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Invasive Species of Grass Threatens Kansas Pastures, Grasslands

Range scientist Keith Harmoney inspects a research plot that's been overtaken by Old World Bluestem at the K-State agricultural center in Hays. (Photo by David Condos, Kansas News Service)

An invasive grass called Old World bluestem is crowding out native plant species and remaking Kansas grasslands and pastures. And as it spreads across the state, the time and money it would take to get rid of it keeps going up. Hear from from some of the landowners and researchers who are trying to prevent it from changing the Kansas prairie forever.

Commemorating 200 Years of the Santa Fe Trail - Part 9 (Council Grove and the Kaw Nation)

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.

Changing the Rock Dust Applied to Farm Fields Could Help Reduce Carbon Emissions

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)

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.

Tyson, Perdue Farms Shell Out $36 Million to Settle Antitrust Claims

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. 

Commemorating 200 Years of the Santa Fe Trail - Part 8 (Fort Larned)

Sketch of Fort Larned in Harper's Weekly, June 8, 1867.

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 our monthly series.


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