K-State Research and Extension
Session 2: October 23, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

2A Climate and Kansas continued

Session 2A offers participants an opportunity to question a panel of topic experts including a climate scientist, climatologist, environmental engineer, rural sociologist, and agricultural economist. This moderated session allows participants to anonymously ask the experts (written on note cards and read by a moderator) all their burning questions about climate change and to help sort fact from fiction. Intended short-term outcomes from these combined sessions are: increased understanding of the range and impact of climate uncertainties for Kansas; increased climate literacy and awareness of differing perceptions of climate change; increased knowledge of resources available for all areas of expertise



2B Health Care Reform and Extension continued



2C Addressing Critical Issues at the Local Level
Trudy Rice, Community Development; Randall Allen, Kansas Association of Counties and other panel members

Representatives from the Kansas Association of Counties will share specific examples of issues that locally elected officials have identified as concerns. Although the details of a specific issue in one location might be different than the next, it is important to understand how local elected officials or regulatory departments view these critical issues. Then, engaged parties can explore how local needs and K-State Research and Extension resources can be matched to address the issue(s) for long-term sustainability. This session will include a panel presentation followed by a roundtable discussion on how local government and K-State Research and Extension can partner for lasting solutions to local issues. This discussion will explore how university research can be accessed to make informed decisions related to these issues at the local level. The panel may include representatives from Kansas Association of Counties, County Commissioner(s), and County Department head(s) from the Health Department, Building and Codes, Public Works, etc.



2D Smartphone Tablet App Roundtable
Joe Lear, Gary Kepka, and Larry Havenstein, Communications and Agricultural Education

Smartphones and tablets have become a useful tool for working with clientele in K-State Research and Extension. During the session, we would like to share applications that agents and specialists can use and talk about security on mobile devices. We want to devote the majority of the session to agents and specialist sharing how they use smartphone and tablet apps.  If possible, we would like some of the participants to be able to demonstrate how they are using applications. An expected outcome of the session would be to develop a list of supported tablet and smartphone applications that could be recommended to everyone in the system.



2E Volunteer Management System 101
Rod Buchele, 4-H Youth Development

This session will cover a basic volunteer management system for engaging extension volunteers, including the components of the system and resources to make the system successful. It will start with why volunteers are wanted and needed, what they will do, what they need to know, how to support them in their work, and finish with how to recognize their accomplishments. Tools for each section will be shared and discussed. Participants will go home with a plan for one new way to engage a volunteer in their program.



2F Sunflower Supreme Replacement Heifer Program 30 minute
Jaymelynn Farney, Southeast Area Office

K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Agriculture have created the Sunflower Supreme Heifer program as a substitute for the replacement heifer program. Its purpose is to provide research-based best management techniques for cattle producers in regard to replacement heifer development and management and will focus on health, reproduction, and economics. From a community vitality standpoint this program should increase revenue to agricultural communities because of trade agreements with veterinarians, feed stores, reproductive companies, and the producer. With correct management techniques, the producer should increase revenue to their operation that should flow into the community. Total cow numbers are low. When drought conditions lessen across the country there will be a demand for more heifers to repopulate, which will increase calf-crop and help increase overall meat production



2G Board Leadership Series
Trudy Rice, Community Development; Jennifer Wilson, Riley County; David Key, Meadowlark District

In April 2013, the Board Leadership Series — adapted by the Community Development PFT from University of Missouri materials — was presented statewide for the second consecutive year. The first year we had four local unit sites with fewer than 40 participants, this year it was hosted at 11 local sites and reached more than 150 participants. More than 75 percent of the participants were from local not-for- profit or government boards and commissions not associated with K-State Research and Extension. Pre- and post-tests and six-month follow-ups have produced evaluation data that are now entered into the KPICS system for evaluation and impact reporting. This is a four-session series that involves eight hours of instruction and interaction. The sessions include:

  • Board Basics
  • Understanding Your Fellow Board Members
  • Financial Management
  • Strategic Planning

The content is delivered by a panel of K-State Research and Extension experts and hosted at a local unit site. The local professional is responsible for facilitation of the onsite learning activities. It has proved to be a very cost effective way to deliver programming across the state, while maintaining the interactive learning pieces and connection with the local unit. This 30-minute session will include a panel consisting of a presenter, a site facilitator, and a session participant to share the value of the information, the advantages of the delivery method, and how other local units can bring this programming to their area.



2H Integrating Gardening and Nutrition Programs to Expand Audiences and Impacts
Rebecca McMahon and Denise Dias, Sedgwick County

Many beginning food gardeners struggle to know what to do with their bounty of produce or how to use fresh herbs in their meals. At the same time, those trying to make half their plate fruits and vegetables may struggle for inspiration or be looking for more variety in available produce. Integrating gardening and cooking/nutrition programs can help expand skills of gardeners and home cooks to increase the health and productivity of both their gardens and home meals. Learn about the different programming efforts being used, ranging from workshops to social media and see some of the program impacts. After the initial presentation, there will be time to brainstorm as a group and identify ways to make programs like this work in your county or district, including identifying needs for further training to provide agents with the skills to implement these programs.