• Tyler Harris

    Farmers Help Community Build New High School Track

    Town and Country

     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…

    Continue Reading


  • Tyler Harris

    Antique Plow Day Draws Young and Old

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on November 15, 2013

    Last Saturday, I made the trek from Kansas City up to Conway, Iowa – about 45 minutes from where I grew up, to check out the 9th Annual Fall Antique Plow Day. For those who have never been to Conway, it's a town of 40, as of the 2012 Census, in Taylor County in southwest Iowa. Mike Sleep, who lives in Olathe, Kansas, one of the original organizers of the event, says it started with him and a couple friends with plows that hadn't seen daylight in a while, including his own…

    Continue Reading


  • Tyler Harris

    Farm Accidents Hit Home

    Town and Country

     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…

    Continue Reading