Finney County Extension agent

You're serving on a board now what? Each Monday evening in March, Kansas State Extension be offering the Board Leadership Series at the Finney County Extension Office in Garden City. This series provides an opportunity to give community-based boards (elected, appointed or recognized by local units of government) affordable training necessary to be most effective and efficient with their responsibilities.

"Informed and committed board members are the key to healthy, effective boards and committees in our Kansas communities. K-State Research & Extension's Board Leadership Series will provide an opportunity for board members to learn the basics of being a good board member," said Trudy Rice, Extension community development specialist. "Whether you are a member of a church board, a township board, a United Way agency board or a rural water board, this training is appropriate for you."

All sessions will be from 6 to 8 p.m., and conducted through a high-tech/high-touch approach.

Cost is $40 for all four sessions for one board member, and $20 for each additional member of the same board. Each registration buys a seat that can be rotated by participants. Registration deadline is Feb. 22.

Session dates and topics include:

* March 4: Roles & Responsibilities of Board Members/Effective Meetings

* March 11: Understanding Fellow Board Members/Conflict Resolution

* March 18: Fundraising and Fiscal Responsibilities/Legal and Ethical Issues

* March 25: Strategic Planning

A link to a Board Leadership Series flyer and online registration can be found at Seating is limited, so register early!

Sorghum schools

Kansas State University is joining forces with the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, Sorghum Checkoff Program, KFRM-550 AM Radio and Huskie Herbicide to present In-Depth Sorghum Schools in six Kansas communities.

Dates and locations for the schools are:

* Feb. 5: Salina, Saline County Fairgrounds 4-H Building

* Feb. 6: Greensburg, Kiowa County Fairgrounds, 720 N. Bay St.

* Feb. 7: Hillsboro, United Methodist Church, 905 E. D St.

* Feb. 12: Oakley, Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center, 703 W. Second St.

* Feb. 13: Tribune, Greeley County Fairgrounds, 4-H Building, 1001 Ingalls Ave.

* Feb. 14: Ulysses, Grant County Civic Center, Lawson Room, 1000 W. Patterson.

Presentations by K-State Research and Extension specialists will include: Sorghum for Risk Management, Importance of Sorghum for the Ethanol Industry, Weed Control Strategies, Sorghum Irrigation Management (at the four western locations only), Planting Management, Fertility Management and Insect Management.

Organizers have applied for two hours of Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits for those who attend, plus Certified Crop Advisor credits include Crop Management, two Integrated Pest Management, one Nutrient Management, one Water Management and 0.5 Professional Development.

More information and online registration is available at

Knowledge at Noon

Knowledge at Noon, sponsored by the Finney County Extension Office, will be from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

Program presenter will be Johnetta Holmes-Hebrlee, education coordinator at the Finney County Historical Museum.

Take a trip down yesteryear Main Street Garden City. Remember the Smoker, or Bergkamp's Ladies Wear, the Ritz and/or Ryan's? Old photos pave the way as we travel down Main Street when a dirt road with trolley tracks took a visitor to the "Waldorf of the Plains" and the Opera House was the place to be for a play or recital.

Through the years, many changes have occurred on Main Street, yet yesteryear still peeks through the facades and signage gone but not forgotten.

For more information, call the K-State Research Extension Finney County office at 272-3670.

Make every day moving day!

What we eat, day in and day out, is vital to our personal health, our family's health and the well-being of the entire population. But aiming for healthful eating is just one piece of the wellness puzzle. Physical activity is the other side of calorie balance, and most of us need to find ways to be more physically active.

To help that happen, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, for everyone age 6 and older. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasize not only healthful food choices, but also increased physical activity, to tackle the risk of common and costly health problems in the United States, particularly heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

So, let's get a move on! If thinking about moving more raises questions for you, you aren't alone. Check out the following frequently asked questions to learn why and how every day can be moving day!

* Why is increasing our daily physical activity so important?

We know that obesity is a big concern in our country, and choosing healthful foods to eat (limiting energy IN) is a big part in tackling being overweight. But the other part of the scale is moving more (increasing energy OUT) to help prevent and fight health issues beyond maintaining a healthy weight. In addition to weight control and reducing risk for chronic diseases, regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk for some cancers, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve mental health and mood.

* I don't have the time or the money to go to a gym or join a class. How can I fit more movement into my day?

Consider this physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. It doesn't have to be expensive or added on to your "to-do" list. Just move enough to get your heart rate up for at least 10 minutes at a time that's the type of activity that counts toward meeting the physical activity guidelines.

Many household chores can count as physical activity and it's great to feel better about increasing your activity AND checking off those tasks like mowing the lawn, walking the dog, climbing the stairs or simply parking farther from the door while shopping. Set a great example for your children instead of sending them to play on the computer or watch TV, how about joining them for an after-dinner walk or bike ride? Everyone will benefit from more "moving beyond" the screen.

K-State Research & Extension Finney County is the front-door source to your everyday questions for information and knowledge. Every question is of value to you and us. Give us a call at 272-3670, or better, walk in our front door at 501 S. Ninth St., for information to help you make a better decision.