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Kansas Department of Agriculture hosts animal health workshops

The workshops will be held May through July at locations around the state.

Jennifer M. Latzke, Editor

May 21, 2024

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LIVESTOCK MEETINGS: Kansas Department of Agriculture is hosting multiple animal health workshops around the state through July. Sessions will be targeted for producers and veterinarians, as well as emergency management and county officials. Jennifer M. Latzke

Planning to respond to an animal health event is critical to getting farmers, animals and communities through the event. That’s one of the reasons why the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health is hosting multiple animal health workshops at locations across the state May 30 through July 11.

Each location will have two sessions. The afternoon session, from 1 to 4 p.m., will have information targeted to emergency management and county officials. Topics covered will include: The role of the county in a disease response; how to respond to a livestock truck rollover; disposal of dead animals; and sheltering animals in case of emergencies.

The evening session, from 6 to 8 p.m. at each location, will have topics for producers and veterinarians, including: Animal health updates; animal disease traceability updates; Secure Food Supply discussion; and disease response plans.

Each workshop is free, and dinner will be served at 5 p.m. for participants to network.

The calendar of stops includes:

  • May 30, Agronomy Education Center, Kansas State University, Manhattan.

  • June 11, Butler County Community (4-H) Building, El Dorado.

  • June 12, Cleaver/Boileau/Burris Agriculture Hall at Fort Scott Community College, Fort Scott.

  • June 18, Kansas State Fairgrounds, at the Lake Talbott East Building, Hutchinson.

  • June 26, Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, Scott City.

  • June 27, Ford County 4-H Building, Dodge City.

  • July 10, City Limits Convention Center, Colby.

  • July 11, Ellis County Emergency Management Office, Hays.

To register, visit agriculture.ks.gov/animalhealthoutreach or call 785-564-6608.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer M. Latzke

Editor, Kansas Farmer

Through all her travels, Jennifer M. Latzke knows that there is no place like Kansas.

Jennifer grew up on her family’s multigenerational registered Angus seedstock ranch and diversified farm just north of Woodbine, Kan., about 30 minutes south of Junction City on the edge of the Kansas Flint Hills. Rock Springs Ranch State 4-H Center was in her family’s backyard.

While at Kansas State University, Jennifer was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and a national officer for the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. She graduated in May 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a minor in animal science. In August 2000 Jennifer started her 20-year agricultural writing career in Dodge City, Kan., on the far southwest corner of the state.

She’s traveled across the U.S. writing on wheat, sorghum, corn, cotton, dairy and beef stories as well as breaking news and policy at the local, state and national levels. Latzke has traveled across Mexico and South America with the U.S. Wheat Associates and toured Vietnam as a member of KARL Class X. She’s traveled to Argentina as one of 10 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism. And she was part of a delegation of AAEA: The Ag Communicators Network members invited to Cuba.

Jennifer’s an award-winning writer, columnist, and podcaster, recognized by the Kansas Professional Communicators, Kansas Press Association, the National Federation of Presswomen, Livestock Publications Council, and AAEA. In 2019, Jennifer reached the pinnacle of achievements, earning the title of “Writer of Merit” from AAEA.

Trips and accolades are lovely, but Jennifer says she is happiest on the road talking to farmers and ranchers and gathering stories and photos to share with readers.

“It’s an honor and a great responsibility to be able to tell someone’s story and bring them recognition for their work on the land,” Jennifer says. “But my role is also evolving to help our more urban neighbors understand the issues our Kansas farmers face in bringing the food and fiber to their store shelves.”

She spends her time gardening, crafting, watching K-State football, and cheering on her nephews and niece in their 4-H projects. She can be found on Twitter at @Latzke.

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