K-State Research and Extension
Session 1: October 23, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

1A–2A Climate and Kansas
Kerri Ebert, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops; Peter Tomlinson, Department of Agronomy; Amber Campbell-Hibbs, Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership; and additional presenters


Challenges presented by a changing climate impact all areas of K-State Research and Extension expertise and have the potential to significantly impact all of our constituents. Session 1A explores how average citizens perceive changes in climate and includes results from recent research on perceptions of climate change across Kansas, what science and scientists say about climate change, and conclude with an overview of current climate-related projects — education and research — in Kansas.



1B–2B Health Care Reform and Extension
Roberta Riportella, Family and Consumer Sciences


The Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, is set to transform the health care delivery landscape. There will be new ways of obtaining insurance, new consumer protections through those insurance policies, new initiatives to ensure a primary care workforce is in place to provide for all of these newly insured individuals, and major new initiatives aimed at helping communities create healthy lifestyles and environments.

This workshop will flesh out specific roles for educators across program areas. This is an opportunity for community and economic development agents to work with businesses, farms, and health care providers to help them understand their own roles and responsibilities in relation to ACA.  This is relevant for agriculture and natural resources agents as farm owners and workers question what ACA will mean for them. ACA may impact many involved with youth-related programming, especially those involved in programs for at-risk youth and families. Financial planning taught by family and consumer sciences faculty can include the more affordable insurance options including helping families make informed choices.

Participants will be able to better

  • Understand the basics of the Affordable Care Act and why it matters for communities
  • Identify the roles of community partners and Extension in implementation
  • Learn what materials are available to use directly, or share with community partners, in efforts to prepare those constituents for their roles and responsibilities re ACA, and
  • Share perspectives on what is being said in US communities about ACA’s impact.  Factsheets, a blog, and constituent-specific presentation packages will be shared. 



1C Starting a Master Food Volunteer Program
Karen Blakeslee, Animal Sciences and Industry; Gayle Price, Southeast Area Office


Do you have “foodies” in your area who would love to volunteer and be a part of K-State Research and Extension? If so, the Master Food Volunteer program is for them and you. Master Food Volunteers can expand your program efforts in food science, nutrition, wellness, food safety, food preservation, and more. They can also work with gardeners to help them use their garden produce to improve their family wellness and nutrition.Come learn how to get the Master Food Volunteer program started.



1D EntrepreneurShip Investigation
Trudy Rice, Community Development; Diane Vigna and Nancy Eberle, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension

Many organizations in Kansas are having discussions and or implementing small-scale programs that address youth entrepreneurship and community vitality issues. EntrepreneurShip Initiative (ESI) is an exciting, interactive, and comprehensive curriculum project designed for youth, ages 10–19.  It was developed by a team of professionals from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension and has been successfully implemented in Nebraska over the last several years.  It was developed with four audiences in mind — 4-H, middle and high schools, youth organizations, and community organizations — and written in partnership with representatives from each of the target audiences. It is research based and uses current technology through Web-based activities and an interactive CD-ROM. A leader’s guide demonstrates how the material is aligned to school standards for easy application inside class or outside of class. This session is sponsored by the Community Development and Youth Development PFTs. The UNL design team will share how they implemented the program, the impact it has had on their state, and how Kansas might adopt/adapt their materials. The presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion on how to address entrepreneurship in Kansas for the “teens and twenties” within our state.    



1E Updates on the Ogallala Aquifer and the KSRE Summit
Jonathan Aguilar, Southwest Research-Extension Center; Dan Devlin, Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE); Danny Rogers, Biological and Agricultural Engineering; Bill Golden, Agricultural Economics


Water table decline and depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer are major economic, social, and environmental issues in the western region of the state. Recognizing the importance of these resources, Gov. Brownback has placed a high priority on extending the aquifer's useful life, while maintaining or expanding the economy of western Kansas. Current and past Kansas legislatures introduced and passed several new water-related bills,with several more being drafted. These include multiyear flex accounts (MYFA) and Local Enhanced Management Areas (LEMA), among others. Recently, the legislative branch of the government became involved with disagreements in water table decline and issues on water rights impairment now being heard in the civil courts. During the past years, K-State Research and Extension has had major programs on the development and utilization of the Ogallala Aquifer. Researchers and extension specialists have worked closely in the development of new policies and have participated in the discussions with stakeholders. The organization can have a major influence on the future of the Ogallala Aquifer. The Ogallala Aquifer Summit was convened last spring to revisit K-State Research and Extension's role in the development and implementation of effective programs aimed at helping local citizens manage the Ogallala Aquifer more effectively and extend its useful life. This session is aimed at giving updates on the Ogallala Aquifer issues and the outcome of the summit and soliciting other insights toward the same goal.



1F Cover Crops: Old Topic, New Fad or Sustainability Tool?
Sandy Johnson, Northwest Research-Extension Center; DeAnn Presley and Kraig Roozeboom, Agronomy; Doug Shoup, Southeast Area Office; John Holman, Southwest Research-Extension Center; Dale Blasi, Animal Sciences and Industry

Cover crops are being promoted by individuals and organizations. Some recommendations are based on data others much less so. What are the differences among a cover crop, green manure, or double crops?  What is the impact of cover crops on soil characteristics and subsequent crop yields?  How have cover crops been integrated with livestock systems?



1G How Do I Make a Difference?
Elaine Edwards and Pat Melgares, Communications and Agricultural Education

K-State Research and Extension staff do more than deliver programs and information. They make a difference for Kansans. Each of us need to be able to summarize the economic, environmental, or societal benefits of our efforts. Are you communicating the “so what” of your work? What did you accomplish? Why is it important? What is different because of your efforts?

This session is relevant to all five main issue areas. Staff from the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education will help you: illustrate the importance of your work, show accountability, demonstrate a return on investment, help the public understand the value of what you do, and increase awareness of your programs. They will also demonstrate how they take the work you do and repurpose your success stories in national impact reports. Presenters will discuss what makes good impact reports, identify information needed, brainstorm how to get that information, and practice writing strong impact statements.



1H Infusing Creativity and Enthusiasm Back into Extension Programs: A Walk Kansas Case Study
Sharolyn Jackson, Northeast Area Office; Sarah Caldwell Hancock, Communications and Agricultural Education

This session will outline a social media project tailored to promote and assist with delivery of Walk Kansas 2014. The Walk Kansas social media toolkit will provide support for K-State Research and Extension professionals to use various social media tools — such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest — to connect and engage with clients to help them lead a healthier life by being more active, making better nutrition choices, and dealing with stress effectively. Participants will be expected to share information, links, tools, videos, and other resources as well as engage with followers, creating a virtual conversation with clientele. This project is modeled after a social media campaign implemented by The Ohio State University. Their social media toolkit for a “Back to the Kitchen” campaign during National Child Obesity Awareness Month (September) also will be shared. Although the resources offered have a specific subject focus, the design could be easily replicated to inject enthusiasm into and increase social media conversation about a variety of subject matter themes.