Kansas Ranch and Range Management Internship Phase II

2013 Annual Report for FNC13-897

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2013: $22,500.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2015
Region: North Central
State: Kansas
Project Coordinator:
Calvin Adams
Adams Ranch

Kansas Ranch and Range Management Internship Phase II

Summary

Producer/Project Leader

Calvin Adams

283 360th Road

Beloit, Kansas  67420

785-7982-6338

E-mail: calsue@twinvalley.net

Website: www.ksranchinstitute.org

WORK ACTIVITIES 
This is a continuation of our previous grant (FN10-798):

1) We were able to successfully recruit and place two interns with highly qualified mentors. They were:

Ranch Mentors                                              Interns

Z Bar Ranch – Lake City, KS                           Rachel Klein – Ft. Collins, CO

Keith & Eva Yearout                                        Phone:(970) 631-2271

Cell:     (620) 886-2110                                  Email:  rachel.klein@us.army.mil

Office:(620) 247-6465

Email:  zbr@sctelcom.net

            keith.yearout@retranches.com

 

 Peterson Ranch – Newtown, MO                   William Poland – Ellis, KS

Doug Peterson                                              Phone: (785) 656-2471

Home:(660) 824-4276                                   Email:  wapoland2@mail.fhsu.edu

Cell:     (660) 425-4894                                               williampoland15@hotmail.com

           
All interns were paid an hourly wage and provided housing on the ranch. The internships started in late May following the end of the spring semester and ended just prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

As with all previous years, all of the interns and mentors completed a learning contract form outlining their desired goals at the beginning, middle, and end of the internship (results are described later).

 
2) Enrichment Activities

Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition Range School

Only Rachel was able to attend the 3-day range school presented by the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Will had school conflicts that precluded him from attending.

 
3) Recruitment Activities

We contacted Dr. Bill Walton, Biology Professor, at the Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. He has invited us to recruit interns from the college this spring.

 
4) Additional Activities
a) We extensively revised the webpage making it much more professional and informative.
b) We use the tri-fold, color pamphlet describing our program as a handout to interested students on our campus recruiting trips and presentation events.
c) We continue to recruit mentors within Kansas and have now developed a working relationship with the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition coordinator, Ron Bolze. Ron introduced our program to the NGLC Board of Directors and secured their support. To date we have recruited 1 new mentor from Nebraska. We will continue to develop this relationship and acquire new mentors.
d) We began a new mini-internship program for high school students. This program will offer shorter and more local internship opportunities with local ranchers. The length of internship will be 2-3 weeks and will allow the intern to stay close to home. Details are still being worked out.

RESULTS
We continue to build on the successful activities we developed over the last three years under our previous grant. Our mentor list continues to expand in number and region. We now have mentors in Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. Our area of recruitment continues to grow with applications this year from Kansas, Texas, and Virginia.

 
WORK PLAN

 – Emphasis will be on reaching underserved groups namely the Native American and Latino populations.

 – We will continue to recruit and develop mentors, specifically, through our new contacts opportunities in Nebraska.

 – Our mini-internship idea will be pursued with two or three local high schools through the Future Farmers of America advisors.

OUTREACH

 Poster Presentations

                        Kansas Graziers Association Annual Meeting – January 25, Salina, Kansas

                        No-Till On the Plains Annual Meeting – January 25-27, Salina, Kansas

                        Kansas Natural Resources Conference – January 28-29, Wichita, Kansas

 

College Recruitment

                        Fort Hays State University – March 12, Hays, Kansas

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