Thursday, March 30, 2017

Food Preservation Workshop

Ashley Svaty - Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent

Post Rock District is hosting a Food Preservation Workshop on May 1st in Lincoln at the United Methodist Church. If you or a friend are interested in food preservation you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Karen Blakeslee from the K-State Research and Extension Rapid Response Center will be teaching the workshop and will teach you anything you want to know about preserving your own foods. This workshop is for everyone-beginners to those who want to brush up on current methods. Participants will:

  • Learn the science and history behind food preservation. 
  • Learn the importance of using tested recipes.
  • Gain hands on experience for water bath and pressure canning.
  • Safely process their own jams and jellies.
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to safely preserve their own food at home. 
  • Take home their canned goods.
  • Have fun!

This workshop will be held from 9am-4pm and registration is $30, which includes lunch and all supplies. If you have questions about this workshop please email or call Ashley Svaty at (785) 524-4432. If you would like to register for this workshop you can register here or at any Post Rock District Office by April 24th. 10 pre-paid participants are required to hold the workshop and pre-registration is required.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Job Opening - Osborne County 4-H Food Stand Manager

Kim Naber, 4-H Program Assistant
Osborne County 4-H Council is seeking applicants for the Food Stand Manager position at the 4-H Food Stand for the Osborne County Fair July 26 -31. The 4-H Food Stand Manager is responsible for overall management of the Food Stand during the fair, ordering all supplies and food and responsible for food preparation. The ideal candidate must demonstrate ability to communicate and work well with 4-H members and volunteers. A complete job description for the Food Stand Manager position is shown below. Interested applicants need to submit a letter of interest and resume to the Post Rock Extension District Osborne Office at 113 N. First Street in Osborne. For more information, contact the Post Rock District Extension Office at 785-346-2521. Deadline for applications is April 10, 2017. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Health-care Researchers Seek Kansas Voices for Ag Industry Survey

Nora Rhoades - Family and Youth Development Agent

  Kansas farmers, ranchers and their employees are being asked to participate in a nationwide survey about health-care choices in the agriculture industry.

  To participate in the survey, go to

  “This survey is a chance for farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard about their experiences with health insurance and how that affects both their economic development and family’s quality of life,” said Bonnie Braun, professor emerita for the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and a consultant for University of Maryland Extension.

  The multi-year research initiative is a joint effort between the USDA and the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. The project titled, “Health Insurance, Rural Economic Development and Agriculture” (HIREDnAG), is funded by a $500,000 USDA Rural Communities and Regional Development grant. The study began in 2015 with a small group of farm and ranch families. In 2016, telephone surveys were conducted, and several educational tools were developed to help guide producers and their families in choosing their best options for health care.

  "We know from our prior research that farmers identify the cost of health insurance as a key barrier to growing their farms or farming full time,” said lead researcher Shoshanah Inwood, rural sociologist and professor at the University of Vermont.

  “Kansas is an important agricultural state, and we want to hear how health insurance influences farm families and farm businesses in the state,” she added. “By participating in the survey you will help identify policies and programs that can help Kansas farms succeed and grow.”

  Inwood stressed that all survey responses will be kept confidential. She adds that smart phone screens are too small to handle the format of the survey, so she recommends taking it on desktops, laptops or tablets such as an iPad or Kindle Fire.

  The deadline for participating in the survey is March 31. To participate in the survey, go to

Story by: Randall Kowalik,, K-State Research and Extension,