K-State Briefs - Winter Ranch Management Seminar, Food Mix Gifts

1) Winter Ranch Management Seminar Planned in Six Kansas Locations
2) Recipes for Food Mix Gifts Available

1) Winter Ranch Management Seminar Planned in Six Kansas Locations

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Ranch management and cow herd economics will take center stage at Kansas State University's Winter Ranch Management Seminar on Jan. 10, 2012. The seminar is planned for six locations around the state and features a combination of local speakers and webinar presentation delivery.

Seminar locations include Ashland, Highland, Lebanon, Manhattan, Parsons and Russell. All will start with registration at 4 p.m. (program beginning at 4:30 p.m.) and end at 8:30 p.m.

Featured speakers include Trey Patterson of Padlock Ranch, Dayton, Wyo., who will present "Ranch Management Focus" and Glynn Tonsor, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist, who will give the "Cattle Business Outlook." Both of these presentations will be delivered via webinar.

Local speakers at each location will give presentations on winter ration development and hunting lease management.

The cost to attend, which includes dinner, is $25 per person. Registration is due by Jan. 6. If more than one person attends from any farm, family or business, the price for additional attendees is $15 per person. More information about each location, plus online registration is available at http://www.asi.ksu.edu/rms. Information is also available by contacting Becky Ayres at 785-532-1281 or bayres@ksu.edu.


2) Recipes for Food Mix Gifts Available

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Gifts from the kitchen can save time, money, and add a personal touch to holiday gift-giving, said Mary Meck Higgins, K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist.

For ideas, Higgins shared links to a K-State Research and Extension newsletter, "Nourishing the Next Generation," and a North Dakota State University Extension publication: "Mix It Up, Food Mixes in a Jar."

Higgins writes the K-State newsletter, and encourages grandparents and caregivers to invite younger family members to join in making dry food mixes as gifts. The activity can be a memorable, intergenerational activity, said Higgins, who included a recipe for a mix for chewy chocolate chip peanut butter bars in the Dec. 2011 issue. To access, go to: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/humannutrition/. Choose publications, then "Nourishing the Next Generation."

The North Dakota publication directly available at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/foods/fn1494.pdf includes gift ideas, tips, and recipes for four homemade food mixes: Country Chili; Cornbread; Cranberry-Oatmeal Cookies and Friendship Soup. Other information from the University of Nebraska on food mixes in a jar with cooking, food safety and nutrition tips is at http://food.unl.edu/web/fnh/food-mixes-in-a-jar.

Higgins, a registered dietitian, encourages gifts of health-promoting foods, and noted that by making your own food mixes, ingredients can be adjusted to fit the needs of special diets, such as a low-sodium diet.
More information about food as gifts, food, nutrition, health and food safety is available at K-State Research and Extension offices throughout the state and online: www.ksre.ksu.edu/humannutrition and www.rrc.ksu.edu .

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