• Tyler Harris

    County Fair Gives Rural and Urban Youth a Look At Production Ag

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     by Tyler Harris
     on July 30, 2013

    The past few weeks have been county fair time for communities across the U.S. This includes small towns and bigger cities like Kansas City. Platte County, Missouri, where I live, is made up in part by Kansas City's outer limits in the southern corner. The northern part is made up of rolling hills where most of the state's burley tobacco crop is grown, and is dominated by pastures – mostly with horses. According to the Platte County Fair's website, early settlers in…

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    Fair Season Is Starting

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     by Tyler Harris
     on July 19, 2013

    Across the U.S., county fairs and state fairs are right around the corner, or already happening. For 4-Hers and FFA members, this often means preparing for livestock shows, whether it's cattle, pigs, goats or sheep. For some, it also means pitching in in whatever way possible, either by helping set up for the kiddie pedal tractor pull or by working the concession stand, which was the case for my FFA chapter back home. Fairs take a lot of people to help out and make them possible…

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    Loess Hills Stand Out

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     by Tyler Harris
     on July 12, 2013

    Sometimes when driving across a state, you run into topography that seems a little out of place. For Iowa, it's the Loess Hills, which stand out even in comparison to the hilly ground of southwest Iowa's cow-calf country. These hills are made of deposits of loess that aren't found in this amount anywhere else, with the exception of China's Loess Plateau. Interestingly, these hills also support wildlife that would normally be found on the Great Plains further west. This…

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    All Kinds Of Antique Tractors Can Be Seen At 4th Of July Celebrations

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     by Tyler Harris
     on July 5, 2013

    I'm a little late, but I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. I spent the holiday back home in southwest Iowa with family and friends I hadn't seen in a while. Like everywhere else, there were plenty of fireworks, in addition to another small rural town summer tradition – antique tractor shows, and even antique tractor pulls. Driving home from Missouri, I definitely saw my fair share of them getting ready. What I've seen more of lately is LPG, or liquefied propane gas…

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