Kiowa County Fair Time

Kiowa County Fair Time.

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Kiowa County Fair Time

Be sure to stop by and check out the Kiowa County Fair in Greensburg, Kansas. The fair starts the 16th of July and runs through the 25th of July. There are all kinds of events to check out and sites to see at this year’s fair. Come out and support the 4-Hers and compliment them on all their hard work on their projects. A schedule can be found on the Kiowa County Extension Office website at http://www.kiowa.ksu.edu. As always, take care and be safe, especially during the busy summer months and all of the heat.

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Western Kansas Sheep Producer’s Meeting

The Western Kansas Sheep Producer’s Meeting sponsored by Hodgeman County and Kiowa County Kansas State University Research and Extension Offices will be held Wednesday, January 30th, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the evening. The meeting will be held at the Hodgeman County Fairgrounds in Jetmore, Kansas. Presentations will include an Artificial Insemination demonstration by Dodge City Veterinary Clinic. A Pfizer representative will cover synchronizations tools and techniques for sheep. A representative from Osborne Industries will be on hand to facilitate a discussion about automated equipment and the needs for the equipment in the sheep industry. Dr. Justin Waggoner, Southwest Kansas Area Beef Systems Specialist, will moderate a discussion on nutrition topics for sheep and lamb producers. Dr. Brian Faris, KSU Sheep Specialist, will moderate a discussion on the state of the sheep industry. Superior Farms of Dixon, California  and producers will be sponsoring dinner.

For more information contact the Hodgeman County Extension Office at (620)357-8321 or the Kiowa County Extension Office at (620)723-2156.

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4-H Volunteers Needed!!

Time. What is it really a measure of? We often say that we don’t have enough of it in our lives, yet there is enough, if we organize and prioritize our lives.

 

Kiowa County K-State Research and Extension is seeking motivated volunteers to lead 4-Hers in various activities throughout the year. Currently we are in need of volunteers for Shooting Sports and 4-H Livestock Judging. Meetings will be coordinated by the Extension Office and volunteers will work with me, Barrett Smith, Ag Agent and other volunteers that are already helping with programs.

 

I am looking forward to reviving Shooting Sports and 4-H Livestock Judging in Kiowa County. Both of these projects are self-determined projects, meaning youth will better themselves, while competing against others. The goal is to promote sound decision making and implement skills that will help youth throughout the remainder of their lives.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Kiowa County Extension Office at (620)723-2156 or e-mail me at basmith@ksu.edu.

 

Sincerely,

 

Barrett A. Smith

Kiowa County ANR and 4-H Agent

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Is It December Already??

Hello All,

I can’t believe it is December already. I have been on the job since August 6th, 2012. Time is flying by. I have met many members of the community and had the opportunity to work with a lot of great people so far. Later this week there are two meetings going on in next door counties. On Wednesday, December 5th there is a Lease Meeting at the Pratt County Fair Building, at 1:30 p.m. The topics will be land leases, as well as oil, and wind energy leases.

On Thursday, December 6th, there is a Cow Body Condition Scoring School at the Edwards County Fair Grounds, just south of Kinsley, on 183 Highway. The school starts at 10:30 a.m. There will be cattle to look at and assess body conditions against the weights that are recorded. Lunch will be provided after the school, but a head count for registration for lunch is needed. For more information, please call me, Barrett, at the Kiowa County Extension Office at (620)723-2156.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Barrett A. Smith

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Kansas Kids Count Information

I am in Manhattan this week for training. I was given some statistics from Kansas Kids Count. It shows how each county ranks across the state and the nation. There was a lot of surprising data that I found about our county. I did not know that we had one of the highest infant death rates in the state. According to Kansas Kids Count, Kansas Action for Children, Kiowa County Kansas has 68.97 infant mortalities per 1,000 live births. We do well on our immunizations 86.00% are immmunized as compared to only 70.00% or the state. We have very good prenatal care as 82.76% of our expectant mothers receive prenatal care whereas the state average is 79.01% of expectant mothers receiving prenatal care. We have no violent teen deaths compared with the state average of 36.90 and peer counties have 105.30 per 1000,000 15-19 year olds. We have limited binge drinking compared to the state average of 12.70% and peer county average of 14.10%. Our asthma rate is a little higher at 1.64 per 1,000 compared to 1.44 for state and 1.20 for peer counties of children 18 and under. We have not had any children hospitalized for mental health issues in 2010 or 2011. These are numbers I encourage you to check out as they shocked me, but are quite good, yet there are two or three we need to work on.

 

Let’s live healthy Kiowa County, we are all in this challenge together.

 

Sincerely,

 

Barrett A. Smith

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Annual Conference

Just heard from Greg Peterson who put together the video, I’m Farming and I Grow It!!

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Annual K-State Extension Conference

If you wondered where Pam Muntz and I were earlier this week, I am here to tell you! Pam and I attended the Kansas State University Research and Extension Annual Conference in Manhattan, Kansas on the campus of Kansas State University. We met with other agents from all across the state and discussed how the previous year had gone.

At conference we worked with PFT groups, which stands fro Program Focus Teams. These groups focus on areas related to Agricultural, Natural Resource, and Family and Consumer Science issues. We bring feed back to K-State to work on for research. This is how Land Grant universities are supposed to work. We are very lucky to have such a university in Kansas. Kansas State takes pride in providing applicable research and knowledge to it’s fellow citizens in the state of Kansas.

 

I encourage you to stop by the office or talk to me about your ideas to help sustain and grow our community.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Barrett A. Smith

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Tree Give Away

Last week we had a tree give away from the Kansas Forestry Service and Tim McDonnell. We gave away over 215 trees to people from Greensburg and those that had lost their homes back in 2007. It is still a good time of year to plant trees according to Tim McDonnell, Community Forestry Coordinator for Kansas Forest Service. We can still plant trees up into November as long as we water the soil around them and keep the roots moist through out the winter. This should help alleviate winter kill. Do not over water the trees though. The water consumption of the trees will drop off as the go through the winter until they start to use more in the spring, but keep them moist. The roots are still growing in warm soil if they are down far enough.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to call the Kiowa County Extension Office at (620)723-2156

 

 

Until next time,

 

 

Barrett Smith

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Private Applicator’s Test

I have had multiple questions about the private applicator’s licensing test. We do give the test at the office here in Greensburg. If you need to renew your license or have let it expire, please stop by and take the test. The test is open book and takes about 2 to 2.5 hours to complete. If you are interested or need more information, please call the office at (620)723-2156. The commercial applicator’s test is not administered by extension at the local level and it is a closed book examination. I do have the information on when and where those tests will be held and the updates for the meetings for commercial IPM certification.

 

Have a Great Weekend and Be Careful Out There!

 

Barrett Smith

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