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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)


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K-State Soybean Production Schools

A series of nine Kansas State University Soybean Production schools will be offered in mid- to late January 2019 to provide in-depth training for soybean producers and key stakeholders. The schools are sponsored by the Kansas Soybean Commission.

As soybean acreage is increasing in the central and western areas of the state, several more schools are now available to Kansas producers this year. The nine schools represent a three-fold increase compared to recent years.

 “Having more schools will allow for targeted programs at each location, depending on the varied production issues specific to each region; a real asset for these difficult farming times,” said Ignacio Ciampitti, K-State soybean specialist.

 The half-day schools will cover issues facing producers in eastern, central, and western Kansas. Each school will feature a selection of the following topics: weed control, crop production, soil fertility and nutrient management, insect control, irrigation, disease management, and market outlook.

The locations and dates for the nine schools are:

 January 15 – Tuesday

  •  Wichita - 8:30 am to 1:00 pm 
     Sedgwick County Extension Education   Center, 7001 W. 21st St. North 
     Contact: Jackie Fees, jfees@ksu.edu
  • Parsons - 3:00 to 7:00 pm
    Southeast Research and Extension Center,  25092 Ness Rd.
    Contact: James Coover, jcoover@ksu.edu

  January 16 – Wednesday

  • Paola - 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Miami County Fairgrounds, Building 2, 401 Wallace Park Dr.
    Contact: Katelyn Barthol, kbarth25@ksu.edu
  •  Holton - 3:00 to 7:00 pm
     Northeast Kansas Heritage Complex,  12200 214th Rd.
     Contact: David Hallauer, dhallaue@ksu.edu
January 24 - Thursday
  • Hugoton - 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    4-H Building, 1130 S. Trindle (Fairgrounds)
    Contact: Ronald Honig, rhonig@ksu.edu
  • Scott City - 3:00 to 7:00 pm
    Wm. Carpenter 4-H Building, 608 N. Fairground Rd.
    Contact: John Beckman, jbeckman@ksu.edu

January 25 – Friday

  • Hoxie - 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Sheridan County 4-H Building, 940 Oak Ave.
    Contact: Keith VanSkike, kvan@ksu.edu
  • Great Bend - 3:00 to 7:00 pm
    American Ag Credit, 5634 10th St.
    Contact: Stacy Campbell, scampbel@ksu.edu

January 28 – Monday

  • Beloit - 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
    NC Kansas Technical College Conference Room, 3033 U.S. Hwy 24
    Contact: Sandra Wick, swick@ksu.edu

Registration for each school will be the first 30 minutes of each agenda listed above. 

Lunch will be provided, courtesy of Kansas Soybean. There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to pre-register one week prior to the school they wish to attend. Online registration is available at K-State Soybean Schools (http://bit.ly/KSUSoybean) or by emailing or calling the nearest local K-State Research and Extension office for the location participants plan to attend.


Regional Farmers Market Vendor Workshops

KSRE is working again this year with the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) to organize regional farmers market vendor workshops across the state. This year's dates and locations include: Olathe, February 1; Parsons, February 2; Dodge City, February 8; Wichita, February 9; Manhattan, February 15; and Hays, February 22. Online registration ($20/person which includes lunch), flyers for each workshop, and the workshop agendas are all available at https://www.fromthelandofkansas.com/page/farmers-market-regional-workshops. Note that morel mushroom ID certification sessions will be offered at the Olathe and Parsons workshops.

Vendors can again bring their sales scale to the workshop to get certified for free, which is an ~$40 value. We have a great lineup of speakers and topics this year, including a produce grower panel, a Kansas Specialty Crop Growers Association Meeting, and a Farm to Institution session. Please share this information with anyone in your area that might be interested, and consider attending yourself.

Contact Londa Nwadike, lnwadike@ksu.edu, with questions on the workshops. Reimbursement scholarships are available from SARE for farmers market vendors or Extension personnel to attend the regional workshops ($100 scholarships to cover registration and travel expenses).

Contact Kerri Ebert, kebert@ksu.edu, for more information on the scholarships. Applications are available at https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6LuWOmDRkIaYT7T. These workshops are supported by the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops and the Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.



Bull Ring Roundup
  • When: Sunday, May 26, 2019 
  • Where: Rush County Fairgrounds
                 Hwy 4, LaCrosse KS 
  • Fees: Beef $20 per head
             Bucket Calf $5 per head
  • NO Pre-Entry - Check-in 7-9am
  • Flyer


Cowboy Classic
  • When: Monday, May 27, 2019 
  • Where: Rush County Fairgrounds
                 Hwy 4, LaCrosse KS 
  • Fees: Beef $20 per head
             Bucket Calf $5 per head
  • NO Pre-Entry - Show 9am
  • Market Sheep & Goats after Beef Show
  • Flyer



Discovery Days
  • What: Are You Ready for Discovery Days? Put May 29 - May 31, 2019 on your calendar to be in Manhattan on the K-State campus. This year’s theme is “Discovery Your Spotlight” Discovery Days offers classes and tours about 4-H projects, careers, hobbies, community service and more! You can also share your talents in the Talent Show. Are you ready to dance? Are you ready for some Call Hall ice cream? Are you ready for some great speakers and Discovery Days Night Live and all the other possibilities in your future?  Join us now to enjoy this event this summer!
  • When: May 29 - May 31, 2019
  • Where: Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Who: Youth who are 13-18 years old as of January 1 of 2019.
  • Registration: Click Here to Register (Registration opens on March 1)
  • Registration Fee:  COMING SOON (Many classes have additional fees)
  • Registration Deadline: April 15, 2019 at 11:59PM
  • Additional Information


Kansas Range Youth Camp
If you are interested in plants, livestock or wildlife, this is the event for you!!! 
  • When: June 18-21, 2019
  • Where: Camp Mennoscah, Murdock KS 
                 (Kingman County)
  • Fees: $250 per person 
  • Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Contact: James Ungerer  785-223-3705
  • Flyer

The Russell County Area Community Foundation offers small grants to help children with a financial need participate in extra-curricular activities, such as camps.  Contact Angela Muller, Executive Director, Russell County Area Community Foundation, Phone: 785-445-3611 for more information on grants.  


Clothing & Textiles


Citizenship In Action
  • What: 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 17-18, 2019
  • Where: Topeka, KS
  • Who: Youth 13-18 years old by January 1 of the current year
  • Registration: Click here for registration
  • Registration Fee: $175
  • Registration Deadline: February 1, 2019


Citizenship Washington Focus

  • What: Road trip across the USA stopping to see Philadelphia, Gettysburg, the Liberty Bell and more! Meet, learn, share and tour with youth from other states and respected resource people.Walk among places that have made history and places that are making news today.Visit Capitol Hill, government departments, historic sites, and memorials.Get a close-up view of political process through visits to Capitol Hill.Meet with the Kansas Congressional and Senate delegations to discuss legislative issues.Participate in workshops and assembly groups to learn life skills and discuss possible solutions to domestic and international problems.Interact with 4-H members from other states, learning and sharing about 4-H and other interests and issues. This trip has filled up quickly in the last few years, make sure that you do not delay in signing up to attend!
  • When: June 13-24, 2019
  • Where: Washington D.C.
  • Who: Youth 15-18 years old by January 1 of the current year
  • Registration: Click Here to Register
  • Registration Fee: $1,850
  • Registration Deadline: January 15 or Until 50 Spaces are Filled
  • Additional Information Available at http://www.kansas4-h.org/events-activities/national-regional-events/citizenship-washington-focus/index.html


Dairy Goats


2019 Kansas 4-H Dog Judges’ Certification and Training Registration Open


  • The Kansas 4-H Dog Judges’ Certification and Training will be January 25-27, 2019, in South Hutchinson, Kansas, at the Hutchinson Kennel Club.  Beginning the training on Friday evening has allowed participants in one weekend to learn about the four dog phases of showmanship, obedience, agility and rally obedience of the Kansas 4-H Dog Care and Training Project.  Those attending (16 and older) to become judges or to re-certify as judges, experience judging classes to practice the skills necessary to effectively judge local 4-H dog shows. This is also a good opportunity for local dog project leaders and older 4-H members to observe the training to learn new knowledge and to better understand how they will be judged at invitational and the Kansas State Fair 4-H Dog Show.  Participants may attend the judges’ certification and judges training without being certified to judge.
  • For more details, visit:  http://www.kansas4-h.org/events-activities/volunteer-trainings/dog-leader/index.html
  • To register, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe82L5AN2Z0as3Etk4K7yWifpOt11j-E7xTZjJKEivsZM9HNA/viewform.  
  • For more information, contact Deryl Waldren,dwaldren@ksu.edu; or call 785-462-6281.





Fiber Arts 





Kansas Junior Meat Goat Producer Day


Cowboy Classic
  • When: Monday, May 27, 2019 
  • Where: Rush County Fairgrounds
                 Hwy 4, LaCrosse KS 
  • Fees: Beef $20 per head
             Bucket Calf $5 per head
             Market Sheep & Goats $10 per head
  • NO Pre-Entry - Market Sheep & Goats Weigh-in 12PM
  • Market Sheep & Goats 30 minutes after Beef Show
  • Flyer





Judging Clinics, Contests & Camps

Judges Training



2019 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes
  • When: August 24-25, 2019
  • Additional details available in June 2019 

Livestock Shows

Master Gardeners




Prescribed Burn Workshops




Cowboy Classic
  • When: Monday, May 27, 2019 
  • Where: Rush County Fairgrounds
                 Hwy 4, LaCrosse KS 
  • Fees: Beef $20 per head
             Bucket Calf $5 per head
             Market Sheep & Goats $10 per head
  • NO Pre-Entry - Market Sheep & Goats Weigh-in 12PM
  • Market Sheep & Goats 30 minutes after Beef Show
  • Flyer


Shooting Sports

Space Tech


Kansas Junior Swine Producer Day


Women In Ag