New Guide Offers All of Kansas Resources

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ An agriculture education group has released a 200-page guide to natural resources in Kansas.

The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom hopes that the guide will help teachers discover there is a diversity of Kansas resources worth teaching. The group says everything from the tallgrass prairie and wetlands to a huge aquifer are in Kansas.

The idea for the guide was developed after a rural Kansas teacher remarked that she didn't teach her students about natural resources in Kansas because they aren't interesting. Other teachers say they mostly covered oceans and rainforests in their classes.

Foundation member Mary Anne Stoskopf said agricultural uses, cropland, grasslands and forests -- account for more than 90 percent of the state's land area.

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