Category: January 2017

Brainy Babies Series in Osborne


Parents and young children are invited to join the Post Rock District for a Brainy Babies learn and play story hour at the Osborne Public Library in January and February. Brainy Babies is an interactive program for children birth-age 3. Through playful learning activities, each child and adult will grow and learn together. The interactive series encourages and stimulates learning while enhancing the relationship between adult and child.

For program details and registration information:

Brainy Babies Flier.pdf

By:  Nora Rhoades

Strength Training Program for Older Adults


Stay Strong Stay Healthy is an evidence-based program for older adults who want to improve quality of life and stay active.  Over eight weeks, participants will increase their strength and improve their balance and flexibility. The exercises are easy to learn, safe, and effective. All equipment is provided.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy locations:

Space is limited, register early by following the links or call the Beloit office (785) 738-3597 or the Mankato office (785)738-3174.

Registration due by February 7th with $20 registration fee.  Special thanks to the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund-Jewell County for providing the funds to purchase a set of weights.

Watch for upcoming dates for Osborne and Smith Counties!

By: Ashley Svaty

Her AgriCULTURE Story: Change, Adapt, Grow

Women represent central roles in the agricultural heritage that builds and sustains communities throughout the world. “Her AgriCULTURE Story: Change, Adapt, Grow” is the theme of the 2017 Women Managing the Farm Conference planned for February 9-10 in Manhattan, Kansas. The event will bring together women from many sectors and proficiencies in agriculture and provide them with insights for building their agricultural story and managing their farm investment. Sessions are designed to keep women informed of the latest advancements in the farming community, and networking sessions are tailored to agricultural partners, independent producers, helpers, absentee landowners, industry career women, business managers and women with family in the military. Conference information, registration and scholarship applications are available at or by calling 800-432-8222.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Regional Farmers Market Vendor Workshops

KSRE is again working with the Kansas Department of Ag and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to put on regional workshops geared for current and prospective Farmers Market vendors, as well as a state farmers market conference geared for farmers market managers and related personnel. Registration for the regional workshops is $20. The cost includes lunch and vendors can bring their sales scale to get tested and certified for free by the Kansas Department of Ag. Lunch cannot be guaranteed if registering less than 10 days before the workshop.

Locations and dates for 2017 are listed below. A website with more information and link to online registration is available from

  • Wichita – February 4 (held in conjunction with the KSRE Central Kansas Market Grower Workshop)
  • Olathe- February 10
  • Girard- February 11
  • Hays- February 17

The State Conference will be held in Manhattan, KS from March 16-17, 2017.

Contact Londa Nwadike,, for more information on the workshops and conference.

K-State Research and Extension Farmers Market Site!

By:  Ashley Svaty

Regional Estate Planning Workshop for Families

Planning for the future is vital and families must take steps to ensure assets for the next generation. K-State Research and Extension is hosting “Preserving the Family with Estate Planning” to aid families in beginning the process of transitioning from one generation to another.  Two workshops will be held in Northwest Kansas: Tuesday February 21, 2017 in Hays at the Ag Research Center and Monday February 27, 2017 at the American Legion Hall in Atwood.

For the workshop schedule and registration details visit

By:  Nora Rhoades

Walk Kansas

Do you enjoy walking or exercising?  Would you like to increase how much physical activity you get?  Would you like to become more motivated to eat more fruits and vegetables and consume more water?  Walk Kansas is for you!  Keep watching for updates for this eight-week health initiative that will begin in mid-march and run through mid-May.

By:  Ashley Svaty

Personal Health & Finance Goal Setting

health-finance-goal-settingDo you want to make positive strides for your health and financial wellness in 2017? To guide goal-setting in the New Year, take the free online self-assessment tool called the Personal Health and Finance Quiz, available at The quiz is made available by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Individual performance of ten daily health behaviors and ten daily financial behaviors is measured by a person’s responses throughout the quiz. Upon completion, participants receive a score for each section of the quiz (i.e., a Health Score and a Finance Score), a Total Score, and links to additional online resources for improved health and financial management.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Building a Vehicle Emergency Kit

building-a-vehicle-emergency-kitSometimes we find ourselves on the road when bad weather hits. It is a good idea to have a vehicle emergency kit stocked for the current weather season and with essentials for all potential passengers. Check out the January Building Strong Families Insert for suggestions as you build and/or update your vehicle emergency kit.

By: Nora Rhoades

Do You Have 20 Seconds?

I think we could all spare 20 seconds to thoroughly wash our hands with soap and water.  The simple task of handwashing prevents the spread of germs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following steps for handwashing.handwashing

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

 By:  Ashley Svaty

Play with Free Stuff: No Batteries Required!

Open-ended materials have an infinite number of uses, limited only by your child’s imagination. By giving your child recycled, open-ended materials to play with, not only are you fostering her creativity and problem-solving skills, but you are saving money, as well… Explore open-ended ways to play with your child by reading the complete article by Toni Sturdivant at Our Learning Moments.

 By:  Nora Rhoades