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These Programs Will Pay Kansas Farmers for Crops They Won't Harvest

Cattle graze on a cover crop mixture of peas, oats, barely, rapeseed and flaxseed on Jay Young's farm. (Photo by Della Rambo)

A North Dakota farmer championed the idea of cover crops — plants that would be considered weeds in many other contexts — as robust plants for his cattle to graze on. A federal farm program now offers farmers in 67 flooded Kansas counties from $30 to $45 an acre to put down such cover crops.

Koch Exec, Black Lives Matter in Group Pushing Prison Reform

A criminal justice reform group that launched this week has brought together Democratic and Republican governors, a Black Lives Matter organizer and an executive from Kansas-based Koch Industries in an unlikely collaboration focusing on finding solutions to problems like racial disparity and the effects of a 1994 crime bill in policing and prisons.

Kansas Community College Football Now Has Its Own Stars, Netflix Series and Scandals

Goal post (Photo by Stephan Bisaha / Kansas News Service)

Community college football teams in Kansas are showing up in national championship games and your Netflix queue. Butler Coach Tim Shaffner says big changes started coming after the league opened the way for more top talent from out of state. The Kansas News Service takes a look at how community college football in Kansas became the center of attention and scandals.

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