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Midway Extension District #15

Ellsworth Office:
210 N. Kansas
Suite #1, Courthouse
Ellsworth, KS 67439
785-472-4442  

Russell Office:
309 S. Fossil
Russell, KS 67665
785-483-3157

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

 

upcpming events

 

Agriculture  

2019 HOT / Tractor Safety Training

Legally required 2019 safety-training resources for young people are now available through the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

The Kansas Hazardous Occupation Training (HOT) is conducted to provide compliance with three pieces of federal legislation governing the protection of children in occupational settings:

• The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
• Hazardous Occupation Orders for Agriculture (HOOA)
• Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

In order for youths ages 14 and 15 to work for hire, they must pass a 4-H (or similar) safe tractor and machinery operation program or complete a similar course conducted as part of a high school agriculture program.

The Kansas HOT program, offered through K-State Research and Extension county and district offices, may fulfill the training requirements of the HOOA law.

The objectives of the HOT program are:
• To provide trainees with knowledge of tractor, machinery and other farm hazards to reduce the farm accident rate.
• To provide trainees with sufficient information to pass a written examination.
• To provide trainees an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to pass a safe tractor driving examination.

Youths who are under age 14 may take the course with the instructor's permission. However, they must be 14 to receive a Certificate of Training.

K-State Research and Extension agents who have scheduled the course are asked to provide the dates to Tawnie Larson at tawnie@ksu.edu so the courses can be posted on the website for youths and employers. Larson is also the contact for the test and answer key.

The 2019 training schedule can be found at http://www.bae.ksu.edu/extension/fs/khot/schedule/index.html.

Ambassadors

Beef  

Coffey County Spring Beef Show
  • When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 
  • Where: Coffey County Fairgrounds
                 Burlington, KS 
  • Fees:  $10 per animal 
               Late Fee $20 per animal 
  • Pre-Entry Deadline: April 15, 2019
  • Flyer & Registration Form

 

Cowley County Classic Beef Show
  • When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Where: Winfield Fairgrounds, Winfield KS
  • Fees: $30 per animal 
  • Pre-entries are strongly encourage.
  • Flyer & Registration Form

 

2019 Anaplasma Day Conference
  • When: Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Where: Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center
                 Manhattan, KS
  • Full Day Registration -NO CE – $25.00 For producers, general public, etc.
  • Full Day Registration With CE – $100.00 For veterinarians seeking CE credit
  • Additional Information & Registration 

 

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

 

Bucket Calf

Coffey County Spring Bucket Calf Show
  • When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 
  • Where: Coffey County Fairgrounds
                 Burlington, KS 
  • Fees:  $10 per animal 
               Late Fee $20 per animal 
  • Pre-Entry Deadline: April 15, 2019 
  • Flyer & Registration Form

 

Johnson County Spring Bucket Calf Show

  • When: June 2, 2019
  • Where: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Gardner KS 
  • Fees: $15 per class
             Late Fees $30 per head
  • Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Flyer & Registration Form

Camps

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.  

 

4-H Academy ... Explore Your Pathway
  • When: June 23-26, 2019
  • Where: Rock Springs 4-H Center, Junction City KS 
  • Fees: $335
  • Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Pathways Available: Horse, Photography, Leadership, Global Positioning Systems, Environmental 
  • Additional Information & Registration

 

LeaderSHIP on the High Seas - 4-H Campference 2019
  • When: June 23-26, 2019 
  • Where: Rock Springs 4-H Center, Junction City KS 
  • Fees: $280.00
  • Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Flyer
  • Online Registration

Clinics

Clothing & Textiles

Citizenship 

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

Community

Dairy

Dog

Entomology

Family  

Farming

FFA

Fiber Arts  

Foods 

Forestry

Geology 

Goats

Coffey County Spring Goat Show
  • When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 
  • Where: Coffey County Fairgrounds
                 Burlington, KS 
  • Fees:  $10 per animal 
               Late Fee $20 per animal 
  • Pre-Entry Deadline: April 15, 2019
  • Flyer & Registration Form

 

4-State Lookout Sheep & Goat Show
  • When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Where: Doniphan County Fairgrounds
                 100 N Boder, Troy KS 
  • Fees: $20 per head / Late Fee $25 per head
  • Registration Deadline: April 27, 2019 
  • Flyer

 

Cowley County Sheep & Meat Goat Show
  • When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • Where: Winfield Fairgrounds, Winfield KS 
  • Fees: $15 per head
  • Pre-Entry Deadline: May 18, 2019 
  • Flyer & Registration Form

 

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

 

Johnson County Spring Goat Show

  • When: June 1, 2019 
  • Where: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Gardner KS
  • Fees: $15 per head
              Late Entries $30 per head 
  • Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019 
  • Flyer & Registration Form

Health

Horse 

Bar K Bar Blast Horse Show
  • When: May 4 & 5, 2019 
  • Where: Bar K Bar Arena 
                1145 E 56 Hwy, Lyons KS 
  • Entry Fee: $75 (includes 1 stall, 1 bale shavings, ALL entries & 1 t-shirt) 
  • Classes: 4-H Classes 7-9, 10-13, 14-18
                  Open Classes W/T Open 
  • Pre-Registration Required / Deadline: April 25, 2019 
  • Flyer
  • Entry Form

Horticulture

Internship

Judging Clinics, Contests & Camps  

Judges Training

Leadership

Livestock

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

Livestock Shows

2019 Spring Livestock Day 
  • When: April 27, 2019
  • Where: Wabaunsee County Fairgrounds, Alma KS 
  • Fees: $25 per head
             $50 per head after April 22nd
  • Registration Deadline: April 22, 2019 
  • Flyer & Registration Form

 

Russell County Kick Off Classic
  • When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 
  • Where: Russell County Fairgrounds 
                 702 Fairway Dr, Russell KS 
  • Fees: $15 per head - Goats, Hogs, Lamb
             $25 per head - Steers, Market Heifers, Breeding Heifers
  • Flyer
  • Online Registration

Gary Fuller Spring Classic
  • When: May 4-5, 2019
  • Where: Lyon County Fairgrounds, Emporia KS 
  • Fees: Pre-entries $15 per head
             $25 per head after April 26th
  • Pre-Registration Deadline: April 26
  • Flyer & Registration Form

 

Jackson County Spring Show

 

Cheyenne County Spring Livestock Show
  • When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • Where: Cheyenne County Fairgrounds 
                 St. Francis, KS 
  • Fees: $20 Cattle / $15 Sheep, Goat, Swine
             Day of Show $25 Cattle / $20 Sheep, Goat, Swine
  • Pre-Register by May 29, 2019 but not required
  • Flyer

Master Gardeners

Miscellaneous

Photography

Poultry

Jefferson County Poultry Club Spring Poultry Show
  • When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Where: Valley Falls, KS 
  • Fees: $2 per bird
  • Entry Deadline: April 23, 2019 
  • Flyer/Entry Form

 

Coffey County 4-H Spring Poultry Show
  • When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 
  • Where: Coffey County Fairgrounds, Burlington KS 
  • Fees: $2 per bird
  • Entry Deadline: April 26, 2019 
  • Flyer & Entry Form

NOTICE 4/9/2019:

Coffey County Extension has just become aware that due to a national shortage of the pullorum testing antigen which is currently restricting the ability to pullorum test poultry, the requirement that birds be tested prior to exhibition is for the time being waived state wide.   Therefore, exhibitors wishing to show poultry at the upcoming Coffey County Spring Poultry Show WILL NOT be required to provide pullorum test papers as a requirement to show.   It is our understanding this is only a temporary situation and that the pullorum testing requirement will resume when the national antigen shortage is resolved, hopefully by late May or early June.

 

First Annual KSU Poultry Day & Pullet Sale
  • When: June 29, 2019
  • Where: Stanley Stout Center
                 2200 Denison Ave, Manhattan KS 
  • Registration Deadline: June 15, 2019

The event will include the K-State Pullet Sale, informational presentations, a free lunch and assistance from extension poultry specialist Scott Beyer in relation to small flock management.

Raised by K-State students for spring class projects, egg-type pullets in the sale will be ready to lay (16-17 weeks old) and fully vaccinated. The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but all must be pre-ordered by filling out an online formAll pullets will be released June 29.

The sale will offer several types of birds, including brown birds that are a hybrid-type, similar to a New Hampshire Reds. They lay brown-shelled eggs, are tame, friendly and make great backyard birds. The sale will also feature white-feathered, white-egg-shell type hybrids that are smaller and can produce more eggs on less feed.

Questions about the pullet sale can be emailed to poultry@ksu.edu or call K-State’s Poultry and Gamebird Research Farm at 785-539-5041.

The informative sessions will start at 11:30 a.m. with “How to Manage Your New Pullets” followed by a noon omelet lunch. At 1:30 p.m. a presentation, “Health Care for Small Flocks” is planned.

The registration deadline for K-State Poultry Day is June 15. No purchase of pullets is required to attend the workshop and there is no charge for Poultry Day presentations or lunch but reservations are required by using the online form at http://bit.ly/ksupulletsForms can be emailed to poultry@ksu.edu. Reservations can also be made by contacting Kevin Snell at 785-532-1281.

“It is very important that all transport cages and trailers be completely clean to be biosecure,” Beyer said. “The birds must be transported in pens that provide for the welfare of the birds.”

For more information about transporting new pullets, refer to Safe Transport of Poultry and Gamebirds in Kansas.

Information about the KSU Poultry Day and Pullet Sale is available online.

Prescribed Burn Workshops

Rabbits

Rodeos

Sales 

Sheep 

Coffey County Spring Sheep Show
  • When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 
  • Where: Coffey County Fairgrounds
                 Burlington, KS 
  • Fees:  $10 per animal 
               Late Fee $20 per animal 
  • Pre-Entry Deadline: April 15, 2019
  • Flyer & Registration Form

 

4-State Lookout Sheep & Goat Show
  • When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Where: Doniphan County Fairgrounds
                 100 N Boder, Troy KS 
  • Fees: $20 per head / Late Fee $25 per head
  • Registration Deadline: April 27, 2019 
  • Flyer

 

Cowley County Sheep & Meat Goat Show
  • When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • Where: Winfield Fairgrounds, Winfield KS 
  • Fees: $15 per head
  • Pre-Entry Deadline: May 18, 2019 
  • Flyer & Registration Form

 

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

 

Johnson County Spring Sheep Show

  • When: June 1, 2019 
  • Where: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Gardner KS 
  • Fees: $15 per head 
              Late Entries $30 per head
  • Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019 
  • Flyer & Registration Form

Shooting Sports

SpaceTech

Kansas 4-H SpaceTech Training

The Kansas 4-H SpaceTech Action Team, Kansas 4-H Youth Development and KSU Polytechnic in Salina are co-sponsoring a Kansas 4-H SpaceTech training on Saturday, April 27, at the KSU Polytechnic Campus, College Center Conference Center, 2310 Centennial Road, Salina, KS  67401.  Participants will get to attend two in-depth entry level workshops repeated in the afternoon:  rocketry and unmanned aerial systems (drones).  To register, click here. 

4-H members (12-19-years-old), parents, volunteer 4-H leaders, Extension staff, and educators working with youth who are interested in 4-H rocketry and unmanned aerial systems project areas.  This training is being held in Salina, but it is open to any Kansas resident on a first-come, first-serve registration basis.  Registration is limited to 30 per each session with a minimum of 10 required for each workshop session to be taught.  

No youths 11 and younger will be accepted to this training.  Consider sending a team of youth and adults from your county/district to be trained to take home valuable information.  Parents planning on assisting their older children during the training need to register for the training.  This training is not designed as a parent-child 4-H project activity, but as a train-the-trainer program.

To find the information on the Kansas 4-H web site, visit: https://www.kansas4-h.org/events-activities/volunteer-trainings/spacetech/index.html.  Registration will be on-line and closes April 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m.  The registration fee of $25.00 includes lunch, breaks, two workshops, workshop materials and training team costs.  Registration fees are non-refundable unless KSRE cancels the workshop due to low numbers.  Checks should be made payable to the Kansas 4-H Foundation.   Submit check and Kansas 4-H Participation form to:   Kansas State 4-H Office, ATTN:  Sarah Sullivan, 201 Umberger Hall, 1612 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS 66506.  Telephone:  785-532-5800.  For more information contact, dwaldren@ksu.edu or call 785-462-6281.

Swine

Marshall County Spring Swine Show
  • When: May 12, 2018 
  • Where: Marshall County Fairgrounds
                 305 W 5th St, Blue Rapids, KS 
  • Fees: Pre-entry $15 per head
             $20 per head after May 1st 
  • Pre-entry Deadline: May 1, 2019 
  • Flyer
  • Entry Form
  • Rules

 

Cowley County Swine Classic
  • When: Saturday, May 25, 2019 
  • Where: Winfield Fairgrounds, Winfield KS 
  • Fees:  Members $15 per head / Late Fee $20 per head
              Non-Members $30 per head / Late Fee $40
  • Registration Deadline: May 17, 2019 
  • Flyer & Registration Form
  • Online Registration

 

Johnson County Spring Swine Show

Volunteers

Women In Ag

Workshops 

Farm Tour & Food Safety Workshops

K-State Research and Extension is offering half-day workshops for fruit and vegetable growers interested in attaining Good Agricultural Practices or GAP certification, plus a farm tour and introductory workshop on produce safety. 

The “Introduction to Produce Safety & Farm Tour” is April 29 from 1 p.m.to 5 p.m. It starts at the K-State Research and Extension Douglas County office where participants learn basic principles of produce safety and regulatory requirements, as well as marketplace requirements. The tour then goes to Juniper Hill Farm in Lawrence. 

The cost is $15. The event is part of the Growing Growers KC 2019 core workshop series and open to anyone to attend.

In addition, “Writing a Food Safety Plan” workshops are planned in several locations focused on GAP certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Becoming GAP certified means a grower has passed a voluntary audit that verifies that fruit and vegetables grown on his or her farm are produced, packed, handled and stored as safely as possible to minimize the risks of microbial food safety hazards. Some retailers and other buyers require their grower-suppliers to be GAP certified.

The workshops are supported by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. 

The “Writing a Food Safety Plan” workshops are:

  • April 12 – Olathe
  • May 17 – Parsons
  • July 12 – Manhattan
  • Oct. 4 – Dodge City

Each workshop is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes lunch. After each workshop, growers will have templates for their records and documentation needed for a food safety plan for a GAPs audit.

More information and online registration is available at the K-State Research and Extension produce food safety website or by contacting Cal Jamerson atagri@ksu.edu or 913-307-7394.

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