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Preserving Venison

   Deer season is here. Now is the time to prepare for preserving venison by canning, freezing, curing or drying. One of the most common errors is contaminating the carcass during field-dressing. Cool the carcass quickly to 35-40°F.
     Aging the meat helps remove the game taste and helps tenderize the meat. Never age at room temperature. Store at or below 40°F for 2-3 days.
For more information, see "Canning Low Acid Foods" and for more information care and handling of wild game and birds, see Food Safety: Wild Game and Birds.
Upcoming Events
Planning for Farm & Ranch Succession Future
Pratt County Community College, Pratt, Kansas
January 10, 2015

Legal Issues, Family Dynamics are Part of Upcoming Farm Succession Conferences
Five Conferences are Planned in Kansas Communities in Early 2015

To help Kansas farmers and ranchers with the succession process, K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services are teaming up with other agencies to offer five “Planning for Farm & Ranch Succession” conferences around the state. The meetings are supported by a grant from the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national institute of Food and Agriculture. Meeting dates and locations include:

• January 5 – Allen County Community College – Iola
• January 10 – Pratt County Community College – Pratt
• January 16 – Kansas Farm Bureau Plaza – Manhattan
• January 17 – Flint Hills Technical College – Emporia
• March 3 – K-State Agricultural Research Center – Hays

The conferences are part of a larger effort to develop a comprehensive succession education and service program, said Forrest Buhler, attorney with Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services. A succession planning website is being developed which will include archived webinars, videos and other educational materials available to the public. More information, including online registration is available at http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/kams/ or by calling 1-800-432-8222. The cost at each location is $60 per person for the first family member to register and $40 per person for all other family members.
Ford County Extension Office
100 Gunsmoke
Dodge City, KS 67801
Phone: 620-227-4542
Fax: 620-227-4586
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Butterball Turkey
Empire Kosher Poultry
Fleischmann's Yeast
Foster Farms Turkey
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King Arthur Flour Co.
Nestle Toll House
Ocean Spray
Renolds Wrap
USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline
Making a Difference
CES Proclamation 2
K-State Provost April Mason (left) and Associate Director for Extension and Applied Research Daryl Buchholz signed the university's proclamation May 8, recognizing the 100-year anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service.
This year, USDA is celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the Smith Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension System. Extension helps take research conducted at more than 100 land-grant university partners across the country and make it accessible to the general public. Click on the above TITLE to watch video of address.
4-H Event
Ford County 4-H Online Enrollment
November 15, 2014

Ford County 4-H Online enrollment will begin on November 15th.  Please click
on the link below to watch an
instructional video on how to complete the enrollment process.
Note:  You must have a completed 4-H Participation Form in the office for your enrollment process to be complete.
Southwest Kansas Leadership Forum
Nazarene Church, 1700 Ross Rd, Dodge City, KS 67801
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Southwest Youth Leadership Forum

Registration Form
We Know AGriculture

Ford Co. Notification System
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Sign Up Today for New Notification System
Ford County emergency notification system is designed to instantly reach cell phones and other mobile devices when an urgent situation needs to be communicated. In the event of an emergency or severe weather conditions, an alert will be sent to the phone number provided by text and/or e-mail. There is no cost for an individual who has registered for the alerts; however, your cell phone carrier might charge you to receive text messages, so check your plan. For more information, contact the Ford County Administrative Services Office at 620-227-4670.
Register today at http://www.fordcounty.net.