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.
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 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.
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.
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.”