K-STATE EXTENSION: Drought management workshop set for Jan. 9






Finney County Extension agents

More than 15 experts in the fields of irrigation, range management, climatology and drought planning are scheduled to speak at a one-day workshop Jan. 9 in Garden City on managing drought on the farm and ranch.

Producers can register now ( www.drought.unl.edu/ranchplan) for the free workshop, which will be held at the 4-H building on the Finney County Fairgrounds. Registration and coffee begin at 8 a.m.

The workshop will feature morning sessions on climate forecasts and aquifer management. Separate afternoon tracks will target the specific needs of ranchers and irrigated-crop producers.

Speakers will include range, climate, water and irrigation specialists from New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado — areas that have experienced recent droughts. The workshop will also feature farmers and ranchers from across the Great Plains who will share their experiences and ideas for managing through long-term and extreme drought.

Speakers include: Joel Brown, New Mexico U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resource Conservation Service rangeland ecologist; Gary McManus, associate state climatologist with the Oklahoma Climatological Survey; Susan Stover, manager of High Plains Issues at the Kansas Water Office; Julie Elliott, range specialist for the NRCS based in Wray, Colo.; John Maddux, crop and livestock producer from southwest Nebraska; Dwayne Rice, NRCS range management specialist based in Lincoln.; Bill Golden, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist; Lynn Myers, western Nebraska rancher; Ted Alexander, rancher from south-central Kansas.; Jonathan Aguilar, K-State water resource engineer; Jay Winner, general manager of the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District; Klaus Wolter, NOAA meterologist; Jim Faulstich, South Dakota crop and livestock producer; Freddie Lamm, irrigation engineer at the K-State Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby; Mike Deaver, crop producer from Garden City; Henry Nightengale, crop producer from Haskell County; and Dale Mauch, crop producer from Lamar, Colo. Additional speakers will be announced at www.drought.unl/ranchplan .

The workshop is a joint effort by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, K-State Research and Extension Finney County, and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The workshop is open to the public. The only charge is an at-the-door $10 fee for a brisket or pulled pork lunch. Space is limited and participants are asked to pre-register by Jan. 3. A full agenda and registration can be found at www.drought.unl.edu/ranchplan. For more information, contact the National Drought Mitigation Center at ranchplan@unl.edu or (402) 472-6776.

If you have any questions about the workshop or any other concerns, contact David Coltrain, Finney County Extension Agent by phone 272-3670 or email coltrain@ksu.edu

Cash in with coupons

Clipping coupons hardly sounds like a lesson in high finance. Save 50 cents on cat litter, dish soap, a few boxes of cereal — who has time? One way to stretch the family dollars in is by "couponing," or finding, collecting, and using coupons to save money on goods purchased.

Research shows an increasing number of people are using coupons. In the United States, consumers redeemed 3.3 billion coupons in 2009 — a 27 percent leap from 2008, according to a report listed in January 2010 by Inmar, a coupon-processing agent.

The individual amounts of money may seem small at first glance, but someone who consistently saves $25 a week will save $100 a month and $1,200 a year.

Finding coupons: Coupons are traditionally found in magazines, grocery stores, billing statements (e.g., credit card), and newspapers. Additionally, some newspapers may include mailers during the week that offer coupons and other specials. You may also contact grocery stores, commercial food producers, and other companies directly to receive coupons in the mail or via e-mail notification. At times, companies may have kiosks or informational displays in stores where you can get coupons or sign up for promotions.

Marketers are increasingly responding to consumers' demands by using the Internet and cellphone/smartphone applications to distribute coupons. Technology also makes it easier for consumers to take charge by seeking out coupons, super-saver deals, and free items on marketing websites.

(Source: New Mexico Cooperative Extension) Disclaimer : KSRE - Finney County is not responsible for the contents of third-party websites. Brands are for product identification purposes only. No endorsement is intended, nor is criticism implied of similar products not mentioned.

4-H Southwest Youth Leadership Forum

Come and meet the Southwest Kansas Youth Leadership Council and build leadership skills that will be beneficial throughout your future — with guest speaker Bill Cordes explaining the YOGOWYPI method.

The Southwest Youth Leadership Forum will be Jan. 18, 2014, at the Nazarene Church in Dodge City, running from 9:30 a.m. through 3 p.m.

All Youth in grades seven through 12 are welcome. Registration is due Jan. 9. Registration fee of $25 (includes T-shirts lunch), or $20 (no T-shirt, includes lunch) needs to be paid at time registration. Registration needs to be returned to the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St., Garden City, KS 67846.

Paper registration is available at the Finney County Extension Office or online at www.finney.ksu.edu. The Extension office will provide transportation on a first-come, first-serve basis as requested by participant. Call 272-3671.

4-H Southwest Volunteer Leader Forum

Southwest Kansas is proud to support 4-H Volunteers by offering the first ever Volunteer Leader Forum on Jan. 18 in Dodge City at the Nazarene Church. The forum will be 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Workshop topics include, Welcoming New Families, Putting Fun Into Meetings, Finding Project leaders/new volunteers, Involving Parents, Social Media and 4-H, and Keeping Teens Involved in 4-H.

Fill out a registration form and send it to the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St., Garden City, KS 67846, by Jan. 9.

Registration fee is $15 (with T-shirt and lunch), or $10 (without T-shirt, includes lunch) or online at www.finney.ksu.edu.

Kansas 4-H Citizenship in Action

Watch your textbook come to life! Learn about the legislative process first hand as youth learn how the state legislative process works and how their voice and participation can make a difference in their communities. Youth will debate and vote on bills in the Kansas State House and Senate chambers.

Citizenship in Action is for any youth who turns 13 to 18 before Jan. 1. 4-H membership is not required. Got to http://www.Kansas4-H.org and register by Jan. 15. Paper registration is available at the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St. or online at www.finney.ksu.edu.

Registration cost is $160, which includes one night lodging, three meals and other expenses. The Extension office will provide transportation on a first-come, first-serve basis as requested by participant. Call 272-3671. Bring your friends and come meet your state legislators!

For 4-H inquiries and questions, contact Barbara Addison, 4-H Youth Development agent, at 272-3670 or baddison@ksu.edu.

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