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.


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 if you have any questions.

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.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth

Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ was developed because many Americans are experiencing serious problems related to their health (e.g., diabetes and obesity) or their personal finances (e.g., high debt and low savings) or both.  According to Dr. Rebecca J. Travnichek, Family Financial Education Specialist with MU Extension, there are also many similarities between health and wealth that few books or programs have explored, including:

  1. Problems generally develop slowly over time and take time to address
  2. Financial problems negatively affect health and poor health negatively affects personal finances
  3. Lack of limits causes problems and restrictions help avoid them
  4. Evidence of denial and disconnects between what people do and say they're doing
  5. Drastic solutions, such as bankruptcy and gastric bypass surgery, have serious drawbacks
  6. Many people expect quick fixes and are susceptible to fraudulent health and financial claims

In addition, small, positive behavior changes, such as saving $5 or cutting 100 calories a day, make a big difference over time and are always better than taking no action at all.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ will be offered at the MU Extension in Laclede County office from Jan. 23 through Feb. 13, 2017.  By attending the four workshops,you will hear about 20 similarities between health and wealth issues discovered by researching financial parallels for expert health recommendations and vice versa.  Most importantly, you will learn about 25 behavior change strategies that can be simultaneously applied to improve both your health and personal finances.

The Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ workbook for the workshop will provide you with information to help you take charge of your future.  They were designed primarily to provide motivation to take action to improve your health and personal finances.  Each of the 25 behavior change strategies has health and wealth "action steps" and one or more worksheets that provide an opportunity to apply the strategy to your health and wealth goals and life situation.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth ™ 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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