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P. 2 THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014 THE OSKALOOSA INDEPENDENT Opinion Meadowlark District Extension report Fenceline David Hallauer Meadowlark District Extension Agent Crops, Soils, Horticulture 4-H and Youth KSU Research and Extension email: dhallaue @ oznet.ksu.edu plan, or spending time preparing for hot/dry weather again next sum- mer. Takes some effort now, but you might find you actually do get by with less in the long run! One thing you shouldn't get by with less of: time this season spent relaxing with friends and family. Don't get by with less in that area of your planning! Happy New Year from mine to yours! Cindy Williams Meadowlark District Extension Agent Food, Nutrition, FNP 4-H and Youth KSU Research and Extension email: cwilliam @ oznet.ksu.edu Three financial tasks your college student needs to do Your college student may have visions of sleeping in and catching up on laundry while they are home for the holiday break, but there are three things you can do that will help them be better prepared and save your sanity when they head back for the next semester. While they may not be excited about the tasks, helping them organize their vital information will help them to be more independent. Make photocopies of Ids, bank cards, and other documents that are difficult to replace. There's nothing like a phone call from your college student who is in a panic because their wallet was lost or stolen. Keep- ing a photocopy of your student's card numbers and contacts means you won't spend the next three hours searching for phone numbers and account information. This is also a good time to have a conversa- tion about protecting their personal information and the proper way to store their paperwork, whether it is a filing system, lock box, or orga- Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn't be. 1.800.227.2345 www.cancer.org Getting by with less Each week, I try to include an article (or two!) that hopefully you find informative and interesting - and that you can read in the little time you have to accomplish one more thing today. Seldom is there a lack of things to write about, but this week, in the interest of time you need to spend doing other things, you're going to have to get by with less than normal! Can we get by with less? Certain- ly!! Is it always desirable? Well... Most of our crops made it through this summer with less moisture than we'd like - and in some cases seemed to prosper! That's one case where we got by with less. Not so with our planning for 2014, though. You could cut out a soil testing program, or time spent looking at yield maps - but it likely won't help you make more informed decisions or increase profits in the long run. Maybe shouldn't skip there... You could plant a windbreak, forget about weed barrier fabric or follow-up watering, then lose the stand. That's going to just take more time, not less. Maybe shouldn't cut there, either... You could put off making that rain barrel you wished you had back in June. That would save you some time now - but it won't save your water bill when you need it next summer! Ok, so maybe getting by with less isn't always the best practice - but there are things you can do this win- ter to get by with less (time, labor, and cash) later! Things like a soil testing program, doing a windbreak i LAU An eye doctor can see things you can't. One in three adults over 40 has a vision problem -- and many don't even know it. That's because many vision problems have no warning signs, An eye doctor can idemify serious vision and health conditions before you can. For the latest infimnation on vision heahh, visit checkyearly.eom. A public service message from tile Vision Connci[ of America and AA RE A4RP COMA H Y P E R T E N S I O N D | /q B E T E S nizer. Create an emergency contact list for both of you. Even if your college student is on campus near you, it is important to make sure you both have alternative contacts in case of an emergency. Power outages, bad road conditions, or a lost cell phone can make it difficult and worrisome when you can't reach them. Ask a family friend or relative to be the al- ternative contact for both of you. It also helps to get the phone number of your student's roommate, RA, or housemother. Provide your student with contact information of other relatives they can reach in case you are not available. Be sure to create a paper copy of those numbers in case their phone is lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep the emergency list with the photocopies you made in step one. Update your insurance informa- tion. If you have been covering your student on your auto insurance policy, now is a good time to review the policy to see if you need to make adjustments. Most carriers will have an "away at school" option so that your student is still covered but not listed as the main driver, unless of course, they have a car on cam- pus. You may also need to update their status in order to maintain the good student discount or other related options. This is also a good time to make sure their current insurance card is up to date. Many carriers will let you print new cards off their web- site. In addition to auto insurance, your student would benefit from renter's insurance. Homeowner's policies can vary and may not cover your student's items while they are living away at school. Renter's insurance is peace of mind for a low cost. Photograph expensive items like laptops, smart phones, and other electronics and mark with an iden- tifiable mark or number in case of theft. Your student should keep the photos and a list of serial numbers with the other original documents. Include your student in your discus- sion with your insurance agent or go through your carrier's website together, so they will know what they need to cover now Family Life Nancy Nelson Meadowlark District Extension Agent Toast New Year with safe eggnog Homemade eggnogis a tradition at many parties during the holiday sea- son. But, each year this creamy drink causes many cases of Salmonella. The ingredient usually responsible -- raw or undercooked eggs. Make eggnog safely with a cooked egg base. Combine eggs with half the milk. Gently heat to 160 F stirring constantly. Remove from heat and chill before adding other ingredi- ents. Don't count on alcohol to kill bacte- ria. Instead of raw eggs, use pasteur- ized eggs or egg products. Happy New Year Time to start anew and make resolutions to work on for 2014. To help you make your list, add "eating healthier" as a goal. In the Southern states, especially South Carolina, a traditional dish on New Year's Day is Hoppin' John. It is a mixture of black-eyed peas, ham, greens such as cabbage, mustard, kale, spinach or collard greens. Serve with a side of corn bread. How this dish got the name Hop- pin' John has many theories. Many say it has African/French/Caribbean roots. Some of the stories are below. *Children gathered around the table and when the dish came from the kitchen, they hopped around the table prior to eating. *A man named John came "a- hoppin" when his wife took the dish off the stove. *A South Carolina custom to in- vite guests to eat was "hop in, John." *It dates back to 1841 and was hawked in the streets of Charleston, South Carolina. Rock Doc column: " ....... A new medication that may help with sobriety by Dr. E. Kirsten Peters Alcoholism runs in part of my family. I lost a grandfather to it, and a couple of others in the family have been affected by it to greater or lesser degrees. Perhaps something like that is true for you, or maybe you have a friend or coworker who wrestles with the malady. This is a challenging time of year for alcoholics trying to stay sober. New Yemes Eve alone can be a real test. But medical researchers are in- vestigating new ways that doctors may be able to help people not drink. One method, recently written up by NPR's "Shots" website, is a medica- tion called gabapentin. Gabapentin -- the generic equivalent of the brand name drug Neurontin -- has been used for years to treat a variety of ailments ranging from epilepsy to bipolar disease to fibromyalgia. Recently researchers at the National Institutes of Health did a study of gabapentin and its effects on people with alcoholism. They enrolled 150 people in a 12-week experiment. Everyone who signed up to be part of the study got coun- seling. Some of the people in the study were given placebos, while others received either 900 or 1,800 milligrams ofgabapentin daily. The people taking the 1,800 milligram dose of the drug drank nothing during the study four times as often as the placebo group. And, if they did drink, they were more likely to refrain from heavy drink- ing. In other words, it looks like gabapentin helped -- results that were recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Dr. Barbara J. Mason was the leader of the research effort. She thinks that gabapentin is useful to people with alcoholism who are trying to stay dry because it helps lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms people often encounter when they stop drinking. "Gabapentin improved sleep and mood in people who were cut- ting down or quitting drink- ing," Mason told NPR. Feelings of anxiety and los- ing sleep are of- ten experiences that drive people to start drinking again, she said. One good thing about gabapentin compared to some other medications is that it isn't processed by the liver. That's important because the livers of people with alcoholism are often damaged from years of drinking. Gabapentin moves from the stom- ach to the blood to the kidneys and finally into the urine, all mostly unchanged. But there is still a long road to travel before gabapentin is consid- ered by the Food and Drug Admin- istration as a possible treatment for alcoholism. And even if the FDA took action today to approve gabap- entin for such use, people who suffer from alcoholism would still have a tough row to hoe. "It's not magic," Mason said. "And making big behavior changes is hard work." Still, it's good to know research- ers may be finding new ways to aid people with alcoholism in the struggle to stay sober. Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, a native of the rural Northwest, was trained as a geolo- gist at Princeton and Harvard. Follow her on the web at rockdoc.wsu.edu and on Twitter @RockDocWSU This column is a service of the College of Sciences at Washington State University. by Jody G. Holthaus Meadowlark Extension Agent Livestock & Natural Resources My Christmas trivia question is how many Christmas/holiday songs refer to an animal's behavior? I can think of four, can you name them? Always amazed at human behav- ior this time of year, we've decided the holidays can make people very stressed! Even animals get stressed at the holidays. My friend's dog has decided to poo all over the house, on the Christmas tree skirt, in its kennel etc. I consulted our resident dog whisperers for a remedy. The increase in agricultural prof- itability and land prices is making people sit up and pay attention. We see it with the farm transition planning and when negotiating leases. To help with the latter, we are hosting a KSU lease seminar on January 13th at the Nemaha County Community building. This is one of a series of workshops be- ing offered throughout Kansas to help landlords and tenants manage the risk associated with rental arrangements. We have a full day planned with two of K-State's finest, Dr. Kevin Dhuyvet- ter and Dr. Mykel Taylor. They are very knowledgeable and pretty easy to listen to, with the better than usual economist's humor! The day begins at 9:30 a.m. They will talk about the ethics of leasing, the different types of leases and the legal- ity of leases. In the afternoon, they will use spreadsheets to help you determine fair and equitable leases. The final part of the day will be an introduction to ex- amples of alternative leasing scenarios and a decision making tool, KSU-I_P..a, will be demonstrated. Participants will then have the opportunity to sharpen their skills via hands-on computer ap- plication sessions. There is a charge for lunch and materials, and we need to have regis- trations in by Jan. 6. Register by calling the Extension office or go to meadow- lark.ksu.edu. I won't make you walt for the trivia answer. These are the ones I thought of: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bell Rock, Away in a Manger and the 12 Days of Christmas. Now good luck singing those songs and finding the lyric! Lobbyists have to stand in line, too! We folk who inhabit the Statehouse even when there's not much going on are wondering what we'll see in the post-Christmas holiday hallways of the newly refurbished State Capitol. We're figuring that lobbyists--who are State- At The Rail by Martin Hawver house regulars--already are aware that they didn't get the gift they've been wanting: The privilege of scooching past the security gates to save time when they whistle into the build- ing to do their lobbying duties. They'll stand in line like nearly everyone else to get their packages and brief cases inspected and walk through the metal detectors to go about their business. The Legislative Co- ordinating Council, which manages about everything that goes on in the Statehouse, didn't last week go for a proposal for some special ID tag for registered lobbyists so they don't have to stand behind the visiting third- grade class as its members are put through the security check or the delegates from the American Association of Retired Persons as they are checked. We're figuring, though, that many of the in-a-hurry lobbyists--the boys at least---will not grouse about de- lays if they are in line behind the visiting college cheer- leaders as they are inspected for security breaches. So, that's a group that didn't get what it wanted for Christmas...and probably won't until House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, takes over as Coordinating Council chairman in 2014. We don't know what will happen if lobbyists don't get an express lane for clearing security in a hurry. They might not have time to take legislators to lunch... But the Christmas surprise that most of us are waiting to observe will be the red sport coats that ultra- conservative Tea Party members are likely to get for Christmas and wear to the Statehouse. The concept is fairly simple, as expressed at a Tea Party meeting last month: If political conservatives wear red sport coats, legislators will be looking out at the audience in committee rooms and see that if they don't vote conservative...those red blazer wearers are going to notice and report them back to their home districts. The ultra-conservatives have a relatively novel idea: Make legislators know that they are being watched. We're guessing those who get red sport coats under the holiday tree know the Christmas song: "We know when you've been sleeping, we know when you're awake, we know if you've been bad or good, so vote conservative, for goodness sake!" Us Statehouse folk whose coats tend to be camel or blue or even a few wayward plaids--will be watching Christmas-fresh red sport coats to show up here when the Legislature convenes and to see which legislators tend to vote more conservatively when the room is awash with those eye-catching coats. What we don't know for sure and are anxious to see is whether those folks who get red sport coats for Christmas will get the red slacks to go with them... Syndicated by Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver's Capitol Report--to learn more about this statewide political news service, visit the website at hawvernews.com. ............ .", 2:,, Kansas State is once again firmly entrenched among the elites of college football. The Wildcats' iconic coach, Bill Snyder, has his team in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl this coming Saturday (Dec. 28) against traditional national power Michigan. This will be K- State's fourth consecutive bowl game since Snyder's return from retirement and the Wildcats' first- ever game with Michigan. K-State and Michigan will play in Sun Devils Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., with a 9:15 p.m. start; the game will be nationally televised by ESPN. The rewards for playing in a bowl game for a program like K- State are numerous and some of those rewards are subtle and unpublicized. Coach Snyder said, "The opportunity for our young guys to continue to make the kind of progress that's important for our program and to compete in a bowl game year in and year out is really significant to them.., it means a lot to them. If it means a lot to them, it means a lot to me." Practicing for a bowl game is the same as an extra spring practice and it's invaluable for young play- ers who haven't had much playing time. Kansas State will be featured on national television, which is priceless publicity and a vital aid in recruiting. And it's a great trip for the players and fans that draws the Bill Snyder family even closer together. K-State and Michigan had iden- tical 7-5 records during regular season play; the Wildcats were 5-4 in Big 12 play and finished fifth and Michigan was 3-5 and finished fifth in the Legends Division of the Big 10. Michigan coach Brady Hoke has a dilemma on his hands at quarter- back. Junior starter Devin Gardner (6-4, 210) has been hampered with a turf toe injury and hasn't practiced much for the bowl game. Hoke said, "We just want to make sure that he's rested enough and don't want to get him out there too soon." During the regular season, Gardner completed 208 of 345 passes for 2,960 yards and 21 touchdowns. If Gardner can't go, freshman QB Shane Morris (6-3, 183) will start for Michigan. Morris played in just three games and threw only six passes. Turf toe injuries are slow to heal, but the guess here is that Gardner who is an experienced pass-run threat-- will be the Michigan QB. Kansas State has lost five-straight bowl games and the Wildcats are ea- ger to eliminate that albatross. Dur- ing his legendary era with K-State, Snyder has always been a formidable foe when he has extra practice time to prepare for an opponent. Snyder will have K-State ready to go against Michigan. Snyder's two-quarterback sys- tem on offense--with Jake Waters and Daniel Sams splitting playing time---has become increasingly effec- tive during the regular season. And coupled with their receiving corps led by Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson, the Wildcats have a dan- gerous passing attack. Running back John Hubert and Sams provide balance with their rushing skills behind an experienced and talented offensive line. Kansas State's defense has im- proved steadily throughout the sea- son, particularly the interior linemen. DE Ryan Mueller has become a na- tionally recognized player and DTs Chaquil Reed and Travis Britz are solid run stoppers. Kansas State is a 3.5 point favorite on most of the early betting lines. It will be a close and exciting game, un- less Michigan doesn't have their starting QB. If Gardner isn't avail- able, that changes everything. If K-State defeats Michigan, it will be their biggest single-season turnaround in Kansas State foot- ball history. What a fitting finish that would be to another rewarding season for the Wildcats. It's time for Kansas basketball coach Bill Self to tear down the fence he's built between his Jay- hawks and Wichita State. Coach Gregg Marshall of Wichita made another overture while trying to get a series with KU. It would be a positive for both schools. Marshall said, "We'd like to play home-and-home. Kansas is a spe- cial program, they're elite, and we know that; if we can be in the same conversation with them, it's usually pretty good." Marshall proposed a three-game schedule with the first game in Allen Fieldhouse, the sec- ond at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, and the third at the Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita. What could be fairer than that? Wichita made it to the Final Four last season and the Shockers . are off and rolling this season with an 11-0 record, the best start in Wichita history. If Kansas were to lose to Wichita, it wouldn't be an embarrassing upset. Coach Self would be doing him- self and all the basketball fans in Kansas a favor if he would put his stamp of approval on the Marshall- proposed series. To one and all: Here's wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year! 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