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    Worldwide Support for Small-Town Missouri Family

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     by Tyler Harris
     on April 18, 2014

    It never ceases to amaze me how small towns can pull together in times of need. Last week, while making several treks to interviews along the Missouri River, I passed through the town of Tarkio in Atchison County, Missouri – a prime example. One of the town's youngest residents, 5-month-old Landon Shaw, is battling a rare form of cancer. Members of the Tarkio community are rallying to support him – by plunging into frigid water, and making donations in his name. In the past few…

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    Combining Passion for Ag and Music

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     by Tyler Harris
     on March 22, 2014

    They don't call it agri-culture for nothing. Anyone who has grown up around farming or spent any extended amount of time around it knows there is a culture all its own surrounding agriculture. Of course, music isn't exempt from this. While perusing online information on Kansas's Gypsum Hills, (this is what I do with my spare time) I found a self-described "ag rock" band whose singer/songwriter is from Medicine Lodge, a town in the Gyp Hills region in Barber County. Being…

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    Creston Community Shows Support Through Roll-Over Sale

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     by Tyler Harris
     on December 12, 2013

    This hasn't been an easy post to write. For myself and many others from Creston and the southwest Iowa region, last week was an emotional one. Part of me is still in shock after learning the Saturday after Thanksgiving that T.J. and Nate Frey, 11 and 9 respectively, passed away. They were exploring on their family's farm in Adams County when they tragically fell through the ice on a pond and drowned. This was one of the same ponds two of their older brothers, Casey, Brandon, myself…

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    Farmers Help Community Build New High School Track

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     by Tyler Harris
     on November 26, 2013

    It's not uncommon for farmers and other community members to work together to support the community, from volunteering with local 4-H and FFA programs to donating to those in need. When interviewing a farmer in Marshall County, Kansas last week, I learned how 42 volunteers helped the Axtell community by constructing Axtell High School's first track, which was finished this spring. "Axtell high school has never had a track for its track team," says Marshall County farmer, Bill…

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    Farm Accidents Hit Home

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     by Tyler Harris
     on November 4, 2013

    Driving west on Highway 36 as the sun went down in north central Kansas, where I spent my Halloween, I heard a local advertisement on the radio with a message that is all too familiar: more farm accidents occur during harvest than any other time of year. This tragically hit home the week before, when a 5-year-old girl was killed while riding in the combine with her father in Dickinson County, Kansas, about an hour and a half from where I was at the time. Several days later, another farm…

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    Ag Is Something State Rivals Have In Common

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     by Tyler Harris
     on August 14, 2013

    It's not often that I make it out to my old stomping grounds in Johnson County, Iowa. When I do, like I did last week, it's usually a several-day trip, being about a five-hour drive from Kansas City. I've seen plenty of ANF insignia all over Iowa, but I definitely notice a higher concentration when I make the trip out east. I'm not referring to Abercrombie and Fitch – as most Iowa farmers (and many Hawkeyes) know, this stands for America Needs Farmers. Most people…

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    Off The Beaten Path

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     by Tyler Harris
     on April 26, 2013

    One of the reasons I love my job is the hidden gems I find while traveling for an interview – things you won't find by simply driving on the interstate. This might be a Red Dirt radio station in the Flint Hills or a small-town diner in the Ozarks. This week, a meeting and field day took me to Weston, Missouri. I had been to Weston before, since it's only 30 minutes north of where I live in Kansas City. At one point in the 1800s, the town's population rivaled Kansas…

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    Honoring the Hands That Feed Us

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     by Tyler Harris
     on April 19, 2013

    I've driven by the Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kansas, numerous times while driving on I-70, but until today – the first day it opened for the visitor season, I hadn't actually visited it. The Hall of Fame surrounded by a suburb of Kansas City, honors individuals throughout history who have made a significant impact on U.S. agriculture, and raising consumer awareness on the importance and influence of agriculture. The message is simple: "If you eat…

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    The Main Street of America and the West

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     by Tyler Harris
     on April 12, 2013

    Last Saturday I had the opportunity to visit with some victims of cattle theft in southwest Missouri, specifically near Joplin, which will be in the Missouri Ruralist in the future. The drive from Joplin to where I live in north Kansas City is over two and a half hours, so I thought I would do some sight-seeing on the trip home. Having heard of the history of the town of Baxter Springs, Kansas, just 20 minutes from Joplin, I decided to check it out. With their proximity to Oklahoma, the…

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