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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)

Food, Nutrition & Health 


Food Preservation

Food preservation has evolved over the years. With the knowledge of what foodborne illnesses can occur, it is important to use proper procedures and tested recipes to prepare safe preserved foods. Many resources abound on this topic. Below are links to K-State food preservation publications.

Other useful resources:


Jerky is a nutrient-dense meat that has been made lightweight by drying. Because most of the moisture is removed, it is shelf-stable – can be stored without refrigeration – making it a handy food for backpackers and others who don't have access to refrigerators. Learn more about jerky and preparing in safely from the publications below.



Food Safety

According to FoodSafety.gov, this year, one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning.  

Keeping food safe is a challenge and education is important to learn how to handle food safely. Many people do not think about the safety of food until a foodborne illness occurs. A number of different publications and resources prepared by K-State Research and Extension, as well as other reputable organizations, are available in this section.

These publications are to guide you and keep you from being that one in six.  If you can't find what you are looking for, please give the Extension Office a call. 

Food Handling

Do you practice good food safety practices at home? You can find information to make your next meal at home much safer in the following publications.

Barbecue and Grilling

Having a barbecue is a fun way to gather family and friends. Don't spoil the fun and give your guests foodborne illness. Use these resources to provide the safest food possible.


Dairy Foods

Farmers Market

Holiday Meals

The holidays bring together family and friends. These special occasions typically involve food. To prevent giving the gift of foodborne illness, use these resources to prepare holiday meals safely.

Lamb Products


Pork Products


Temporary Food Stands

Fairs bring a lot of people together for fun, food, and more. While foodservice operations are temporary at county fairs, they still must operate in compliance with guidelines from the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Here are some useful resources.

Turkey, Chicken, and Eggs

Miscellaneous Topics



Healthy Eating

What's For Dinner?

From delightful desserts to savory suppers, a little creativity and one canned ingredient can turn an ordinary dish into an extraordinary meal. Even your favorite “go-to” recipes deserve an upgrade, so simply choose a category to learn how you can stretch a meal, boost flavor, cut prep time or increase nutrition by adding just one canned ingredient. It’s that easy!

Cook Once, Eat for a Month!

Preparing a month of meals in a single day seems like a daunting task, but it can be done.  This method of cooking has many benefits. First, it saves money.  Providing a healthy meal is another benefit of this cooking method.  Perhaps the greatest benefit of this method is how it can encourage the family to eat meals together.




Mental Health

Mental health issues affect all of society in some way, shape or form. It is estimated that one in five Americans will have a diagnosable mental disorder at some point in their lives.  In this section, we will provide information addressing mental health issues & resources.

suicide prevention 

Adolescent Mental Health

Story Walk

  • Stay Tuned for Future StoryWalk® Events
    StoryWalk®® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.   Laminated pages from a children's book are attached to stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you're directed to the next page in the story.


    StoryWalk® Books Available


    • Click Clack Boo
    • Feast for 10
    • Giraffes Can’t Dance
    • Handa’s Surprise
    • How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?  The Story of Food
    • Ice Cream Bear
    • If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
    • If You Give a Moose a Muffin
    • Let’s Eat
    • Milk Comes from a Cow
    • Seven Silly Eaters
    • The Enormous Potato
    • The Popcorn Book
    • Too Many Tamales
    • We’re Making Breakfast for Mother

            Financial Books

    • A Chair for My Mother
    • Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday
    • Berenstain Bears & the Trouble with Money
    • Curious George Save His Pennies
    • If I Made a Million
    • Ox-Cart Man
    • Sheep in a Shop
    • The Penny Pot
    • Those Shoes

            Character Ed Books

    • A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue
    • Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully
    • Have You Filled a Bucket Today
    • My Mouth is a Volcano
    • Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun
    • The Berenstain Bears Kindness Counts

    Contact the Extension Office to request a StoryWalk®