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Kansas Grocer Forms Unique Relationship with Local Farmers

Rural Kansas Grocer Forms Unique Relationship with Local Farmers Video

Produce items adorned with oval-shaped gold stickers at Hiawatha Thiftway, located in northeast Kansas, are grown by local farmers. Store owner Tim White partners with the local farmers’ market to bring these locally grown foods into his store.

10/20/2014 8:00:00 AM

Prepare for Health Insurance Open Enrollment

If you haven’t already, it’s time for you and your family to review your health insurance options, as annual open enrollment in the Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace for 2015 coverage begins Nov. 15. Many employers and some public programs, such as Medicare, also use the fall as a time for annual enrollment or the renewal of health insurance plans.

10/15/2014 8:00:00 AM

Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events

K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
10/15/2014 8:00:00 AM


Current food choices in the United States create a carbon footprint that is one-fourth larger than that created by Americans’ driving habits. But, how can we reduce the energy and waste created by the food we eat? A K-State Research and Extension publication offers dozens of ways to eat healthy while helping preserve the planet for future generations. Last week, we explored the meaning of a sustainable diet and some of the foods that promote sustainability.
10/2/2014 7:00:00 PM

Reverse Mortgages: New Online Resource is Available

In the midst of other big decisions that come later in life often comes the decision whether to stay in your own home, move into a retirement complex or in with another family member.
9/12/2014 8:00:00 AM

Wellness Bingo in Ellsworth Kansas

Midway District family and consumer sciences agent, Jamie Rathbun, joins forces with her county and community in Ellsworth, Kansas to develop a Wellness Bingo event, sponsored by the local Wellness Coalition. The event encouraged the community to get active, make healthy food choices and find out about the local fitness resources available. See video
9/10/2014 8:00:00 AM

Huck Boyd Institute and Foundation Offer Grants for Leadership Projects

Mini-grants are now available to support community service projects as identified by community or college-based leadership development programs.

9/9/2014 8:00:00 AM


Parents should be relieved when they pick up their child from preschool and they say that “playing” was the best part of their day. Play is not a break from learning – it’s the way young children learn. Several studies have shown that children learn more from educational activities that support their own interests and ideas and play is the main way children learn and develop the skills necessary for critical thinking and leadership. K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles says to forget about sitting preschool-aged kids down at the table and using work sheets, drills and flash cards to learn about letters and numbers, what they really need is the freedom to play.

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural Law Update... Play Audio

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University has important information about health benefit packages that farm operators provide to their employees, and whether they are in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.

9/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


Disaster is commonly defined as a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe that causes great damage or loss of life. While we can’t always control what happens, we can be better prepared to deal with a disaster. For the nearly three million people who live in Kansas, a disaster could include a tornado, flood, ice storm or fire. K-State Research and Extension family resource specialist Elizabeth Kiss says Prepare Kansas, an online financial challenge to organize and help ease recovery after disasters, is being offered throughout September to help families build a household inventory, review insurance coverages, make a grab-and-go box and provide tips for what to do following a disaster.

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM

What Does ‘The Sustainable American Dinner Plate’ Look Like?

Mary Lee Chin,"The Sustainable American Dinner Plate" Video
A term common in food production today, sustainability has been difficult to define. Even so, several major food companies have promised to only use and sell products that are raised in a sustainable manner.
8/27/2014 8:00:00 AM

Pregnant Women: Don’t Avoid Eating All Fish

For most people, eating fish and shellfish is not a health concern, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In fact, fish contains omega-3 fatty acids and healthy oils, some of which can’t be found in any other food source. Fish and seafood also are sources of lean protein, low in saturated fat and high in essential minerals, such as iron.
8/22/2014 8:00:00 AM

Expedited Beef Traceback Measures Aimed to Combat Foodborne Illness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has added another layer of food safety screening to the U.S. beef supply chain. A recent announcement by the agency stated that new procedures would mean quicker traceback of ground beef contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7 and removal of that ground beef from the supply chain to prevent foodborne illness.
8/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


The number of Americans infected with the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya has increased significantly and the virus has now been found in mosquitoes in the United States.  In addition, at least 300 travel-related cases of chikungunya have been reported in 31 states. On today’s Perspective: the thoughts of one of the world’s leading researchers of the virus, who believes that many more people are at risk of becoming infected.

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Annie E. Casey Foundation has just released the 25th edition of its annual KIDS COUNT Data book.  The yearly effort uses 16 indicators in four areas to examine the trends in how kids in the United States are faring…economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.  The good news is that children continued to show improvement in the areas of education and health.  However, economic progress still lags, even after the end of the recession.

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM

U.S. Malaria Cases Increase with International Travel

MosquitoThe number of malaria cases in the United States is rising, a trend that can be linked to the increasing amount of international travel and inadequate use of prevention methods.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM

Including Children in Holiday Activities is Best Gift

Oh, the holidays. They can be joyous and warm … or stressful and budget-breaking … or all of the above. Plus they can leave families, particularly children, with unrealistic expectations. To help individuals and families navigate the holidays without breaking the bank and still providing positive experiences, two Kansas State University specialists provided tips.
11/19/2013 8:00:00 AM

K-State Experts Address Ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Meal Costs

Thanksgiving TurkeyTurkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie—all are common Thanksgiving Day foods. The good news for consumers is that the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is slightly down per person this year, compared to last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) recently released data.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM

Push Processed Trans Fats Aside

Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM

Poor Bone Health

Poor bone health is common and costly.
1/23/2009 8:00:00 AM

Bone Fractures

Caring for bone fractures due to osteoporosis costs America $18 billion yearly.
1/23/2009 8:00:00 AM