Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Agriculture Today

Although I have only lived in south central Kansas for six years, there is little doubt that substantive changes have occurred over the years here in the agriculture industry. Being about twenty five miles from Kansas’ largest city, Wichita, means that we are starting to see a change in demographics. More and more of our students’ parents work in Wichita and use Halstead as a bedroom community to commute from. These families enjoy the small town atmosphere that stresses community life. There is still a large amount of farmland in the area but fewer students plan on entering the industry. I only know of three students in the past six years that are currently farming. Many of the students whose families own farms are planning for other careers. Our school no longer has a FFA program and during a recent career day nobody represented the farm industry. Another changing aspect that is also reflected in Douglas Hurt’s book American Agriculture is the disappearance of a strong town main street. Halstead’s main street businesses struggle at times since it has become easy to travel to Newton or Wichita. Those interested in farming would have to go through the local coop or the Harvey County Economic development Council but the best information would probably come from heading down to the town coffee shop and talking to some of the local farmers. One of the nice aspects of Halstead is that the town respects privacy but is always open to giving advice and help when needed.


Blogger Professor said...

excellent analysis. See you in a few days!

5:39 PM  

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