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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

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Dan Meers - KC Wolf

The stunt went horribly wrong. The team mascot was to drop 20 feet on a bungee cord above the stadium, bounce back up to a zip line, and ride down to midfield. But something must have malfunctioned, and instead of the bungee cord bouncing down 20 feet, the mascot fell 75 feet and crashed into the stadium seats below. This excruciating incident marked an important point in the life of this costumed mascot, who is making a difference in the lives of others.
3/25/2015 8:00:00 AM

Huck Boyd Institute to Present Leader of the Year Awards for Entrepreneurship, Diversity and Service

Outreach, innovation and service would be hallmarks of the five Kansas initiatives which are to be recognized by Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development as Leaders of the Year for 2015.
3/25/2015 8:00:00 AM

The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Agriculture

From field crops to garden vegetables, various types of foods rely on soil for growth. The world population continues to grow, and one of the main challenges those involved in agriculture face is increasing the overall productivity of soils to meet elevated food demands.
3/23/2015 8:00:00 AM

Grants Announced to Support Economic Growth for Rural Communities

Funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is expected to assist communities and regions in creating self-sustaining, long-term economic development through research and strategic planning.
3/23/2015 8:00:00 AM


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

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - John Martens - NMotion UAS

The fire is raging through the building as the firefighters hurry to the scene. They need to identify the location of the fire and determine the safest and most efficient tactics for dealing with it. If only they had a quick, practical way to get an aerial view of the building…that is the thought process which led a Kansas entrepreneur to create an innovative new business using unmanned aerial systems to enhance public safety.
3/18/2015 8:00:00 AM

Honoring Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers

Six couples have been named Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers for 2014. The couples are identified as leaders in farming and their communities, and they were honored at a banquet March 13 in Manhattan.
3/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute looks at a Kansas woman whose love for basketball has led to one of the largest home school basketball tournaments in the nation.

3/13/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Kelly Love - NDII Basketball

March Madness. It’s the time when fans are filling out brackets and cheering on their teams. In addition to high school and college basketball, there is another basketball tournament going on in Kansas with an even higher purpose.
3/11/2015 8:00:00 AM


The average hospital generates 16 pounds of plastic waste every day—most of it in the “surgical blue wrap” that covers sterilized surgical instruments and other items.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells us about a rural entrepreneur who helps manage this and other specialized waste, saving space in local landfills.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Chad May - Meltpoint Environmental

About 60 entrepreneurs applied. Ten were selected. Three were ranked most highly by voters, and one ultimately won the grand prize award. That was a process designed by the K-State College of Business to encourage entrepreneurs, and the winner is an innovative entrepreneur from rural Kansas.
3/4/2015 8:00:00 AM


Increasingly, rural residents find themselves traveling farther from home to buy even the most essential groceries and household items.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells us about one successful effort to bring a hometown grocery store to one small Kansas community.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


When an old Army air base near Herington was transformed into a beef cattle feed yard, it altered the lives of a man and his two sons.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute explains how two brothers took over a thriving business from their father.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


The typical rodeo features cowboys, cowgirls, horses, bulls, calves—but one rodeo coming to Kansas will featuring rhyming and recitation, rather than roping and riding.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells us about the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute explains how prize-winning beef led to a new restaurant business.

2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM

Impact of Agriculture on County Economy - Part Two Play Audio

Kansas Department of Agriculture economist Josh Roe talks about how new data illustrates the influence of agriculture on each county's economy.

2/2/2015 6:00:00 PM