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From the Desk of the Director

Our Mission, Our Community & You


by: Marlin Bates

County Extension Director/Agent, Community Development


The legacy of K-State Research and Extension in Douglas County and across Kansas has been to provide you with the technical assistance that you need to improve your quality of life. From responding to your questions about farming, gardening, health, and nutrition to proactively preparing youth for greater service, we’ve been here to help you meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

The Kansas Leadership Center says that there are two primary types of challenges, technical and adaptive. Technical challenges have clear solutions and there is little time spent ascertaining just what the underlying problem is.

Our work as an institution has largely been of this nature – where solutions are determined and delivered by experts. Adaptive work is messier, often without a clear solution.

It takes considerably more time to name the problem and there are no experts to enlist in the process. This work requires the community to learn and engage to overcome the challenge.

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CORE is Ready to Connect, Create, Cultivate and

Celebrate Entrepreneurs

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As a new entrepreneurial enabler for our community, Douglas County CORE has been hard at work assessing our strengths and opportunities – with the shared understanding that together we can address the challenges and needs faced by existing or aspiring business owners. Through a series of inaugural events throughout the county, CORE has gathered input and created a blueprint of ecosystem components that influence our performance.

Also at these events, CORE has been inviting the community’s involvement to tackle the immediate organizational needs – in hopes of creating both a space for connections across the ecosystem and to ensure that CORE has the systems in place to successfully influence our success and reputation as a destination for innovation.

If you are inspired by the opportunity to make Douglas County home to a more robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, consider joining this effort. CORE is actively recruiting your thoughts and energy to help with several immediate-term working groups. Take a moment to review them and then let us know where your time and talents can be channeled.  

Interested in learning more? Join CORE for the fourth and final stop of their Inaugural Event Series in Lecompton on September 22 at 5 pm. Register here.

Nutrition | Health | Food Safety 

Advanced Topics Training

Enrich Master Food Volunteers

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by: Susan Farley

County Extension Agent,

Family and Consumer Sciences

As Extension Master Food Volunteers, leaders are continually gaining advanced training through an array of topics with guest speakers sharing their expertise, including The Art of Making Pastry Dough, Med Instead of Meds, and For Drying Out Loud – Food Preservation.

Most recently, Blue Zones®: Lessons Learned from the World’s Longest Lived People was featured. Presenter Sharolyn Jackson, Northeast Area Family and Consumer Science Specialist with KSRE, discussed the common lifestyle traits of people who live measurably longer and healthier lives.

Blue Zones® were founded by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author. Building on the demographic work done by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain, Buettner was able to pinpoint longevity hotspots around the world, reflecting the lifestyle and environment of the world’s longest-lived people. 

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Feeding Our Youngest

Welcome to one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs in the world — feeding your baby! Babies don’t come with instruction manuals, and all parents have questions. Sometimes the answers — from many sources — can be confusing. Feeding patterns for infants have changed dramatically through the years, so the advice you receive about feeding may vary, too. In this series of newsletters, you will learn to

• Understand your baby’s needs.

• Read your baby’s cues.

• Watch for new skills as your baby develops.

• Enjoy mealtime with your youngest.

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Feeding Our Youngest Newsletters 

Story Corner: Walk Kansas Interview

See how Walk Kansas impacted Annette Kenoly's everyday work life and how it can do the same for you! Join us for our next Walk Kansas happening March 20 - May 14, 2022!

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Good Year for

Kansas Canola


MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas farmers know well that having a bountiful crop year is pretty exciting. So, a Kansas State University agronomist said this year’s winter canola likely brought a few smiles.  


Mike Stamm said that the combination of cool temperatures in April and May and the resulting extended bloom allowed the crop to grow and produce well.  


 “It really was an exceptional year for canola yields,” he said. 


The cool weather helped canola’s growth and extended bloom period, according to Stamm. 


“That extended grain fill that we had based on those cooler temperatures added to the density and number of pods we had in the field as well as pod size. All those different yield factors really contributed to high yields,” he said. 


“The crop filled in the empty space like I had never seen before and we just had these huge, dense canopies, especially in the central and northern part of the state. I think that had a lot to do with (increased yields).” 

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Cattle Chat:

Expert Tips for

Managing Health Indoors


MANHATTAN, Kan. — Just as nature-loving humans can experience anything from a twisted ankle to a bug bite when they are in the outdoors, living in nature can also come with risks for illness in cattle. 


On a recent Kanas State University Cattle Chat podcast, three veterinarians discussed two rare diseases that can impact cattle – rabies and blackleg. 


“Rabies is a virus that cattle can get from some sort of wildlife exposure,” said veterinarian Brian Lubbers. “It can present itself in a furious form in which the cattle are acting aggressively, but it is more common for cattle with rabies to be walking in a stupor and having abnormal bellows.” ...


Another illness that cattle are exposed to through daily life is blackleg.

“Blackleg is a clostridial disease that cattle contract through the soil. When the soil gets disrupted like in the case of flooding, we may see one or two animals in a herd infected with blackleg,” Lubbers said....

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Useful Information Corner

First Friday Housing Assistance

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More than 1 in 3 Kansans rent the home they live in currently, and 27,642 households are behind on payments as of July 2021. State officials say there is help available. 

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Planting Fall Gardens

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Salad anyone? It's almost time to plant the fall garden, including such favorites as lettuce, radishes, spinach, turnips and more. K-State horticulture expert Ward Upham gets you started right. 

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Choose Healthy Snacks

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Feeling the munchies? Go for it, says K-State nutrition specialist Sandy Procter. Choosing healthy snacks will satisfy your hunger and help you avoid weight gain.

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Kaw Valley Farm Tour 2021

by: Tom Buller

Horticulture Extension Agent

Get ready for the 2021 Kaw Valley Farm Tour on October 2 and 3! Get outside and experience the diversity of agriculture along the Kaw River Valley. We have farms raising everything from alpacas to zucchini. There are farms that specialize in livestock production, some in fruits and vegetables, and many that do a bit of everything. The tour has 11 vineyards and wineries, so it is a great opportunity to experience a variety of northeast Kansas wines. This is a self-guided tour so you can choose whatever types of farms interest you.   


One $10 ticket will give a carload of people access to over 30 different locations to explore. 

A great opportunity to learn about how different food and fiber is produced. Sample products, learn from producers about how they grow, or just relax in the peace of the country, there is fun and activities for all ages.

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Fall Lawn Care

by: Sharon Ashworth

Horticulture Program Assistant

Yes, it is September already. Where did the summer go? Ah well, there are plenty of fall activities to look forward to and one of them is fall lawn care. Proper fall lawn care will set you up for a lush, healthy lawn this year and next. Fall is the time to overseed or plant a new fescue lawn.

Before my tips to keep your lawn healthy, here is K-State's wonderfully detailed brochure on the what, when, and how of tall fescue lawn care

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4-H of Douglas County

Looking Ahead to 4-H Camp 2022

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by: Kaitlyn Peine

County Extension Agent,

4-H Youth Development

Over the summer our 4-H families may have heard about anticipated changes to our state 4-H camp hosted at the Rock Springs Ranch located outside of Junction City, Kansas. Since 1946, 4-H members from across the state of Kansas have gathered at Rock Springs Ranch each summer to experience overnight 4-H camp. Over the past 75 years, 4-H camp has evolved to fit the needs of today’s youth and to provide the ultimate overnight camping experience. 

As we look ahead to the 2022 4-H camping season, we will be looking forward to a new and improved overnight camping model that offers youth more choices. The enhancements we are making at Rock Springs Ranch are specifically designed to meet the current and future needs of Kansas youth. K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas 4-H Foundation, and Rock Springs Ranch leadership teams are working together to ensure the legacy of Kansas 4-H Camp will endure tomorrow and for years to come. To help provide more insight into what the camp will look and feel like, below are a few questions and answers about 4-H camp 2022.  

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Joining the Club Update

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by: Nickie Harding

4H Youth Development, Program Assistant

As fall begins, families begin a new series of activities. With so many extracurricular programs available for youth to choose from, it can be difficult and overwhelming when selecting new activities.

4-H programs are an excellent option for young people and offer something for everyone in the family. 4-H had its beginnings in rural America, but it now serves youth in urban, suburban, and rural communities. 

4‑H programs are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing. Youth complete hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture, communications, and civic engagement.

Projects and activities are held in a positive environment where youth receive guidance from adult and teen mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids can concentrate on one project area or several throughout their 4‑H experience. 

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More News & Dates

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- eat free breakfast and lunch this school year!

- no free or reduced-price meal applications are required.

- one parent/guardian per household, regardless of family income level, must complete a brief and confidential Household Economic Survey by,

September 15.

Completed surveys will secure full state and federal funding for local schools and determine school families' eligibility for student fee waivers. Check your email (including Spam) for simple instructions for completing the survey in PowerSchool or see www.usd497.org/HouseholdEconomicSurvey for more information. Thank you for your attention to this important new requirement for Kansas schools. 


Bring Your Groceries On The Bus!

Lawrence Transit is making it easier to ride the bus with groceries! Passengers may bring food carts and strollers onto buses. Though prior policies asked passengers to put away carts and strollers once onboard, passengers are no longer required to collapse carts and strollers as long as they can easily be moved to ensure passenger safety and accessibility. Bus drivers may ask passengers to move carts and strollers to address safety concerns of other passengers. Read the updated transit rules by clicking the "Learn More" Button Below.

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September 2021

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 25, 30 - 2021 Master Gardener Trainings

September 10 - 19 - State Fair

September 18 - High Density Apple Orchard Field Day

September 22 - Douglas County CORE Lecompton Event @ 5:00 PM

September 27 - Growing Growers Advanced Weed Management Workshop

September 30 - 4-H Project Report Forms DUE @5:00 PM

October 2021

October 1 - Douglas County 4-H Ambassador Applications DUE

October 2, 3, - Kaw Valley Farm Tour

October 5, 7, 14, 19, 21, 28 - 2021 Master Gardener Training

October 12 - Extension Council Elections (8AM-5PM)

Kansas State University is committed to making its services, activities, and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special requirements due to a physical, vision, or hearing disability, contact K-State Research and Extension Douglas County, 785-843-7058. Notify staff of accommodation needs as early as possible. Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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