Learn about food preservation basics

More people are preserving fruits and vegetables from their backyard or local farmers market so they can enjoy home-grown produce year-round and they know where their food comes from. Learn the basics of food preservation using water bath canning, pressure canning, freezing and dehydration on Thursday, August 13 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Extension Center. Please register by August 10. A sack lunch will be available for $6 if you register and pay for your lunch by August 10 (or you can bring your own).

Master Gardener training to be offered in Kirksville

REDUCED PRICE IF YOU REGISTER BY August 14! Master Gardener training classes will be held in Kirksville every Wednesday, August 26 through November 11 from 1-4 p.m. at the Adair County Extension Center. Pay a reduced price of only $115 if you register by August 14 (for this Kirksville class only). More information and registration form is available now at http://extension.missouri.edu/adair/mgtraining.aspx.

Grazing School, August 28-29

Topics covered will include livestock nutrition, economic aspects of grazing management, forage growth and fertility, grazing calculations, managing fescue, layout and design of grazing systems, stockpiling/extending the grazing systems, watering systems and a power fencing demonstration. The meeting will be held at the First Baptist Church in Kahoka. Get more information at http://extension.missouri.edu/clark.

Choose a pressure canner to safely preserve

With each year’s growing season, there seems to be another round of “new and improved” kitchen gadgets to make preserving the harvest easier and better. Some can be a great help; others, like the electric multi-cooker appliances, may not result in the safe canned product one might be expecting. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP) released comments this spring warning against the use of electric multi-cookers for canning. They warn, “We do not support the use of the USDA canning processes in the electric, multi-cooker appliances now containing ‘canning’ or ‘steam canning’ buttons on their front panels.” The NCHFP, which has conducted testing and made the canning recommendations the USDA endorses, explains their cautious reception of these appliances. For more information and resources, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/foodsafetyarticles/fdsfty93.htm

Pesticide collection for Missouri farmers and households

September 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Charles Krueger – Public Works Complex, 2001 North Osteopathy in Kirksville. Items accepted are pesticides, fungicides, rodenticides, insecticides, herbicides, dewormers, fertilizers containing herbicide or pesticides, and fly tags. For more information, see the flyer at http://extension.missouri.edu/adair/documents/Ag/Kirksville.pdf


Artificial Insemination (AI) breeding barns available

There are AI breeding barns available for rent at three locations in northeast Missouri. For more information on the locations and rental information, see AI Breeding Barns (PDF)

Ag Connection newsletter shares timely information

The Ag Connection newsletter shares timely information on agircultural-related items. Read these articles at http://agebb.missouri.edu/agconnection/.

It's a great time to join 4-H!

Photo: Kids sharing at 4-H Camp4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Contact Michelle Klem, 4-H youth development specialist at klemmd@missouri.edu or at 660-665-9866 to learn how to join 4-H. Clover Kid groups for 5 to 7 year olds will be forming soon.

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Fencing and boundary laws

Find helpful resources on Missouri's fencing and boundary laws, visit Missouri fence laws.