Candidates sought to serve on MU Extension Council

The MU Extension in Camden County Extension Council is now accepting nominations from members of the public interested in serving on the Council beginning in March, 2017.

Council members assist in identifying, planning and marketing extension programs in the county, providing local extension governance, and serving as ambassadors of MU Extension.

Every county in Missouri has an Extension Council made up of elected and appointed members who represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in the county.  Council candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in the district they represent. Council members are elected to serve a two-year term on the Extension Council.

The Camden County Extension Council will have positions open in –

  • District 1 (Horseshoe Bend, Osage Beach, Linn Creek, Camdenton, Sunrise Beach),
  • District 2 (Climax Springs, Greenview, Macks Creek, Roach), and
  • District 3 (Freedom, Hill House, Montreal, Stoutland, and Toronto). 

The upcoming 2017 public election will occur January 16 through 22, 2017.

If you are interested in serving on the MU Extension in Camden County Extension Council, or to secure additional information about the election process please contact the Camden County Extension Center, 573-346-2644 or  Nominations are due by November 29, 2016.

Welcome Ashley Goring to Camden County

HELLO…. My name is Ashley Goring. I have been working with extension for a little over two months in the Family Nutrition Education Program (FNEP). Starting in October, I’ll go to schools, senior centers, and food pantries to get the word out about nutrition and benefits in being physically active! 

Here’s a little about me personally; I grew up in Camden County and went to Camdenton R-III. In school, I played softball and sang in choir. After high school, I went to State Fair for two years to receive my associates degree then transferred to Central Methodist University for another two years to receive a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I was a paraprofessional at Dogwood for three years and the lead preschool teacher at Children’s Learning Center for two years. I married my high school sweetheart, Brandon, almost four years ago and we have our first child on the way, due in February! My husband owns BG Tree Service, we have three pets, and are currently starting to build a driveway and shop on the 37 acres we bought almost 2 ½ years ago! Exciting times!

I look forward to the opportunity to work with the children and residents of Camden County to enhance their nutrition and health awareness and knowledge.

Basic Estate Planning workshop

Do you have your final plans made?  Do you know what will happen to your personal possessions and property when you pass away?  Have you taken the steps to ensure your property passes to who you intend for it to pass once you are gone?  If you do not have an estate plan in place, the state of Missouri will make the decisions for you.  Everyone needs an estate plan, whether you have a small or large estate.

MU Extension in Camden County will be offering a Basic Estate Planning program in Camdenton, Missouri. Topics covered will include wills, trusts, gifting, power of attorney, non-titled property, non-probate transfers, and health care directives.

The programs will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to  3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, 739 W. US Hwy 54, Camdenton.  The cost for the program is $25 per person or $40 per household.  To register, please contact the MU Extension Center at 573-346-2644 before Monday, October 31, 2016 by Noon.

Estate Planning flyer (PDF)

Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Missouri Farm Bureau will be held on Sunday, December 4 through Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. Additional information

47th Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture

Mark your calendar!  Come one, come all to the 47th Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture.  Hosted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, the conference is the place to see and be seen.  Missouri agriculturalists will gather to listen, learn, network and celebrate.  The conference will be held on December 14 through December 16, 2016.  Additional details will be forthcoming, but for now mark your calendar.

A Matter of Balance classes

Many older adults experience concerns about falling.  The risk of falling rises with age and is a leading cause of major, if not fatal, injuries among seniors.  According to the National Council on Aging, more than one in three people 65 years or older fall each year and more than 1/6 million older adults go to emergency departments for fall-related injuries.

What makes matters worse is with increasing age also comes the fear of falling.  In fact, research shows older adults are three times more fearful of falling than being robbed.  This fear often leads to restricting or avoiding their once healthy activities like walking, shopping or attending social events.  There is hope however.  Seniors can challenge perceived limitations and develop strategies to help them succeed in preventing or reducing falls and the fear of falling.

To recognize this important issue, the MU Extension is offering an award winning program called "A Matter of Balance".  This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.  Participants will learn to:  view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce falls at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.  A Matter of Balance is designed to benefit community living older adults who are concerned about falls; have sustained a fall in the past; restrict activities because of concerns about falling; are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength; and are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem solve.

A Matter of Balance is being offered at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.  The class will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons for eight weeks from January 4 to February 22, 2017.  The eight sessions will be presented by Sarah Traub, a Human  Development and Family Science Specialist and Amy Bartels, a Nutrition and Health Education Education Specialist for the MU Extension.

Do you have concerns about falling flyer (PDF)


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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