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January 2022
Home & Family
Skip the Resolutions, Try a Bucket List!
Every year people set new resolutions to accomplish for the year, but generally, after two weeks they are long forgotten. Why not try making a bucket list instead? Less pressure, more fun!

After a few months of feasting on holiday delights, you may want to change your eating habits to add a bit more nutrition. Here are some guidelines to get you started.
Lawn & Garden
Show Your Tools Some Love
In what shape did you leave your garden tools when winter arrived? Covered with dirt? Thrown in a heap? Or did you show them some love at the end of the season? Winter is an excellent time to prepare. Take a few minutes to clean and sharpen, so you are ready to hit the ground running this spring.

They call it an accident as we never know when it can happen. Pesticides in our home can lead to an accident if not stored properly. Prevention is the key. Here are some tips to ensure everyone in the household, including our pets, is safe.
Fall was dry and winter is shaping up for more of the same. The combination of the lack of rain with the warm fall temperatures means our plants need a drink of water. Drought-stressed plants are less resilient to cold and winter conditions. Winter drought can lead to plant decline, just like the stress of summer. Here are some winter watering tips. 
The Conference is a great local educational event for commercial fruit and vegetable producers from the Midwest States. This event provides research-based information on so many growers' topics, so check it out!
The Seed catalog can be a confusing place, but it is also a great way to obtain seed varieties that you want early in the year.
Natural Resources & Ag
Last Chance to Become an Extension Master Naturalist!

Applications will soon be closing for the class of 2022 Extension Master Naturalists! It’s not too late to apply to join our community of volunteers as they enhance natural resources around Johnson County through projects and outreach! Applications are due January 15th
The only way to get an accurate sense of how much nutrients your livestock forage contains is to get it tested. 

The chill in the air drives us to turn on our heaters, pull out the blankets, and unfortunately, shake out stink bugs trying to move into our homes. Find out how to prevent them from coming in and remove their outside habitat. 
4-H Youth Development
Winter- 4-H Season
The cold season doesn't stop our youths from participating in events! From baking to shooting sports, there are so many fun times around the corner!
Community Development
Building Effective Community Board Leadership Skills
It is not uncommon to find yourself serving on a committee, whether it is volunteering or for work. If that is a situation you find yourself or could see yourself doing, this is the class for you. Learn the skills it takes to be a board member!
Help Us Celebrate!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Johnson County Extension Education Foundation. Your Foundation Board has been hard at work planning for the celebration to take place on February 19, 2022, at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center. A dinner and auction will be featured to honor the occasion. Your ticket to the event is a membership in the Foundation. 
Memberships start at $50 for a single ticket and $90 for two. The Benefactor membership level which starts at $250 allows the donor to designate where the money will be spent. The areas of the program which a Benefactor can pick from are Agriculture & Natural Resources, Family & Consumer Sciences, Horticulture, Community Development, and 4-H Youth Development. The Undesignated category supports all of Johnson County Extension programming! You can join here. 
Come join us to commemorate 25 years of continued support of our wonderful local Extension programs at this special event. 

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension
11811 S. Sunset Dr. Suite 1500 Olathe, KS 66061
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