The Missouri Steer Feedout Finale will be held June 29 at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon

The program is open to the public and will reveal how 170 steers performed in the feedlot and at the packing plant since last November.  Seventeen different owners put the steers in the evaluation to learn about their overall performance after they leave the farm in Missouri and go to southwest Iowa for finishing.  This year’s group came from northwest, northeast and southwest Missouri.  They were fed in Iowa as part of their Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity.  There will be a powerpoint presentation to show many of the steers as they reached harvest weights.  The pictures will show how the different cattle performed regarding rate of gain, carcass quality and yield grade as well as profitability.  There is a lot of difference in steer performance as those attending will be able to see.  The goal of the Feedout is to increase the awareness of producers of those differences.  Once they observe those they can make adjustments in their breeding and management programs.  They can also compare their cattle to industry-wide standards.  The Finale is one of the most educational evenings of the year for participants as they learn you can’t always look at cattle and know how they’ll perform.  For more information, call the University Extension Center, Mt. Vernon 417-466-3102.  The meeting location is 14548 Highway H, Mt. Vernon.  From I-44 you may exit either at 38 or 44 to reach the Center.  Missouri Steer Feedout flier.pdf

Dade County Youth Fair

July 2, 2016

Everton Saddle Club – Everton, MO


Dade County Youth Fair Book (PDF)

Dade County Youth Fair Registration Form (PDF)

Dade County Youth Horse Registration (PDF) 

“Don't be a Victim -- Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and Understanding Credit” on July 11, 2016 in Greenfield

Most of us probably know at least one person who has been a victim of identity theft.  But we may think it can’t happen to us.  Unfortunately, identity theft has been rapidly increasing in recent years, affecting millions of people in the United States alone.  So how can you protect yourself? Make plans to attend “Don't be a Victim -- Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and Understanding Credit.”  The seminar, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and the Dade County University of Missouri Extension Council.  It will be held on July 11, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Dade County, 2 N. Main Street (northeast corner of the square), Greenfield.  The program will provide information on ways to prevent identity theft and what to do if you become a victim.  Since identity theft is often related to credit use, information on understanding credit and using it effectively will also be included.  Advance registration is not required, but is appreciated. To register, call the University of Missouri Extension Center in Dade County, 417/637-2112 or

Using Social Media in a Disaster

A unique publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. Information and provided guidelines in this updated 30-page publication grew out of the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton had building a Facebook community following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornado. Using Social Media in a Disaster.pdf

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

2015 Pest Management Guide (PDF)

Pasture Weed and Brush Control Guide (PDF)

2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri (PDF)

2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri (PDF)

Vegetable Planting Calendar (PDF)