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Update: Extension Office Staff Working Remotely

The Extension Office is currently closed to all walk-in services. However, we are still available to assist you! To do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, Extension staff are working remotely in cooperation with the Stay At Home order issued last week. During this time EMAIL is the best way to reach us. Darl: dhenson@ksu.edu, Jill: jbarnhardt@ksu.edu, Lauren: ljohnson15@ksu.edu. You may also message our Facebook page, or call the Extension Office at 620-364-5313. The office voicemail will give you another calling option that, for the safety of our staff, we do not want to post on social media. We are "open"! Let us know what we can do for you!

Livestock Project Members and Parents-LIVESTOCK TAGGING POSTPONED-

The Coffey County Emergency Public Health Officer issued an Emergency Public Health “Stay at Home” Order on this 25th day of March, 2020 to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID_19) epidemic in Coffey County, Kansas. The order is to take effect on Thursday, March 26th at 12:01 a.m. and remain in effect “… until otherwise modified, rescinded, or supplemented by the Coffey County Public Health Officer.”

For purposes of this Order, individuals are directed to “stay at home” and only leave their residence to perform certain specified “Essential Activities”.

Therefore, to aid the public and our Extension 4-H community in observing this order, the Coffey County Extension Office is at this time suspending the issuance of livestock tags and tagging deadlines previously set forth of ALL species until further notice. Since there is no initial weigh-in being conducted and the “rate-of-gain” competition at the county fair canceled for this year, immediate tagging and identification of county fair animals at this time is not an “essential activity” and we will work thru it at a more opportune time.

HOWEVER, 4-Hers planning on exhibiting market beef animals at the state fair are reminded that at this time the Kansas State Fair livestock nomination deadline of May 1 HAS NOT been extended. Therefore, 4-Hers in need of Market Beef eID tags should contact the Extension Office ASAP and those will be mailed to you.

Extension Office Open By Appointment Only- Courthouse Operation Changes Implemented:

The Coffey County Extension Office has received word that as of 4:00 p.m. today Monday, March 23, 2020, by County Commission Resolution 853 directive, the courthouse will be locked and the Courthouse closed to the public. Access will be limited on a discretionary and “restricted access” basis.

However, The Coffey County Extension Office staff will continue to conduct business via telephone, social media, email, etc, and may be contacted by calling 620-364-5313. NO WALK IN BUSINESS will be conducted.

4-H animal tag distribution will be handled on an appointment basis. Those needing tags must call the Extension Office to make arrangements to pick up an ear tag packet prepared for them. Delivery will be made in the west Courthouse parking lot by office staff upon notification of arrival to the Courthouse.

For other Courthouse business, a box will be located at the east side ADA entrance to the Courthouse for all documents and/or payments that need to be dropped off. All documents should be placed in a secured envelope with the name of the department to be delivered to. A notice with this explanation shall be posted by the box.

Darl: dhenson@ksu.edu

Jill: jbarnhardt@ksu.edu

Lauren: ljohnson15@ksu.edu

Office: 620-364-5313

Private Pesticide Application Certification during COVID-19 restrictions:

Area Ag Producers & Private Pesticide Applicator Certification,

Even in this interesting time we currently find ourselves, the Extension Office  has gotten questions about private applicator testing.  We received word recently that the Kansas Department of Agriculture is going to allow online testing from home for initial application certification due to the circumstances with the COVID-19 virus pandemic. They will handle those new original certifications similar to a renewal. Individuals wanting to take the applicators’ certification online will first need to e-mail kda.pestfert@ks.gov to get a certification number and preregistration id. After receiving those they will then need to login to: http://www.kellysolutions.com/KS/PrivateApplicators/Testing/Login.asp to access the applicator certification test.

March Extension Board Meeting- Held Via "ZOOM" March 25th

In observance of the current recommended “social distancing” protocol associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the next regular monthly meeting of the Coffey County Extension Executive Board will be held via internet utilizing ZOOM technology.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  It will begin at 6:30 p.m.   Any individual interested in accessing the meeting can contact the Extension Office, 620-364-5313 to obtain the needed meeting access information. 

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COVID-19- Coffey Couty 4-H Community -  The COVID 19 or “Coronavirus” pandemic is beginning to affect us all in some way or another and our local KSU Research and Extension - Coffey County programing is no exception.  In alignment with K-State Research and Extension protocol set forth by Kansas State University,  ALL local and district programs, meetings, events and activities regardless of group size, CANNOT meet face-to-face between now and May 16, 2020.   This includes but is not limited to, 4-H club meetings, 4-H and Extension council meetings, Program Development Committee meetings etc.   This also includes project-based learning activities, shows, events and other activities directed toward 4-H youth development and other Extension audiences.

At this time the Coffey County Extension Office will remain open in accordance with Coffey County Courthouse government and Health Department guidance, and attempt to conduct business as close to usual as possible.  We will be utilizing  “social distancing” precautions to help ensure the health and well being of our clientele.  The Courthouse hours have been altered and will close at 4pm to the public each day for the next 60 days.  This alters our Extension office hours to 8a-Noon, 1p-4p each day.              

We  feel it is our responsibility, as a research-based organization to recognize the gravity of the situation. “Social distancing” precautions historically have aided in slowing a disease spread during pandemics. We will provide updates as the situation continues to develop and recommendations change.  You may stay informed by calling the Extension Office 620-364-5313,  by accessing our Extension Facebook page, or going to our Coffey Co Extension website www.coffey.ksu.edu where we will post updates and announcements. We appreciate your understanding and your efforts as individuals with help in protecting the health, wellness and safety of our communities and families.

At this time the local events and activities that cancelations will affect are: 4-H Club meetings; 4-H Regional Club Day; Beef Tagging & Weigh-in; 4-H Council / Club Leaders Meeting; ANY project meetings currently scheduled from March 16 to April 4th.

Currently we are considering different meeting delivery methods, postponements and other alternatives to try and continue business as close to normal as possible.  Any ramifications for awards, event qualifications etc, on down the road due to this unforeseen circumstance will be taken into consideration. The situation is “fluid” as they say and the Extension staff will continue to monitor changes and keep you all apprised of them and provide updates on Facebook as well as our website at www.coffey.ksu.edu. in a timely manner.   If you have questions feel free to contact me or Jill. 








Local Weather Information

Certified Pesticide Applicators

Coffey County Extension Contacts

Darl Henson
Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent & 4-H

Jill Barnhardt
Family & Consumer Science/ 4-H Agent

Lauren Hull
Office Professional &
Program Assistant

Kansas Research & Extension Offices / Districts

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2019 Friend of Extension- Coffey County Health Department

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2018 Friend of Extension- PrairieLand Partners- John Deere

2017 Friend of Extension- Citizens State Bank