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SkillUP Program Comes to Columbia

Boone County will host the SkillUP program on a regular basis at the Boone County Extension Office and at the Family Impact Center here in Columbia. The attached flyer explains the SkillUP program and includes dates/times for each session. The classes are mainly from the Tackling the Tough Skills Curriculum with some additions from the Transitions Curriculum (soft skill job training). These FREE classes are open to any and all residents. If you are interested or need more information, please contact Sarah Traub at 660-882-5661, or by email at traubs@missouri.edu

TOPIC 1: Individual Strengths
TOPIC 2: Communication: It's More than just Talking
TOPIC 3: Responsibility
TOPIC 4: Conflict Resolution/Anger Management

MU Hosts National Summer Transportation Institute for Youth Entering Grades 9-12

MU will be hosting two one-week programs for the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) for students entering grades 9 through 12 during the weeks of July 10-14 and July 17-21, 2017. The purpose of NSTI is to help stimulate interest in careers in transportation. The program is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, and some general information about the program can be found here.

The program is free and includes lectures, classroom activities, field trips, and lunch. The attached flyer contains additional details regarding the NSTI at MU. Also attached is the application form that students need to submit, along with a typed essay and letter of recommendation, to be considered for the program.

Please help to pass this information along anyone that you think might be interested in the program.

Need Help with Your Lawn and Garden, Trees, or Bushes?

The Master Gardeners of Cole County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling the hotline at 573-634-2824, Tuesday and Friday afternoons, 12:30-4:30, or you can email your question(s) and pictures at any time to muextcolemastergard@missouri.edu. If you need immediate help, feel free to contact the Greene County Master Gardener hotline directly at 417- 874-2963.

Planting Guide: First time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide. Read story.

Soil Test: Bring in your soil and make sure you don't waste money on your lawn, garden or field. Soil Test Brochure (PDF). For more information, including a video on how to collect a sample, see "Soil Test Central."

Eclipse 2017 - August 21st

On August 21, Columbia will be in the direct path of totality for a total solar eclipse! The last time total eclipse of the sun was visible over Missouri was in 1869. Learn more about how MIZZOU will be gearing up for this phenomenon here [...]

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse, when the moon entirely blocks the sun's bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality (which includes St. Joseph, Columbia, Jefferson City, and parts of Kansas City and St. Louis). To view the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun, you must wear safety glasses. The glasses filter out 100% of harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays and 99.9999% of intense visible light. 

Get your Eclipser Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses (CE Certified) today for only $1/ea by calling or coming by our office. We have a limited supply, so grab them fast!

 

Publication For History Buffs

The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" has been published and is now available for purchase on Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com or at the Greene County MU Extension office in Springfield. The book details over 60 of the very best historic and one-room schools in Missouri. The book costs $15.50 and all proceeds benefit the administration of the Greene County Extension office. More information | Order link
 

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Farmers and ranchers who need to use "restricted use" pesticides in their operations need to have a license to purchase those products. The Boone County Extension Center offers you the opportunity to obtain or renew your private pesticide applicator license for only $12. To schedule your training, please contact us at (573) 445-9792 or by email at BooneCo@missouri.edu.

Support Local Extension Programming With Your Gift

For over 60 years, Boone County Extension has served its community by offering programs that help its citizens create a better life. These programs include but are not limited to: agriculture, health and nutrition, community and leadership development, natural resources, business development, family finances, horticulture, even housing and energy management. Our current ongoing programs include 4-H, Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners.

Over the past several years, our funding has been dramatically reduced. The MCES Endowment is designed to provide program support for all Boone County Extension Specialists by way of office support, supplies and equipment, so they can continue delivering quality education. Now you can give directly to this endowment by following the MCES Endowment link below.

The Boone County Extension office is housed on the former Schotte Farm, a gift of the late Frank Graham. Now you can give directly to the Frank Graham Endowment, which will go towards the upkeep of the building and grounds. Click on our "donate" button on the left, or follow the Frank Graham Building Endowment link below.

MCES Endowment

Frank Graham Building Endowment