Innovators versus Imitators

“Innovators,” a word which describes people who introduce new methods or ideas; a new way of doing things. An “imitator “is a person who copies the behavior or actions of…

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Balancing calving ease priorities in heifer matings

One of the most exciting times of the year on cow/calf operations is when the calves are born and producers can see the results of their breeding decisions. Experts from…

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New year, new habits!

Week one of Farm Financial Skills is under our belts. With all this talk about record keeping, it’s got me thinking of how I can improve my own records. Although…

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(Less than) 60 days

As Farm Bill informational meetings concluded this week, the big take home message was: there are a lot of farms to get signed up before the March 15 deadline. For…

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A different take on red meat

In the Chihuahuan Desert of Mexico, cattle are bringing the land back to life. Through holistic grazing management, ranchers are turning the wasteland into a grassland that now supports 10…

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The golden era, Part 1

My generation is lucky. When it comes to purchasing one of the biggest assets on most households’ balance sheets, we have a huge advantage. Prior generations would have loved to…

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Simple fitness habit you’re not doing

Start the new year off with this easy yet effective fitness habit, something that I can almost guarantee you’re not doing. By making this small change to your daily routine…

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Make a map for your wellness this season

The end of another year and the beginning of the new often goes by in a blur because of all we have to do in this season. I am the…

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Grazing plans

I always hesitate a little when questioned about stocking rates. Sure, we’ve got averages, but it’s a little more difficult to make a good recommendation on a rate without knowing…

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Helping youth thrive

A Kansas Youth Tobacco Use fact sheet is available from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and has recently been updated for 2020. The data reflects that nearly one…

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Minister Speaks: Run your race to win

In 1972, Richard K. Avery and Donald S. Marsh wrote a hymn entitled “We are the Church,” whose words are powerful and uniting Christians of all horizons. The authors emphasize…

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January is National Radon Action Month

Kansas is fortunate to have the scenic countryside, a relatively low cost of living, and produces a valuable part of our food supply. On the down side, there’s a decent…

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Look for changes in retirement plans

It might not have made the headlines, but a recently passed piece of legislation could affect the IRAs and 401(k)s of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. So, if you…

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Effect of late planting dates on corn yield

The year 2019 didn’t provide ideal planting conditions for many producers, pushing planting dates later into the ideal planting window than we typically like. The results were a mixed bag….

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Christmas memories!

The older you get, the more you think back on your childhood Christmas memories. I think mine was the year I got my pony. I was quite the horse crazy…

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