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2015 Missouri Century Farm Applications Now Available

The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 as a result of the Missouri Committee for Agriculture that was co-chaired by James B. Boillot, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Elmer R. Kiehl, Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Missouri. The committee's purpose was to organize the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration in Missouri. One activity that was initiated by the committee was the "Centennial Farm" project, which awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. Interest in the program continued after 1976. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. This program has been sustained as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.  Applications are accepted February 1 - May 15, 2015.

http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm/

2015 Application Form

5th Annual Plant Sale

Northwest Missouri Master Gardeners and Tri-Beta Biological honor Society are having their 5th Annual Plant Sale on Friday, April 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or sellout. The Plant Sale will be located at Missouri Western State University, Agenstein-Remington Hall, North Entrance. Come early for perennials and annuals for the flower garden. There will also be heirloom tomatoes, other vegetables, wildflowers, herbs, and hostas! Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions. 

Garden N' Grow

The Master Gardeners put on a summer program for youth age 9-13, beginning May 28th through July 23rd, on Mondays and Thursdays. In the Garden N' Grow program, youths learn not only vegetable gardening, but also "cultivate" other science, math, and language arts skills and have fun! The goals of the program are to experience the fun of gardening, to enjoy a feeling of success, and to have the satisfaction of sharing harvested food with others in need. Vegetables harvested from the gardens are for home use and donation to local food agencies. The kids will be guided by adult volunteers from Master Gardeners, and development of the whole child is emphasized as well as team building as they garden with a partner. Adult leaders use cooperative teaching skills to educate youth about seeds transplants, garden planning and design, site preparation, soils, plant growth and development, costs of production, garden pests, plant health care, human nutrition, food value, food needs in the local community, and horticultural career opportunities. This program is funded by a grant, and is provided at no cost. Applications are available at the Buchanan County Extension Office, for more information contact us at 816-279-1691.

Private Pesticide Applicators Training

Individuals needing to obtain or renew their Private Pesticide Applicator certification for the purchase of restricted use pesticides may come into the Buchanan County Extension office and watch a 2 hour training video. The training is free of charge with the exception of purchasing the Private Pesticide Applicator Training Reference Manual at a cost of $12. Family members can share one manual. Call the Buchanan County Extension office, 816-279-1691, to schedule your certification or renewal.

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.

http://extension.missouri.edu/nwregion/newsletter.aspx

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