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Buchanan County Extension Office Assistant Position

The Buchanan County Extension Council is seeking applicants for an Office Assistant for the Buchanan County Extension Office. This position serves as the receptionist for the office and will have daily contact with the public. Duties include customer service, administrative support, event coordination, and website updates. For a full position description, click the link below. Typical work hours are 8 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.  Full benefits package including vacation, sick leave, retirement and health insurance.  To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, completed application, and three references via e-mail buchananco@missouri.edu. You may also mail application materials to Buchanan County Extension, 4125 Mitchell Ave, St. Joseph, MO  64507. Preference will be given to applications received by January 5.

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Three State Beef Conference

Things have really changed for beef producers over the last few years—markets, feed prices, and weather, just to name a few. Addressing some of the issues and opportunities in this current production environment is the upcoming Three-State Beef Conference (PDF), offered by university extension services in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska on January 13, 14, and 15, 2015.


Extension Offers Farm Bill Educational Meetings 

The 2014 Farm Bill contains several provisions that enable farmers and landowners to make decisions regarding their involvement in federal farm programs.  Landowners will have the opportunity to reallocate base acres on individual farms as well as update yield information that is used to determine some farm program payments.  Additionally, farmers will have the opportunity to elect to participate in the new commodity programs—Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC).  To provide information on the new farm bill that will assist landowners and farmers in making program decisions, University of Missouri Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host free educational meetings across the state.  To see a list of meetings in Northwest Missouri click here.  You can also view a map of meeting locations.


Northwest Certified Crop Growers Conference (CCA)

The NW Certified Crop Growers Conference is targeted to Certified Crop Advisors and Crop Producers in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. The conference offers 17 CEU's to participate. It is held at the Fulkerson Center on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph, Missouri. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 and ends Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Contact Buchanan County Extension for registration information, 816-279-1691 or view the brochure.


Test Your Soil for Better Lawns and Gardens

Avoid excessive fertilizer use, and guard against nutrient loss. A soil test shows exactly how much lime and fertilizer a lawn or garden needs. Science-based, reliable analysis and unbiased recommendations let you escape hit-or-miss gardening and lawn care. Contact the Buchanan County Extension office today to find out how to collect a sample to bring in for analysis. The analysis is done at the University of Missouri Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory in Columbia at a cost of $13.

Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2013

The Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2013 are available now at http://agebb.missouri.edu/mgt/cashrent/index.htm or view the PDF guide.

Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

This monthly newsletter provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region.


Weather information

Real-time Weather at St. Joseph, Mo.

MU Extension in Buchanan County