MU Extension's Centennial

For 100 years, MU Extension has engaged Missourians in relevant programs based on University of Missouri research.  The year 2014 marks the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, a national network whose purpose is to extend university-based knowledge beyond the campus.

MU Extension Assisting with Farm Bill

To decide which farm bill option to choose (PLC, PLC+SCO or ARC-Co), fill out the decision aid guide at : The information entry is the most time consuming piece of this decision; enter information as far ahead of time as you wish, then click one button to update options and decide which farm bill program you would like to choose before going into the FSA office.  If you want help please fill out the following worksheet and call your local extension office to get in touch with an ag business specialist who can help you enter your information into the web tool.  Data Requirements.pdf

January 30th - Final date to apply for 2011 through 2014 losses under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program and Livestock Indemnity Program.  February 27th - Deadline for base acre reallocation and yield updates for ARC and PLC program.  March 31st - Final date to make ARC/PLC Election for farm.

Dade County Extension Council Election will be January 19-23, 2015

A very important part of the Dade County Extension program is the Extension Council.  The people that serve on the council are important in directing the county program.  They represent you, the people of the county.  It’s time for you to elect members for the 2015 Dade County Extension Council.  Participation in the election is open to any citizen of voting age that is a resident of Dade County.  This year, the election will be conducted by paper ballot and on-line voting.  The Dade County ballot can be found on the Dade County Extension web site at  Ballots will be available beginning January 19 through January 23, 2015. A ballot box will be available at the Extension Office, 2 N. Main Street and at the Dade County Clerk’s Office, Courthouse.  Ballots must be received by 4:00 pm on Friday or postmarked with January 23rd, in order to be counted.

90th Annual Dade County Forage & Crop Conference on January 22, 2015

The 90th Annual Dade County Forage and Crop Conference will be at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the United Methodist Church Life Center in Lockwood. The meeting will begin with dinner prepared by Maggie Mae’s, Miller.  This year’s topics include: “UAV’s for AG: Promises & Limitations” – Bill Wiebold, MU Extension Plant Sciences and “Pasture Weed Control” – Brant Mettler, Range & Pasture/Vegetation Management Specialist, Dow AgroSciences LLC. The program will also include updates by the Dade County Commission, FSA and NRCS.  Since dinner is being served, please call the Dade County Extension Office at 417-637-2112, to reserve your seat by January 16th.

I Heart MU Extension 5k Walk/Fun Run on February 28, 2015      

5k & 1 mile Walk/Fun Run on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at the American Legion Hall in Lockwood, MO.  7:00 am: Registration/packet pick-up.  8:00 am: 5k Begins.  8:05 am: 1 mile Walk/Fun Run Begins.  Registration Form: I Heart MU Extension

Dade County 2014 State Fair Farm Family

Front row (from left to right):  Carla, Mason and Jarrod Hayes at the Missouri State Fair.  Back row (from left to right): Dr. Jack Magruder, Chair, Missouri State Fair Commission; Dr. Marc Linit, Senior Associate Dean, Research and Extension, University of Missouri; Barbara Hayden, Missouri State Fair Commission; Richard Fordyce, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau; Ted Sheppard, Missouri State Fair Commission.

Jarrod & Carla Hayes of Everton were among the 110 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on August 11, 2014.  The Hayes were selected as the Dade County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Dade County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.  The family includes Jarrod, Carla and their son, Mason (front row of photo).  Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their community, involved in agriculture, and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H and FFA.

The Hayes aid in the operation of the Wright family farm in Everton (Carla’s father); the farm has been in the family since 1882. They raise registered Charolais cattle; Jarrod has a tractor servicing business and Mason shows registered Charolais.  “We are proud to have a second generation 4-H leader and her family represent Dade County for our Farm Family,” said Jill Scheidt, CPD with University of Missouri in Dade County.  The annual event was sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri State Fair, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.

28 Farms in Southwest Missouri Named Century Farms

The Missouri Century Farm Program annually recognizes Missouri farms that are still productive and have been in the same family for 100 years or more. The newest additions to the Century Farm list were announced in mid-July and included 28 farms in southwest Missouri.  A complete listing of all 2014 Missouri Century Farms, including the names of all honored families, is available online at  A listing specific to southwest Missouri can be found at  The following is a list of new Century Farms in southwest Missouri, showing the primary contact for the Century Farm nomination, original owners, relationship to current owners, the acreage qualifying and the year it was first farmed by the family:  Dade County: M Louise Rush, Elwood and Agnes Rush, grandparents, 240, 1897.  2014 Century Farm publication 

Don't guess....Soil test!

Soil tests are essential for productive gardens and fields.  Fee: $15 per soil sample.  Learn more: Soil testing publications   

Other Popular MU Extension Publications

Pasture Weed and Brush Control Guide (PDF)

2011 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri (PDF)

2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri

Vegetable Planting Calendar