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Prescribed burning is a long-standing practice for reinvigorating the native grass prairie…and at the same time, controlling unwanted invasive woody species in those pastures.  This week, K-State forester Charlie Barden talks about that important role that fire plays, noting also that pasture managers need to be cognizant of where the smoke from those prescribed burns goes.

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM

Wildland Fire Response Training Play Audio

Fire information officer with the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, Shawna Hartman, looks ahead to a major wildfire mitigation event to take place in Reno County next week, which will serve in part to train firefighter students and other personnel in wildland fire response.

3/15/2015 7:00:00 PM

Avian Influenza Update Play Audio

From the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health,  Bill Brown and Paul Grosdidier report on the surveillance efforts now underway in Kansas in response to the confirmation of avian influenza in neighboring states...they talk about the spread of this disease into the region, and the biosecurity measures that poultry producers should be taking now in the wake of this development.

3/11/2015 7:00:00 PM

Setting Goals Can Help Boost Your Savings

Wanting to buy a new car or house? Perhaps you have your eye on something smaller, such as a new camera, tablet or other electronic device. Maybe your family is planning ahead for retirement or college tuition for the children.
2/20/2015 8:00:00 AM


More than occasionally, hikers on public park trails will encounter copperheads…poisonous snakes that aren’t to be trifled with.  A new study examined copperhead activity on and near hiking trails, to gain a better understanding of why they spend time in those areas.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews that work this week.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM

Prescribed Burning Workshops Play Audio

K-State range and pasture management specialist Walt Fick goes over the topics to be covered at K-State's series of prescribed burning workshops taking place throughout the state this month...among those subjects will be the latest on the smoke management plan and on forming prescribed burning associations.

2/9/2015 6:00:00 PM

In a Flash – Conditions Can Develop Quickly for Grain Dust Explosions

We’ve seen the impact they can cause – grain dust explosions sparked when certain conditions come together to create a combustible situation. And those conditions can develop much faster than many know, according to a Kansas State University grain scientist.
2/5/2015 8:00:00 AM

Wildfire Danger and Rural Volunteer Firefighters Play Audio

From the Kansas Forest Service fire management program, K-State's Eric Ward discusses the likely persistence of wildfire danger in Kansas in the weeks ahead, and the precautions that landowners should keep in mind in preventing a wildfire...he also talks about the current state of the rural volunteer firefighter ranks in Kansas, and how having a strong rural fire department impacts property insurance coverage for all rural dwellers.

2/1/2015 6:00:00 PM

Weibert Honored as Animal Sciences and Industry Distinguished Alumnus

Warren WeibertWarren Weibert, a 1969 graduate of Kansas State, was honored on Nov. 15 as the recipient of the 2013 K-State Animal Sciences & Industry Distinguished Alumnus Award.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM