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August 2017

Johnson County Fair Time
It's county fair time in Johnson County. Our office has been busy all summer preparing. It's also the culmination of the 4-H year. Come on out and see the sights and sounds. Our 4-H youth submit their projects for judging and you can see the results in the 4-H Green Building and the Livestock Arena. You can even bid on projects at the food auction and 4-H project auction. Plus, there's the carnival rides -- always a thrill. The Johnson County Fair truly is a week of family fun! Johnson County Fair

Summer Continues: Tips for this time of year
Summer heat and humidity are upon us. But some things in the garden still need our attention, like strawberries and garden containers. Believe it or not, now is also a good time to start a fall vegetable garden. Many vegetables grow and taste better in the fall.

Your refrigerator is one of the hardest working appliances in your household. This month we outline some tips from the USDA on freezer storage to maintain quality and food safety.

The summer heat also can cause toxic blue-green algae. We include a warning to pet owners to understand the bacteria's dangers for their pets and for themselves.

Have questions? Let us help. Visit or give us a call 913-715-7000.
July 30 - Aug. 5
Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Johnson County Fair
County Fair is the culmination of the 4-H Youth Development year. Our kids have been working since last October on projects that help them master skills. Come on out for some family fun and discover these Top 10 reasons for attending.
Your Freezer and Food Safety
We get lots of questions like, "Can you eat a turkey that's been frozen for 8 years?" Well, yes but why would you want to when turkey is so cheap? Find out what foods you can and can't freeze, and how to maximize your freezer for storage quality and food safety.
Ag and Natural Resources Agent
Welcome Jessica Barnett

Please join us in welcoming Jessica to our office. Jessica earned a B.S. in Agronomy and a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering, both from Kansas State University. She brings with her two years experience as a crop consultant and agricultural engineer in southern Colorado. Welcome, Jessica, we're glad you joined our team.

Toxic Blue-Green Algae

With the hot weather comes the threat of toxic blue-green algae. A Kansas State University toxicologist warns pet owners to understand the bacteria's dangers for their pets and for themselves. Blue-green algae produce toxins that are hazardous to humans and can be fatal in animals, particularly dogs. We've gotten a few calls asking how it can be identified. We have information and instructions here.

Time to Plant

If you're an AG producer or owner of small acreage, late summer to early fall is the time to plant alfalfa and brome pastures. If you haven't had your soil tested consider getting a soil test to increase yields.

Summer Container Gardens
Summer containers filled with colorful flowers have been blooming for months and may be starting to lose their oomph. Give them new life that will last till the first frost with a shot of fertilizer. We tell you what kind and how much here.
Fertilize Strawberries Now
It may be the hottest and driest part of summer but strawberries are developing their flower buds for next spring’s crop. A boost of fertilizer will result in bigger yields. We outline how to give your plants the boost they need now to increase your harvest next spring.
Fall Vegetable Gardening
Kansas City vegetable gardeners have not one, not two, but three seasons in which to grow fresh vegetables in the garden. The fall period offers some of the best growing conditions with cooler day and night temperatures. Many of the spring crops will actually grow and taste better when grown in the fall. Here is a list of vegetables that do well when planted now to early September.
Last Call! Due August 1
Accepting Applications for Extension Master Naturalists
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Extension Master Naturalist (EMN) training program. EMNs are trained volunteers who provide expertise and services for natural resource projects that benefit the community. For an application or more information click here.
Save the Date: Sat., September 30
Celebrate Our 100 Year Anniversary
Please join us as we honor our history together and celebrate our Centennial Anniversary. Drop by for refreshments, fun family activities, educational programs and displays. For details click here.

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

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