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Midway District

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)

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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.


2019 Kansas 4-H State Wheat Expo in Kingman

 

Kansas Ag Summit


Ambassadors

Beef    

20th Annual Beef Stocker Day
  • When: September 19, 2019 
  • Where: KSU Beef Stocker Unit
                Manhattan KS 
  • Fees: $25 per person before September 10
             $35 late registration 
  • Additional Information
  • Online Registration

Bucket Calf 

Camps  

Clinics

Clothing & Textiles

Citizenship 

Community

Dairy

Dog

Entomology

Family  

Farming

FFA

Fiber Arts  

Foods 

Forestry

Geology 

Goats     

Health

Horse 

Horticulture

Internship

Judging Clinics, Contests & Camps  

Judges Training

Leadership

Livestock

2019 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes

Livestock Shows   

Master Gardeners

Miscellaneous

Photography

Poultry  

Prescribed Burn Workshops

Rabbits

Rodeos

Sales 

Sheep      

Shooting Sports

SpaceTech

Cosmosphere 4-H Drone + Robot Olympics 
  • When: October 4-5, 2019 4pm-4pm
  • Where: Kansas Comosphere 
                 1100 N Plum, Hutchinson KS 
  • Fees: $115 youth 9-19
             $90 adult chaperones
  • Registration Deadline: September 20, 2019
  • Online Registration & Additional Information

Swine   

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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