Category: July 2016

Food Preservation Publications are Available at Your Local Extension Office and Online

Ashley Goudey Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent
Ashley Goudey
Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent

Your gardens will soon be filled with fresh fruits and vegetables but before you begin preserving make sure you are ready! Updated publications with safe and tested preservation recipes can be found

at your local extension office. Publications are available for canning produce such as apples, cherries, sweet corn, cucumbers, peaches, beans, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, and vegetables! If you are interested in canning a food that you don’t have a recipe for, just contact us and we are happy to find you a safe and trusted preservation recipe!

Trusted recipe resources include:

By:  Ashley Goudey

County Fair Season

Individuals of all ages are encouraged to exhibit a prized item, creation, and/or skill in Open Class at your county fair. The fair is a great place to see local talent on display and to enjoy entertainment with your friends and family. Contact your local Post Rock District Office for the complete fair schedules and exhibiting guidelines. You can also visit

Post Rock District Fair DatesSee you at the fair

Jewell County (Mankato): July 10—13th

Smith County (Smith Center): July 14—18th

Lincoln County (Sylvan Grove): July 27—30th

Osborne County (Osborne): July 28—August 1st

Mitchell County (Beloit): July 27—30th

By:  Nora Rhoades

Stain Removal

Nora Rhoades Family and Youth Development Agent
Nora Rhoades
Family and Youth
Development Agent

Do you have a stain you are struggling to remove? Check out these resources for recommended stain removal strategies.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Pressure Gauge Check Dates

New dates have been added to the pressure gauge testing schedule.  Please drop off your gauge at least one day before the date listed for each county and we will test your gauge and make recommendations if needed.  It is recommended to have your pressure gauge tested each year before you begin canning your harvest! Contact Ashley at or (785) 524-4432.

Pressure Guage - Schedule

Mankato office: August 9th

Lincoln office: August 11th

Beloit office: August 17th

Osborne office: August 15th

Smith Center office: August 16th

By:  Ashley Goudey

Farm Succession Planning Seminar

Harvesting wheat with four combines
Harvesting wheat with four combines

August 16, 2016

10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Jewell Community Center

The Post Rock District is hosting a Farm Succession Planning Seminar! The featured speakers will provide resources, tools, and insight related to: steps to keep the family farming, rural business succession planning, strategic financial planning with land and commodity trends, legal and tax considerations, and leaving a legacy through charitable giving. The seminar will also include a question and answer panel with nationally and state recognized experts. For details and registration information visit

By:  Nora Rhoades

You Asked It

The July Issue of You Asked It! is now available at

Topics include:

  • New Food Preservation Videos
  • Are Pesticide Residues a Risk?
  • ..Kalettes!
  • Mason Jar Lid Pies
  • New Ball® Blue Book
  • Flavored Vinegar
  • Floating Fruit in Jam
  • Can Epsom Salt be Added to Jelly or Jam?
  • What is Mechanically Tenderized Beef?

By:  Ashley Goudey

Fathers Matter

Research shows that a father’s positive efatherngagement can improve child well-being whether they live full-time with their children or not.

Fathers make important contributions to their kids’ development—and do so in ways that are different from mother’s contributions. Fathers are more likely to use advanced language around young kids, which promotes vocabulary development. Fathers also tend to prioritize rough-and-tumble play, letting kids explore, and playing more than caretaking, which establish independence and positive social skills. Positive father engagement has been linked to better outcomes on measures of child well-being, such as cognitive development, educational achievement, self-esteem, and pro-social behavior.

Positive fatherhood experiences provide great value for kids. Child Trends shares more information explaining why fathers matter at

By:  Nora Rhoades