Member Spotlight- K-State Research and Extension
So, you want to know what is munching on your tree leaves, what wheat variety is doing the best in local trials, the proper management of a lagoon, when to burn pastures or the latest technology in animal science, all in one place! K-State Research and Extension, 600 W. Woodside is the resource center for a variety of topics. Shad Marston- Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources assists McPherson County with these concerns and a plethora of unique ag related questions each day. Shad has joined K-State Research and Extension after 11 years as an ag teacher and said with the scope of agriculture in McPherson County, he wears many hats.
Extension Agents Jana and Lindsey can attest that, they too, wear many hats. Jana McKinney is the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent and she shared a few of her specialties with the Chamber Connection crowd. Jana educates individuals and groups on food preservation, family nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices, insurance basics and beyond. She is a SHICK counselor and offers free, confidential counseling about senior health insurance and Medicare Part D. She teaches Stay Strong, Stay Healthy, an eight-week exercise program geared for the middle-age or older adult with a sedentary lifestyle, to get participants started in improving strength and balance. Maybe you want to know how to clean your dishwasher, tips to improve your mood, clutter control, do you need to test your home for Radon, or does K-State Research and Extension have a tractor cakepan you can rent? Contact 620-241-1523 for more information.
Lindsey Mueting, Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development was enthusiastic about the recent completion of the 4-H Fair and the Chamber Rural Appreciation Picnic and said the 4-H’rs will be moving on to the State Fair, then will be completing their record books. Lindsey said although 4-H still has many of the traditional projects like cooking, crafts, and farm animals, it also incorporated newer projects such as space tech, leadership, energy management, STEM activities and self-determined projects such as stamp collecting or meteorology. 4-H has something for everyone. It is for youth 7-18 but youngsters ages 5-6 can join the Clover Buds and adults are greatly appreciated in many volunteer roles. If you would like more information about the seven community 4-H clubs in the county or the school enrichment projects that Lindsey assists with, call 620-241-1523, stop by the K-State Research and Extension office, 600 W. Woodside or check out www.mcpherson.ksu.edu