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2017 Conference Schedule

Monday, October 30

1 p.m.                       Ag Agents Pre-networking Event (no cost, but preregistration
                                is required), Stanley Stout Center 

2–4 p.m.                   ALICE Training, citizen response to active shooter and critical incidents,
                                K-State Police Department, Wildcat Chamber, formerly Little Theatre

Tuesday, October 31

9 a.m.                       Registration opens, Second Floor Concourse

9 a.m.–5 p.m.             IT Help Desk Express, Second Floor Concourse

10–11:30 a.m.            State Benefits Update, Big 12

10–11:30 a.m.            Federal Benefits Update, Union 227

10:45–11:30 a.m.       Kansas Association of Extension 4-H Agents (KAE4-HA) Committees,
                                 Union 206, 207, 209, 226

11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.      Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Business Meeting and Box Lunch, Flint Hills

Noon –1 p.m.              Kansas Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (KEAFCS)
                                 Board, Big 12

12:15–1 p.m.              Kansas Association of County Agricultural Agents (KACAA) Board, 
                                 Union 204

1–4 p.m.                    KAE4-HA Business Meeting, Union 227

1–1:25 p.m.                Kansas Association of County Agricultural Agents (KACAA) Standing
                                 Committees, Union 204

1:30–1:55 p.m.           KACAA Professional Improvement Committees,
                                 Union 204, 205, 207, 209, 226, Wildcat Chamber

2–4 p.m.                    Kansas Association of Community Development Extension
                                 Professionals (KCDEP), Union 227

2–4 p.m.                    KEAFCS Membership Meeting, Forum Hall

2–4 p.m.                    KACAA Business Meeting, Wildcat Chamber

4–6 p.m.                    Blood Pressure Checks, Healthy You, Wellness in the Workplace,
                                 Courtyard

4:30–6 p.m.               Resource Fair/Reception/K-State Research and Extension Silent Auction,
                                 Courtyard

6–7:30 p.m.               ESP Recognition Dessert Reception, Bluemont

Wednesday, November 1

7 a.m.                        Women of K-State Breakfast, Bluemont

7:15 a.m.                    Registration, Outside Forum Hall lobby until 9:30 a.m.,
                                  then 2nd Floor Concourse

8 a.m.–5 p.m.              IT Help Desk Express, Second Floor Concourse

8–8:05 a.m.                 Opening Remarks, John Ruberson, Conference Chair, Forum Hall

8:05–8:20 a.m.            K-State 2025: Still the Map Forward in 2017-18April Mason, Provost and
                                  Senior Vice President, Forum Hall

8:20–9:20 a.m.             A Global Destination for Research and Extension and a Driving Force for Change
                                   J
ohn Floros, director of K-State Research and Extension and dean of the College of
                                   Agriculture; Gregg Hadley, associate director for extension, and Ernie Minton, associate
                                   director of research and associate dean of research and graduate programs, Forum Hall

9:20–9:45 a.m.            Farm Stress, Mykel Taylor, Agricultural Economics; Charlotte Shoup Olsen and
                                   Elizabeth Kiss, Family Studies and Human Services, Forum Hall 

9:45–10:15 a.m.          Break, Courtyard

10:15–11:30 a.m.       Concurrent Breakout Session 1

1A K-State Research and Extension’s Role in Emergency and Crisis Response, Union 227
Gregg Hadley, Associate Director’s Office; Jason Ellis, Communications and Agricultural EducationAndrea Burns, Ford County; Brice Gibson, Clark County; Darren Busick, Reno County; Bernadette Trieb, Wabaunsee County; Elly Sneath, Meade County

K-State Research and Extension professionals and volunteers often help in times of emergencies and crises. Their emergency and crisis response roles can be as varied and numerous as the potential emergencies and crises they face. This session enables professionals to examine, discuss, and better understand their potential roles in emergencies and crises.  

Emergencies and crises take many forms. Tornados, wildfire, winter weather, food safety and biosecurity incidences and health outbreaks are just an example of some emergencies and crises. K-State Research and Extension professionals and volunteers, due to their extensive engagement with and integration in communities and industries, are often called upon in times of emergency and crises to help with, among others, such things as relief organizational efforts, communication, volunteer coordination, planning and post-event educational efforts.     

In this session, participants will learn the dos and don’ts of emergency and crisis communication. They will also be able to learn about extension’s role in emergency and crisis response from a panel of extension professionals who recently helped communities and industries respond to emergencies and crises. Participants and presenters alike will also be able to suggest additional ways that Extension professionals can provide assistance in emergencies and crises.

1B  Conflicts Over the Environment: Making it Local for the Sake of the Global, Big 12
Colene Lind, Communication Studies

From the heated local meeting on siting the new county landfill to the suburban gardener worried about herbicide drift to the High Plains farmer voting on a LEMA, conflicts over the environment and natural resources are part and parcel of public life. But such questions are particularly important to Kansans, especially as communities seek resilience in the face of new technologies (wind farms, hydraulic fracking), changing demographics (more urban, fewer rural), and shifting climate (greater variability in rain, drought).

This workshop assumes that the most effective—though not the easiest—place to address such conflicts is at the local level. It also assumes that extension can serve as a valuable resource, helping communities develop social capital as they address shared concerns about land, water, energy, and waste.  In this workshop, we will review three case studies of local, public participation in natural-resource controversies: one on wind, one on water, and one on development. None are perfect models of how to manage or resolve conflict but each offers lessons for individuals and organizations wanting to authentically address disagreements in ways that strengthen community values and contribute to economic and environmental sustainability. We will also survey what academic studies tell us about successful collaborations on environmental conflicts compared to failed processes. Workshop participants will engage in several role-playing exercises to deepen understanding of concepts and improve their own communication skills. Prior experience facilitating public discussions is helpful but not required for workshop participation.

1C  Cultivating Extramural Funding Sources for Local Extension Units, Bluemont
John Forshee, River Valley Extension District; Nadine Sigle, Northwest Community Vitality; Betsy Wearing, Dane G. Hansen Foundation; Bill Grevas, Greater Salina Community Foundation; Missty Lechner, American Heart Association

As funding from national, state, and local government sources continue to decline, extension units are asked more and more to identify new sources of funding, cultivate relationships with potential funders, and secure new sources of revenue.

Session participants will identify potential sources of external funding appropriate for local unit programming and personnel, become aware of the benefits of developing a working relationship with a local community foundation, and determine how collaborating with local coalitions can provide opportunities to extend community reach and bring in additional working capital by providing educational efforts that are part of a larger goal.

1D  Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas Medicare Part D Open Enrollment 2018, Union 206
Erin Petersilie, Walnut Creek District; Deb Wood, Central Kansas District; Susie Latta, Marshall County

Many agents across the state address the health grand challenge by doing Medicare education, especially during the Open Enrollment Season (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7).  This session aims to help agents programming in this area discuss the changes and challenges within the complex Medicare system. 

This signature program has been featured in K-State Research and Extension Making a Difference Reports.  As we continue to make a difference, we are looking to identify new ways to make a stronger impact report. With more than 50 agents across the state providing education to local citizens in the area of insurance education makes a significant impact on the lives of seniors and those on Medicare who live in their communities. The importance of capturing the impact of that type of education is critical.  This impact leads into the community vitality grand challenge. Insurance education can save citizens lots of dollars that will then be spent in other ways in local communities.  Annual conference provides a great opportunity for agents from all over the state in various Program Focus Teams to discuss ways to collaborate and discuss how to do this signature program well and how to tell our story better.

1E  Where Did My Volunteers Go? Growing Extension/4-H Advocates, Volunteers, and Partnerships, Union 207
Wade Weber, 4-H Youth Development

Advocates, volunteers, and partnerships are mission critical to the success of extension programs. Research indicates that nearly one-third of volunteers will choose not to continue volunteering based on poor management practices.  

Yet, volunteers first have to be sought out or be compelled to find you first. How do we grow advocates who champion extension and 4-H values in a competitive, volatile, and dynamic local environment? People are busy and rarely available, but capture their heart and tap into their passion areas, then they will reprioritize their schedules. How do we identify and grow the passions and interests of our adult audiences like we identify and grow youth passions and interests? We are all in the business of human development in extension work.  Collaborating with local advocates is a necessity for successful extension programming. The National 4-H Volunteer Resource and Knowledge Competencies and insights for philanthropy research will provide the conversation context for this session by discussing current trends in volunteerism, differentiating between current volunteers and potential new volunteer types, and highlighting community shifts in volunteering.

 1F  Technology on Tap — Sharing, Communicating and Floating in the Cloud, Flint Hills
David Dunn and Charles Appelseth, Information Technology Assistance Center

Technological enhancements are only useful if we know about them and become comfortable using them. This session will examine Office 365 and other programs beyond the basic pieces that we all use.

Programs such as OneDrive for K-State, Skype for K-State, OneNote, Outlook Calendars, Journals, as well as Zoom and others, will be discussed and examples given to encourage the use of technology rather than emailing files or sneaker-netting notes to our peers in the office. A couple of examples would be instant messaging for Skype, which can allow you to quickly trade comments or ask questions across a district or the state, while OneDrive will allow documents to easily be shared to PCs and mobile devices. These are only some of the items we will discuss that can allow us to enhance our communication, share our knowledge, and more fluidly partake in the grand world we call extension.

1G  Growing Under Cover in Kansas, Cottonwood
Tom Buller, Douglas County; Cary Rivard, Horticulture and Natural Resources (Olathe)

High tunnels are a popular way for fruit and vegetable growers to extend the growing season and improve the quality of the products they produce. They are valuable tools both for the growers who can boost their bottom line by using tunnels, but also for local food systems as they can extend the window of local availability for common vegetables and fruits.

The demand for information about high tunnels is growing as awareness of the benefits spreads among producers.  This demand has particularly grown since 2010, when the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) began providing cost-share funding for high tunnels through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). While the NRCS provides funding for high tunnels, they do not provide much in terms of informational resources to support growers who are looking to use them, which leaves K-State Research and Extension poised to help fill that need. This session will help agents gain an understanding of extending seasons, the basic use of high tunnels in Kansas, the value of high tunnels, and connect participants to informational resources and tools available to agents who might face questions regarding high tunnels or season extension from fruit and vegetable producers. Rivard will provide an update on the various research projects that K-State is working on related to using high tunnels. 

11:45–a.m.–1 p.m.      Kansas Extension Agent Association (KEAA) Luncheon and Meeting,
                                  Main Ballroom
 

1:15–5 p.m.                 Spotlight on Fire: Grassland, Smoke, and Preventative Management, 
                                   Berney Family Welcome Center, Davis Theater 

    1:30 p.m.                Welcome and Introductory Remarks, Ernie Minton and Justin Waggoner,
                                   Moderators

    1:40 p.m.                Unintended Consequences of Fire Exclusion on the Great Plains,
                                   John Weir, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma
                                   State University

    2:20 p.m.                Control of Sericea Lespedeza with Late Season Burning," KC Olson, 
                                   Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University

    3 p.m.                     Update on Air Quality and Smoke Management, Doug Watson, Kansas
                                   Department of Health and Environment

    3:40 p.m.                Prescribed Burning for Central and Kansas – Prescribed Burning
                                   Associations, Jess Crockford, Kansas Prescribed Fire Council

    4:20 p.m.                Responses to Anderson Creek and Starbucks Fires, K-State Research and
                                   Extension Staff

    4:40 p.m.                Final Q&A

    5 p.m.                     Adjourn 

1:15–2:30 p.m.           Concurrent Breakout Session 2

2A Conflicts Over the Environment: Making it Local for the Sake of the Global, Big 12
Colene Lind, Communication Studies (Repeat of Session 1B)

2B Prickly Quills and Everyday Nirvana, Union 227
Terrie McCants, Family Studies and Human Services

Conflict is all around us and continues to become more daunting as people experience highly stressful situations. McCants has helped others manage conflict throughout her career.

Her presentation will look at the research into physiological development, the stimuli that trigger us, types of conflict resolution, and high conflict personalities. Attendees will find interesting connections between new brain research and the influence physiology has on our reactions. They will also learn how to best monitor responses during difficult situations. This is must-have information for the extension professional’s toolbox!

McCants is the program coordinator for the undergraduate and graduate certificates in conflict resolution, co-coordinator for the conflict analysis and trauma studies minor, and the mediation Coordinator for K-State. She also serves as the program director for Riley/Geary counties Domestic Mediation Services that provides services for families and co-mediation mentorship for K-State students. She holds a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution and is a state-approved mediator, mentor mediator, and mediation trainer. She has advanced training in workplace, public policy, divorce and child-custody, and parent/adolescent mediation. Her recent work has been in the area of conflict coaching. 

2C  Improving Community Vitality through First Impressions and the Gold Standard of Customer Relations, Bluemont
Nadine Sigle, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Development

You only have one opportunity to make a first impression.  The First Impressions program allows one to see a community through the eyes of a first-time visitor.

First Impressions increases awareness of a community’s strengths and highlights areas of concern. The program helps a community evaluate the success of current development initiatives; set goals and priorities for new development; identify ways to strengthen community service; and identify initiatives for community support agencies, civic groups, city/county leaders, or community economic development.    Customer service is a commonly identified area of concern. To increase customer service or build good customer relations, the Gold Standard of Customer Relations program was developed. Through this program participants will learn the values of delivering outstanding service, the six keys of customer relations, and how they can consistently deliver that service.  This presentation will give an overview of the two programs, how they complement each other, and how extension staff can become involved and partner with other community organizations.

2D  The Opioid Epidemic in Kansas: Where Things Stand and How We Can Help, Union 206

Elaine Johannes and Erin Yelland, Family Studies and Human Services; Jerad Yelland,
Retail Pharmacist; Chelsey Torgerson, K-State doctoral student; Dominick Vortherms,
Emporia Police Department

The nation's rural and agricultural communities are being challenged by the opioid epidemic, and there is no one prevention, enforcement, health or educational strategy that will solve this pressing issue.

Multidisciplinary, multisector, multi-organizational interventions are necessary. "The Opioid Epidemic in Kansas" session features a panel of Kansas health, law enforcement, behavioral health and policy experts that will discuss the opioid situation in Kansas, and how Extension and community-based partners can contribute to evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies.

2E  Checking Our Vital Signs: Growing a Vibrant Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program, Flint Hills
Wade Weber, 4-H Youth Development; Jake Worcester, Kansas 4-H

As the new state 4-H program leader, Wade Weber, will share insights of his vision and guiding values. How do we work together to position Kansas 4-H to be thriving at the local level with a compelling invitation to a learning journey that prepares youth for what is next?

Empowering volunteers and professionals to succeed in collaborating with others in a highly competitive youth activity market. Earning the opportunity to be K-State’s primary mode of K-12 youth engagement in Kansas by …
providing a compelling pathway for ongoing learning; investing in the development of our Kansas 4-H volunteers and attracting additional partners to grow our organizational capacity; facilitating out-of-classroom relevance and access to local career and community needs by modernizing and expanding our content pathways for youth and volunteers to learn together; and equipping youth to collaborate with each other and adults to esteem the vitality of local communities. We will seek to discuss four outcomes of 4-H Youth Development: Learners, Communicators, Contributors, and Collaborators, a language of invitation and belonging, and how the Tarnside Curve of Involvement can inform professional and volunteer 4-H leadership at every level.

2F  The Right Approach to Social Media Engagement, Cottonwood
Cheryl Boyer, Horticulture and Natural Resources; Cassie Wandersee, Communications and Agricultural Education

The K-State Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement seeks to help small businesses succeed through new-media marketing research, teaching, and extension.

Our second annual New-Media Marketing Bootcamp will beheld February 27-28, 2018, in Manhattan. At the bootcamp, participants will learn how to better engage with stakeholders online, create and manage content, and integrate it into their work life. This conference is designed for small agriculture business operators and extension professionals. Our session will be a mini-bootcamp experience. Our poster at the resource fair will promote the bootcamp and our online learning resource (ruralengagement.org). 

 2G  Harnessing the Power of Excel: Conducting Excel Workshops for People Who Need It, Union 207
Rich Llewelyn, Agricultural Economics; Alyssa Rippe, Twin Creeks District; Robin Reid, Kansas Farm Management Association

This "train-the-trainer" session prepares participating agents to use resources and exercises that have been developed so they can personally conduct hands-on Excel workshops for various segments of their clientele. 

The exercises help users to better utilize the power of Excel spreadsheets. Nine different exercises in Excel of varying difficulty and function are designed to develop basic skills in formatting and mathematical calculations and formulas (eg. "Sum"). More advanced skills including functions such as "Sumproduct," "PMT" and "IF" functions, absolute and relative references, how to link information from other spreadsheets, and create and use look-up tablesare included in other exercises. Session participants will be introduced to these exercises and also shown a brief presentation that provides an overview of the material and how to use these resources with people in their area who wish to learn to use Excel more. Alyssa Rippe will also share how she has used this material in her programming and future plans for it. The workshops could be conducted in a day-long session with participants completing multiple exercises, or as a series for several weeks, working on an exercise each week. The materials and exercises have application for farmers and ranchers (such as crop budgets and machinery costs) but also for personal use for nonfarmers with exercises for personal finance and using dates and macros in Excel. They could be conducted for beginning users or more advanced users, depending on the need of potential participants. 

2:30–3 p.m.                 Break with Call Hall Ice Cream/4-H Hall of Fame & Friend of 4-H Honorees,
                                   Second Floor Concourse

3–4:15 p.m.                Concurrent Breakout Session 3

3A   Extension’s Role in Emergency and Crisis Response, Big 12  
Gregg Hadley, Associate Director’s Office; Jason Ellis, Communications and Agricultural Education; Andrea Burns, Ford County; Brice Gibson, Clark County; Darren Busick, Reno County; Bernadette Trieb, Wabaunsee County; Elly Sneath, Meade County

  Repeat of 1A

Extension professionals and volunteers often help in times of emergencies and crises. Their emergency and crisis response roles can be as varied and numerous as the potential emergencies and crises they face. This session enables Extension professionals to examine, discuss and better understand their potential roles in emergencies and crises. 

 Emergencies and crises take many forms. Tornados, wildfire, winter weather, food safety and biosecurity incidences and health outbreaks are just an example of some emergencies and crises. Extension professionals and volunteers, due to their extensive engagement with and integration in communities and industries, are often called upon in times of emergency and crises to help with, among others, such things as relief organizational efforts, communication, volunteer coordination, planning and post-event educational efforts.     

In this session, participants will learn the dos and don’ts of emergency and crisis communication. They will also be able to learn about Extension’s role in emergency and crisis response from a panel of Extension professionals who recently helped communities and industries respond to emergencies and crises. Participants and presenters alike will also be able to suggest additional ways that Extension professionals can provide assistance in emergencies and crises.

3B   Prickly Quills and Everyday Nirvana (Repeat of 2B), Union 227
Terrie McCants, Family Studies and Human Services

3C   E2: Entrepreneurship Experience, Flint Hills
Nancy Knopp-Daniels, Community Vitality; Sheryl Carson, Thomas County; Kylie Ludwig, Wildcat District; Patsy Maddy, Twin Creeks District

Kansas was founded by risk-takers and continues to benefit from the creative minds of those who live here. This curriculum is designed to help foster the growth of young entrepreneurial minds in an easy-to-prepare and present Career-Prep lessons in a 4-H SPIN Club format.

A 4-H SPIN Club is a special interest club where five or more young people learn about a topic of interest.  We’ve chosen to focus on Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is the complex process by which entrepreneurs envision, create, and grow ventures. “Entrepreneurship is the transformation of an idea into an opportunity,” Jeff Timmons, Babson College.      Why is this important?  Entrepreneurs who choose to start their small businesses are responsible for 63 percent of net new jobs created in the United States every year and small businesses in Kansas are part of what makes its business climate one of the best in the nation. Civic Entrepreneurs share the same motivation, but they live by a different bottom line. They build wonderful children’s museums, great park systems, and effective public health clinics. There is a powerful connection between civic entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship rates. Communities with high rates of civic entrepreneurs are the kinds of communities that also create a high quality of life. There has been a historic debate as to whether entrepreneurship is learned or inherent. Research suggests that both the traits and skills entrepreneurs possess can be taught. Not only can it be taught, but entrepreneurship education can affect the overall supply of small businesses. The lessons are formatted for third to fifth grades in a 75-minute format. Each lesson includes: success indicators, 4-H life skills, prep time estimates, materials list, student activity pages, teacher resources, and  snacks designed to reinforce the lesson. We dedicate these lessons to you, the leaders and volunteers who work with youth in an attempt to make the best better!   

3D   Food and Farm Councils, Food Policy Councils – What are they? What do they do? and Should you get involved?, Cottonwood
Marlin Bates, Douglas County; JoEllyn Argabright, Rawlins County; Chris Petty, Southwind District; Josh Coltrain, Wildcat District  

While much of the growth of local food systems across the country can be directly attributed to the farmers and consumers who participate in these systems, many communities are taking a long look at organized, policy-oriented efforts to amplify this conversation. 

Numerous groups have emerged across Kansas — many of them over the course of the last 2 years — to address food-related issues. Nearly a quarter of Kansas counties are known to have formal councils in place or formal conversations occurring that intend to lead to the formation of such a group. As these groups form, agents across the state are being approached to assist in these efforts. Individual agents are left to decide for themselves whether or not they have the time to participate or if their time would be well spent responding to these requests. This session is designed to inform agents of the opportunities that these groups present for our own work as well as for the health of Kansas communities. Participants will leave with a clearer understanding of what their participation may mean by delivering perspectives from agents across the state who have been involved with these efforts. Not unlike other efforts that work to achieve goals that are congruent with the extension mission, it is important to cement an extension role in food policy councils, regardless of their structure. By imparting extension expertise in food system work (including agricultural education, nutrition education, food safety education, food access issues, and community development, to name a few), food policy councils stand better poised to accurately identify policy and programmatic issues that require attention. Our team has realized that K-State Research and extension is a natural home for the necessary dissemination of educational material generated through food policy council work. Most importantly, we need to recognize that where local governments are engaged in food policy work, if extension is not at the table someone else will rise to this occasion and reduce our relevance.  

3E    Taking a Shot with Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports: What Agents Need to Know, Union 207 
Pam Van Horn, 4-H Youth Development; Ray Bartholomew, 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer Coordinator

Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports is one of the fastest growing educational programs across the state. Nearly 3,500 youth participate in the nine disciplines led by 525 certified volunteer instructors. 

These volunteers are passionate and enthused about sharing knowledge with young people. They are excited about introducing 4-H shooting sports locally, often, their first questions are about equipment, facilities, and insurance. Many times, agents are overwhelmed with the 4-H shooting sports requirements — risk management, funding, and insurance. Questions that arise: 1) How can the agents assist in implementing and managing a 4-H shooting sports program? Agents are curious about what their role is for the program and what basic information is needed to manage and sustain a vibrant program within a safe environment.  This session examines the role of the agents and the value of communicating with the volunteer coordinator for organizing and directing the hands-on educational program.  2) Where do you begin to learn about risk management, equipment ,and funding sources? Overwhelmed with questions, agents, especially those who are introduced to 4-H shooting sports through the local coordinator and instructors, are bewildered when asked if the 4-H building allows air rifles to be shot in the large open-spaced room. During this session, agents will learn about facilities, firearms, and grant-writing opportunities for extending the program.  3) What are the 4-H shooting sports policies? Keeping young people safe is key for sustaining a long-term 4-H program, however, where does the agent find the written documents needed for ensuring a well-managed, volunteer-led program. This session untangles the mysterious web of 4-H shooting sports information by revealing the 4-H State Plan, minimum requirements and management system for increasing communication, mastery, and leadership.

 3F   Talking Tips from the ’80s, Union 206              
Char Henton, Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services; Charlie Griffin, Family Studies and Human Services

Reminiscent of the farm crisis of the ’80s, the current downturn of the agricultural economy has created difficult times for many producers and their lenders. In turn, these times also challenge those of us who visit directly with constituents regarding emotional and sensitive issues.

This presentation will provide suggestions and ideas of how to handle stressful conversations in a caring and helpful manner. Henton, mediation coordinator for Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services (KAMS) helped start Kansas’s “Farmers Assistance and Counseling and Training Service” (FACTS hotline) from 1985 to 1995. At that time Griffin, marriage and family therapist and research assistant professor, served as assistant director for FACTS. Together they will share ideas regarding their experiences during that time.

3G   Tools to Support Livestock Programming, Bluemont
Sandy Johnson, Northwest Research-Extension Center 

Timeliness of many management steps has a big impact on the effectiveness or outcome. This is true for a variety of items such as vaccinations, forage harvest, and herbicide application.  

Likewise, agents trying to help producers in applying the best management practices need to be timely in providing educational material. Management Minder is a web-based annual production calendar that helps organize and manage cattle operations. The calendar is developed specific to a given breeding/calving date or weaning time. Items added to the production calendar can be transferred to electronic calendar systems provided commercially by Outlook, Google, or Yahoo. Agents could set up a calendar for a producer to suggest certain management practices and timing.

5–6 p.m.                      Ag Smixer Social, Blue Hills Room, 2317 Tuttle Creek Blvd.

6 p.m.                          Ag Smixer Dinner, Blue Hills Room, 2317 Tuttle Creek Blvd.

6 p.m.                          FCS Friendship Night, Kramer Dining Center, 1835 Claflin Rd.
                                    Join FCS friends and colleagues for the "College Throwback Party."
                                    Come dressed in your college apparel and be ready to hang out with friends!

6 p.m.                          Clover Crawl, starting at Kites Bar and Grill, 615 N. 12th St.

Thursday, November 2

7–8 a.m.                      Inspirational Breakfast, Wade Weber, department head/4-H state program leader,
                                   4-H Youth Development, Cottonwood

7:15 a.m.                     Registration Opens, Second Floor Concourse

9 a.m.–Noon                IT Help Desk Express, Second Floor Concourse

8:15–9:15 a.m.            Kings and Kingmakers, Barry Flinchbaugh, professor emeritus, Agricultural Economics,
                                   Forum Hall

9:30–11:30 a.m.          Retiree Activities with Administrative Update by Associate Director Gregg Hadley,
                                   Union 203

9:30–11:45                  Individual Program Focus Team Meetings

  • Adult Development and Aging, Union 226 
  • Community Vitality, K-State Alumni Center, Purple Pride                 
  • Crop Production, Union 207
  • Family and Child Development, Union 209
  • Family Resource Management, Union 205
  • Horticulture, Cottonwood
  • Livestock Production, Berney Family Welcome Center, Davis Theater
  • Natural Resources, Union 206
  • Nutrition, Food Safety and Health, Flint Hills
  • Youth Development, Bluemont

Noon–1:30 p.m.           Awards Luncheon, Dan Devlin, Emcee, Main Ballroom

1:30–3 p.m.                Family and Child Development, Union 209

1:30–3 p.m.                Family Resource Management, Union 205