Show-Me-Select meeting

The Show Me Select Replacement Heifer Program is focused entirely on Missouri's farmers and is dependent upon active participation from extension livestock specialists and local veterinarians, each of which are critical components of the agricultural sector of this state. This program is unique in that it is first and foremost an educational program targeted at improving production efficiency through increased use of existing technology, coupled with the marketing component. Find out more at our meeting on Thursday, February 4, 7 p.m. at Kirksville Livestock or call Zac Erwin, livestock specialist at 660-665-9866 or

Lunch and learn: Small steps to health and wealth

Our Lunch and Learn program on Small Steps to Health and Wealth will meet Thursday, February 11 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Adair County Extension Center (503 E. Northtown Road, Kirksville). Presenters will be University of Missouri Extension Nutrition and Health Education Specialist Margo Myers and Family Financial Education Specialist Wendy Brumbaugh.

This program motivates participants to improve both their health and their finances. Participants are encouraged to set a health goal and/or wealth goal, then take action to achieve their goals by identifying small progress steps. Participants discuss 20 similarities between health and personal finance issues and learn 10 suggested behavior change strategies that can be applied to either area of life. The impact of health on finances and finances on health is also explored. The program concludes with a discussion of seven key health and wealth success factors: attitude, automation, awareness/knowledge, control, environment, goals, and time. Participants are encouraged to share their successes.

There's no fee, although you can order a sack lunch for $7.00. Please register by noon, Wednesday, February 10 by calling the Adair County Extension Center at 665-9866 or email Please include your name and the best way to contact you. If ordering a sack lunch it must be paid for by this date also.

Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming Lunch and Learns:

  • March 10 - Selling to the government, Chris Shoemaker, MU Extension business development specialist
  • April 14 – Starting your garden, raised beds and container gardening, Master Gardener volunteer
  • May 12 – What is your watershed address? Valerie Tate, MU Extension agronomy specialist

Private Pesticide Applicator Training, February 17

Certified Private Applicators are defined by the Missouri Pesticide Use Act as any individual who is certified by the director as authorized to use, or to supervise the use of, any pesticide which is classified for restricted use for purposes of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by the applicator or their employer or on the property of another person, if used without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities, on the property of another person.

To obtain a Certified Private Applicator license, the applicant must complete the Certified Private Applicator Training Program provided by the University of Missouri Extension Office. Training will be held in Kirksville on Wednesday, February 17 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Adair County Extension Center. Cost is $12.

Certified Private Applicator licenses expire five (5) years from the issue date. Find other locations at

Garden Workshop, February 19

University of Missouri Extension and the Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency will host a garden workshop on Friday, February 19 from 1 to 4 pm at the Missouri Department of Conservation office in Kirksville. Topics include: Getting Started Growing A Garden (things you need to know to grow your own garden-soil preparation, what to grow, growing in raised beds, containers and directly in the garden); Starting Seeds (includes hands-on seed planting and everyone takes home packets of seeds); and Food Preparation (now that I’ve grown it, how do I prepare it, recipes will be given out). Horticulture Specialist Jennifer Schutter and Nutrition and Health Specialist Margo Myers, will teach the workshop. There is no cost to attend. Supplies for the workshop are sponsored by Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency. Please pre-register by calling the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866.

Attention 4-H families: Regional 4-H Energizer

You don't want to miss this day full of games, good times, fun workshops, food and fellowship with fellow 4-H families. This event will be held Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Macon, MO. Find more information and get the registration form at


Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1916, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income. For application forms and information, contact your local MU Extension office, or visit the program website at

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

4-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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