New members of Barton County Extension Council elected

The 2016 public election of eight new members for the Barton County University of Missouri Extension County Council was held January 15-February 1, 2016. Every county in Missouri has an extension council made up of elected and appointed members who represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in that county. 

Four positions on the council were be filled from District I and District II.  Clifford Blanchard, Paul Crabtree, Marshall Miller and Sondra Smith were elected to represent District I.  Judy Gastel, Roger Mayfield, Ed Patterson, and Barb Thrasher were elected to represent District II.

The newly elected council members will be sworn in at the Barton County Extension Annual meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 pm, at the First Baptist Church, Lamar.

University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs addressing high-priority areas such as agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, family financial education, business and industry, community development and youth development (4-H) for all citizens of Missouri.  For information about extension in Barton County, call the office at 417-682-3579.


Annual Soils & Crops Conference scheduled for February 18

Beginning at 9:15 am, the Annual Soils & Crops Conference agenda will include "Nitrogen Source Comparisons", "Preparing for Herbicide Tolerant Traits", "Synthetic vs Poultry Litter" and a variety of other topics.  The meeting will be held at Thiebaud Auditorium in Lamar and there is a $5 registration fee. Lunch will be catered by Chicken Mary's, please call the Barton County Extension office, 417-682-3579, to register by February 12.


Free "Seasonal and Simple" app available

This app allows you to view a vast selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, produce information, recipes and an easy-to-read colorful chart that shows when produce is in season. A comprehensive list of Missouri Farmers Markets will lead you to locally grown produce anywhere in the state.

To download, simply go to the App Store or Android Market and search "seasonal and simple".

"Start Younger, Live Longer"

Visit University of Missouri Extension Nutrition and Health Facebook page for updated nutrition information, healthy snack ideas and fitness suggestions.  

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Popular extension publications

MU Extension publication G427, 2011 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri
MU Extension publication G302, 2009 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
MU Extension publication G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar