Small Steps to Health and Wealth

Are you ready to make some small changes in your life to improve both your health and your wealth? “Small Steps to Health and Wealth” will be held Thursday, July 9 at the Adair County Extension Center from 12:30 to 12:50 p.m. The program provides participants with 25 ways to make small, positive behavior changes to take charge of your future. Learn strategies to improve your health and increase your wealth by simple things you can do each day. The behavior changes presented in this workshop has “action steps” and worksheets to help you apply each strategy to your individual goals and life situations. Take advantage of this excellent lunch and learn workshop to improve your life! A sack lunch will be available for $6.00, paid in advance by Monday, July 6 at the Extension Center. Call 665-9866 for more information.

Master Gardener training to be offered in Kirksville

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. More information and registration form is available now at

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



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 June issue of the Ag Connection newsletter shares timely information on cattle flies, insects and disorders of tomato plants (Jennifer Schutter), managing timber and the 2015 Management Intensive Grazing Schools .Read these articles at

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 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.