Candidates sought to serve on MU Extension in Camden County Council

The Camden County University of Missouri Extension council is now accepting nominations from members of the public interested in serving on the Council beginning in March 2018.

Council members assist in identifying, planning and marketing extension programs in the county, providing local extension governance and serving as ambassadors of University of Missouri 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 I - Horseshoe Bend, Osage Beach, Linn Creek, Camdenton and Sunrise Beach
  • District II - Climax Springs, Greenview, Macks Creek and Roach
  • District III - Freedom, Hill House, Montreal, Stoutland and Toronto

The upcoming 2018 public election will occur January 15 to 21, 2018.  

Contact the Camden County Extension Center at 573-346-2644 or for information.  Nominations are due by Nov. 22, 2017.

Financing agriculture in changing times - Ag Lender's seminar

The MU Extension will offer Missouri agriculture lenders insight into "Financing Agriculture in Changing Times" during a Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 seminar at the MU Extension office, Suite D, in Lebanon.  Agriculture lenders, land appraisers, and realtors will find valuable resources at this program.

The MU Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics sponsors an annual statewide series of Agriculture lender seminars in cooperation with regional MU Extension specialists.

Joe Horner, MU Ag Economist, will discuss the 2017-2018 livestock and grain outlook.  USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Laclede County Executive Director Darrell McCann will discuss crops and livestock coverage under the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill.  Patricia Barrett will demonstrate the new AgSite Assessment tool developed by the University of Missouri and will share the current land and rental outlook for the surrounding counties.  

The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m.  The program fee of $30 includes a copy of the 2017 Missouri Farm Financial Outlook book.

Please contact the Laclede County MU Extension office at 417-532-7126 for registration materials.  Patricia Barrett will answer any questions via telephone at 573-369-2394 or email

Woodland management short course set in Versailles

Study and know your market before you sell trees, says University of Missouri Extension forestry specialist Hank Stelzer.  MU Extension, Morgan County Soil & Water Conservation District and Missouri Department of Conservation offers a workshop to help landowners learn how to improve the quality of their woodland and how to market it.  

The workshop will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at the Hunter Civic Center, 202 W. Jasper, Versailles.  Cost is $50 per person or $70 per couple.  Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

The first topic will be “Getting to Know Your Woodland,” says MU Extension specialist Joni Harper. You will learn how to collect online information about your woodland and understand why certain trees grow where they do.  The second topic covers how to turn neglected woodlots into healthy productive forests for revenue and better wildlife habitat. Stelzer also tells state and federal cost-share opportunities.  Stelzer gives steps to getting the highest price for timber while keeping a healthy forest during the third topic.  After lunch, you will travel to a privately owned woodland where you will get to walk the land and see first-hand many of the principles presented during the morning session; how to select crop trees, when and how to prune high-value crop trees, how to chemically remove unwanted trees, how to plan a successful harvest. This will be a great hands-on/demonstration activity.

 “Many woodland owners see harvesting trees as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Stelzer says. Too often, landowners sell trees for less than fair-market value, and loggers harvest the wrong trees.  “I often ask farmers and livestock producers if they ever sell their crops or take their livestock to market without knowing something about what they are selling,” he says. “‘Of course not!’ is the reply. Then why did you take that first offer the logger gave you? Working with a professional forester ensures the right trees are harvested, leaving you with a healthier, more productive forest capable of generating future income.”

 “Knowledge is power,” Stelzer says. “With that knowledge, you can rest easier knowing you did the best for yourself and your land.”

Register at the Morgan Co. MU Extension office, 100 E. Newton St. 4th Floor, Versailles MO.  For more information, email Joni Harper at or call 573-378-5358.

Managing Your Woodland flyer (PDF)


Land Grant Compact will provide access to Missouri residents

This news release is from the MU News Bureau on Aug. 24, 2017.   Contact Liz McCune, MU News Bureau, (573) 882-6212,, for additional information.                                                             

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Today, University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Pelema Morrice signed the Missouri Land Grant Compact, which will expand higher education access and affordability at MU for Missouri residents for generations to come.

As part of the compact, MU will offer the Missouri Land Grant and Missouri Land Grant Honors for Missouri residents. The Missouri Land Grant will cover all tuition and fees for all Pell-eligible Missouri residents who qualify for admission to MU. Missouri Land Grant Honors will meet 100 percent of unmet financial need, including tuition, fees, books and room and board, for Pell-eligible students enrolled in the Honors College.

The compact means that thousands of Mizzou students will be able to attend the university tuition-free. Based on current enrollment, it is expected that more than 3,500 MU students from Missouri will qualify for the grants annually.

“As the founders of this university did nearly 180 years ago, today we are reaffirming our pledge to provide access to higher education with the belief that an educated citizenry is the key to advancing the state of Missouri, our nation and world,” said Cartwright, who began his role as chancellor earlier this month. “It is a tremendous honor as chancellor to sign this historic compact and invest in attracting the state’s best and brightest.”

The grants are an homage to MU’s status as a land-grant university. The first public university west of the Mississippi River, MU was awarded land-grant status in 1870 through the Morrill Act. The act was intended to provide a broad segment of the population with practical education that has direct relevance to their daily lives.

Morrice said the grants will play an important role in attracting Missouri’s top talent who are heavily recruited by universities outside the state.

“We already know that the Pell Grant program is transformational for our students and opens pathways for many to attend MU who couldn’t otherwise,” Morrice said. “These grants are intended to build on the Pell program and create competitive financial awards for all Missouri residents who qualify.”

Most federal Pell Grants are awarded to students whose families make less than $30,000 annually. Pell Grants usually provide a maximum of $6,000 in higher education assistance annually, leaving significant gaps for some individuals and their families.

Mizzou invests about $12 million per year on need-based financial aid to promote access and affordability in higher education. MU students graduate, on average, with $8,000 less in student debt than the national average.

“Keeping higher education affordable and addressing student debt has been a focus at Mizzou for many years,” said Nick Prewett, executive director of the Office of Student Financial Aid. “We have a strong commitment to help students identify the financial resources necessary to fund a Mizzou education, resulting in students graduating with the least amount of debt. This helps put them on a great path as they begin their careers.”

The Missouri Land Grants will be available to students beginning in fall 2018. They are open to incoming freshmen as well as continuing and transfer students.

Missouri Land Grant Q&A (PDF)
Mizzou Missouri Land Grant Compact flyer (PDF)

2016 MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report

Check out the flip book version of the MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report.

Missouri Department of Conservation confirms invasive Emerald Ash Borer in Camden and Miller counties

Foresters with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) have confirmed the presence of an invasive tree pest in two new counties in central Missouri.  The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an exotic beetle that kills ash trees, has spread to Camden and Miller counties.  The destructive insect has now been confirmed in 33 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.

EAB is a species of small metallic green beetles native to the Asian continent.  It attacks all species of ash trees and kills nearly all trees it attacks.  At approximately a half-inch long, the green adult feeds on leaves and does very little damage to trees.  However, in its larval stage, the insect kills trees by feeding on the water and nutrient conducting tissues just under the bark.

EAB first appeared in the United States in Michigan in 2002 - most likely imported in packing crates and pallets made of EAB infested wood.  The pest first appeared in Missouri in 2008 at a campground near Lake Wappapello in the southeast part of the state.

Emerald Ash Borer CSI brochure (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)
How to take a soil test YouTube video 
Soil testing YouTube video 

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