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Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Shelly Hoyt - Hoxie Basketball

USA Today has named the best high school girl’s basketball program in the nation. Would you believe, that honor belongs to a small school in rural Kansas? Today we’ll learn about this remarkable coach and community and the basketball program she directs.
7/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Recreation

Soils Support Recreation Video

At Kansas State University’s Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center, located north of Manhattan, even the occasional passerby will notice many small plots that showcase a variety of recreational fields. From athletic fields where players would take part in soccer, for example, to a putting green that meets United States Golf Association specifications, K-State Research and Extension turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle studies all sorts of turfgrass systems.

6/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells us about a fourth-generation, diversified energy business.

6/25/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Natalie Beard-Dent - Beard Propane

The fleet of oil company service trucks is being converted, to operate not on gasoline, but on propane. The conversion of those vehicles from gas to propane fuel was completed by an innovative, diversifying company in rural southeast Kansas.
6/24/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a seed-planter manufacturing business serving the world from rural Kansas.                                                

6/18/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Dave Schultz - Seed Research Equipment Solutions

Let’s go to South Africa. A group of scientists are planting a research plot to evaluate how a crop will perform. They are using a specialized planter which provides precise control and data on seed spacing and placement. Would you believe, this planter comes from halfway around the globe in the middle of Kansas?
6/17/2015 8:00:00 AM

Upcoming Workshop Provides the Buzz on Honeybees

If you want to eat the perfect biscuit, grab it straight from the oven, smother it in butter and drizzle some honey over the top. Groomed like that, one biscuit calls for one more. The ingredient that seems to make it complete is the honey, made possible by honeybees.
6/16/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Carl Koster - NFL Films

It’s the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Time for the kickoff. The stadium is packed. Millions more are watching on television. Among the ones who are filming this contest is a man from rural Kansas.
6/10/2015 8:00:00 AM

What a Difference a May Makes

It wasn’t your imagination. It’s been raining more than usual – a lot more. May, 2015, will go down in the record books as the third wettest May since 1895, according to the Kansas Weather Data Library.
6/10/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute introduces us to a man who helped create in rural Kansas volunteer organization that promotes economic development in the region.

6/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

''From the Land of Kansas'' Update Play Audio

The director of the "From the Land of Kansas" program in the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Stacy Mayo, talks about the latest efforts by that program to promote Kansas-grown-and-produced agricultural products to consumers...she reports on the new Savor the Season promotion which will be featured at local farmers' markets starting this summer.

6/3/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Carl Koster - Regional Economic Area Partnership

“You reap what you sow.” The truth of that timeless proverb has been demonstrated forever.  Today we will learn about an organization serving south central Kansas which is helping to sow regional cooperation and reaping the results.
6/3/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a rural Kansas business that is filling a community need while using Spanish to serve its customers.                                                  

5/31/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Nancy Hines - Stanton County Hardware

“Hablas Espanol?” I don’t speak Spanish, but today in Kansas Profile, we’ll meet a rural Kansas business which has achieved a remarkable level of bilingual proficiency while working to serve all of its customers.
5/27/2015 8:00:00 AM

The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Buildings and Infrastructure

Soils Support Buildings and Infrastructure video

Soils are a crucial component for agriculture and food production. Soils support all kinds of life. From an engineering perspective, soils are also important, as they provide the groundwork for any type of building or structure.
5/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a Kansas entrepreneur who is finding success in the roofing business.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Michael Perry - Aqua Shield

Hobbs, New Mexico. A large apartment complex is being built. The roof is being installed by a crew from a company in rural Kansas. Today we’ll learn about the remarkable growth of this entrepreneurial roofing company. 
5/20/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Communities, Individuals Honored by PRIDE Program

Renovating a basketball court or adding a sign to the outskirts of town may seem like small steps, but in some rural Kansas communities they are part of a bigger effort to enhance the quality of life for the area’s citizens.
5/18/2015 8:00:00 AM

Farmers Market Resource Available

Many of us have wandered through a farmers market and envisioned ourselves selling produce, baked goods or other foods. Farmers markets are a great way for food producers and value-added food processors to directly connect with their customers, increase sales, and get feedback from customers.
5/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at some rural Kansans who are turning a run-down building into a community resource.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM

Municipal Water Use: Efficiencies of Electronic Systems

A decade ago, the small town of Riley, Kansas, was facing big issues related to municipal water. Officials in the town of less than 1,000 people, located about 20 miles northwest of Manhattan, realized a 30 percent water loss for about five years consecutively.
5/13/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Patty Reece - Volland Store

Let’s go to the store.  In this case, we’re not going for milk or bread. We are visiting a historic store building which is becoming a cultural and educational center for a rural region of Kansas. 
5/13/2015 8:00:00 AM

Daniels Joins K-State Research and Extension as Community Vitality Specialist

With a goal of bringing the assets of Kansas State University to the people of Kansas, one of K-State Research and Extension’s newest hires will help bring university resources to Kansas communities.
5/12/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute introduces us to a man who is providing community leadership to his rural Kansas hometown.

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

A Tale of Two Rivers: Kansas, Missouri River Regions have Differences and Similarities

Like all residents, Pam Fortun cares about clean water coming out of the faucet. As a civil engineer with the fast-growing City of Overland Park, however, designing systems to avoid flash flooding, ensuring water quantity and quality, and minimizing runoff from new neighborhoods are also priorities for her.
5/7/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Cole Herder - Humboldt

“Here’s your mail.”  It is always good to check the mailbox and receive personal mail. Today we’ll learn about a remarkable rural town that has people working together to improve the community. They are also working to attract and retain youth in their community, using the mail – and an actual mailbox – as a reminder. 
5/6/2015 8:00:00 AM

Financial Status of Kansas Counties Play Audio

From the Office of Local Government at K-State, Extension associate Rebecca Bishop talks about the just-released Fiscal Conditions and Trends reports that have been compiled for each county in Kansas...she explains how this in-depth information can be used as local officials make important fiscal decisions.

5/3/2015 7:00:00 PM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at an auto repair business serving the nation from rural Kansas.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a new Kansas medical facility that is providing innovative treatment to patients from all over the world.                                 

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at how high-speed internet service is making a difference for one rural entrepreneur.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM