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November 2017

The 2017 results of a leading global communications marketing firm's annual global survey reveals trust around the world is at an all time crisis. The general population’s trust in all four key institutions — business, government, NGOs, and media — has declined broadly. The majority surveyed believe the system is failing them, unfair, and offering them little future. With the term "Fake News" getting thrown at us daily, it's no wonder people don't know who to believe.

Here in Johnson County, we take the role of the national cooperative extension service very seriously. We are devoted to its mission to provide you with research-based, unbiased scientific information, developed by the nation's 100 land grant universities. Our agents are trained to help you break this fact-based information all down so that you can apply it to your own particular needs here in Johnson County. We present you with the information and let you decide what's best for you.

So in this era of confusion and mistrust, we'll keep doing what we've done for 100 years. Just know that we're here for you. You can call us and talk directly with an agent, or email us with your questions and pictures. We'll do our best to earn your trust.

Have questions? Let us help. Visit or give us a call 913-715-7000.
Organic Does Not Mean Pesticide-free
It's a common misconception that organically produced fruits and vegetables are pesticide-free. Not so. Nor does "organic" mean "safe". We explain here.
It's Easy Being Green
We often get asked “What can I do to help protect our pollinators?” The "plant milkweed" message has hit home. It's a nice start, but there's so much more that can be done with little or no work. It all starts with a few simple changes in our thinking and behavior.
Leaves Left on the Lawn Can Kill the Grass
Leaf removal is a pain! But it's an important part of a fall lawn care program, especially if new grass was planted. Here are some options for your yard waste management.

Fertilize KC Cool Season Lawns One Last Time Before Winter
Before calling it quits for the year, there's one last important chore left to perform. November fertilization is one of the most important applications for a bluegrass or tall fescue lawn. Find out when and what kind of fertilizer to use for November.
Deer and Cars
Deer Season in KC
You live in the city. Why should you care about deer season? Rutting season peaks in November. Rutting and hunting can cause deer to move more than the rest of the year. Stay alert. Deer will be crossing roadways, causing a danger and hazard for drivers. Read these important driving tips during deer season.
4-H in an Urban/Suburban World
Today's kids face a different world than the one we grew up in. Bullying, and the pressure to use drugs and alcohol are more prevalent. Whether you live in south Johnson County or north Johnson County, in a rural area or the second largest city in Kansas (we're talking to you, OP), our 4-H youth development program can engage kids with all kinds of interests and from all different backgrounds. Find out how we can help your child find their place and grow.
Ends Dec. 7
Medicare Open Enrollment
There are two open enrollment events in Johnson County: November 6 and 9. Prescription drug plan comparison assistance is also available through our office. To learn more click here.
Application Deadline: Nov 10
Position Announcement: Community Food Systems
We are looking for someone to develop and implement contemporary comprehensive, pro-active educational programming related to community food systems. Programming will include but is not limited to: 
  • production, harvest/post-harvest management,
  • packaging, and marketing, and
  • community and farm sustainability issues.

This program will focus on vegetable/fruit based horticulture including the “fresh market” industry and community gardens.
We are looking for a people-person who has a Bachelor’s degree with knowledge of community food systems. Complete job description is here. Please share this info.

Classes & Events
To register online click on the class link or call 913-715-7000.

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