Category: May 2020

Horticulture Hot Topics Webinar Series

Educational Seminars:

  • Herbs- From Seed to Seasoning, May 7 at 3:00p.m.
  • Lawn Care Basics for Kansas, May 14 at 3:00p.m.
  • Veggie Gardening 101, May 21 at 7:00p.m.
  • Dealing with the Dreaded Bagworm, May 28 at 7:00p.m.

Learn how to care for your landscape with this free webinar series!

Cassie Homan, Post Rock Horticulture Agent and Kelsey Hatesohl, River Valley Horticulture Agent are hosting an online learning workshop!


Pre-registration is required for this FREE online event. Registration is required by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the webinar. To register email or and you will be sent the Zoom Link.

All webinars will be recorded and made available on our websites.

To download the free Zoom platform visit:

For more details visit:

By: Cassie Homan

Welcome Brenda, Family Resource Management Agent!

Brenda Langdon

I would like to introduce myself as the newest member of the K-State Research and Extension Post Rock District team as the Family Resource Management Agent.

One of my goals as Family Resource Management Extension Agent for the Post Rock District is to become a SHICK counselor.  SHICK stands for Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas. SHICK counselors educate the public and assists consumers on topics related to Medicare and health insurance so they can make informed decisions.  In addition to Medicare and insurance education, other topics and programs may include consumer decision making, financial planning and management, lifestyle and business transition planning, entrepreneurship, and home management to promote independent living.

Learn more about Brenda joining the Post Rock District team at our blog.

By: Brenda Langdon

Online Food Preservation Videos and Publications

Looking for ways to learn about food preservation? Videos can help! There are several resources available to help guide you.

From selecting recipes to storage, the process of preserving food safely is in your hands! Start with reliable, tested recipes and follow them exactly. A lot of science goes into food preservation, so using researched recipes is the best choice. Using untested recipes, methods or outdated equipment can lead to spoiled food or foodborne illness.

So let us help! See the video selections at

Many publications are also available at your fingertips! Learn more at

Do you pressure can? If so, it’s recommended to have your dial gauge tested annually by the extension office.  Please email Ashley Svaty at to discuss a process for testing your gauge to ensure a safe canning season!

By: Ashley Svaty

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

There are a lot of acronyms in the news these days, which can add to the confusion and stress.  Let’s talk about the acronym CARES.  CARES stands for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.  The CARES Act is a law meant to address the economic fallout of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Its intent is to provide fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and to preserve jobs for American industries.

The CARES Act is funding the stimulus checks that many people currently have received or will be receiving.  Please be aware of scams.  The government will not call and ask for your bank account information, or your social security number, nor will they ask for any payment from you in order to receive your stimulus check.  For additional information on the CARES Act please visit the website

By: Brenda Langdon

Virtual Baking Resources

Have you caught the baking bug? If you have, you’re definitely not alone, it seems that flour is flying off of grocery store shelves these days! Baking is a great way to incorporate STEM education during these days of online education and school at home.

To help in this endeavor, the Home Baking Association has a vast list of resources at the click of your computer mouse. Resources are grouped by age category including Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary ages.

The Home Baking Association strives to teach essential living skills while connecting with agricultural and food science, retail baking, milling and baking engineering and technology.

Learn more at

Many recipes can be found at

By: Ashley Svaty

Fitting in Fitness While at Home

I recently began wearing my physical activity tracker again. About a week ago I woke up and decided I would charge it up and wear it for the day to see how many steps I’m racking up since my daily routine has changed quite a bit. I had been feeling sluggish and not myself so I thought it would be interesting to see the results. Truthfully, my body was telling me in different ways that I wasn’t moving as much as I should have and I didn’t need a fitness tracker to tell me that- but I wanted to see the number. After wearing my tracker for a day, I found I was drastically under my daily goal. This hit me like a rock but it was because I hadn’t been intentional throughout the day to get out and move as much as usual! I had still enjoyed my evening walk but that wasn’t enough to make up for the lack of movement I didn’t make throughout my day. Since that wake up call, I have been extremely intentional about moving more and sitting less while now faced with a new daily routine… Read the full blog post by following this link.

By: Ashley Svaty

Wildlife Management Website Resource

Most people enjoy the wide variety of wildlife found in Kansas until that wildlife becomes a nuisance or damages property.  Charlie Lee, K-State Wildlife Management Specialist, has put together a web site on wildlife management at  Species covered include everything from bats to woodrats.  Each species page also incorporates quick links for more in-depth information.  One of our most common pest species, moles, includes videos on tracking an active tunnel and setting a mole trap.

This site is an excellent resource for the various options of dealing with our interactions with wildlife in a safe and effective manner.

By: Cassie Homan