The poet Lemm Sissay says, "We are our story." It's so simple and yet so true. Each of us is walking around with a story of who we are and how we fit into the world. Although we may not realize it, this story is affecting every decision we make, how we interact with others, what we expect from the world, and what we give to those around us.
Harvest is in full tilt going great guns! The yield has been good and the price of wheat is dropping as expected. Hopefully, nobody has used their hail insurance. This is one of the best times to live in Kansas! I cut wheat up here when I was in high school and still remember the cucumbers in cream, the bierocks, the pies and the weather. It has not changed very much.
Barton County Young Professionals is a dynamic group. The opportunities to network, to learn from one another, to socialize with one another, and to promote the community are important to the individual and to Barton County. These opportunities are important because those who are willing to dedicate their time now are likely the leaders of tomorrow.
Many of you who know my husband John and me have heard the news that our daughter, son-in-law, and three of our precious grandkids are moving to Clyde, Kansas. An opportunity for Art to advance his career and for our daughter, Kristen, to be a stay-at-home mom, factored into their difficult decision. The move is just about complete, so once our Fair activities are over, they will have time to get settled in before school starts.
Each year scientists capture and place bands on over a million birds across North America. Several types of bands are used, but the most common ones are small aluminum leg bands which are stamped with a unique number and other information for reporting a band that is found.
June 25, 2016|
Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager
What is the substance that contains zero calories, makes up 60 percent of our body weight and is practically free? The answer is water. Two thirds of our bodies are composed of water, making it the body's most vital nutrient.
June 18, 2016|
Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County
The Mississippi Kites are here! These beautiful birds get a lot of bad press and pressure because they are one of the most territorial birds in our area. Their big mistake is that they assume humans are a threat to their nests or kids. They dive bomb people with a lot of energy and actually will touch a hat or someone's hair or scalp when they ride by on a bike or walk in the area. They have a penetrating call when they attack and scare us to death. The game wardens and I get lots of these calls ...
Summer is here and there is a great opportunity for some fun learning across Barton County. The idea for StoryWalk was shared at an Extension update last August and several of my colleagues in surrounding counties wanted to bring it to this area. A small grant provided funds to purchase the materials for StoryWalk and now we are ready to take it on the road.
4-H'ers are busy getting their clothing projects ready for the upcoming 2016 Barton County Fair! It is exciting to watch the enthusiasm among the first year seamstresses. Monthly sessions of "Second Saturday Sewing" and a couple of sewing opportunities during spring break have been the catalyst to keep interest in sewing high.
People have been sending "messages" with flowers for centuries, with each flower species holding a meaning, but what are flowers really telling us? Discover hidden messages and more about flowers during the program, The Language of Flowers, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, from 2 to 3 p.m. on June 19.
During a program the other day, a question that made me pause. "How do you get these owl and hawk mounts if it's illegal to shoot them?" a student asked, after I had told him his family couldn't shoot the great horned owl that was preying on their cats. A valid question.
May 28, 2016|
By Pam Martin KDWPT educator
Picnic season is upon us. The end of the school year and the Memorial Day holiday are celebrated with outdoor gatherings. As temperatures soar, so do the risks of bacteria on food increasing and causing a food borne illness. Family gatherings are the time to be diligent about serving safe food. Some great reminders at this time of year may help keep your picnic safe.
"Mom, I'm Hungry!" When you hear this and it is not meal time, you know it is time for a snack. Small children need snacks to help them make it from meal to meal. But snacks don't mean we throw good nutrition out the window. Your child's snacking mood may vary, but you can always maintain healthy snacking habits.