Ag, baking, gardening tips offered at Winter Series



Ladies line up to add and mix the necessary ingredients for their bread during the hands-on artisan bread class presented by Custer County Extension agent Tara Andrews. 

 By Kay Braddock

 
 
About 65 people attended the annual MSU Extension Winter Series last week in Terry. That’s about 15 more than the set attendance goal and 10 less than the highest the Winter Series has drawn in recent years, according to Prairie County MSU Extension agent Sharla Sackman.
“We were glad that the winter part of winter series didn’t cause us too many problems,” Sackman said, noting winter weather caused only minor reshuffling to the afternoon educational program after Diana DeYoung from Glasgow was unable to attend due to adverse road conditions. Sackman gave DeYoung’s presentation on “Handling Pesticides” in her place. The presentation offered two pesticide credits for producers maintaining their pesticide license.
“People were just overall happy with the quality of the speakers,” Sackman said, pointing out most people stayed for the entire program, which included an evening meal provided by the Prairie County Chamber of Commerce.
Along with pesticides, the Thursday afternoon educational topics included presentations on calving, annual forages and public lands.  
The public lands talk, presented by Paul Lachapelle of the MSU Extension program, prompted plenty of questions and comments from area producers attending. With Prairie County’s high percentage of state and federal lands, Sackman was anticipating that the class would draw in good discussion. 
“I think overall in any of (the classes) people learn as much from other people’s questions as they do from the actual presentation,” Sackman said.
The agriculture-based presentations were held at the American Legion while the family consumer science talks were held at the Prairie Community Center. Those classes included topics on once a month cooking, and hands-on baking artisan bread, presented by Custer County Extension agent Tara Andrews and gardening with hoop houses, presented by Dawson County Extension agent Bruce Smith.
Sackman noted the importance of being able to draw on speakers who live nearby to provide a quality and diverse Winter Series. 
“It was just a nice balance of a variety of programs,” she added.

Published Jan. 19, 2011

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