Agricultural producers across the state of Kansas have come to know and expect the research based information provided by K-State Research and Extension, particularly in the field of agronomy. Crop variety plots on K-State’s campus, as well as in counties across the state provide valuable “o…

Summer activities often include food as part of the fun. Don’t let mishandling of food lead to food borne illness. Learn how practicing a few simple steps will help keep food safe.

I’m sometimes bothered by sensory overload, like when the entire church congregation gathers in the church basement for a meal, or when dozens of aunts, uncles and cousin you didn’t even remember come out of the woodwork for Christmas dinner. All the combined conversation and commotion just …

The Reid family is approaching our 10th anniversary in Cowley County. However, some of my family members are still confused about where things are stored in the kitchen. If they can’t find something in the kitchen, would they be able to find items or information in an emergency?

TOPEKA — The warmer weather of May brings many Americans to their backyards, opening their bags of charcoal and filling their propane tanks during the start of grilling season. While the debate over gas, charcoal or wood continues, one aspect of grilling is undeniable, the protein. May is Be…

So, it looks as though the 2020 Summer Olympics have become collateral damage from the corona virus “pandemic;” a shame, I think. But not to worry, cause’ I have a few suggestions for summer Olympic events we can hold right here in the heartland of the good ole’ USA. 

You’ve got questions, AgManager’s got answers. K-State Research and Extension is known for providing research-based information to citizens across the state. As a part of a broader unit, local Extension Offices are equipped to provide sound information to serve our local agriculture producer…

Tumultuous times in the meatpacking industry linked to the current new coronavirus pandemic has prompted calls for changes to the structure of the industry, but two Kansas State University agricultural economists are warning against overreactions to a structure that has been years in the making.

K-State Research and Extension is part of the national cooperative Extension network. My Nebraska colleague, Michelle Kreibel, has great advice for providing comfort in a changing world, especially for youth. — Becky Reid

I’m not sure what cancelling the “stay-at-home” order for our state accomplished, as everyone I know has been going everywhere they darn well pleased anyway. We wear masks, try to stay the “required” 6 feet away from each other in check-out lines, don’t hug aunt Bessie if we see her in the a…

Joyce and I agree on important stuff, like what temperature the house should be and what color socks I should wear with what pants, but from there, we go in different directions, especially when it comes to food. I like mushrooms and she can barely bring herself to say the word. Although Kan…

April showers are bringing May flowers (and other beautiful plants)! Check out the May Garden Guide from kansashealthyyards.org to plan your outdoor beautification projects this coming month! Blooming flowers and healthy grass are signs of one of the best months for gardening in Kansas. Wild…

Bulls are often the focus when cattle producers are thinking about the breeding season, but experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute said it is important to prepare the females as well.

The same ideals that have made 4-H one of the country’s leading organizations for youth leadership and development are now serving its members well during the global pandemic, one of the organization’s leaders in Kansas said.

Have you established new habits of cleaning and sanitizing? You might be doing more work than necessary.

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I’ve only dabbled with hunting turkeys the past couple springs, allowing other “stuff” to take priority. So, this year, amongst all the “stay-at-home and social distancing” madness, I thought “What better time to get serious about hunting spring turkeys. I sat down and phoned five different …

Scavenger hunts can be fun. However, if you or someone you know are in need, finding resources shouldn’t be complicated. As a Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, my role is to help connect community resources.

Thanks to a decision made by the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), farmers and ranchers are among those on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The department deemed thousands of agricultural related jobs and related fields as…

In 2004, an organization calling itself Fishing’s Future began as a way to “return today’s society back to nature one child/one family at a time.” Their mission statement became “to reconnect kids and nature, strengthen family relationships, build stewardship of the environment and provide p…

OK, I began this adventure through COVID 19 land as a member of the “just how far will we go to protect ourselves from ourselves” club, thinking we were taking this whole thing to the extreme. But just as I was softening my stance and beginning to see the need for the whole social distancing…

Your local Extension Office offers soil testing procedures for local agriculture producers as well as homeowners. Having your soil tested is a great way to prepare for cropping systems, hay production, vegetable gardens and local fruit production. Soil samples are received at the local level…

Warmer weather, and hopefully April showers, will really get the garden growing. Take advantage of this month to clean up and refresh the landscape, get compost and mulch worked in, and start planting. Just be on the lookout for late frosts!

I love the new “Whatever’s Biting” category that Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has embraced this year. Each year, lakes and reservoirs around the state are rated per there populations of each individual sport fish, and this year a new list has been added for the fishermen that are happy…

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The Cowley County Livestock Association held its annual meeting March 12 at the Tisdale Methodist Church gym. Nearly 100 farmers, ranchers, friends and neighbors attended the affair, which was catered by Grouse Valley Grill of Dexter.

The Reid household will be trying some new recipes soon. Like you, I currently have more time at home and I am trying to be more intentional about how and when I shop. 

Somewhere on my lengthy list of unanswered questions is the query that asks “Just how far will we go to protect ourselves from ourselves?” Don’t get me wrong, there are some very necessary warnings out there, like huge letters on a tank of gasoline that read “FLAMABLE,” or flags that tell us…

Growing up on a livestock operation teaches agriculturists such life lessons as the value of hard work, the miracle of birth, the joy of caring for animals and, sometimes, the loss of livestock.

Spring is just around the corner. One sign of spring in the Flint Hills is burning of the Kansas tall-grass prairie. Cowley County is located on the edge of the Flint Hills and is one of 17 Kansas counties included in the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan. We’re no stranger to smoke in the a…

Do you remember the song with the lyrics “Walk this Way” by Aerosmith? Since the song had nothing to do with walking technique, let me share key points.

One cold march evening in 2004, a group of seven avid outdoorsmen, outdoorswomen and conservationists sat around a crackling campfire in the southern cascade foothills of Oregon. They all had concerns about the management of our nation’s wilderness, and the shrinking amount of public land av…

What do you want to be known for? We put ourselves into roles by profession, activity, interest — roles that sometimes become defining for us. But have you ever really considered what you want to be known for? Have you considered how you can be effective in your life? 

Cowley County Conservation District is conducting its annual cost-share sign-up from March 1 through April 15, to accept requests for state financial assistance to install enduring conservation practices.

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VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — State, local, federal officials gathered in western Arkansas last week to discuss the response to historic flooding along the Arkansas River in Arkansas and Oklahoma and ways to reduce damage in the future. 

I think overall wildlife have done a much better job of coexisting with man than we have done coexisting with them. If you think living in town excludes wildlife from our presence (other than the obvious resident squirrels and cottontails) think again. Possums, skunks, raccoons, beavers, fox…

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Gary Kistler, of Udall, and Bob Lawson, of Burden, load coyote pelts Monday afternoon when eight Cowley County trappers brought their furs to Udall and met up with a big G.F.W. fur truck from Illinois, which is the largest fur buyer in the U.S. There were a record number of coyotes.

Spring is just around the corner and producers can be preparing their gardens now. The Cowley County Extension Office has resources available to help producers improve their lawns and gardens including Kansas Healthy Yards and Communities, an initiative of K-State Research and Extension to h…

I could claim to be a hand washing expert. Over the past years, I have inspected more than 5,000 hands during youth hand washing programs. These school enrichment programs focus on healthy eating, trying new foods and getting rid of germs. 

Happy New Year! I know, we’re long past January 1, but today is a new day! It doesn’t matter if you quit your new year’s resolution weeks/months ago or got off track with your goals, today you get to start again, today is a new beginning! For many of our 4-H’ers, the topic of new beginnings …

Conversations about mental health don’t have to be awkward. Community members are learning how to respond when someone tells them they’re not OK at a unique mental health first aid class now available in Cowley County.

On Feb.14, 2020, United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a proclamation naming Feb. 16-22 as Grain Bin Safety Week.  The purpose of the week is to highlight safety practices and bring attention to safe work practices in an effort to decrease the number of accidents associa…

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