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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

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Come learn about how to start, manage and maintain productive honeybee colonies. This all day event will be held at Northwest Technical School in Maryville, MO, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. The pre-registration deadline is March 16th, and if you do not pre-register before this date then the bee book and handouts will not be provided. You can pre-register by calling the Buchanan County Extension office at 816-279-1691, online at www.moveggrowers.org/beekeepingworkshops, or by mailing in the registration form to 4125 Mitchell Ave, St. Joseph, MO 64507.

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Beekeeping Brochure and Registration Form

S.A.L.E. Conference

Gain practical knowledge and explore the possibilities for your small acreage at this informative conference held in Spratt Hall on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph. For more information, visit the S.A.L.E. Conference Web page, call (660) 582-8101 or email dotyr@missouri.edu.

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

Weather information

Real-time Weather at St. Joseph, Mo.

MU Extension in Buchanan County