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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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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



Bucket Calf 


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


Clothing & Textiles


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








Fiber Arts  







Coffey County Fair MKYRA Youth Rodeo
  • When: Friday, July 26, 2019 
  • Where: Kelley Park, Coffey County 
  • Fees: listed on flyer 
  • Entry Deadline: July 22, 2019
  • Flyer



Judging Clinics, Contests & Camps  

Judges Training



2019 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes

Livestock Shows   

Master Gardeners




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





Shooting Sports



34th Annual Dr. Bob Hines Kansas Swine Classic
  • When: June 28-29, 2019
  • Where: Riley County Fairgrounds, Cico Park
                 Manhattan, KS 
  • Fees: $15 per head / $10 per pen
  • Registration Deadline: June 15, 2019
  • Flyer & Entry Form


Women In Ag


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.