Insight by John Schlageck

Insight by John Schlageck



When winter bites


As the season turns to winter and temperatures fall, always wear a hat, preferably wool, ear protection and a scarf or neck gaiter. If it’s bitter cold – stay inside or limit your exposure to the elements.

Often forgotten


Children who are raised on a farm or ranch earn values that last a lifetime that can be learned no other way. Farming and ranching provides education for life and no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth and maturity in such a variety of ways.

Estate taxes threaten family farms


The money farmers pay to the government in capital gains taxes is money that could be reinvested in the farm or ranch and indirectly into the rural community where the farm is located. Farms and ranches keep people employed and provide much-needed money to local governments in the form of county or city sales taxes.

Fat rats get cancer


If there is a health problem we should be concerned about during this upcoming holiday season, it may be overeating. If you don’t watch yourself, you can gobble down more than 2,000 calories easily at one sitting. It doesn’t take a food scientist from ACSH to tell you you’ll wind up stuffed like a turkey if you eat like that during the holiday season.

Citizen investment drives rural Kansas


Farmers, ranchers and businesses remain the key to growth and vitality in any rural area. Working together, both rural and urban, with progressive community leadership, we can improve our standard of living and our quality of life in Kansas.

It's about safety


Farm safety is not always an easy message for farmers and ranchers to implement in the workplace. However, the point is to think and plan to stay healthy, active and safe in what can be a potentially hazardous environment.

Whack on the side of the head


Finding new ideas or a new way of doing something is akin to prospecting for gold. If you look in the same old places, you’ll find tapped out veins. On the other hand, if you venture off the beaten path, you’ll improve your chances of discovering new ideas.

And I Quote


Quotations can add zip to a story or help provide credence to your tale. They can do many things like remove the wheat from the chaff. They can also provide insight that can move, illustrate and entertain.

Eat smart, stay healthy


Many of the major farm organizations and commodity groups provide consumer with healthy and helpful eating guidelines. Research projects on their products are contracted with qualified academic institutions, private research or food industry laboratories. Accuracy and credibility of these studies are reviewed by scientific specialists.

Uncommon courtesy today


Always remember that the hunter and landowner should discuss the terms of the hunt before hunting begins. This is extremely important. Hunters never forget, you are a guest and it is a privilege to hunt on the owner’s land.