• Tyler Harris

    "Border Battle" brings in 7,642 pounds of donated food

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on March 6, 2015

    The Western Farm Show is a Kansas City tradition that dates back to 1960 and has been held at the American Royal Complex in the historic West Bottoms every year since. Twenty five years ago, the Western Farm Show started another tradition in conjunction with National FFA Week – hosting FFA advisors and students. "We've thought for years we should have an FFA Day at the Farm Show. FFA members are the future of our industry and our work force. There's a great tie in to this…

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    Meat is Medicine

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on January 1, 2015

    I hope all the farm and ranch families out there have had a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year, and had the chance to slow down, take a break from hectic schedules, spend some time catching up with friends and family, and enjoying a holiday smorgasbord of beef, pork, and poultry. Diet and nutrition are common topics of conversation for everyone this time of year, and of considerable importance for those in the ag world, considering with 2014 over, the USDA and U.S…

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    Leftovers Everybody Wants

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on October 10, 2014

    The last couple weeks have been busy for Kansas City. Following a win by the Royals, earning them a place in the playoffs for the first time since 1985, Kansas Citians had another Royal event this weekend. Visitors from across the world filled the West Bottoms district to be greeted by the enticing aroma of barbecue for a long-standing Kansas City tradition – the American Royal World Series of Barbecue. Barbecue has been a Kansas City mainstay for years – since Henry Perry…

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    Showing Consumers the Face of the American Farmer

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on April 4, 2014

    This week I had the privilege of participating in a private screening of the documentary "Farmland," highly anticipated among farm families across the U.S. and set for release at the beginning of May. Most farmers are aware consumers have questions about how their food is produced. The goal of the film, produced and directed by Academy Award winner James Moll, is to address these questions. So, it made perfect sense the screening, hosted by Kansas Farm Food Connection, took place in…

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    Familiar Small Town Names in the City

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on February 22, 2013

    Looking back on my years in college, I realize it was the first time I was exposed to the consumer side of the farm to table discussion, at least to this extent. Like many Midwest towns, Iowa City was once a farming community, although it may not seem like it today. Just take a look at Plum Grove, the home of Iowa's first (territorial) governor, Robert Lucas. Built in 1844, the farmstead is now surrounded by a residential area not far from Highway 6. Today, Iowa City could be called…

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