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Southwind District

Welcome to Southwind District! 

As a part of K-State Research and Extension, Southwind district programs present educational information and programming related to agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community vitality.

We serve the people of Allen, Bourbon, Neosho and Woodson Counties and have offices in each of those counties.

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 for real concern.  The information we provide is research-based and unbiased.

Health Care Open Enrollment

It's time to think about your health insurance for 2023.  Medicare enrollment is October 15 through December 7; Marketplace enrollment is November 1 through December 15.  Southwind Extension District is pairing with SEK Area Agency on Aging to bring insurance counseling to you.  To schedule a consultation, please call Jerri at 620-431-2980.  To leave a message after hours, press 201 at the prompt.  The following is a list of dates and locations:

  • November 14: Erie
  • November 17: Fort Scott
  • November 22: Yates Center
  • November 29: Erie
  • December 1: Fort Scott
  • December 6: Yates Center

Residents of Bourbon and Allen counties may call Rob Murnam, 620-240-5601 at the Community Health Center.  Allen County residents may also call Greta Ingle, 620-365-8128 at Thrive Allen County.





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Do you have an interest in educating and teaching youth? Do you enjoy STEM, ag science, creative arts, or food science? If so, the Kansas 4-H Summer Internship may be perfect for you! For best consideration, apply here by December 16th.


For more information on these latest events, simply click on the event title.

Livestock Risk Protection - Curious about managing livestock price risk and protecting your profits?  What about herd economics and production costs?  Join us for dinner and this educational event December 6th in Erie.

Living Well Wednesday Webinar- Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, Dec 14th for tips on how to keep your menu simple and fun this holiday season.

Everyday Mindfulness - The term "mindfulness" is everywhere these days. What exactly is it, and how can it benefit you? Join us for a program to find the answers to these questions and discuss how mindfulness can be incorporated into your everyday life. In person December 13 at Iola Public Library or webinar December 15. For webinar, register here.

Farm and Ranch Transition Conference - Transitioning out of or in to a farm or ranch can be a complex procedure.  By attending this conference on December 15th, you will gain valuable insight on how to best move forward with your transition.

Healthy Cooking for the Holidays - If you want to know how to reduce the fats and sugars in your holiday meals while keeping the great flavors, this workshop is for you!  December 16th in Iola.

Walk with Ease - Join us after the holidays to learn about arthritis, self-management, and walking safely and comfortably. January 9th through February 17th in Fort Scott.

K-State Garden Hour - Landscape Design 101  -  A new topic is covered on a webinar the first Wednesday of each month at noon.