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Kansas drought remains,
but rains flood parts of state

Although about 60 percent of Kansas remains ranked in "abnormally dry" to "severe drought" status, the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service shows the southern part of the state as having received substantial rainfall over the past month. Flooding has occurred in some areas.

Floodwater may contain sewage or animal waste, which means harmful organisms could contaminate foods affected by floods, said Londa Nwadike, food safety specialist for K-State Research and Extension and the University of Missouri Extension.

“Floodwaters could also contain petroleum products such as gasoline and oil, which can cause nausea, vomiting, and other short and long-term effects if consumed in large quantities,” Nwadike said.

A recent publication, “Food Safety After a Flood,” provides helpful cleanup tips. Nwadike said the best advice she can provide is: “When in doubt, throw it out.”

Grant supports environment, wildlife

Improving Kansas' water quality, supporting wildlife habitat, and enhancing the environment are the goals for a recent $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Kansas Forest Service. The program is part of $370 million in federal funding for the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

In Kansas, the project is intended to expand protection for remaining riparian forests in high-priority watersheds. It will help sustain reservoir storage and wildlife habitat, improve the drinking water supply, and increase recreation opportunities.

See 'Improvement'

Student interns spread across the state

Twelve students will work as interns this summer in K-State Research and Extension offices across the state. The interns will assist professionals in planning and implementing educational programming for Kansas residents.

The interns and offices in which they will work are:

  •     Audree Aguilera, Barton County;
  •     Shelby Bargmann, Central Kansas District;
  •     Jordyn Barten, Riley County;
  •     Anna Dillon, Marais des Cygnes District;
  •     Sonia Gonzalez, Ford County;
  •     Rachel Lanter, Atchison County;
  •     Sahyra Lujan, Barton County;
  •     Cheyenne Marrs, Wildcat District;
  •     Colleen O'Connor, McPherson County;
  •     Cambry Schrag, Scott County;
  •     Molly Wessling, Department of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University; and
  •     Brianna Zweimiller, Rawlins County.

For more information, contact Stacey Warner, K-State Research and Extension Operations, 785-532-5790, or swarner@ksu.edu.

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