Finney County Extension agents

You've heard the expression "think globally, act locally." Discover the many ways to get involved in your community and act locally through our educational activities, fun conferences and events that help develop leadership and citizenship skills. Young people (5 to 19 years old) are invited to join 4-H and gain the knowledge, skills and practical application needed to be participatory members of our democracy, learn job skills and have fun. Programs and 4-H clubs are done through trained volunteers and staff who work with young people on meaningful educational programs.

Through citizenship, leadership and community service learning activities, young people learn how their actions (such as voting, participating in community service activities, writing letters to their legislators and taking action on an issue important to them) can help them understand how to make a difference. In the process, they learn life skills, understand themselves, learn to learn, communicate better, make positive decisions, and learn to get along and work well with youth and adults.

4-H is proud to be a leader in citizenship, leadership and service!

Leadership skills can be learned and developed through the many opportunities 4-H has to offer. 4-H'ers learn about leadership and practice those skills through activities such as taking part in 4-H club meetings, presenting information at various events, designing and implementing activities for younger youth and carrying out community service projects as individuals or with a group. 4-H teaches youth the life skills necessary to effectively lead others. These important life skills will be used in jobs, in careers, in service clubs, in communities and in daily activities as an adult.

By taking part in 4-H, young people can acquire the leadership life skills they need to take responsibility for their actions and to work with others in achieving individual and group goals.

Meltdown 4 Life

Battle those holiday pounds with the 2013 Meltdown 4 Life, Jan. 15 to March 12. This team event is an eight-week health and fitness competition focusing on implementing a healthier lifestyle for life. Teams of five people will work together to learn, become active, lose weight and have fun.

The Meltdown 4 Life kick-off speaker will be Dr. Mary Meck Higgins, a registered licensed dietitian and an associate professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Human Nutrition at Kansas State University. Dr. Higgins will speak on "Making Everyday Choices for a Healthy Sustainable Life" at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Garden City Community College Fine Arts Auditorium. Come and learn how to use your food and food-related purchases to reinforce what you value. This lesson offers dozens of ideas for simple, everyday ways to have a tasty, healthful and sustainable diet.

There will be prizes for weight loss and physical activity winners, as well as door prizes at each weekly educational session. The cost is $25 per person ($125 per team) which includes a free blood lipid profile test, body composition analysis, motivational learning sessions and admittance to local fitness centers.

Register your team at Garden City Recreation Commission until Friday to start the new year lighter and healthier. The competition is limited to the first 60 teams.

Organizers of the event are Garden City Recreation, Kansas State Research & Extension Finney County, Garden City Community College Community Services program, and the Southwest Kansas Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, a project of United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries.

Agriculture lease workshops

To help ensure that landlords and tenants understand the complexities in agricultural leases, Kansas State University is hosting workshops to address the issues.

The day-long workshops are designed to help landlords and tenants understand different rental arrangements, including cash rent, share rent and the recently-popular flex-rent arrangements in which rental rates can "flex" depending on prices, yields or both.

The area workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Carpenter Building at the fairgrounds in Scott City. Pre-registration is due Jan. 18 to the Scott County Extension Office. For more information, call John Beckman at (620) 872-2930 or email Registration forms and a brochure are available at the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St., or at

The program includes several presentations by K-State Research and Extension agricultural economists Troy Dumler and Mykel Taylor: "Introduction to Rental Arrangements"; "Ethics of Leasing"; "Using Excel Spreadsheets"; and "Using KSU-Lease.xls."

Lunch will be provided and is included in the registration.

More information, including downloadable brochures with details, are available at (click on 2012-2013 Lease Workshops) or contact Rich Llewelyn at (785) 532-1504 or provides information and tools for the competitive business.

Women's ag conference

The 2013 Women Managing the Farm Conference is scheduled Feb. 7 and 8 and will be held in Manhattan at the Hilton Garden Inn. The popular agriculture conference for women will be the eighth in a series.

The conference is recommended for women who are land owners, farm or ranch managers, partners or employees, absentee landlords or career women engaged in agricultural careers.

Women new to production agriculture by inheritance or marriage find the conference to be informative and reassuring. And, while geared to women, spouses and others appreciate conference topics and time to network with women moving into leadership roles in agriculture.

The 2013 edition of the conference promises a full agenda with featured speakers and more than two dozen breakout sessions considering financial risks; human risks; estate planning and legal issues; insurance; production; drought management; social advocacy; retail agriculture; and farming in the city.

The cost to attend the two-day conference is $145 for registrations received by Jan. 23 and $170 for registrations received after Jan. 23. Registration includes conference sessions, materials and packet, two lunches, one breakfast buffet and refreshment breaks.

More information about the conference and online registration is available at

The conference typically attracts more than 200 attendees, and early registration and reservations are recommended.

Conference sponsors and partners include the USDA Farm Service Agency; K-State Research and Extension; Kansas Farm Bureau; Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, which includes Frontier Farm Credit, American AgCredit, Farm Credit of Ness City, High Plains Farm Credit, Farm Credit of Western Kansas and Farm Credit of Southwest Kansas; Kansas Dairy Commission; Kansas Wheat; Kansas Association of Conservation Districts; and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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 for information to help you make a better decision.