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Floyd E Sageser
Juliet E K Walker
A Growing Demand for Local
December 8, 2009
Feature article in the Star Business Weekly about local farms and the demand for locally grown food even in the winter. The article includes a comparison chart between 2002 and 2007 of number of farms...
Amber Waves of Pain
Discusses the failure of the USDA to make low-interest loans to black farmers as a result of a discrimination suit.
Dr. Waters Tells Chamber of Commerce of Farmer's Great Part in Winning the War
Biographical article about Henry Jackson Waters, or Henry Waters, "editor of the Weekly Kansas City Star" and speaker on the role of Midwestern farmers in World War I at the Commercial Club meeting at...
Food from the Farm
Community-supported agriculture programs (CSAs) are growing in the Kansas and Missouri area. “What exactly is a CSA program? Simply put, it’s a network of local farmers who turn out produce, grains,...
Future Farmers of America
Photos, illustrations, and information on the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization, holding its national convention in Kansas City for 71 years until moving to Louisville in 1999.
Gardening for Food Could Get Boost in KC
February 16, 2011
Commentary about the popularity of vegetable gardening in the area. Katherine Kelly, executive director of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, is quoted as saying, "and this year, there are at...
Good Times on The Farm
March 20, 2012
Compared to the 1980s when "tens of thousands of farmers went broke and were forced off of their land," the last few years has seen a rise in farm earnings. "Farm income has jumped nearly 30 percent in...
Hoeing Their Own Row: Black Agriculture and the Agrarian Ideal in Kansas, 1880-1920
History of black farmers in Kansas, highlighting those owning their own farms, from 1880 to 1920, with several photos.
Kansas Farmers and Illinois Dairymen
Article about the author's trip to Kansas "for the purpose of examining the operations of the small farmer and of his new competitor," with descriptions of Topeka and rural townships to the west.
KC to Host 17,000 FFA Youth
Article about the history of the Future Farmers of America organization, "a Kansas City product, originating in the old Hotel Baltimore," in 1924 and becoming associated with the Stockyards and the American...
Article about Good Natured Family Farms co-op. "Farmers who sell under the Good Natured Family Farms name must be small, family owned and operated farms in Kansas or Missouri and employ sustainable, environmentally...
Nurture Urban Agriculture to Turn Back Blight
June 20, 2010
This editorial proclaimed, "Urban farming and gardening presents a doable, cost-effective way to find a use for blighted land while yielding healthy foods for neighborhoods that need it and also providing...
Perspective: Domesticating Big Mo
Editorial essay about the need for cooperation of flood control agencies by the federal and local governments in order to prevent repeated disasters like the 1951 flood for both cities' buildings and farmers'...
The History of Black Business in America
One paragraph about Junius G. Groves, "one of the most successful post-Reconstruction commercial farmers," overcoming birth in slavery to become a wealthy entrepreneur in agriculture and distribution of...
The Mennonites Come to Kansas
Illustrations and article about the Mennonites, German-speaking "master farmers from the Russian steppes," emigrating to Kansas in the 1870s after being expelled for the religious beliefs there. Discussion...
Up Front: In Debt and Desperate, Farmer Wayne Cryts Wants to Raise Cain in Congress
Photos and biographical article about Wayne Cryts, a 39-year-old Missouri Ozarks farmer and "a candidate for the House of Representatives, from Missouri's largely rural Eighth District." Description of...
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