Regional Family Financial Education Specialist - Job Announcement

This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in financial literacy, money management, estate planning, food resource management, debt management and consumer issues for low income audiences.  It will be headquartered in Savannah, Missouri and primarily serve Andrew, Atchison, Holt, Nodaway, Worth, Gentry, DeKalb, Buchanan and Clinton counties in the Northwest region with additional coverage as needed.  A full position description may be viewed at  http://extension.missouri.edu/jobs

S.A.L.E. Conference

Gain practical knowledge and explore the possibilities for your small acreage at this informative conference held in Spratt Hall on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph, MO.  Early registration (pdf)  is due February 27, 2015.  For more information, visit the S.A.L.E. Conference Web page, call (660) 582-8101 or email dotyr@missouri.edu.

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

A Beginning Beekeeping Workshop will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Northwest Technical School in Maryville, MO.  Come and learn how to start, manage and maintain productive honeybee colonies.  The deadline is March 16th and the cost is $25 which includes lunch, refreshments, a bee book and handouts.  Register by calling the Buchanan County Extension office at 816-279-1691 or online at www.moveggrowers.org/beekeepingworkshops

Search For Missouri Century Farms Continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1915, 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.

“It is important to honor and respect our history,” said Michael Ouart, vice provost for University of Missouri Extension. “These farms represent both Missouri’s cultural heritage and the good stewardship that our farmers strive for.”

In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau joined MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a program sponsor.

“Missouri Farm Bureau is a proud partner in the recognition of century farms,” said Blake Hurst, president. “We applaud the hard-working farm families that have kept us fed and clothed for generations. They represent an important part of our heritage and laid a foundation for the bounty Americans enjoy every day.”

Applicants certified as owners of a 2015 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the local MU Extension office in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.

Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.

For applications received by May 1, a $65 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. If the application is received between May 1 and May 15, the cost is $75. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2015, to be considered.

For application forms and information, call MU Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension office at 816-324-3147, or visit the program website at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.

Here to help

The staff of the Andrew County Extension Center is available to assist you with research-based information on a variety of topics. If you can't find what you are looking for on our website, please give us a call at 816-324-3147 or send an email to andrewco@missouri.edu.

Don't guess — Soil test and save time and money

Soil testing is the best guide to the efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments. Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable garden in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for improvements. Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost for a regular test is $15 per sample box. Additional fees are required for additional tests. Each sample box requires 2 cups of dry soil. Results will be mailed to you in about 10 to 14 business days. See additional MU publications for information on soil testing.

Private pesticide applicator training

If you need to be certified or re-certified, call the extension office to schedule a time to view the video. Individuals are required to have a Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual. Bring your copy for verification or purchase one for $12 at the extension office.

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MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom in Andrew County. We connect people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities. MU Extension-Andrew County is your one-stop source for practical education and information on almost anything.

MU Extension partners with the Andrew County Commission and other local organizations to provide education, information and services that meet people’s needs. The elected and appointed members of the Andrew County extension council provide guidance in identifying those needs to ensure that our educational programs are relevant, reliable and responsive.

Whether it’s resources for yourself or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to explore our website or contact the Andrew County Extension Office in Savannah to learn how we can help you.

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