County Extension Agent, 4-H & Youth Development

Kansas State University will host its K-State Cattle Feeders College on May 9 at the Scott County Fairgrounds William Carpenter 4-H Building in Scott City. The educational event, focused on the cattle feeding industry, begins with registration at 5 p.m. and a sponsored dinner at 5:30 p.m.

The evening, which is free for the public to attend, features the "Top Hand Cattle Feeding Industry Employee Awards," designed to recognize outstanding feedlot employees. Registration for the event and nominations (100 words or less) for the "Top Hand" awards are due by May 3 via email to Justin Waggoner, K-State Extension beef systems specialist, at or by phone at 275-9164.

Presentations include an "Economic Outlook The Current Feeder Situation; Indicators and Implications" by Glynn Tonsor, K-State extension agricultural economist.

Attendees can participate in either the Cattle Crew Session or the Mill and Maintenance Crew Session.

The Cattle Crew Session offers: "Trimming and Shoeing the Equine Foot" (demonstration) by Vince Vesely, American Farriers Association examiner and certified journeyman farrier, Silver City, N.M.; and "Management of High Health Risk Cattle" by Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine, K-State College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan.

The Mill and Maintenance Crew Session offers: "Feed Mixer Technology" by Mark Cooksey, Roto-Mix LLC, Dodge City; and "Truck Service and Maintenance" by Mark Holderness, Dodge City International, Dodge City.

Wheat publication

Wheat in Kansas is subjected to adverse weather conditions during much of its growth period. Low-temperature injury during winter and spring can be particularly destructive.

Wheat has little resistance to low temperatures after it begins growing in the spring; therefore, injury from freezes at this time can occur.

There is a publication published by Kansas State University that describes temperature conditions that cause spring freeze injury, symptoms of injury and different spring growth stages, and management practices to use when wheat is injured. This publication, "Spring Freeze Injury to Kansas," is available at the Finney County Extension Office for the public convenience.

Upcoming webinar

The potential listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened or endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is on the minds of many landowners in Kansas and a cause of concern for land managers.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and K-State Research and Extension will host a webinar to address landowners' concerns at 7 p.m. April 30 at the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St.

Speakers from KDWPT, Farm Services Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Agency will provide updated information. Topics to be discussed include: background on the LPC listing and the state's planning efforts, goals of the plan and priority areas.

Detailed information on the conservation value of land and allocation of offset payments to landowners will be provided. Information on the state and federal plans specifically designed to improve habitat for LPC and what a proposed listing means to those enrolled in federal programs will be explained.

Webinars allow those with high-speed Internet to connect with the host site and view and listen to the speaker's programs online. Participants will be able to ask questions and make comments. Because of anticipated demand, there will be 17 viewing sites of the webinar. The list of county sites are available on the K-State Research and Extension website.

Please RSVP to better set up the meeting room by calling 272-3670. Contact me at

'Celebrate Service'

Thank you to all the 4-H volunteers, leaders and parents who give their time to the Finney County 4-H program, so that the 4-H members benefit from what 4-H has to offer to develop their life skills, citizenship and leadership.

National Volunteer Week is this week, with "Celebrate Service" as the theme. National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of civic leadership.

Livestock tagging

A notice to any Finney County 4-H and FFA youth with interest in showing sheep, swine and meat goats at any out-of-county livestock shows before May 7, there will be a livestock tagging from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the fairgrounds livestock show barn. All other animals not participating in shows in other counties, the weigh and tag date is May 7.

Horse identification

May 1 is the deadline to update 4-H Horse Identification papers at the Finney County Extension Office. Horse ID papers need to be updated every year by May 1 to participate in county 4-H horse shows, district show and the state fair.

MyPlate info; food safety

Garlic is a kitchen staple in many cultures, and is a great way to flavor food without adding fat or sodium to your meal. Check out the MyPlate recipes on Pinterest to find meal ideas by visiting

Need a coffee break? Use SuperTracker's Food-A-Pedia feature to help you decide which drink to order and reduce the amount of calories and fat in your afternoon pick-me-up.

How long do your leftovers last in the fridge? USDA recommends using cooked leftovers within three to four days. Refrigeration slows but does not stop bacterial growth. For more information on food safety, visit

CRP workshop

The Finney County Extension Office will be hosting a CRP workshop on May 13, starting at noon at the Finney County Fairgrounds, Grandstand Meeting Room.

The program will be presented by the NRCS and Pheasants Forever. More information will be available later.

New publications

New publications available at the Extension office include "Emergency Wind Erosion Control" and "Foliar Fungicide Efficacy Ratings for Wheat Disease Management 2013."