Leadership Camden County seeks participants

The Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking individuals who are interested in learning more about our community, expanding leadership skills and networking with other area residents.  Co-sponsored with the MU Extension in Camden County, the twenty-third Leadership Camden County (LCC) class will begin in September.

"LCC offers a cost-effective program with a proven track record of success," a spokesman said.  "For over two decades with a modest investment of time and expense, LCC has graduated 554 business and civic leaders throughout the Lake Area."

The goals of the program are to enhance the leadership skills of participants to improve Camden County's future; familiarize participants with the community's opportunities, needs, problems, and resources; identify and analyze current economic, political and social forces affecting the community's future; establish effective peer relationships among participants; provide a common ground for communications between participants and community leaders; and to educate participants on how to move people and ideas to action.

LCC will address the following topics during the nine month program:

  • September - Orientation and Team Building - This is an opportunity for the class to meet their other classmates, share information about themselves and for developing the team.
  • October - Leadership Dynamics and Tour of Camden County - The class experiences a leadership panel and develops a vision for Camden County.  The group will participate in the True Colors session.
  • November - Health and Education - Health and education resources are reviewed from available medical services to the elementary/secondary educational systems.
  • December - Law and Order - Class members learn the jurisdictions and structure of the legal system in Camden County.
  • January - Infrastructure - The class learns and discusses infrastructure systems in place and the needs in the future as it impacts the community.
  • February - State Government - A day trip to Jefferson City includes visits with our state elected officials and the opportunity to tour the legislative and executive branches of state government.
  • March - Economy and Tourism - This session addresses the evolution of the Lake economy and the current business climate.
  • April - Natural Resources - This session highlights the natural resources in the area and how those resources shape life as it exists today.
  • May - Active Leadership and Graduation Banquet - The last session will be active leadership engagement with a designated non profit in the region.

Class size will be limited to 30 participants and is open to anyone interested in the future of Camden County.  Tuition for the program is $395 and includes class materials, supplies, meals and graduation banquet.  Application deadline is Friday, August 25, 2017.

For an application, go to the Chambers website at http://camdentonchamber.com/leadership-camden-county or contact the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce at 573-346-2227 or MU Extension in Camden County at 573-346-2644.  

Alzheimer's education offered in August in Eldon

Most people know someone who is affected by Alzheimer's disease. However, very few people know what to do to help that family, that caregiver or that individual.  To help find answers, three Alzheimer's information programs will be offered in Eldon at the Central Bank Community room.  The programs will be held on Monday,Tuesday, and Wednesday, Aug 28, 29 and 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  A different program will be offered each night. All are welcome to attend.  Miller County Health Department is partnering with MU Extension and the Alzheimer's Association to bring these free programs to Eldon.  Please contact MU Extension in Miller County to register.  For more information, contact Patricia Barrett at 573-369-2394 or barrettp@missouri.edu.

The sessions will be as follows:

  • Monday, Aug 28 - The Basics:  Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  Provides the basic information that everyone needs to know about dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  Adults interested in learning about Alzheimer's and related dementias are encouraged to attend.  This interactive workshop features video clips of researchers, caregivers and people with Alzheimer's disease.
  • Tuesday, Aug 29 - Know the 10 Signs.  Provides the general public with a greater understanding of the differences between age-related memory loss and dementia.  Adults concerned about memory loss in themselves or a loved one, or those interested in learning about Alzheimer's disease are encouraged to attend.  This interactive workshop features video clips of researchers, caregivers and people with Alzheimer's disease.
  • Wednesday, Aug 30 - Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior.  Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with Dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost.  However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn how to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common challenges of Alzheimer's disease.

Missouri Training Institute (MTI) Supervisory Training 

It makes sense for businesses to promote employees as their skills and work habits are known.  However, technical skills that make employees great on the frontline are not the same skills needed to be a good supervisor.  Looking to help employees promote or become better supervisors?  Want to improve your own leadership skills and improve your career opportunities?  The MU Extension in the West Central Region has an opportunity to help businesses and employees enhance the supervisory and leadership skills within their organizations.

Beginning on Sept 21, 2017, the Supervisory Certificate Series, a series of six sessions, will be offereed in Sedalia at the Workforce Development Board of Western MO Meeting Room, 3208 West 16th Street, Sedalia.  Session titles include Building Effective Relationships, Your Legal Responsibility, Communicating Successfully, Guiding Conflict Resolution, Leading High Performance Teams and Coaching Employees.  Sessions may be completed individually or participants may register for the entire series.  Classes will be held on Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5 and 12, 2017.

This series is designed by MU Extension's Training Institute to give supervisors the skills needed to effectively lead others and enhance existing supervisory skills.  Careful consideration has been given to the design of this series to ensure participants will be engaged in their learning and fully participate through skills practice, mini-assignments and interactive group exercises.  Once all six sessions of the seris are completed participants will be awarded a supervisory certificate through the Missouri Training Institute.  

Open enrollment for Supervisory Certificate (all four days) is $875 per participant.  One full day session is $280 per participant.  Registration is complete when one registration form per person attending and full payment are received by Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 or when class is filled.  Checks should be made payable to UM Extension for amount of fees.  No refunds. Return the registration form and payment to MU Extension in Camden County, P O Box 1405, Camdenton, MO  65020.  For questions or for more information, call 573-346-2644 or email camdenco@missouri.edu.

Supervisory Training brochure (PDF)
MTI Supervisory Training Registration Form (PDF)

2016 MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report

Check out the flip book version of the MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report.  https://www.flipsnack.com/meinkekroll/2016-mu-extension-camden-county-annual-report.html

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)

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