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Building an Emergency Fund



According to an annual survey conducted by Bankrate.com more than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings. Of those who do have savings, 67 percent have less than six months worth of expenses saved. Having access to just $500-1,000 in savings could help most people meet unexpected financial challenges, said K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss.

8/19/2014 8:00:00 AM


ROGER HUBERT – BARN PRESERVATION, PART ONE Play Audio



Some people believe that barns and barn construction are an important part of Kansas history.  Today we meet Roger Hubert, barn preservationist, in this latest KANSAS PROFILE, hosted by Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development.                                                  

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Roger Hubert - Barn Preservation



Can a barn be reborn? Today we’ll meet a man who believes strongly that barns are a vital element of our history and that they should be utilized and preserved. His personal journey in barn preservation has led him to rural Kansas.
8/13/2014 8:00:00 AM


LONNIE BERGER Play Audio



Both men and women struggle with everyday challenges that are unique to their gender.  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to a man who spent many years developing a successful, faith-based guide for men, that aims to guide them through today’s most-common obstacles.

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Lonnie Berger - Every Man A Warrior



Are you a warrior? I don’t mean a soldier fighting battles overseas. I mean a man who fights for his family and home in the everyday struggles of life. Today we’ll meet a man from rural Kansas who has long had a heart for men who wrestle with the challenges of today. He has developed a curriculum with tools which can help men in the battles of everyday life.
8/6/2014 8:00:00 AM


Managing back-to-school expenses



According to the National Retail Federation, the average cost for back-to-school spending this year is projected at nearly $670 per family with children in grades K-12, which means U.S. families will spend a total of $26.5 billion for K-12 children. With college-aged kids added in the mix, that number is expected to soar to nearly $75 billion.
8/6/2014 8:00:00 AM


TAD FELTS (PART TWO) Play Audio



Not only is he an outstanding broadcaster, but he is also known for being a civic leader in the community, and has facilitated unique educational opportunities for local students. The director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, Ron Wilson tells the story of this local north-central Kansas legend.
                                 
 

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Tad Felts - Part 2



Where is your student’s classroom? Down at the school, first hall on the right? Maybe there is a different kind of classroom outside the school where students can also learn. Today, in the conclusion of our two-part series on a legendary Kansas broadcaster, we’ll meet a man who has accompanied students on an annual educational trip for three decades.
7/30/2014 8:00:00 AM


TAD FELTS (PART ONE)... Play Audio



Because of his passion for small-town radio over several decades, one highly-decorated broadcaster has become an invaluable pillar of his north-central Kansas community.  The director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, Ron Wilson, tells the first of his two-part story on this week’s program.
 

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Tad Felts - Tad Poll



Listen, I hear a Tad Poll. No, not a young frog. I hear a radio program called the Tad Poll which one legendary broadcaster has been doing for decades in rural Kansas. It’s today’s Kansas Profile.
7/23/2014 8:00:00 AM


JILL MARTIN Play Audio



On the last edition of “Kansas Profile,” we met a rising star in the country music scene, who got his start in rural Kansas.  Today, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to his wife, who’s making her own mark on the music scene.

7/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Jill Martin



Jill Martin seems to have been born with a love for music. At the age of two, she was walking around singing songs in her rural Kansas home. That love of music would lead to a music career in Nashville, and ultimately to another love in her life. Special thanks to Newman University in Wichita and writer Jayden Gregory whose article was used with permission for this story.
7/16/2014 8:00:00 AM


K-State Risk & Profit Conference Set for Aug. 21-22



Reforms in densely-populated China and their implications for U.S. agriculture will take center stage as part of Kansas State University’s Risk & Profit Conference. The topic, along with an array of others is part of the annual event this year set for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan.


7/15/2014 8:00:00 AM


LOGAN MIZE Play Audio



The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism has a new Official Kansas Tourism Ambassador:  a singer/songwriter who’s appeared on national television, toured overseas, and opened for some of the biggest names in country music.  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to this star of the big stage, with roots in rural Kansas.  SPECIAL NOTE FOR THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM: This “special edition” of the program features music by a country music artist.  The usual outcue, “Kansas Profile,” occurs at @ 4:19, followed by another 10 seconds of music.  This week’s program is also in stereo, rather than mono—the file is a bit bigger.

7/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Logan Mize



From a small town to the big stage. That’s a journey which many entertainers have attempted, and it is a tough road. Today we’ll meet a singer-songwriter who is making such a journey. He is not forgetting his small town roots. In fact, he is honoring them.
7/9/2014 8:00:00 AM


No More Military Surplus For Rural Fire Departments... Play Audio



From the rural fire protection program of the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, Eric Ward reports on a concerning new development regarding the availability of excess military vehicles for service in rural fire departments in Kansas and across the nation...that program has now been halted, and he talks about how this will severely hamper many local fire departments in the state.

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


ERIKA NELSON – WORLD’S LARGEST THINGS Play Audio



Sometimes, the “Next Big Thing” really is something big.  It might even be the “World’s Largest” thing.  In the final installment of his series on grassroots art, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, has the story of an artist with an interesting specialty in “The World’s Largest Things.”

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Erika Nelson - World's Largest Things



What is the Next Big Thing?  Maybe it is the World’s Largest Thing. Today, in the third and final part of our series on grassroots art, we will meet an artist who has developed a specialty in the World’s Largest Things. When she’s not on the road, this artist can be found in rural Kansas.

7/2/2014 8:00:00 AM


Circles Builds Networks, Helps Families Out of Poverty



Circles of The Heartland, Salina, Kansas Video
Circles of Hope, Newton, Kansas Video

Kimberly Trigg, a single mother of three boys living in Salina, Kansas, moved from where she grew up in southern California several years ago to change her life, be a better mother and be a better individual.

7/1/2014 8:00:00 AM


ROSSLYN SCHULTZ – BOWL PLAZA Play Audio



The Grassroots Art Center in Lucas, Kansas, is known for its distinctive, offbeat, unique works of art that populate every room in the center—every room, including the center’s public restrooms.   In the second part of his series on grassroots art, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, describes the community’s effort to construct what has been described as the world’s most artsy public bathroom.

6/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Rosslyn Schultz - Bowl Plaza - Grassroots Art Center



Have you ever visited a community that is flushed with pride – and I mean that literally?  Today we’ll learn about a rural community which is a center of grassroots art. The community’s latest project involves, well, a toilet.
6/25/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Net Farm Income Continued to Slide in 2013



Kansas farmers took a one-two punch with drought and lower grain prices in 2013 and the result was a drop in average net income to its lowest level since 2009, according to data from the Kansas Farm Management Association’s annual PROFITLINK Analysis.

6/24/2014 8:00:00 AM


ROSSLYN SCHULTZ – GRASSROOTS ART CENTER Play Audio



It might be pieced together from old car parts and scrap metal… broken glass and used chewing gum… food containers and plastic flowers.  Whether you call it “folk art,” “recycled art,” or even “outsider art,” you’ll probably find it in Lucas, Kansas.  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, has the story about a unique art center, and the wheat farmer’s wife who put it on the map.

6/19/2014 7:00:00 PM


JUNE HILBERT – HIGH HEELS TO GUMBOOTS... Play Audio



City girl…published author… enthusiastic runner.  June Hilbert is all of these—but it’s her role as a farm wife that prompted her to write a book about her experiences.  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, tells us how this multi-talented woman’s career began with a rather unusual bouquet.

6/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


MATT WOLTERS – SUREFIRE AG... Play Audio



A new business Rawlins County has spurred some unexpected growth there, bucking the trend of urban growth and rural population loss that was found in the most recent census results.  . Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, relays the story of one entrepreneur whose work has been the advent of private sector, agribusiness enterprise.

6/5/2014 7:00:00 PM


BUNKHOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST Play Audio



Sunrise, sunsets, and serenity—three ingredients that formulate one family’s bed and breakfast near Medicine Lodge.

5/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY Play Audio



For many citizens, there is this unconscious feeling that they can never be anything more than a spectator to whatever change might take place.  We'll hear from one activist and entrepreneur who feels that the average person not only can, but should work to take back their government and reclaim democracy. The political rancor continues to grow, with no end in sight.  For many citizens, there is this unconscious feeling that they can never be anything more than a spectator to whatever change might take place.  We'll hear from one activist and entrepreneur who feels that the average person not only can, but should work to take back their government and reclaim democracy.

5/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


FORGOTTEN ITEM MARKET... Play Audio



Needing just one ingredient to finish a baking project wouldn’t be a problem for many people. They’d jump in the car and head to the store. However, when you live 25 miles from a store, it’s a huge problem. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says running out of powdered sugar while doing some Christmas baking, prompted a woman to open a local store that’s now full of forgotten items.
 

5/22/2014 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


Kansas Profile -- Now That's Rural -- Liz Sosa, Part 2



Ron WilsonWhat do we do with our equipment after the electricity has temporarily been off? The answer is, we power up. Today in the conclusion of a two-part series, we’ll learn about a remarkable young woman who is giving leadership in various ways across the state – including a group known as PowerUps.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM