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  • Ag sales, workshops, sign-ups and meetings

  • Conservation tree seedling sales; watershed meeting; grazing workshops are just a few of the many events outlined for the agricultural industry.

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  • Conservation Tree Seedling Sales
    This program, open through the first Monday of May 2012, encourages landowners to plant trees and shrubs for conservation purposes. Approved uses of the agency’s plants include wildlife habitat, windbreaks, woodlots, stream bank plantings, Christmas tree plantations, timber production, and other related conservation practices. Organizations considering planting seedlings for educational benefits are also eligible to order.
    The program offers more than 30 species that are selected for hardiness in the central high plains. Most are bare-root stock, 1 to 2 years old and 12-18 inches tall, depending on species. Also offered are several evergreen species sold in containers.
    Along with conventional single species bundles sold in units of 25 seedlings, songbird, pheasant, quail and wildlife mast bundles are also offered with species selected to help support the state’s bird and wildlife populations.
    Orders can be made by phoning 785-532-3300, toll free at 888-740-8733, or on-line at https://www.kansasforests.org/public_saps/Welcome.aspx.
    Order forms are also available at any county or district Kansas State University Research and Extension office, the USDA Service Center Offices or on the Kansas Forest Service website at http://www.kansasforests.org/conservation/downloads.shtml .
    Additional information is available by phoning the above numbers, or writing Kansas Forest Service, 2610 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS 66502.
    Reservoir Sediment is the Topic at Watershed Meeting
    Cheney Lake Watershed, Inc. will hold their annual meeting on Monday, February 6, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Arlington Community Building on west Main Street in Arlington, Kansas. The Arlington Community Building is the former Fairfield East Elementary School. The Cheney Lake Watershed includes the land in Reno, Stafford, Pratt, and Kingman counties that drains to the North Fork Ninnescah River.
    A brief business meeting will be held to elect three members of the Citizens Management Committee (CMC) for 3-year terms of office. The positions to be filled are currently held by Roland Elpers of Mount Hope, Allan Grilliot of Pretty Prairie, and Brent Oatney of Partridge.
    Mark Jakubauskas, Kansas Biological Survey, will present the program on work KBS is doing to survey and sample the sediment in the bottom of Cheney Reservoir. This study, partly funded by the Kansas Water Office, is yielding some interesting clues to the origins of the sediment and our opportunities for more effective erosion control on watershed farms.
    The meeting and program is open to the public. For additional information contact the Watershed office at 620-665-0231.
    Barton Presents 26th Annual NACE Corrosion Control Seminar
    Barton Community College and the Kansas Section of NACE International will present the 26th annual NACE Corrosion Control Seminar from Tuesday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Midwest Utility and Pipeline Training Center and Barton’s Technical Building and Science and Math Building.
    Page 2 of 5 - Personnel from utility companies, municipalities, transmission companies, pipeline and corrosion contractors and others in the oil and gas field are encouraged to attend this seminar.
    Registration is scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7 in Barton’s Workforce Training and Economic Development Foyer in the college’s Technical Building. The seminar offers two levels of instruction. Track I provides two days of basic cathodic protection instruction and testing. Track II offers two days of technical sessions on corrosion-related topics and problems.
    The sessions will feature presentations on corrosion-related topics and problems.
    Exhibitors will give participants an opportunity to see new materials, equipment, techniques and services in the field of cathodic protection. An Exhibitor Barbecue and Social is set from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
    Prepaid registration fee for Track I or Track II is $179. Fees include one college credit, refreshments, lunches, materials, vendor social and a NACE cap.
    For more information about this seminar, contact the division of Workforce Training and Community Education, (866) 813-2462.
    Prescribed Burn Workshop in St. John
    K-State Research and Extension, Stafford County, in conjunction with the Pratt and Barber County Extension Offices, will be hosting a Prescribed Burn Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 9.
    The workshop, designed for anyone interested in conducting a safe prescribed burn, will be held at the Stafford County Extension Office, located in the Courthouse Annex, 210 E. 3rd St., St. John, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
    Presentations will include: Reasons for Burning; Notification, Regulations and Permits; Weather; Liability; Using a Burn Contractor and Burning Assistance; Equipment, Hazards and Firebreaks; and Planning and Conducting a Prescribed Burn.
    A $10 fee includes workshop materials and lunch and can be paid at the door. Organizers ask, however that participants register by Wednesday, Feb. 3 by calling 620-549-3502 or email gnewdigg@ksu.edu to ensure that enough materials and meals are available.
    Drought the Topic at Grazing Workshop
    Job Springer, from the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, will be the speaker for a grazing workshop Thursday, February 9 in Pretty Prairie. Soup & pie will be served at noon for the first 40 people. Springer will speak from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The workshop will be held at the Lumber Yard, 100 East Main, in Pretty Prairie. Sponsors include the Cheney Lake Watershed, the Reno County Conservation District, and numerous local businesses. There is no charge to attend.
    Springer, a Kansas native and KSU alumnus, will address the financial implications of drought conditions with emphasis on decisions related to destocking, purchasing feed, tax opportunities, and resource preservation. The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is a nonprofit organization that assists farmers and ranchers regionally, nationally, and internationally through research and education.
    Contact the Cheney Lake Watershed Office at 620-665-0231 ext 4 for more information
    Page 3 of 5 - USDA Announces General Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program Funding
    Funding Applications Accepted until Friday, February 10 4:30 p.m.
    SALINA - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Kansas State Conservationist Eric B. Banks announced recently the availability of General Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) funding to enter into agreements with eligible partners to carry out high priority wetland protection, restoration and enhancement activities on eligible lands.
    The proposals will be evaluated by Kansas NRCS staff using a competitive process with recommended proposals being forwarded to the national NRCS office for review, ranking and final selection.”
    WREP is a voluntary conservation program that works through partnership agreements with states, nongovernmental organizations and tribes. It is a component of the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) through which NRCS enters into agreements with eligible partners to leverage resources to carry out high priority wetland protection and improve wildlife habitat.
    Submitting Proposals
    General WREP proposals may be submitted by eligible partners for individual projects, watershed-wide, or larger geographical area. States and local units of government, Indian tribes, and nongovernmental organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code may submit written proposals.
    Applicants must submit electronic proposals to lynn.thurlow@ks.usda.gov and two (2) hard copies to Natural Resources Conservation Service, ATTN: Lynn E. Thurlow, 760 South Broadway, Salina, Kansas 67401-4604, by close of business 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2012. If submitting more than one proposal, submit each proposal separately. Proposals submitted by fax or through the www.grants.gov website will NOT be accepted.
    Partner Benefits
    Benefits to the partners in WREP agreements include:
    Involvement in wetland restoration in high priority areas.
    Ability to cost-share restoration or enhancement components beyond those required by NRCS.
    Ability to participate in management or monitoring of selected project locations.
    Opportunity to utilize innovative restoration methods and practices.
    WREP partners are required to contribute a financial or technical assistance fund match.
    Additional Information
    For more additional information about General WREP or to apply, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov or www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov or contact Lynn E. Thurlow, Soil Conservationist, at 785-823-4548 or email: lynn.thurlow@ks.usda.gov.
    This announcement is for submission of General WREP proposals. WREP proposals associated with the Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI-WREP) are being solicited under a separate Request for Proposals (RFP) which is expected to be published in the Federal Register in January 2012.
    For information about other NRCS conservation programs, visit http://www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/programs, or visit the nearest USDA Service Center in your area. To locate your nearest NRCS office, visit http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?agency=nrcs.
    Page 4 of 5 - Ag Conference for Women Scheduled Feb. 10-11
    MANHATTAN – Producing a variety of health-promoting foods is essential if growing populations are to thrive.
    Food producers, farmers, ranchers and agribusiness professionals can, however, face challenges that others might consider unimaginable, and that’s why an upcoming conference – Women Managing the Farm – is important.
    The 2012 edition of this educational event is scheduled Feb. 10-11 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in in Wichita, Kan.
    Why an agriculture conference for women? More women are choosing careers in agriculture; others who are actively engaged in food production may have married an agricultural producer and into food production, inherited land, or become an absentee landlord unexpectedly, said Janet Barrows, an ag career professional and chairperson for the conference organizing committee.
    Spouses, business and family partners also are welcome, said Barrows, who noted that the annual conference typically attracts several hundred participants.
    Attendees will be able to choose from more than 25 concurrent sessions exploring topics such as: sustainable agriculture; business planning; financial management; markets; animal welfare; crops; water; weather; energy contracts; government regulations; family partnerships, along with tips for managing them successfully; operating a home-based business; support systems for young farmers and ranchers; health; sustaining rural communities; social media, and others.
    The keynote speaker is Ed O’Malley, representing the Kansas Leadership Center.
    O’Malley will focus on leadership in rural communities and offer tips for what Barrows describes as “bringing out the leader in everyone, and building leadership skills to enhance personal and professional opportunities and build community.”
    Planned general sessions include: * Dan Thomson, Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute - Update on Animal Welfare.
    * Dana Peterson, National Association of Wheat Growers - Farm Girl Turned CEO: Policy Perspective.
    * Cheryl Tevis, Successful Farming Magazine - Striking a Balance.
    * Cheryl Unruh, author and columnist for the Emporia Gazette - Flyover People.
    Attendees will have opportunities to meet and network with others who share similar challenges and opportunities, said Barrows, who added that former attendees cite networking as an especially valuable part of the conference.
    The conference is recommended for agricultural partners, independent producers, helpers, absentee landlords, industry professionals, business managers and others serving agricultural businesses or otherwise involved in agricultural communities.
    The cost to attend is $145, if registration is received by Jan. 27 and $170 after that date.
    The Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kan., is making a limited number of rooms available at a reduced conference rate; reservations and more information are available online at www.womenmanagingthefarm.info or by calling 1-316-293-1234 or 1-888-421-1442.
    More information also is available from conference sponsors, including K-State Research and Extension, which has offices in each of Kansas’ 105 counties.
    Page 5 of 5 - What Makes This Conference Different? This conference is a “must” for all women of agriculture, as rarely do Kansas women engaged in agriculture have the opportunity to attend one conference where they can network with one another and, also, choose from a diverse array of high-quality agricultural seminars. -- Gregg Hadley, Assistant Director for Agriculture and Natural Resources at K-State Research and Extension
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