• Holly Spangler

    Home economics: in your school?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on April 8, 2015

    About a year ago, I wrote a blog asking, in essence, whatever happened to home economics? It led to some great email conversations, including some with the instructor of a set of college curricula on home economics education – though to be modern and correct, it's now known as Family and Consumer Sciences. One thing led to another and yesterday I got to Skype with one of her classes. We talked a lot about teaching the science behind food production, and what students need to know to…

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  • Holly Spangler

    When we think we know more than we know

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on April 2, 2015

    She approached slowly but confidently, new books in arm and tote over her shoulder. I smiled and said hello and tried to look approachable. It worked; she approached, but less with a question than a statement. "So, these GMOs that are getting sprayed on all our food, they're really killing the bees off," she said. I think I squinted and looked confused. She continued. "My husband is a beekeeper -  we're concerned about that. What GMOs are doing to the environment…

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  • 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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  • Lon Tonneson

    How to help young farmers

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 4, 2015

    The Food Tank recently recommended 10 things consumers could do to help the next generation of farmers. On advocacy group’s list of 10 ways to help young farmers: 1. Join a Community Supported Agriculture program or shop at a local farmers market: 2. Donate to organizations whose mission is to look out for the interests of young farmers. They mentioned the Rodale Institute and National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service 3. Be informed. Visit EatWild for information on how…

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  • Holly Spangler

    What Farmers Want From Consumers

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 2, 2015

    I spent a lot of time on the road last week, driving and thinking. Thinking and driving. And I got to thinking how I feel so irritated sometimes at the accusations thrown at farmers. Either that we're (obviously) mistreating our animals or (obviously) polluting the environment or (obviously) poisoning everyone or (obviously) not smart enough to make good choices. It kinda wears me out sometimes. It's kinda made me step back from social media lately, where the cacophony of yelling…

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  • Tyler Harris

    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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  • Josh Flint

    Diet app takes the guess work out of weight loss

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on December 31, 2014

    This year, I kicked off my New Year’s Resolution a little early. I’m attempting to lose 35 pounds by this summer. To help guide the way, I’ve downloaded an app on the iPhone. It’s called Lose It! Here’s how it works. You tell it your height, weight, age and how much and how fast you want to lose the weight. It spits out a daily calorie recommendation. Here’s the tough part – you have to log everything you eat during the day. One really nice feature…

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  • Mindy Ward

    How To Gather 50,000 Eggs A Day

    Show-Me Life

     by Mindy Ward
     on December 29, 2014

    Just what does it take to gather 50,000 eggs in one day? Missouri's own Ron Campbell shares his process during a video series, which launched today. Citing Americans growing questions about food production, Randy Krotz, CEO of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance said the videos set out to address some of those questions by showing just how farmers are growing and raising food. USFRA visited Campbell's farm in Monett to film just what it takes to gather 50,000 eggs in one day. It…

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  • Tyler Harris

    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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  • Rod Swoboda

    Donations From Iowa Youth Benefit Food Pantries

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 23, 2014

    At the recent 2014 Farm Progress Show at Boone in central Iowa, Monsanto partnered with Farm Progress and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to sponsor the sixth annual America's Farmers Food Drive. The drive collected 6,847 pounds of food to donate to food pantries in the Boone area. FFA chapters and 4-H clubs from across the state were asked to join the cause, and 52 of those chapters and clubs responded to the challenge. FFA and 4-H members who brought canned goods and other food items…

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