Search for Missouri Century Farms continues
If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1914, 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.
“It is important to honor and respect our history,” said Michael Ouart, vice provost and director, University of Missouri Extension. “These farms represent both Missouri’s cultural heritage and the good stewardship that our farmers strive for.”
In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau joined MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a program sponsor.
“Missouri Farm Bureau is a proud partner in the recognition of century farms,” said Blake Hurst, president. “We applaud the hard-working farm families that have kept us fed and clothed for generations. They represent an important part of our heritage and laid a foundation for the bounty Americans enjoy every day.”
Applicants certified as owners of a 2014 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the MU Extension center in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.
Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.
For applications received by May 1, a $65 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, the cost is $75. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014, to be considered.
For application forms and information, call MU Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension center or visit the program website at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.
Camden County University of Missouri Extension Council election results
Congratulations are extended to seven new council members who were elected to the Camden County University of Missouri Extension Council following elections held county-wide on Jan.18 through Jan. 24, 2014.
New Council members are as follows:
District I: Tom Walker, Mike Scahill, Sandy Nelson, James Gilley & Karen Hughes
District II: Sheila Morse
District III: Donna Owen
New Council members will serve a two year term, effective Mar. 1, 2014.
University of Missouri Extension aims to extend the education and information resources available through the University of Missouri to members of the local community. Council members play an important role in this process guiding the direction that programming takes in the county.
The Camden County Extension Council meets the last Tuesday of each month at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, Camdenton. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and are open to all.
The Camden County University of Missouri Extension office has professional staff available to assist you with questions in the fields of agriculture, business development, youth development, health and nutrition, family and human development. Requests for information can be directed to Camden County University of Missouri Extension, 44 Roofener Street, P O Box 1405, Camdenton, MO 65020, Phone 573-346-2644,
Advanced QuickBooks Pro training available
Attention area businesses and organizations. Training classes on the popular QuickBooks Pro accounting software will be offered by University of Missouri Extension. companies in QuickBooks, The advanced level class will focus on the expanded reporting capabilities of QuickBooks, importing and exporting data to Microsoft Excel, setting up and tracking inventory, tracking job costs, and setting up opening balances in equity accounts.
Advanced QuickBooks will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. The fee to attend each class is $95 per person. To register or for further information, contact Camden County UM Extension Office at 573-346-2644, or register online at http://www.missouribusiness.net/calendar/default.asp.
Introduction to QuickBooks Pro and Advanced QuickBooks Pro flyer (PDF)
Farmers 2013 Tax Guide available
A limited number of the Farmer's Tax Guide for 2013 are available at the Camden County UM Extension Office.
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)