Now That’s Rural

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May 7, 2021  


Some people prefer their pie plain, others like it with whipped cream or maybe topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, says there’s a rural community that likes classic cars with its pie.

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April 27, 2021  


What started as a dad taking pictures of his daughter while she was playing club volleyball turned into a side enterprise while farming and working in agribusiness. Now it is an award-wining business featuring photos of beautiful Kansas landscapes.

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April 16, 2021  


After running a greenhouse business near Peabody for 55 years, a rural Kansas woman – inspired by a sunflower field – is giving away recycled mineral tubs and sunflower seeds as a community beautification project. She’s also involved in helping save and restore the historic Sunflower Theatre in downtown Peabody – and 2021 just happens to be the national year of the sunflower.

To read more about the Sunflower Theatre, follow this link

April 10, 2021  


A renowned musician and composer was teaching and playing cello in the Wichita Symphony. She and her husband moved near Peabody because they wanted a place in the country. That’s where she helped launch an arts and ecology program promoting the Flint HiIls and the rural communities of Marion County.

Susan Mayo 

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April 2, 2021  


A neighbor’s gift of homemade wild sand plum jelly left lasting impression. In fact, after tasting the “best jelly” she’d ever had, she learned how to make her own. Now, she and her husband have a value-added agriculture products business selling jelly and other homemade products across the nation.

Bruce's Bullseye Farms

Visit Ron's Blog for the full story on Laurie Bruce's Bulleye Farms

March 29, 2021  


A military move to Ft. Riley and a family connection to a yarn shop in Washington state, has resulted in a Kansas business that produces yarn and other products. This business is raising fiber goats and sheep and leading efforts to promote these fibers.


Collen and Mike Mcghee

March 21, 2021  


A rural Kansas woman founded a business that is helping to create All-Americans in the sport of equestrian riding. However, her love of equine training goes beyond national awards. She says it’s just as important to see the kids who come to the equine training center who will never enter a horse show grow and learn in their self-confidence.

Follow this link for more from K-State's Huck Boyd Institute. 

March 12, 2021  


After stopping at a farmers market, a rural Kansas couple decided to set up a stand to sell their own garden vegetables. It went so well, they added some jams and jellies. Now they travel to several farmers markets each week to sell their bierocks, cinnamon rolls, cookies, maple bars, banana bread, fruit pies, salsa and more.

March 12, 2021  


A new initiative to help businesses grow, including exporting to international markets, has been launched in Kansas. The BRITE Center, an acronym for Business Resources for Innovation, provides team advising, educational evens, program development, and partner engagement for businesses. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, has more on this innovative effort to help businesses grow.

March 4, 2021  


A Kansas farmer growing tired of not having control over the price of his corn, did some research and discovered corn was worth much more when sold as a tortilla. So, he constructed a building, bought corn processing equipment and started raising white, food grade corn. Those tortillas are now available at restaurants and local grocery stores, such as the store at Meade. And, he also created his own brand of salsa using fresh ingredients to go with his chips!


This segment is courtesy of the Huck Boyd Institute.

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