Finney County Extension agents

"Living a Gluten Free Life," an educational program, will be presented by Alli Burns, family and consumer sciences agent, on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St. The program will begin at 12:05 p.m. and end at 12:55 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

This lesson will provide basic information on celiac disease, gluten intolerance and wheat allergies. It will be designed to inform and create awareness of what people living with celiac and gluten intolerance deal with on a daily basis, and will for the rest of their lives. Foods that have gluten will be identified, as well as those that do not, and hidden sources of gluten. Great-tasting, gluten-free recipes will be shared. The market has responded to this growing health concern. Many gluten-free products and restaurants are now available as companies become more aware.

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

K-State Swine Day

Kansas State University's Department of Animal Sciences and Industry will host Swine Day 2012 on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been invited to speak about job creation in animal agriculture.

The day will feature a technology trade show, which begins at 8 a.m., as well as presentations focused on current research relevant to pork production. Presentations begin at 9:45 a.m. and include:

* Current K-State Swine Research to Help Improve Net Return of a Swine Business.

* The Role of Host Genetics for Improved Resistance to PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome).

* My Vision for Job Creation in Animal Agriculture Gov. Sam Brownback (invited).

The cost to attend is $25 per person if paid by Nov. 9 and $35 after that date and at the door. Registration includes a copy of the day's proceedings, lunch and a closing reception featuring K-State ice cream from Call Hall.

More information, including printable registration forms and online registration options, is available or by calling (785) 532-1267.

Last tomatoes of the season

Cold nights are increasing in frequency with some areas already experiencing frost. If you have tomatoes, you may have some that are approaching maturity. Leave them on the vine until mature or until a frost is forecast.

Tomatoes will ripen off the vine but must have reached a certain phase of maturity called the "mature green stage." These tomatoes are mature enough to harvest but not yet red. Look for full-sized tomatoes with a white, star-shaped zone at the bottom end of the fruit.

When harvesting fruit before a frost, separate tomatoes into three groups for storage: those that are mostly red, those that are just starting to turn and those that are still green. Discard tomatoes with defects such as rots or breaks in the skin. Place the tomatoes on cardboard trays or cartons, but use layers of newspaper to separate fruit if stacked. Occasionally a tomato may start to rot and leak juice. The newspaper will keep the juice from contacting nearby or underlying fruit. Store groups of tomatoes at as close to 55 degrees as possible until needed.

National 4-H Week

This week is National 4-H Week, and Finney County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.

Recent findings from Tufts University's 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H'ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities. In Finney County, more than 200 4-H members and dedicated volunteers are involved in 4-H.

4-H provides excellent opportunities for youth to discover new ideas and experiences in a safe, fun environment to explore, learn and discover. 4-H means getting to know the community, showing the way to become a leader, taking on new challenges and discovering the world.

4-H is a family event that you can do together, no matter what your status is in life. It builds character and trust, and the people you meet will become your lifelong friends.

The Finney County 4-H clubs are open to all children age 7 to 18, and those 5 to 6 years old are encouraged to join the Cloverbud 4-H group.

4-H youth are a living, breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. Learn how you can join the revolution of responsibility at, or contact Barbara Addison, Finney County 4-H youth development agent, at K-State Research Extension, Finney County at 272-3670 or

Anyone in Finney County is invited to enter the Finney County Extension Office doorway at 501 S. Ninth St., and explore the world of Extension knowledge. Feel free to visit the Finney County Extension online site at, Facebook or call 272-3670.