Knowledge for Life

July 2023

Delivering research-based information you can trust

to be accurate and unbiased.

4-H Youth Development

Building Life Skills through the Livestock Project

Spring and summer are a very busy time of year for 4-H’ers active in livestock projects. From raising baby animals, to feeding, cleaning, preparing for and attending shows, there is never a shortage of things to keep youth busy!

There are many benefits to raising and showing livestock through the 4-H program, many which carry through adulthood. 

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Home & Family

July 2023 Financial Check In

Here's your monthly roundup of tips for financial well-being:

  • This month, try a spontaneous activity. It does not have to be expensive.

  • Start setting aside money for holiday spending now. Your future self will thank you.

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July 15 is National Give Something Away Day

Imagine if you could clean up your house and get rid of clutter, show someone that you care, gift small things to strangers, or in general improve the world. This day exists on July 15.

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Health & Food Safety


Food Safety in the Summer

Grilling season is upon us--a favorite summertime activity. It's a great way to bring people together and simply prepare versatile foods.

The risk of food borne illness actually increases during summer months because the hot and humid days of summer provide the perfect environment for bacteria to grow quickly. Keep your food and guests safe during cookouts by remembering the four steps to food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.

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Seeking our next class of Extension Master Food Volunteers

Are you passionate about food, nutrition, or health and want to share your knowledge with others in your community? Apply to become a trained Extension Master Food Volunteer! Applications are due July 19.

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Have nutrition, food safety or health questions?

call: (913) 715-7000 email: [email protected]


Sunset Garden Update

As of the June 13 workday session, the garden has produced more than 630 pounds of food donated throughout Johnson County.

Volunteer in the garden at our weekly workdays, each Tuesday from 9 to 11 am. No gardening experience is required.

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July Gardening Notes

  • Harvest potatoes and onions as tops die back
  • Control weeds to preserve water and nutrients
  • Fertilize vegetables to encourage plant development
  • Watch foliar disease development on lower tomato leaves and treat with a fungicide if necessary
  • Prepare for fall gardening. Plant potatoes, broccoli, and other fall crops

For a complete list of garden tasks, check out the July Gardening Calendar.

Troubleshooting Tomato Issues

Have you had tomato problems in the past? While popular to grow, tomatoes come with several common concerns. We rounded up solutions and simple growing tips.

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Meet the Beetles!

Japanese beetles have made their annual appearance. They are ravenous feeders and can severely damage plants.

Learn more about their life cycle and control methods.

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Hardy Hibiscus add a Splash of Summer Color

These beauties add a tropical feel to your garden, with the added benefit of returning every summer.

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Contact the Gardening Hotline for answers to your lawn and garden questions.

call: (913) 715-7050 email: [email protected]

Hotline hours: Monday - Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM

Natural Resources

Another kind of wild cat...

What are the odds of seeing a bobcat in Johnson County? It may be higher than you think. 

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Water Fun for kids this July

Our local Junior Extension Master Naturalist series provides youth in grades 3-5 opportunities to learn more about water, our most precious natural resource. Meeting dates are July 12, July 19, and July 22.

Register for July

Community Vitality

Why Do We Volunteer?

There are many reasons why people engage in volunteerism: To make a difference, get experience, and to have fun. Learn more about the motivations for volunteering and the impact on healthy organizations. 

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News from around the County

Public health starts with you!

In partnership with Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (DHE), we encourage you to participate in this year’s 2023 Community Health Assessment. The survey will take 15-20 minutes.

Community responses assure that Johnson County's health improvement planning process is rooted in local priorities.

Upcoming Events

Tickets available for our Signature Event!

Saturday, August 26

5 - 8 PM

Arts and Heritage Center

Join us for our annual fundraiser-- an evening out with live and silent auction, delicious food and live music. All proceeds benefit the Johnson County Extension Education Foundation, which provides $20,000 in grants each year.

Buy tickets

Horticulture Events

July 5: Solutions to Your Top Garden Insect & Disease Problems (K-State Garden Hour)

Tuesdays, 9 am to 11 am: Workdays at the Sunset Community Garden (volunteers welcome)

August 2: Integrating Native Plants Into Your Home Landscape (K-State Garden Hour)

August 3: Turf & Ornamentals Field Day

Home & Family Events

July 10: Suddenly in Charge: Safety Skills for Sitters

July 14 and August 11: WITS Workout at Shawnee Civic Centre(Ages 55+)

August 3, 10, 17, 24 (Thursdays in August): WITS Workout at Matt Ross

August 10: Bonding with Board Games

Natural Resources Events

July 12, July 19, July 22: Kansas Wild Kids: The Importance of Water

August 9: Urban Coyotes: What to do if you see one

August 23: Urban Foxes: Friends or foes?

4-H Youth Development Events

July 30-August 5: Johnson County Fair

Health, Food Safety and Nutrition Events

July 13: Food Preservation, Fresh From the Garden - Pressure Canning

July 18-20: 2023 Cooking Camp: Cookin' Up Something in the Kitchen (Ages 7-11) EVENT IS FULL

July 20: Food Preservation, Fresh From the Garden - Water Bath Canning

July 25: Cooking Basics for 1 (Online via Zoom)

August 17: Cooking for YOU or TWO

Community Vitality

July 7: First Friday e-Call: Rural Downtown Revitalization

August 4: First Friday e-Call: Kansas Main Street

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We are dedicated to a safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber system and to strong healthy communities, families, and youth through integrated research, analysis, and education.

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