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. 

  • Scott Thellman

    Scotty Thellman

    Meet Scotty Thellman, a farmer from Lawrence, Kansas. 

  • Marmaton Valley High School

    Aquaponics at Marmaton Valley High School

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

  • 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.

  • water conservation on the farm

    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...

  • picolet_oatfedbeef

    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...

  • High Bar Cattle Company

    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...

  • Jacquelyne Leffler feeds cattle

    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.