Take the opportunity to vote

Residents of Camden County (18 years or older) are urged to vote in the Camden County University of Missouri Extension Council elections that are taking place Jan. 16 through 22. Council Chair, Eric Petska, said seven county residents will be elected to fill this year's vacancies in Districts I, II, and III.  The nominees are as follows:

District 1 (Horseshoe Bend, Osage Beach, Linn Creek, Camdenton, Sunrise Beach) - 5 positions open - all for two-year terms.

  • Josh Baker
  • Erica Baumbach
  • Shawn Kober
  • Matt Renkoski
  • Aaron Salsman

District 2 (Climax Springs, Greenview, Macks Creek, Roach) - 1 position open - two-year term

  • Bill Girard

District 3 (Freedom, Hill House, Montreal, Stoutland, and Toronto) - 1 position open - two year term

  • Colby Callahan
  • Tandy Crabtree

Votes can be cast online on this webpage.  Click on Council Elections under Local Programming.  Background information on each of the candidates is posted online also.  County residents who don't have access to a computer at home can vote at any of the Camden County branch libraries or at the Camden County Extension Center at 44 Roofener Street, Camdenton.  

University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs in such categories as agriculture, food and nutrition, human development, business and industry, community development, financial management and youth development, along with various continuing education courses, workshops, printed and on-line information.

County residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to vote for the local University Extension Council members in the district in which you reside, and in doing so take an active role in enhancing the continuing education opportunities provided in Camden County.

For additional information, contact the Camden County University of Missouri Extension Center, 573-346-2644 or camdenco@missouri.edu.

2016 Farmer's Tax Guide

A limited number of 2016 Farmer's Tax Guides are available at the MU Extension in Camden County Office.  Stop by the office at 44 Roofener Street, Camdenton and pick one up.  We are here from 8 a.m. to Noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 on Monday through Friday.  Please call 573-346-2644 or email camdenco@missouri.edu if you have any questions.

Private pesticide applicator training

Farmers and ranchers who use restricted use pesticides in their operations need to have a license to purchase those products.  For producers whose license is expiring in 2017 or for those needing a license for the first time, Private Pesticide Applicator Training (PPAT) sessions have been scheduled in Camdenton.

Joni Harper, Extension agronomy specialist, will be conducting an afternoon and evening class at the MU Extension Office in Camden County.  You may attend one of the following scheduled classes on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 starting at 2 p.m. or starting at 6 p.m.  The class will last approximately two hours.

There is a requirement that producers must have the M87 "Private Pesticide applicator Reference Manual" in their possession for the class.  Producers who have a copy of the manual can bring it to the class and they will not need to purchase a new one.  Others will need to purchase the $12 manual at the class or prior to the class at the extension office.

The training will be held at the MU Extension Office at 44 Roofener Street, Camdenton.  Call 573-346-2644 or email camdenco@missouri.edu to register for the class or if you have any questions about this training class.

Soil testing

Soil tests save time and money.  Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri 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 said.

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

Soil testing provides analysis of pH, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, organic matter percent, neutralizable acidity, cation exchange capacity and nutrient requirements.  For information on test results, see MU publication G9112, Interpreting Missouri Soil Test Reports. Regional specialists also can assist you with additional information and recommendations. Soil testing can be done through the extension office. See Services for details.

Soil testing brochure (PDF)

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