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October 19, 2006

The Kansas Rural Center and County Extension Councils for Douglas, Shawnee and Osage counties will have a River-Friendly Farm Workshop at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 and 21 at the Grace Community Church in Overbrook.

The River-Friendly Program is a tool for self-assessment of property. Protecting and improving water quality is the overall goal of the program.

Participants will attend two evening workshop classes and utilize and complete a River Friendly Farm notebook for their land. The workbook lets participants assess various areas like soil conservation, nutrient management, pest management, and livestock waste management.

Participants completing the notebook and workshop will receive $250, coupons for five free soil samples and a grazing stick, useful for making grazing management decisions.

Those who identify improvements for their property may be eligible for cost share money to help implement the improvements.

The agenda for the first meeting is to show and explain how to fill out a simple notebook. Participants will determine goals and inventory assets and present management. They will use this information to fill out a scorecard for their property and determine any goals for improvements they might want to develop for their operation.

Between meetings, participants are asked to take the notebook home and spend a few hours completing the assessment. A farm "walk about" tour with one of the workshop teachers will also be part of the program. This is to provide participants with help to make sure they don't overlook any assets they may have.

The final meeting is to share any questions that arise, share ideas to help out each other, and to celebrate plans that will improve the family's quality of life and goals. The celebration will include a "make your own" sundaes bar.

For more information or to register, call the Douglas County extension at 843-7058, the Osage County extension at (785) 828-4438 or the Shawnee County extension at (785) 232-0062. Pre-registration is important so sponsors can provide enough notebooks and refreshments for those present.


  • "Grazing Management School" will take place at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Overbrook Sale Barn in Overbrook.

The school will cover the basics of grazing management: grasses and forages, soils and fertility, livestock grazing, fencing and grazing systems. Kansas State University Southeast Area Agronomy Specialist Gary Kilgore will teach the class. He will utilize and show how to use a "Grazing Stick" to help make grazing management decisions. Attendees will receive a free "Grazing Stick" to take home and use to improve their grazing management.

The school is open to landowners from any county.

For more information or to register, call the Douglas County extension at 843-7058, the Osage County extension at (785) 828-4438 or the Shawnee County extension at (785) 232-0062 by Dec. 11.

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