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The Frontier Extension District is a branch of K-State Research and Extension. Extension programs present educational information related to agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community development.

We serve the people of Anderson, Franklin, and Osage Counties, and we have offices located in Garnett, Ottawa, and Lyndon.

Our philosophy is to help people help themselves by taking university knowledge to where people live, work, and play. We work at being responsive to the needs of the people by focusing our resources on providing quality information, education, and problem-solving programs for real concern. The information we provide is researched based and unbiased. 


What's New in the District 

Frontier Extension District honors local supporters with Appreciation Awards

The Frontier Extension District recently presented annual appreciation awards to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Extension programs in the district’s three counties. Honored were Wayne Wischropp, Osage County; Dr. Larry and Janie Mages, Franklin County; and Ron and Christy Ratliff, Anderson County.

Wayne Wischropp

Wayne Wischropp is a life-long resident of Osage County. As a youth, he spent many hours with his father in livestock sale barns. His father was one of the owners of the Waverly sale barn for a number of years. During that time, Wayne watched, listened, and learned how to be an auctioneer. Also, as a youth, Wayne was in 4-H with cows being his primary project.

Wayne started helping with the 4-H livestock sale at the Osage County Fair in Osage City during his early years in college. After college, he then became the auctioneer for the sale and has been doing it ever since. He auctioned the 4-H livestock sale at the Osage County Fair in Overbrook for about 10 years and the Lyon County fair for about 12 years. Besides his long term commitment auctioning for the 4-H sales, he managed the 4-H sale in Osage City for about 10 years, has served on the Osage City fair board and supported his daughter while she was in 4-H. Wayne has 50 plus years of continuous service to the area 4-H youth.

Janie & Larry Mages

Dr. Larry and Janie Mages. Dr. Mages came to Ottawa to start his veterinary practice in 1973. He practiced out of his house and focused on large animals, especially dairy cattle. He still practices at Cottonwood Animal Hospital in Ottawa.

The 4-H Youth Development Program has been a big part of Larry and Janie’s lives. They were both members of 4-H in their youth, and they raised three daughters, Jennifer, Laura, and Sarah, who were all active members of 4-H in Franklin County. Currently, the couple has five grandchildren enrolled in 4-H in Franklin and Miami Counties.

The Mages’ have helped the 4-H livestock members in Franklin County for many years. Weigh-in for steers is held at the vet clinic and Dr. Mages has helped with health checks of livestock at the fair over the years. Recently they have donated panels for the bucket calves during the fair. The couple believes that the 4-H program is a great opportunity for youth.

Ron & Christy Ratliff

Ron and Christy Ratliff of Garnett are the owners and operators of Ratliff Jerseys and Anderson County Sales Company. Ron has spent his life in Anderson County. His father, Max, helped assist with construction and planning for facilities at the Anderson County Fairgrounds. Ron has been auctioneering at the Anderson County Fair Livestock Sale since graduating from auctioneering school in 1979. Christy started her Jersey herd as a 4-H project more than 30 years ago. The couple married in 1990, and have been very involved with the dairy and beef industry and the Anderson County community.

Ron and Christy have supported K-State Research and Extension over the years by auctioneering Anderson County Livestock Sales, coordinating county fair livestock sale buyers, auctioneering Anderson County Fair pie auctions, offering the use of their sale barn facilities for 4-H beef spring weigh-in, and working with youth both locally and across the nation by hosting tours, providing quality animals for dairy judging opportunities and educating about the beef and dairy industry.

 Eastern Kansas Grazing School

Eastern KS Grazing School

Rotation grazing is recognized as a way to utilize pastures and forages more efficiently.  Join us for a hands-on Management Intensive Grazing school for producers.  A collaboration of experts from K-State Research & Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service and the University of Missouri are joining together to offer a two-day event.  The Grazing School is designed for adult learners and is limited to a maximum of 35 farms.  

Registration is $60 for the first person from the farm or ranch, additional persons from the same farm is $30 each.  Registration includes snacks, lunch bother days and proceedings.  Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.  For more information, check out the Livestock page or contact Rod Schaub at 785-828-4438 or rschaub@ksu.edu

Eastern Kansas Grazing School Info on Livestock Page

Upcoming Events Banner 

Check out the Calendar of Events to find out more information.


Franklin County Ripples of Change

2019 Master Gardener Training Dates - 2/16, 3/2, 3/16

4-H Ambassador Training - 2/22-23

Frontier District 4-H Club Day - 2/23

KSU Land and Leasing - 3/4

Prescribed Burn Workshop- 3/6

Kansas Junior Swine Producer Day - 3/9

Regional 4-H Club Day - 3/9

Mix It, Knead It, Twist It (Garnett) - 3/12

Mix It, Knead It, Twist It (Lyndon) - 3/14

Mix It, Knead It, Twist It (Ottawa) - 3/22

Grant Writing Workshop, Garnett - 3/28

Kansas Junior Meat Goat Producer Day - 3/30

Eastern Kansas Grazing School - 4/24-25

East Central Kansas Aging Expo - 5/2


Photo Gallery of Past Events

Frontier District 
2019 Holiday Schedule

The Garnett, Lyndon
and Ottawa Offices 
will be closed on 

Monday, February 18

Monday, May 27

Thursday, July 4

Monday, September 2

Monday, November 11

Thursday, November 28

Friday, November 29

Tuesday, December 24

Wednesday, December 25

2019 FAIRS

Anderson County

  • Anderson County Fair (Garnett) - July 29 - Aug 3
  • Kincaid - TBA

Franklin County

  • Richmond Free Fair -         July 11 - 13
  • Franklin County (Ottawa) - July 16 - 20
  • Lane - TBA

Osage County 

  • Melvern Sunflower Days - June 20-22
  • Osage City - TBA
  • Overbrook - TBA

Kansas State Fair
September 6 - 15