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Heat up the grill!

Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop to fire up your grilling and smoking techniques, debuts May 2 at the K-State Olathe Campus, with additional workshops in Manhattan on May 9, Hays on May 30, and Arkansas City on June 6. Participants will learn how to select meat, wood, rubs, spices, and sauces to enhance their culinary creations.

The workshops, sponsored by Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension, require registration one week before each event.

More information

Online registration

Seminar offers cattle-handling tips

Livestock producers, feed yard personnel, and cattle hands from around the state will gather May 14 in Scott City for the 2015 Cattle Feeders College, sponsored by K-State Research and Extension in cooperation with commercial partners.

The event will include a horsemanship and cattle-handling seminar as well as an opportunity to recognize some of the state's "top hands." Registration is free, but participants must register by May 8.
See Registration link at the Southwest Research-Extension Center

What about that refund?

Taxpayers who expect a refund might be wondering: Where is it? What should I do with it?

Where: Both the Kansas Department of Revenue (https://www.kdor.org/refundstatus/) and the Internal Revenue Service (http://www.irs.gov/Refunds) offer online refund updates.

What: Elizabeth Kiss, assistant professor in the Department of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University and family resource management specialist for K-State Research and Extension, recommends a 30-40-30 distribution — 30 percent for debt reduction, 40 percent for current wants and needs, and the final 30 percent for savings or an emergency fund.

“Fewer than half of Americans could come up with $2,000 within 30 days,” Kiss said. “If you don’t have $2,000 set aside, then an emergency fund might be a place to start.”

See Think 30-40-30

New Publications in the KSRE Bookstore

Tips to Shop Safely at Farmers Markets, MF3206
 Prairie Bloom Perennial Flowers, MF2772
 2014 National Winter Canola Variety Trial, SRP1116
Tips to Shop Safely
at Farmers Markets