If you happened to get a 2019 calendar as a gift this holiday season, get out your pencil, because MSU Extension can help you fill it with educational opportunities. For now, though, I will highlight just three.
On Thursday, January 10 the MSU Extension Cropping Seminar will be in Choteau at the Stage Stop Inn. There are cropping seminars that week all over the Golden Triangle area, so if you want to attend at a different location call us for details. In Teton County, call 466-2492, text 590-2492 or email Teton@montana.edu to register. The cropping seminar has the following presentations: 9-10: Cecil Tharp: “Paraquat Safety and New EPA Mitigation Measures for Applicators”; 10-11: Tim Seipel: “Integrated Weed Management and Herbicide Resistance”; 11-11:30: Jane Wolery: “Ag Under Pressure” 11:30-1:00 Lunch On Your Own 1-2: Jeff Rumney: “Marketing and Risk Management for Pulse Crops”; 2-3: Pat Carr: “Diverse Cropping Systems to Manage Pests” 3-3:30: Evaluations and distribution of applicator credits. For those who attend the whole seminar, three pesticide applicator credits are available.
On Tuesday, January 22, Montanans for 4-H have invited 4-H members, volunteers and alumni to register to attend the legislative breakfast. There are several speakers including MSU President Waded Cruzado and 4-H alumna Dr. Jovanka Voyich-Kane. Several Teton County 4-H youth had the opportunity to work with Dr. Voyich-Kane when they participated in the infectious disease units for 4-H Bioscience. She is quite inspiring because of her combination of intellect, important research and approachability. A current youth member is also selected to speak at the event and this year, Teton County 4-H’s own Daniel Asselstine will be the 4-H youth speaker. Asselstine is a ten-year 4-H member who has been involved in many 4-H programs including the year-long 4-H Bioscience team, Ambassador, Montana and National 4-H Congress. Asselstine has taken his 4-H photography project and turned it into a full-fledged business taking numerous senior and family portraits as well as doing product photography for local businesses for their national webpages. Our local county contact for the event is Missy Severinsen. She and her son Trever Severinson are attending the 4-H Citizenship Seminar the weekend prior to the 4-H Legislative Breakfast. If you want your child to learn to be an engaged citizen, contact us to join 4-H.
Moving a little farther into the 2019 calendar, MSU Extension invites grandparents who are raising grandchildren, or anyone providing kinship care, to a leadership seminar on April 9, from 9-3 in Great Falls. Kinship care providers and grandparents traveling more than a 60-mile radius are eligible for assistance with hotel, meals and mileage. The funds are limited so early registration is suggested. Final registration deadline is March 11. The program will include information on legal topics for you and the child(ren) you provide kinship care for, incarceration of adult parents and advocacy education.
Those three events, one each from agriculture/natural resource, 4-H/Youth and Family Consumer Sciences should get you started on filling your 2019 calendar. I always say, “Better a full life, than a dull life!” Here at MSU Extension in Teton County, we look forward to learning together with you in 2019!