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Midway District

Midway Extension District #15

Ellsworth Office:
210 N. Kansas
Suite #1, Courthouse
Ellsworth, KS 67439

Russell Office:
309 S. Fossil
Russell, KS 67665

Hours: Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12-1)

upcpming events



Nutrient Management Update Meeting
  • When: Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Where: Bethlehem Lutheran Church
                 308 N Indiana, Sylvan Grove KS 
  • Registration Deadline: January 29, 2018
  • Online Registration
  • Flyer
Farmers Market Vendor Workshops

The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host five regional workshops in February 2018 to assist farmers’ market vendors and managers.

Kansas farmers’ markets not only provide a fresh food source, but also stimulate the local economy. In 2017, 85 farmers’ markets were registered with KDA’s Central Registration of Farmers’ Markets. 

“Farmers’ markets provide growers a chance to tell their farm’s story, with face-to-face interaction with consumers,” said Londa Nwadike, consumer food safety specialist with K-State Research and Extension and the University of Missouri. “But there are also legal, safety and financial parameters that farmers need to understand before choosing to sell at a farmers’ market.”

Workshop topics will vary slightly by location. Highlighted topics include:

  • Vendor Marketing and Communications
  • Growing in High Tunnels 101
  • Regulations on Selling Meat, Eggs & Poultry
  • Sales Tax for Vendors

KDA’s Division of Weights and Measures will also offer free scale certification at the workshops for attendees.

  • When & Where:
    February 1 - Colby KS 
                       Colby Community College
    February 2 - Great Bend KS 
                       Trinity Lutheran Church
    February 3 - Wichita KS 
                       Sedgwick County Extension Office
    February 9 - Olathe KS 
                      K-State Olathe
    February 10 - Chanute KS 
                         Mid-West Fertilizer, Chanute Ag Cente
  • Cost: $20 per participant 
  • Additional Information & Online Registration
  • Registration Form
Kansas Arbor Day Poster Contest "Kansas Trees are Terrific ... and Energy Wise!"
WILLIE and the BEANSTALK Competition

Willie and the Beanstalk is a contest is open to high school, middle school, 4-H, and/or FFA teams interested in the scientific principles surrounding plant growth. The challenge is to grow the largest soybean plant in a 40-day time span and document this effort.

Beginning on a common seeding day, contestants will grow a soybean plant for 40 days, document their activities, and bring their entry to the Department of Agronomy Plant Growing Contest Center in Throckmorton Hall during Kansas State University Open House for judging. Prizes will be awarded for the top entries in each judging category and all entrants win a tee shirt. Questions about the contest should be sent to beanstalk@ksu.edu.


2018 Kansas 4-H Ambassadors Training
  • What: There will be six exciting workshops and a keynote speaker. We'll have three new workshops for all county/district advisors and Extension staff.
  • When: February 23-24, 2018
  • Where: Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City, KS
  • Who: All county/district 4-H Ambassadors, Ambassador Advisors, Chaperones and KSRE Staff.  Youth must be in the 8th - 12th grades to attend.  Local Extension Offices may not be able to provide chaperones and/or transportation to this training.  Check with your local Extension Office before registering.
  • Registration: Will be around December 15, 2017
  • Registration Fee:  Registration includes breakfast, lunch, lodging, two breaks, workshops and speakers
  • Registration Deadline: February 8, 2018, 11:59 p.m., using the CVent registration system.  There will be a $25 cancellation fee from the the time of registration through February 8, 2018.  No refunds will be given beginning February 9, 2018.
  • Additional Information


Corrals, Calcium, Costs & Cows: Management & Profit Strategies for 2018
  • When: February 6, 2018 5:30PM
  • Where: NCK Tech College
                 3033 US Hwy 24, Beloit KS 
  • Cost: $5 per person
  • RSVP by February 2nd Post Rock Extension Office
  • Flyer
Kansas Cattle Drive
Junior Beef Producer Day
  • When: Saturday,March 24, 2018
  • Where: Weber Arena
                 Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Cost: Early Registration $15 per person
             Early Registration Deadline - March 2, 2018
             After March 2nd $20 per person 
  • Flyer
  • Online Registration
  • Additional Information

Bucket Calf



Clothing & Textiles


Citizenship in Action

Would you like to have more influence in laws and rules that affect your life? Then you’ll want to go to Kansas 4-H Citizenship in Action! This two day event is sponsored by the State 4-H Youth Leadership Council. The purpose of the event is for Kansas youth to learn how the state legislative process works and how their voice and participation in decision-making can make a difference in their local communities. The legislative visit will not only familiarize youth with the capitol building, but will also show them how they can affect the legislative process.

  • When: February 18-19, 2018
  • Where: Topeka, KS
  • Who: Youth 13-18 years old by January 1 of the current year
  • Registration: Click Here
  • Registration Fee: $170
  • Registration Deadline: January 15, 2018

This year we have the opportunity to offer $100 scholarships for youth who are interested in attending Citizenship In Action.  These scholarships are available through a generous donation from Capitol Federal.  The scholarship form and online scholarship application can be found on the web by going to http://www.kansas4-h.org/events-activities/conferences-events/citizenship-in-action/index.html.

We are asking that all scholarships be submitted through the qualitrics link that is on our website, or by going to https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8e5EL6WttD0K6gZ

Representative Troy Waymaster, R-Bunker Hill, is offering a scholarship to the event for one Kansas 4-H student that resides in the 109th Kansas House District.

To apply for the scholarship, interested students should email a letter to Representative Waymaster by January 29 stating why they want to attend the event and what they hope to learn from participation in the program. Representative Waymaster's email address is Troy.Waymaster@house.ks.gov.

The deadline for Troy Waymaster's scholarship submissions is January 29, 2018.

4-H Citizenship Washington Focus

Dairy Goats


2018 Kansas 4-H Dog Judges' Certification Training
  • When: January 26-28, 2018
  • Where: Sedgwick County Extension Center
                 7001 W 21st N. (21st & Ridge)
  • Information
  • Online Registration & Costs
  • Registration Deadline: Extended to January 21, 2018



Preserving the Family with Estate Planning: Workshops in Phillipsburg & Great Bend
  • When & Where: February 22, 5:30-9:00pm
                              Phillips County Fair Building Phillipsburg, KS
                              February 26, 5:30-9:00pm
                              Great Bend Recreation Commission - Burnside Room, Great Bend KS

  • Cost: $20 Registration Fee and family members $15 if registered at same time
  • Early Registration Deadline:  February 16, 2018
  • Additional information available at www.northwest.ksu.edu under Events 


Fiber Arts 






2018 4-H Horse Panorama
4-H Horse Achievement Level Riding Test Invitational

Open to all Kansas 4-Her's who are enrolled in the Horse Project and wanting to take their Levels I-III Horsemanship tests. 

Wyandotte County Research and Extension and the Wyandotte County 4-H Program, proudly presents the Kansas 4-H Horse Achievement Level Riding Test Invitational to take place at the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds on April 7, 2018.

This exciting day will be for all Kansas 4-Hers who have completed their Kansas Standard of Excellence Horse Achievement Levels I-III written and leadership components with passing scores, and are currently enrolled in the Kansas 4-H Horse Project. To help keep the day moving, we will have two Level Testing Evaluators on-hand to help give youth constructive, positive pointers and feedback while taking their Horsemanship Test component at the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds.

Our event will be open to the public to attend and watch youth with their equine partners, while learning about Kansas 4-H. We'd love for you to attend and learn more about Kansas 4-H and the horse industry with us! 

Participants will need to have proof of:
• Passing scores for the level they intend to complete the Horsemanship component for
• Proof of $10 payment to State 4-H Office for written/horsemanship test
• Current negative coggins test for the horse being used
• Proof of enrollment in Kansas 4-H from their local extension office

Participants will need to RSVP by March 16, 2018 at, https://tinyurl.com/wyco4hhorsetestday

We look forward to meeting your 4-Hers, families and adult volunteers while sharing a day full of equine activities and learning about Kansas 4-H! Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Wyandotte County 4-H Agent, Nicole Crosson at ncrosson@ksu.edu.


Judging Clinics, Contests & Camps

Judges Training

Kansas 4-H Judges' Training
  • When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Where: KSU Agricultural Research Center
                 1232 240th Ave, Hays KS
  • Cost: $10 Morning or Afternoon Session & Lunch
             $15 Entire Day & Lunch
             $25 At The Door
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, January 26th
  • Online Registration
  • Flyer


Livestock Shows

Shawnee County State Wide 4-H & FFA Spring Livestock Show


2018 Kansas Aquaculture Association Annual Meeting

It's that time of year again! The annual KAA meeting will be here before you know it. There will be several speakers discussing fisheries, aquaculture, and aquaponics in Kansas and beyond. There also will be great opportunities to network and gain ideas and knowledge from professionals in several areas. The evening will end with our business meeting, raffle, and annual fish fry banquet. 

Membership is not required to attend the meeting and banquet, but allows the association to stay active, provides great networking contacts, gives you a strong voice for various topics, and allows private individuals and businesses to be listed in our Aquaculture Directory.

  • When: Saturday, January, 27, 2018
  • Where: Best Western Holiday Manor
                 2211 E Kansas Ave, McPherson KS 
  • RSVP (optional) by January 13, 2018 via Facebook or Online Entry
  • Agenda
New-Media Marketing Boot Camp
  • When: February 27 & 28, 2018
  • Where: Bluemont Hotel, Manhattan KS 
  • Cost: 
    • Early bird registration (ends February 1): $199
    • Late registration: $279
    • Student registration: $99
    • From the Land of Kansas $159
    • K-State Research and Extension Staff: $159
  • Learn More About Boot Camp
  • Online Enrollment


Shutterbug Events

There are several Shutterbug Events scheduled in 2018 around Kansas. 

  • April 14  Auburn, KS
    Auburn Event Flyer 
  • April 28  Wichita, KS 
  • May 5  Garden City, KS 
  • October 13  Hay, KS 

Click Here for more information



4-H & Open Youth Rabbit Show
  • When: January 27, 2018
  • Where: Fairgrounds, Sublette KS 
  • Fees: $4 per rabbit 
  • Flyer
  • For More Information:  Charity Horinek 620-272-6016 or Celeste Kunselman 620-428-2243
Midway District 4-H Rabbit Clinics

Kara Hays, Ash Creek 4-H Club, is coordinating a series of Rabbit Clinics for those in the Rabbit Project.  All Clinics will be held at the Ellsworth Fire Station at 4:00p.m.

  • January 7:  Basic Care and Records
  • February 11:  Breeds and Colors
  • March 11:  Showmanship Demo—Bring Your Rabbit
  • April 8:  Work on Showmanship—Bring Your Rabbit
  • June 3:  Work on Showmanship—Bring Your Rabbit
  • June 16: Work on Showmanship—Bring Your Rabbit
  • July 8:  Review and Games—Bring Your Rabbit



2018 Kansas Junior Sheep Producer Day 
  • When: Saturday, March 17, 2018 
  • Where: Weber Arena
                 Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Cost: Early Registration $15 per person
             Early Registration Deadline - February 23, 2018
             After February 23rd $20 per person 
  • Flyer
  • Additional Information

Shooting Sports

Space Tech

4-H Alien Adventure Experience 

The Kansas 4-H SpaceTech Program and the Kansas Cosmosphere located in Hutchinson are again teaming up to provide fun, hands-on and science-based programming for Kansas 4-H Youth Development. This third program will feature “The Alien Adventure.” The experience will begin Friday, April 6, at 4 p.m., and will end on Saturday, April 7, 4 p.m. Cost will be $110 for youth between 9-18-years old and $110 for all adult participants. All youth must have a designated chaperone to attend. Parents, grandparents, other relatives, and guardians may chaperone their own children/relatives. They may not chaperone other non-family members. Registered KSRE 4-H Leaders or KSRE staff may also chaperone 4-H members. Adult chaperones will be responsible for their children overnight.

Registration includes three meals, two breaks, and an overnight stay. Program topics include: a tour of the Cosmosphere, doing experiments and microscope examinations to learn about what makes something alive, finding out how scientists are searching for life in our solar system, learning about the search for extra-solar plants, decoding alien messages, and developing an alien species with its own unique planet and culture, plus much more.

This Cosmosphere collaboration is designed to be an adult-child experience, where 4-H members and adults can interact and learn from these fun and educational experiences. The program will include overnight indoor camping at the Cosmosphere located in Hutchinson, KS, (bring your own sleeping bag, air mattress, pillow, towel and toiletry items). The experience is open to 4-H members, parents, grandparents, volunteer 4-H leaders, and KSRE staff.

The CVent registration system will be used, visit: http://www.kansas4-h.org/events/index.html after February 1, 2018. Registration will close March 22, 2018, 11:59 p.m. There will be a minimum number required or the Unmanned Aerial Systems experience will be cancelled. The program is limited to the first 60 who register on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Deryl Waldren,  dwaldren@ksu.edu, or call 785-462-6281.


Swine Profitability Conference
  • When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Where: Stanley Stout Center
                2200 Denison Ave, Manhattan KS 
  • Cost: $25 per participant by January 26
             $50 per participant at the door
  • Agenda & Registration Form


Women In Ag

Mazimizing My Influence
  • When: February 15-16, 2018
  • Where: Manhattan, KS 
  • Cost: Early Bird (by 12/15) $140
             $160 12/16-2/2
  • Information & Registration


Be Ag-Wise Workshop "Full steAm ahead!  Incorporating Agriculture into your STEM curriculum"
  • When & Where: Manhattan KS - February 22nd
           Colby KS - February 27th
           Garden City KS - March 6th 
           Bonner Springs KS - March 13th
  • Cost: Elementary Session AM - $25
             Junior & Senior Session PM - $25
             Both Sessions - $40 
            (First time attendees will receive $5 discount) 
  • Registration Deadline: Two Weeks Prior to Session 
  • For more information & to register, visit the Kansas Farm Bureau Be Ag-Wise website