KY3 attends Lake of the Ozarks region discussion on economic development since 2008 recession

It's been a decade since the Great Recession of 2008, and some rural areas of our state are still feeling the effects.  That was the topic of an economic development discussion with representatives from local governments at the Lake of the Ozarks on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Michele Kroll, a Community Development Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension in Camden County shared a presentation on rural development looking forward in the Lake of the Ozarks region, which includes Camden, Miller, Morgan and Laclede Counties.  

The complete article can be found on the KY3 webpage at

Local grazing schools to be held in April

Two Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in our local area will be sponsoring a grazing school this spring.  The schools are a source of grazing management information and also provides eligibility for several cost-share practices.

Laclede County SWCD will hold their three day school on April 9, 10 and 11.  The contact number to receive time, cost and to register is 1-800-203-4467, extension 3.

Miller County SWCD will host a grazing school the evenings of April 26 and 27 and all day on April 28.  The contact number to receive time, cost and to register is 573-392-5667, extension 3.

Both schools have a limited number of participants so you should call early to reserve your place.  There will be a fee which can vary from county to county.  Times and dates are set by the sponsoring county.

Search is on for Missouri Century Farms

The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 as a result of the Missouri Committee for Agriculture that was co-chaired by James B. Boillot, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Elmer R. Kiehl, Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Missouri.  The commirtee's purpose was to organize the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration in Missouri.  One activity that was initiated by the committee was the "Centennial Farm" project, which awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more.  Interest in the program continued after 1976.  The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10 year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program.  This program has been sustained as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year.  In 2008. the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.

The search is on for century farms in Missouri.  If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1918, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.  To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines.  The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years.  The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption.  The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.  Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.

Applicants certified as owners of a 2018 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the MU Extension in Camden County Council.  Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.  

For applications received by May 1, a $55 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants.  If the application is received between May 1 and May 15, 2018, the cost is $65.  Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2018 to be considered. For application forms and more information, call Extension Publications at 800-292-0969, the MU Extension in Camden County Office at 573-346-2644 or visit the program website at http:/

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)

2017 MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report

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

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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