Archive for Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Open Mike: County Training Events

February 20, 2008

This week I'd like to highlight several upcoming educational seminars that Leavenworth County Extension is hosting. Topics covered at the events will range from pond management, to goat management, to tractor safety for our youths.

The first event is the pond management school, which is on the evening of March 11 in Tonganoxie. The meeting is free to attend, requires no RSVP, starts at 6:30 p.m., and will be in the 4-H building at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Leavenworth County Co-op and First State Bank & Trust in Tonganoxie. We are bringing in four speakers from around Kansas for this meeting, and they will cover many aspects of pond management. The topics include aquatic weed management, wildlife management around ponds, building new ponds, managing ponds for fishing, and using ponds for livestock watering. If you own a pond and enjoy fishing in it, or are interested in cleaning up your pond so it is more useful, I'm willing to bet that this seminar will be beneficial to you.

The next meeting I want to point out is a meat and dairy goat management seminar. The recent, rapid growth of interest in goat production in Leavenworth County has warranted an educational school for those who are already involved in goat production, or those who are simply curious about the possibilities of raising goats. The meeting is at 7 p.m. on April 8 in Tonganoxie. The meeting, like the pond management school, is free to attend, requires no RSVP, and will be in the 4-H building at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Refreshments will be served courtesy of Leavenworth County 4-H Goat Club, Leavenworth County Co-op, and Commerce Bank in Leavenworth. The seminar features three speakers including Brian Faris, the new sheep and meat goat specialist at Kansas State University. The speakers will cover many topics related to goat herd management, including goat health, selection, uses, and nutrition.

The last training event I want to discuss is the Hazardous Occupation Training (HOT) tractor safety course, which will be hosted by the Leavenworth, Douglas and Johnson County Extension Services. This training is required by law for those 14 and 15 years of age who will be operating a tractor on a farm owned by anyone other than their parent or legal guardian. Others, including inexperienced youth and adults who plan to work for farmers are invited and encouraged to attend HOT. Farmers who intend to hire 14- and 15-year-old youths should make sure they have the youths take the course before they hire them. The training classes will include two meeting dates, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, March 31, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie. The cost for the training is $15, which pays for the text/workbook and refreshments. Students should register by March 21 in order to pick up their text/workbooks, so they can read the first assignment prior to the first class. Registration may be made at the Douglas, Johnson, or Leavenworth County Extension offices.

If you have questions about the HOT class or either of the other seminars, call the Leavenworth County Extension Office (913) 250-2300 or email me at mepler@ksu.edu for more information.

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