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Volunteers are the heart of 4-H. See how you can impact our youth and make a difference! Check out the 4-H Volunteers page.


Learn to Manage Diabetes for a Healthier You

For millions of Americans living with diabetes, fluctuating blood sugar levels, fatigue, pain, and stress are often part of daily living. In just six weeks, you can learn to reduce these symptoms and improve your everyday life.

University of Missouri Extension will offer a FREE six-week class for people with diabetes.  This weekly class will meet Thursdays, August 31, 2017 thru October 5, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm. The class, co-taught by Tammy Roberts and Susan Mills-Gray, University of Missouri Extension Specialists, will be held at Bates County Memorial Hospital in the Education Center.

In the class, participants will learn ways to cope and live better with diabetes. “Studies show people who take the class improve their health, decrease disability and health distress plus have decreased hospital days and physician visits,” says Tammy Roberts.  

“Diabetes Self-Management Course” will teach people how to deal with problems such as pain, fluctuating blood sugar levels, and fatigue.  Other topics include:

  • Techniques to deal with frustration and isolation
  • Safe exercise to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Managing medications
  • Communicating with health care professionals, family, and friends
  • Healthy eating
  • Problem solving skills
  • Foot care
  • Action planning

The class is free, but registration is due by Tuesday, August 29, 2017, by calling the Bates County Extension Office at 660-679-4167.  

Are you wondering how to preserve your bounty of sweet corn?

Check out the July/August 2017 (PDF) edition of Preserve It Fresh, Preserve It Safe for great tips on preserving sweet corn.

It's gardening time! Time to check your pressure canner!

Don't wait until you are ready to use your pressure canner to check it over. Bring your dial gauge pressure canning lids to your local Extension Office to have the gauge checked for accuracy.  

Click here for a handy guide to help you maintain your dial gauge pressure canner.


Don’t guess — soil tests save time and money

Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, says Manjula Nathan, director of the MU Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.

Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

“We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan says.

“Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she says. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or underapplication, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost is $15 per sample. For more information, see these soil testing publications.


Real time weather

Real time weather is provided as a service to the community with the collaboration of the Butler R-V school district, the Kansas City/Pleasant Hill National Weather Service and Bates County University of Missouri Extension.

For weather information, click the weather logo.


Journal your garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year.  Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping records. MU Extension publication MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.

The publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels. Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings your reliable and relevant information.


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