• Tyler Harris

    Reflecting on the Rural Route

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on March 29, 2013

    Lately I've spent a lot of time at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka – about an hour's drive from where I live in Kansas City. In one of my recent ventures looking into the history of Kansas cowtowns, Arthur Capper, and Kansas Farmer history in general, (something you will see in future Kansas Farmer issues) another thing I've noticed is transportation and its impact on Kansas agriculture and the overall population. Obviously, the highway system was crucial to the…

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    Where Rural Ends and Urban Begins

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on March 22, 2013

    Despite living in Kansas City since October, I hadn't realized until recently the amount of green space in between pockets of development. This has been more apparent with warmer weather. In a phone conversation with Clay County Extension community development specialist Crystal Weber, she said Kansas City is actually one of the least developed cities in the country. In cases like this, the hinterland can be somewhat hard to determine – it's not quite clear where rural ends and…

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    "All Roads Lead To Chicago"

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on March 15, 2013

    This week has been filled with Master Farmer Award programs, and many recipients have reflected on how they started farming and the changes they've seen in agriculture through the years. Lately, I've written a lot about how the city and agriculture are interconnected, but Chicago and its history may be one of the best examples. While driving through Illinois to the Prairie Farmer Master Farmer program with executive editor Frank Holdmeyer, I noticed the numerous machinery…

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    Mushroom Hunting Season Is Here

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on March 8, 2013

    Looking out my window in Kansas City, it's hard to believe March is already here. Despite the snow left on the ground after last week, spring is around the corner and Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend after what seems like a long wait – our neighbor back home used to note how the days seem to get longer a lot slower than they get shorter. With the change in seasons comes warmer weather, rain, and of course that "fresh spring" scent we all know of. Growing up in…

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    Beef's Role In Building Kansas City

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on March 7, 2013

    After returning to Kansas City from an Iowa interview during a break in the recent snow storms, I traveled through the West Bottoms on my way to the Western Farm Show. I'll admit I hadn't been through this historic part of downtown before, but what stood out to me, along with the American Royal Center, was the old Kansas City Livestock Exchange Building – a perfect example of how tightly wound urban centers are with agriculture. Some might say the old stockyards made Kansas…

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