

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    Scotty Thellman

    Meet Scotty Thellman, a farmer from Lawrence, Kansas. 

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    Get to know the Mueller Ranch Family

    The Muellers farm and ranch while balancing a custom backgrounding and livestock marketing business, plus kids. Learn about this Kansas ranch family. 

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    Aquaponics at Marmaton Valley High School

    These high school students took an idea for aquaponics and built a fully functioning operation in their greenhouse.

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    Growing Apples in Kansas

    For Gabe Spurgeon, working at a desk wasn't his calling. When his family moved to Kansas, they saw an opportunity to grow an apple and peach orchard - which is now South Baldwin Farms. 

  • Growing Young

    What’s your mental picture of a farmer? Is it an old guy in a pair of blue jeans, a flannel shirt and a little barnyard on his boots? That was mine for many years until I started writing their stories three years ago. Boy, was I wrong.

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    Get to know the Carpenter Ranch Family

    The Carpenters run a cow/calf operation consisting of Angus/Charolais crossbreds in Jackson County, while raising their son, Calvin.

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    Water Conservation on the Farm

    It’s late January and the planting season is still weeks away as Kyle Deaver pulls a new nozzle from a toolbox and explains how once it is installed on an irrigation system it will deliver “big, fat uniform droplets” to crops. Switching equipment is part of a water conservation plan that will also...

  • Meet the Basinger Ranch Family

    Chad Basinger is a rancher in Kansas who loves what he does and says he wouldn't want to do anything else. Learn more about his ranch family.

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    Ranchers Feed Cattle Oats for Health Benefits

    In the 1980s and ’90s, Quaker Oats ran commercials featuring actor Wilford Brimley and the slogan, “It’s the right thing to do and the tasty way to do it.” Although they were talking about oatmeal in the commercials, one Kansas family stands by that slogan in a surprising way: how they raise their...

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    Meet the Cramer Ranch Family

    Mark and Cindy Cramer are ranchers in Kansas who love what they do and hope to pass their legacy on to their children. Learn more about his ranch family.

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    Meet a Female Rancher

    Imagine it’s late spring in Kansas. A 150+-year-old farmhouse sits on a ranch nestled among large maple trees and a creek. Peppered throughout lush, green pastures are red cows eating grass to their hearts’ content while they await the arrival of their baby calves in the fall. Now add to that...

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    Soil Health Principles Are Applied on Kansas Farm

    Learn the science of soil from a Kansas farmer. 

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    Consumers making direct connections with farmers, ranchers during pandemic

    If there’s a silver lining in the COVID-19 pandemic for Kansas farmers and ranchers, it may just be in the new connections they’re forging with consumers. Growers with the ability to sell directly to the public believe the virus is forever changing the nature of food buying. 

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    How COVID-19 is Affecting Cattle Farmers and Ranchers

    A lot can change in just a few short weeks. A month ago, our nation’s citizens were flitting about to school functions, filling restaurants and were cautiously unfazed by COVID-19. Fast-forward to mid-April and the entire nation is under stay-at-home-orders, restaurants are shuttered and there is a...

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    Kansas couple’s single N-95 mask a ‘snapshot of humanity’

    The smallest things have the biggest impact precisely because they are beautiful, selfless, giving. For all he’s seen over the past few weeks, the donation of a single N-95 mask could have easily been overlooked by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Instead, it made a lasting impression.