Thanks Extended to 4-H Youth Scholarship Donors

The Camden County University of Missouri Extension extends thanks to all of the following companies and individuals for their generous donations in support of youth in Camden County.

     Bank of Urbana
     Barbara Fredholm
     Camden County Farm Bureau
     Camdenton Rotary Club
     Carolyn Solomon
     Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks
     Clancy and Patricia Barrett
     Cliff and Vicky Luber
     Community Foundation of the Lake
     Crown Dental Center
     Daybreak Rotary
     First National Bank
     Golden Rule Insurance Agency
     Hedges-Scott Funeral Home 
     James Hansen
     Kathy Fayant
     Kwik Kar Wash Detail Lube
     Sleeper Country Market
     Lake Dental Clinic
     Lake Ozark Rotary
     Lake Regional Health System
     Laurie Sunrise Beach Rotary Club       
     Mid Missouri Credit Union
     Naught-Naught Insurance
     Re/MAX Lake of the Ozarks Charitable Foundation
     Robin's Place, LLC
     Save A Lot, Camdenton
     Scotts Concrete
     Sheila Morse
     The Bank of Versailles
     The Lodge of the Four Seasons
     Tim and Julie Decker
     Tom Walker
     Trico Dock Center
     Wal-Mart, Camdenton
     Woods Supermarket 
  

MU Extension offers online course for board members of nonprofits

University of Missouri Extension is offering online training for board members of nonprofit organizations.  "Serving on a board is a little different from volunteering for an event or activity," says Connie Mefford, associate extension professional and community development specialist in Benton County.  "I think many people don't understand their legal responsibility."

While board members can bring valuable skills and knowledge, they might not be ready to deal with issues such as conflicts of interest, maintaining minutes and other required documents, compensation of paid employees, and proper handling of grants, donations and other income, Mefford said.

Bringing new board members up to speed can be difficult and expensive for small nonprofits, especially in rural communities.  "It's hard enough to find time to go to meetings and go to events," she said, noting that volunteer board members for small nonprofits usually juggle service with full-time jobs, family life and other commitments.

She teamed up with fellow extension community development specialists Georgia Stuart-Simmons and Larry Dickerson to develop the online course, "Build Your Board."  Mefford says they designed the course to accomodate the busy schedules of board members and the tight budgets of small nonprofit service agencies such as food pantries.  Oversight by an engaged board of directors can be critical to the continued fiscal health of a small nonprofit, she says. 

"Board members are often not really involved in the finances," Mefford said.  "But if the organization begins to fail, the responsibility falls on them.  If they had been more involved, they might have been able to provide some guidance."

The course consists of 16 downloadable lessons covering such topics as finances, teamwork, conflict, meetings, planning, paperwork and avoiding crises.  Participants can ask questions and discuss lessons with instructors by email.

Lessons take about 10 to 15 minues to complete.  Participants have three months to complete the training.  Those who pass a test at the end of the course receive a certificate of completion.

To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/MU-BuildBoard


Journal your garden 

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year.  Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping records.  MU Extension's new publication, MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond:  Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.

This publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all expoerience levels.  Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information.

Order today at http://extension.missouri.edu/mp928 or stop in at the Camden County UM Extension Office and place your order.

Garden Journal and Calendar flyer (PDF)

Soil testing

Don't guess.  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)