Welcome to Ford County
Welcome to Ford County Extension! Our programs present useful information related to Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Horticulture, 4-H & Youth Development, EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program), Family Life, Healthy Living & Much More.
LATEST NEWSEvery Homeowner Needs to Know the Difference Between Roundup & Roundup for Lawns
There is a huge difference in the active ingredients in Roundup compared to Roundup fr Lawns. That is why it is so important to know what you are applying. Read more.
Help for New Vegetable Gardeners
Kansans that are new to vegetable gardening often don't know how much of each crop to plant. K-State Research and Extension has a publication that can help. Read more.
Cedar Apple Rust
The birds are singing, the tulips are blooming and junipers (also called red cedars) are "blooming" in another fashion. Cedar apple rust is here. Read more.
Controlling Grassy Sandbur
Grassy sandbur is the "sticker" plant that looks like a grass. It will often invade thin lawns, especially in dry years. Therefore, the best control for this weed is a thick, healthy lawn. However, a preemergence herbicide may be your answer. Read more.
Creating Defensible Space in Landscape
With the recent wildfires that have affected much of Western Kansas and the threat of more possible, homeowners might want to consider ways to "harden their home" or make it more fire resistant. Read more.
Sources of Aid for Those Affected by Wildfires
For local and area producers who have been affected by the recent fires, Ford County Extension agent Andrea Burns offers a list of organizations accepting and distributing donations and/or providing assistance. Read more.
4-H Add/Drop Day is May 1
When a 4-H'er enrolls on the KS.4Honline website, they selected a project to be "enrolled in for this 4-H Year." May 1st is the last day 4-H'ers may either ADD another project of DROP a project they signed up for and are no longer interested in or able to complete. Read more.
Market Beef Nomination Deadline is May 1
The 2017 Kansas youth livestock nomination season is in full swing! Youth who plan to show market beef projects at the Kansas State Fair Grand Drive (youth livestock show) or Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS) must first nominate those animals in order for them to eligible to subsequently enter and exhibit at either show. Read more.
Mental Health Information and Counseling to Be Offered for Young Victims of Devastating Wildfires
Keys for Networking, a non-profit family advocacy organization, and members of the Rural and Frontier Subcommittee of the Governor's Behavioral Health Services Planning Council have scheduled a Children's Mental Health Awareness Day round-table discussion on helping children through natural disasters, and will offer community counseling opportunities on May 4, 2017 in Ashland, Kansas. Read more.
Tractor Safety Operator's Course to be Held
Many teenagers are beginning to think about summer employment. in many cases, in Southwest Kansas, that may be working on a farm. A Tractor Safety Operator's Course is planned for May 6, 2017 at the Edwards County Fair Building in Kinsley. Read more.
4-H Livestock Quality Counts Training Scheduled for May 16
A priority of the 4-H livestock project is to teach members the proper animal husbandry methods and ethical practices when raising and showing livestock. Quality Counts Training is MANDATORY for all county 4-H'ers who will be selling a market animal at the county fair's livestock sale. Read more.