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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

Education Key in Understanding Kansas Water Issues

Cookies, cereal, marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, milk and ice cream can create a fun lesson—and a tasty snack—to model the rock, soil and liquid layers of an aquifer.
5/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


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

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: John Gean - Protown

The car was damaged in Texas. The repair is being done in a body shop in Kansas. That is one example of the work of an entrepreneurial auto body specialist who chooses to live in rural Kansas.
4/29/2015 8:00:00 AM

The International Year of Soils: Soils Clean and Capture Water

2015 International Year of Soils: Soils Clean and Capture Water video

Picture transitioning from a rural setting that includes woodlands, wildlife habitat and farms, to urban areas that consist of concrete, parking lots, streets and buildings. Rural land in a more natural state has the ability to soak up water in the soil more efficiently than urban areas with impervious surfaces that can lead to more runoff.
4/27/2015 8:00:00 AM


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

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Pat Farley - Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center

Let’s go to Brazil, home of the Nogueria brothers, champions of the Ultimate Fighting Contest.  During their competitions, these fighters literally take a beating which can result in lots of pain and distress in their joints. When it was time for these Brazilian fighters to seek treatment using stem cells, the place they came for relief was an innovative medical facility in faraway Kansas.
4/22/2015 8:00:00 AM


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

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Jenny Russell - JenRus Freelance

World Wide Web. Of course, that’s the term that we see on the Internet. It reminds us that Internet technology operates far beyond our borders. Today we’ll meet an Internet marketing company which is using the tools of technology to transcend the traditional limitations of distance in rural America. Special thanks to Nex-Tech and writer Steve Herrs whose article in Connections provided content for this Kansas Profile column.
4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State's Huck Boyd Institute looks at a decades-old event that generates pride in a rural Kansas community.

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

Six Communities Named Kansas PRIDE Communities of Excellence

The Kansas PRIDE program has named six communities as PRIDE Communities of Excellence for their ongoing accomplishments in community development.
4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Luke Mahin - Courtland Fun Day

Fun Day. No, not Sunday, as in the first day of the week or an ice cream treat. I refer to an event called Fun Day in Courtland. For 50 years, the rural community of Courtland has put on a community Fun Day.
4/8/2015 8:00:00 AM

Tap into Water: Free Family Fun Day May 2 at Gardner City Lake

K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, and the Hillsdale Area Water Cooperative are teaming up to offer a water education workshop for families on May 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gardner City Lake. Families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of learning about and celebrating water.
4/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State's Huck Boyd Institute introduces a pair of Kansans who are hand-making metal objects for rodeo performers and more.

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM

Understanding Adolescent Health Needs

Many health professionals across the United States are currently concentrating on the increased health needs of baby boomers, an aging population of individuals born in the 1940s through the 1960s. While health care for seniors is important, just as important are the health needs of the younger generation.
4/2/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Dan Atkisson - Lady Luck Ironworks

As the rodeo queen rides by, the light flashes from the fancy spurs which she wears on her boots.  These attractive spurs were created by a couple of cowboys from rural Kansas.
4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

K-State’s College of Agriculture Celebrates Success and Looks Ahead to a Productive Future

Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture aims to be a top-five agricultural college in the United States by 2025, and in collaboration with K-State Research and Extension, it intends to continue serving as a global destination for education, research and extension. Reaching this feat not only would benefit the university, but it would benefit the citizens of Kansas and beyond with immediate solutions to needs in agricultural production.

4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute introduces us to a sports mascot that provides inspiration to people around the world.

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at an entrepreneur who is using aerial drones to help firefighters do their jobs more safely and effectively.

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM