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J. Schafer Thursday, September 16th, 2021

This year, KPR has been airing a monthly series commemorating the bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail. In this latest installment, we feature a story highlighting the relationship between the community of Council Grove and the Kaw, the Native people from whom the state of Kansas derived its name.

Gavi Welbel holds crushed basalt rock in her hand on her family's farm in eastern Illinois. The rock could replace limestone and help reduce agricultural emissions of carbon into the atmosphere.  (Photo by Jonathan Ahl / Harvest Public Media)
Harvest Public Media Friday, September 3rd, 2021

Agriculture is responsible for more than 10% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and some in the industry are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. One of those efforts is replacing the kind of crushed rock farmers use to neutralize their soil’s acidity, from limestone to basalt.

Harvest Public Media Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Tyson and Perdue Farms have agreeded to pay a total of $35.75 million to broiler chicken farmers to settle a class action lawsuit. It’s part of a larger antitrust lawsuit involving some of the country’s largest chicken processors, including Pilgrim’s Pride, Sanderson Farms and Koch Foods. 

Sketch of Fort Larned in Harper's Weekly, June 8, 1867.
J. Schafer Monday, August 23rd, 2021

As we continue our monthly series of reports commemorating the bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail, we head southwest of Great Bend to Fort Larned. Referred to as "The Guardian of the Trail," the fort now operates as a unit of the National Park Service and was the most visited national park in Kansas in 2020. Historians and park rangers who provide programs and greet visitors at the fort often find themselves addressing misconceptions related to the army's role on the trail, as well as conflicts involving Native Americans. Listen to Part 8 of...

 A file photo showing Interstate 70 in Topeka. (Photo by Stephen Koranda, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, August 6th, 2021

An infrastructure bill in the U.S. Senate has billions of dollars for Kansas roads, bridges, electric vehicles and high-speed internet, but passage is far from certain.  

Dan Buck leads a school tour group through the 4B Farm greenhouse in western Kansas. (Photo courtesy of 4B Farm)
Kansas News Service Friday, August 6th, 2021

The state's Farm to School initiative pairs Kansas family farms with school districts who want to buy food for student meals. But pandemic-related uncertainty about the coming school year makes it harder to form those connections.  

KPR Staff Thursday, August 5th, 2021

KPR has put together this handy one-stop spot to help you get the information you need during the coronavirus crisis.

A lesser prairie chicken near the Smoky Hill River in western Kansas. (Photo Courtesy of Stacy Hoeme)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Over the decades, the lesser prairie chicken has become a purity test for Kansas politicians and a proxy in the battle between industry and private landowners and environmentalists.

Workers at Lake Region Electric Cooperative install fiber optic in Hulbert, Oklahoma. (Photo: Seth Bodine, Harvest Pubic Media)
Harvest Public Media Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Rural areas are often the last to receive broadband. The lack of broadband is similar to another issue that rural communities faced decades ago, rural electrification. 

An electric vehicle plugs in to a Level 2 charging station in Olathe, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, July 30th, 2021

Rural Kansans stand to save a lot of money by switching to an electric car or truck. But availability, policy and infrastructure roadblocks could get in the way.

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