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Grilling tips

Meat thermometer is the best defense in keeping food safe. Kansas State University food scientist Karen Blakeslee says getting ready for the outdoor grilling season requires one important tool in…

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The word of God is not chained!

Without a doubt, these are some difficult days we are going through. The isolation at home, the social distancing and wearing facemasks in public have quickly become a way of…

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Mulching tomatoes

Soils are warm enough now that tomatoes can benefit from mulching. Tomatoes prefer even levels of soil moisture, and mulches provide such by preventing excessive evaporation. Other benefits of mulching…

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will provide direct relief to producers who have…

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The impact of soybean seedling diseases

Retired K-State Research and Extension Plant Pathologist Dr. Doug Jardine spent much of his career sharing information on soybean disease management. His estimates suggested we could increase soybean yields by…

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Payments on student loans hit a pause

Among its many provisions, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed by the U.S. Congress in late March hit the pause button for students who owe money for…

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Time for tea

People around the world have enjoyed drinking tea for thousands of centuries. Studies have shown that many varieties of tea may boost your immune system, fight off inflammation and could…

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Unknowns versus 1.5

Each of us as community members impact those around us. It is important to remember that this impact is not just social, it also has other implications in areas such…

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No one feels wealthy

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so the saying goes. Believe it or not, wealth is equally subjective. One of my big revelations in working with individuals…

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The goodness of whole grains

The Mediterranean diet is packed with delicious, whole grains, which are essential for good health. They provide energy, help promote digestive health and reduce the risk of developing a number…

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Why is landscaping important?

Six basic principles of design are: • Simplicity; • Balance; • Focalization; • Line; • Proportion; • Unity. Landscaping increases property value and enhances the aesthetic value of the home…

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Ordinary people can do extraordinary things

I hope everyone is staying safe and staying healthy. These are certainly unusual times for sure. However, this is not the first time that normal life has been interrupted by…

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Mowing, cucumber beetles, bacterial wilt

Though some warm-season grasses such as bermuda and zoysia can be cut quite low — 1-1/2 to 2 inches — buffalograss and the cool-season grasses should be cut higher. Bermuda…

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This is me – lessons from The Greatest Showman

Many families have had more time lately to watch movies together. One of our favorite family movies is “The Greatest Showman.” We love the music and the characters, as well…

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Fly the blue

Every year, the week in May that includes May 15 is designated National Police Week. During this week, C.O.P.S. — Concerns of Police Survivors — promotes the display of blue…

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