K-State Research and Extension
2010 KSRE Annual Conference: Breakout Sessions
SESSION 1
Tuesday, October 19, 1:45-2:35 p.m.
 
1A: Changes in the Kansas PRIDE Program                 
The PRIDE Program is K-State Research and Extension's community development program. Come and learn more about the PRIDE program and changes to take place in 2011. Dan Kahl and Nadine Sigle, Kansas PRIDE Program                 
 
1B: Climate Change, Bioenergy, and Soil-Quality Issues and Policy
Climate-change policy and potential impacts on farm prices and production practices are likely to become an important part of Kansas crop production systems. Regardless of public perception, no-till systems will be adopted as farmers are encouraged financially to sequester carbon in agricultural soils. This session will discuss carbon-trading policy, production practices that increase soil carbon levels, and the impact that bioenergy crops may have on both policy and farm-level decisions. Chuck Rice, Agronomy                 
 
1C: Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Clients — Using the Internet to Collect Registrations and Electronic Payments                                   
Today's customers appreciate the convenience of online registrations and being able to pay for events and products by credit or debit card. The Riley County office has explored several ways to make this happen. During this session, participants will learn how Riley County has used PayPal, Constant Contact, and Google to collect online registrations and accept debit and credit cards. Jennifer Wilson, Riley County                 
 
1D: Medicare D - Getting Ready for Open Enrollment                                   
Do you want to help folks shop for Medicare D for 2011? If so, this is a session you won't want to miss. The session will provide last minute details on Medicare D plans for 2011, how to navigate the new plan finder, and discuss other issues related to SHICK counseling. Participants are requested to bring a laptop. Sarah Taylor, Sedgwick County                 
 
1E: Enhancing K-State Research and Extension’s Value as an Educational Resource to County Government Officials, Trudy Rice, ANR-Community Development
 
1F:  How Does Adopting that Practice Affect my Bottom Line? Spreadsheet- Based Decision Tools for Installing Best Management Practices
Four recently developed spreadsheet tools are available to calculate the costs and benefits associated with best management practices (BMPs) for water-quality improvement and/or maintaining water quality. These tools evaluate four popular BMPs: home wastewater treatment, vegetative buffer installation, no-till farming, and stream bank stabilization. They also estimate the amount of cost-share money available from government sources for BMP installation and its relative efficiency for improving and promoting water quality. This session familiarizes attendees on where to obtain the tools and how to properly use them. Josh Roe, Agricultural Economics                 
 
1G: GIS in Extension Work                 
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. GIS helps answer questions and solve problems by looking at data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared. This session will provide insight to how K-State Research and Extension programs can use GIS as a program needs assessment and as a program monitoring tool. Beth Hecht, 4-H Youth Development; Will Boyer, Watershed Specialist
 
Strategic Communications and Tactical Planning for Your Program                 
Communication planning must be practical, and based on clearly defined goals and well-defined relationships. In this session, you'll learn how to present information in straight formats, as well as hear lessons learned from an experienced communications professional with local and international experience. Lawrie Kirk, Australian National University
 
Sportlight on Beef Cattle: Are Kansas Beef Cows That Big? (see full session description)
Justin Waggoner and John Jaeger, K-State Research and Extension; Bob Weaber, University of Missouri
 
SESSION 2
Tuesday, October 19, 2:40-3:30 p.m.
 
2A: Maximizing Nitrogen Fertilizer Use Efficiency                 
Nitrogen (N) fertilizer is a critical component of grain crop production in Kansas, a potential contaminant of ground- and surface water, and source of greenhouse gases. Balancing these risks/benefits and maximizing profits requires that N be utilized as efficiently. This presentation will discuss real and perceived risks associated with N fertilization; where these risks are most likely to occur; a number of tools available to manage the risks of N loss; and a process that can be used to develop efficient, low risk N fertilization programs. Dave Mengel, Agronomy                 
 
2B: g2g Outside: An Outdoor Play Initiative Reaching Families through Social Media
Whitney Neely, g2g Outside/EARTH/WaterLINK; Tonya Bronleewe and Rebecca McMahon, Sedgwick County   
              
 
2C:  K-State Research and Extension Image Gallery Project
Gerry Snyder and Vernon Turner, K-State Research and Extension Communications/IET
                 
2D: Leading Entrepreneurs to Their Dreams                 
This presentation provides fundamental tools that K-State Research and Extension practitioners may use to help identify and facilitate entrepreneurial skills in their communities' economic development efforts. Participants will learn what questions to ask to help potential entrepreneurs sharpen their ideas and identify their strategic management and capability gaps. They will also get the opportunity to guide the development of programs to help them improve their own capacity to lead entrepreneurs to their dreams. Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Agricultural Economics                 
 
2E: Emerging Threats to Kansas Trees                 
Trees are high-value components to urban and rural landscapes. Unfortunately trees are at risk from diseases and insects such as emerald ash borer, walnut thousand cankers disease, and pine wilt. This presentation will summarize the current status, symptoms, and biology as well as the current collaborative efforts of plant pathologists, entomologists, and foresters to survey for these tree problems. We will provide handouts and diagnostic information. Megan Kennelly and Judy O'Mara, Plant Pathology; Nicole Ricci, Kansas Forest Service; Charles Barden, Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources                 
 
2F: Master Food Volunteers — 10 Years and Beyond
Attention foodies! Do you have people in your county or district who would be great volunteers in food and nutrition activities? The Master Food Volunteer program is a great way to involve foodies and expand food and nutrition programs in your community. Come learn about this exciting program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2011. We'll talk about the current program, how it's used, and plan for the future by using new training methods to catch busy and willing volunteers. Karen Blakeslee, Animal Sciences and Industry; Gayle Price, Southeast Area; Nichole Burnett, Johnson County                 
 
2G: Studying the Tides: Kansas County Finances                 
This presentation will equip attendees to present and explain the information contained in the Office of Local Government’s annual County Fiscal Conditions and Trends and Comparative Analysis reports as well as the forthcoming companion report for Kansas county seats. Budgeting practices, basic information such as budget scheduling, terminology, state and federal mandates, and specific calculations will be explained. Pre-registrants will be given demographic, economic, and social trend information that affect local fiscal conditions for their county. The presentation will also show how a given county compares to average Kansas county revenue and expenditure trends over time. With this information, agents will be prepared to present a valuable annual education program for their commissioners. Katie Morris, Agricultural Economics                 
 
2H: JUST ADDED!! Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan: What's coming? What's it mean to me?
Walt Fick, Steven Graham, Rhett Mohler,  Jeff Davidson, Carolyn Blocksome
  
   
SESSION 3
Tuesday, October 19, 4-4:50 p.m.
 
3A: Boost 4-H Enrollment and Visibility                 
Ready to recruit? Not sure where to start with new members or how to attract potential membership? The Kansas 4-H Marketing Action team has developed ready-to-go resources to make your job easier. This session will focus on the resources available, where to find them, and how to use them to impact your local program. Learn more about the statewide, newly developed marketing campaign. Door prizes will be provided, and an Agent Resource Guide will be given to each class registrant. Diane Mack, Northeast Area; Jodi Besthorn, Sedgwick County; Jessica Milliman, Sheridan County; Amy Sollock, Ford County; Andrea Feldkamp, Riley County                 
 
3B: Tax Talk: Credits for Families
Many Kansas families with children from birth to college age are eligible for federal tax credits that can put more money in their pocket and boost the Kansas economy. Yet, the IRS reports that many taxpayers fail to claim the credits. Moderate-income families often do their own returns, and may not understand complicated tax guidelines. Low-income families may not be required to file a tax return because they don't owe tax, but need to do so to be eligible for credits including the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit and Education Credits. There are tips that can save families hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. When we help people change behaviors to save money, they remember. Will have news articles and printed materials available to help agents spread the word about tax credits and free tax sites in Kansas. Cindy Evans, Shawnee County                 
 
3C: Forage, Pasture, and Range Task Force Update
Last fall, a task force was charged with describing and prioritizing the needs of Kansas livestock producers in terms of forage, pasture, and range, including academic programs; how the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension are meeting those needs; and suggestions on how we could better meet them. John Jaeger, chairman, and other task force members will describe the findings of the task force and outline its report. We will provide an update of current activity in this area then open the floor for comments and questions about current issues. Joe Moyer, Southeast Agricultural Research Center; Joe Jaeger, Ag Research Center-Hays; Dale Blasi and KC Olson, Animal Sciences and Industry; Walt Fick, Agronomy                  
 
3D: Women Involved in Agriculture — A Kansas Annie's Project
This program is funded by a grant from the NC RMA agency. Its mission is to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. Farm women say they find answers, strength, and friendship. They also grow in confidence, business skills, and community prestige. Annie's Project is an educational program and support network to enhance the business skills of women involved in agriculture. Participants will learn more about the program, how to organize one in their area, and become aware of some resources available to help with funding. Jonie James, Harvey County; Mark Ploger, Pratt County; Glenn Newdigger, Stafford County                 
 
3E: Demystifying Association Awards
Have you ever considered applying for an award but found it too challenging? Have you seen great work an individual or team has done go unrecognized? Epsilon Sigma Phi and the Kansas Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences have joined to help demystify the awards application process. While each organization has a unique process, many of the steps to writing award-winning applications are the same. Robin Eubank, Barber County                  
 
3F: Achieving Home Heating Independence with Wood
Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint? Burning wood instead of fossil fuels for home heating can help you achieve that goal. A moderate-sized home (2,200 square feet) can be comfortably heated with a circulating wood stove, burning just five cords of wood per winter. A cord of wood is 128 cubic feet, usually a stack 4’ high, 4’ deep, and 8’ long. This quantity of wood can be sustainably grown and harvested from 10-15 acres of Kansas woodland, depending on productivity. A fuel-wood plantation can produce this amount of wood in perpetuity on just 5 to 7 acres. Plantation species recommendations for bottomland and upland sites (based on 20 years of research conducted in Kansas) will be provided. Tree species ratings as to BTU values and energy-dollar-value per cord also will be presented. Charles Barden and Wayne Geyer, Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources
 
3G: Kansas SARE Professional Development Program
Sustainable agricultural practices are based on the three pillars of sustainability — profit, stewardship, and quality of life. The Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program provides funds to assist K-State Research and Extension educators in furthering their knowledge of and developing local educational activities for sustainable agriculture concepts and systems. You will learn about SARE in general and more specifically Kansas programs that provide travel scholarships, mini grants, and workshop assistance to support sustainable agriculture professional development initiatives. We will also begin a dialog on sustainable agriculture trends and educational opportunities for Kansans. Kerri Ebert, Kansas SARE/Biological and Agricultural Engineering

   

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