2017 ESAP Photos - Munson Angus Farms - Region VII - Kansas

Kansas

See how Kansas beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.

MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE BEEF

Kansas family farm uses "pasture to plate" model to bring sustainable beef to their community

Located in Junction City, Kansas, Munson Angus Farms has had a presence in the community for nearly 150 years. With such deep roots in the area, stewardship of the local environment is top priority for the Munsons, whose six generations live and work on the family farm. Munson Angus Farms embraces a "pasture to plate" business model, where they both raise and finish their cattle with an intensive focus on quality over quantity. In fact, their family's number one philosophy is "doing it the right way." In order to improve their land and protect their cattle, the Munsons have worked with a variety of state and local agencies. They have implemented rotational grazing, as well as a no-till system to improve soil health and prevent erosion. They have even united neighboring landowners to come together to preserve their local river. For their efforts in sustainability, The Munson family was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).

"The Munson family has always placed extremely high emphasis on the environmental stewardship issues, not just from wanting to treat the world right, but that's what it takes to be successful doing the type of business that we attempt to do." - Deanna Munson, Owner, Munson Angus Farms

Meet More Members of the Beef Community:

Arturo and Wrenn Pacheco

Meet Arturo and Wrenn Pacheco, the husband and wife team behind the food blog, “Cooking with the Cowboy!” Arturo does the cooking while Wrenn is in charge of the tasting, writing, and photography. They have two little cowboys that are rowdy and love to help in the kitchen. Arturo has his Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition and, through his nutrition consulting business, helps farmers and ranchers practice efficient feeding practices. He has clients all over the country and his goal is to help ranchers and cattlemen raise a high-quality product. Together, Arturo and Wrenn also ranch and manage a custom-grazing operation. This ranch consists of caring for cattle and developing heifers on behalf of ranchers in Kansas. They do all of this and more in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

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ESAP 2019 Region 7

raising beef in kansas

Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way by using the latest technology and resources. There are more than 27,000 cattle farms and ranches in Kansas and over 6.4 million cattle. Learn more about the people and the process involved in raising beef from the pasture to the plate in The Sunflower State.

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popular kansas-inspired recipes

Garden Herb Strip Steaks

GARDEN HERB STRIP STEAKS

Make a rub from thyme, oregano, lemon and garlic for big flavor on Strip Steak.

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SPICY BEEF BACK RIBS

A spicy sauce made with chili sauce and crushed red pepper flakes give these Beef Back Ribs amazing flavor.

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Autumn Pot Roast with Root Vegetables

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Cowboy Beef and Black Bean Chili

Gotta Try Beef Chilis

It’s hard to deny that a warm, savory bowl of chili brings a certain nostalgia to the table. Whether it’s a weekly tradition or a special occasion dish, chili is one of our favorite ways to warm the soul. Discover a few of our tastiest, coziest beef chili recipes.

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kansas fact

Nearly 20% of all wheat grown in the US is grown in Kansas. This is why Kansas is called the “Wheat State” and “Breadbasket of the World.”