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Released: June 19, 2003 

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This week's news briefs . . .
1) Latex Paint Is No. 1 Waste Product
2) Kansas 4-H Web Site Targets Diverse Audience
3) Water Essential, But Donít Wait Until Thirsty

4) Calendar: Upcoming K-State Ag Conferences

Latex Paint Is No. 1 Waste Product

MANHATTAN, Kan. Ė More than half of the household waste products piling up in Kansansí basements and garages is leftover latex paint.

"Even if it werenít a potential hazard to the environment, whatís in those half-empty cans often becomes useless if stored where it can freeze. Thatís a real waste," said Jim Tira, engineer with the Pollution Prevention Institute, based with Kansas State University Research and Extension.

Tira recommends sharing such leftovers with neighbors or organizations. Local household hazardous waste disposal sites usually collect unwanted latex paint, too.

"The disposal sites pour everything into a large mixing container, blend it with a new pigment, repackage it and give it away," Tira said. "Itís one of the best and most successful environmentally conscious programs for household waste we have in America."

The Kansas Department of Health and the Environment (in Topeka at 785-296-1600) maintains a list of disposal sites for each county in the state.

Kansas 4-H Web Site Targets Diverse Audience

MANHATTAN, Kan. Ė Anyone with access to a computer and the Internet can learn about 4-H in Kansas. The Kansas 4-H Youth Development Web site is a convenient method of accessing information that explains the numerous programs and resources available for a diverse Kansas audience.

Located on the Internet at the Web site provides timely information in an efficient manner, said Cheryl Thomas, data manager for Kansas State University Research and Extension 4-H Youth Development.

"The main reason we use it so much now is due to economic reasons," Thomas said, adding that it is more economical to post information than to send out mailings. Also, by posting information on the 4-H Web site, anyone can learn about 4-H programs available to young Kansans.

"We have pages for 4-Hers of all ages, parents, volunteers and project leaders," she said. The site includes general information about 4-H as well as information about specific areas as well as health forms, a calendar of events, project enrollment information, volunteer opportunities, news and links to additional youth development sites.

"Be looking for things to change all the time," Thomas said.

Water Essential, But Donít Wait Until Thirsty

MANHATTAN, Kan. Ė Health professionals recommend drinking six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. More is needed during warm weather and summertime activities, said Sandy Procter, Kansas State University Research and Extension nutrition specialist.

The body loses water through perspiration. When that happens and fluids are not replaced, dehydration can occur.

But dehydration is a preventable health risk, said Procter, who is a registered dietician. Waiting until you are thirsty to drink can be too late. When a person senses thirst, he or she has reached the first stage of dehydration. After thirst come fatigue and weakness. Delirium and death can follow, she said.

Water is the preferred replacement fluid. Itís easily absorbed, naturally occurring and usually readily available, Procter said. When it will not be readily available, people should carry a water bottle or thermal jug, particularly during summer months.

To learn more about fluids, nutrition and health, Kansans can contact a local K-State Research and Extension office or visit the Website and click on "Health and Nutrition."

Upcoming K-State Ag Conferences

MANHATTAN, Kan. Ė Kansas State University Research and Extension is offering the following area and state-wide agricultural conferences and field days to all interested persons. For more information about these events and local and county events, check with the local Extension office.

* June 25-26 - Composting Operatorsí School - Manhattan - 785-532-5776

* July 15-17 - Crop Diagnostic School - Manhattan - 785-532-6183

* July 22-23 - Kansas Ag Retailers Association Crop School - Manhattan - 785-532-6183

* July 31 - Fall Cereal Conference - Manhattan - 785-532-7245

* August 12 - Kansas River Valley Experiment Field Day - Topeka - 785-354-7236

* August 13 - Dryland Ag Day, Southwest Research-Ext. Ctr. - Tribune - 620-376-4761

* August 13 - East Central Experiment Field Fall Field Day - Ottawa - 785-242-5616

* August 14 - Sandyland Experiment Field Fall Field Day - St. John - 620-549-3345

* August 14-15 - Risk and Profit Conference - Manhattan - 785-532-1504

* August 19 - Irrigation Experiment Field Day - Scandia - 785-335-2836

* August 21 - Hesston Experiment Field Fall Field Day - Hesston - 620-327-4651

* August 26 - South Central Expt. Field Fall Field Day - Hutchinson - 620-662-9021

* August 26 - Agricultural Research Center Fall Field Day - Hays - 785-625-3425

* August 27 - Northwest Research-Extension Center Fall Field Day - Colby - 785-462-6281

* August 28 - North Central Kansas Exp. Field Fall Field Day - Belleville - 785-335-2836

* August 28 - Southwest Research-Ext. Ctr. Fall Field Day - Garden City - 620-276-8286


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Contributing writers: 
Mary Lou Peter, Nancy Peterson, Kathleen Ward,
Lucas Shivers and Pat Melgares

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