Building Better Child Care training available

The UM Extension Camden County is offering free Child Care Provider trainings in August and September.

Eating Well – Basic Nutrition for Kids and for You:  This workshop gives an overview of basic nutrition facts and introduces MyPlate as a tool to choosing healthy foods.

Childhood Obesity and Missouri’s Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care:  This workshop discusses the current childhood obesity epidemic and how it relates to child care.  It introduces the Missouri Eat Smart Child Care initiative as a way to improve child care meals.

These two sessions will be held on Thursday, August 27th at the Quails Nest Inn & Suites, 4644 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach from 6:45 pm to 8:45 p.m.  These qualify for two clock hours. 

Setting the Stage for Eating Well – The Nutrition Environment:  This workshop discusses why and how to create a child care environment that encourages children to eat well and practice healthy eating habits.

Healthy Habits for Life – Teaching Nutrition to Preschool Children:  This workshop discusses the importance of nutrition education and physical activity in the preschool curriculum.  Participants receive teaching resources and share ideas.  This is most appropriate for teachers of 3 to 5 year olds. 

These two sessions will be held on Thursday, September 24th at the Quails Nest Inn & Suites, 4644 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach from 6:45 pm to 8:45 p.m.  These qualify for two clock hours. 

Additional training is being offered in Cooper, Morgan and Saline Counties.  For more information regarding the additional training see the flyer below for dates and registration information.  For more information contact Sarah Traub, Human Development & Family Science Specialist, 660-882-5661 or by email  Pre-registration is required.  Minimum enrollment of 10 pre-registered participants is required in order for this session to be presented.  In case of cancellation, pre-registered participants will be notified by phone. 

To register, contact UM Extension Camden County at 573-346-2644 or by email at

Building Better Child Care flyer (PDF)

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?

What happens to your personal belongings when you die?  What is fair?  What is equal?  Dollar value?  Number of items?  To answer your questions related to distributing your personal property, plan to participate in the "Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?" workshop.  This free workshop will be held on Monday, August 31, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, 739 West U.S. Highway 54, Camdenton.

This workshop is free, but registration is required by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2015.  For more information or to register, please call 573-346-2644.  This workshop is sponsored by the Camden County Extension Council. 

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate? flyer (PDF)

Home Food Preservation classes

MU Extension will be offering food preservation and canning programs this summer. To make the most of your garden’s delights, it is important to have up-to-date food preservation information.  Processing fruits and vegetables using outdated methods may not give you the best quality and may be unsafe to eat. The USDA and MU Extension are credible sources to provide information on food preservation to consumers.

The sessions will provide information on how to safely can salsa and fruit, how to safely pressure can vegetables and how to freeze and dry fruits and vegetables. Each class will include a hands-on demonstration of equipment and materials and MU Extension publications with recipes will be available for all participants.  

The remaining class date is:

  • Freezing and drying fruits and vegetables – Monday, Aug. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The cost is $15 per person per class to cover food preservation handouts and supplies.  All sessions will be held at the Camdenton United Methodist Church, 340 W US Highway 54 in Camdenton. Registration is required at least one day prior to the date of the class session. Please call the MU Extension – Camden County Office at 573-346-2644 or email if you have questions or to register.

Home Food Preservation flyer (PDF)

Road to Financial Success workshop

The UM Extension will offer a Road to Financial Success workshop.  This workshop will provide an introduction to financial success, information on developing your plan, the importance of record keeping and information on talking about money.  Topics to be included but are not limited to values; needs vs wants; goals; resources available to families; meanings of money; decision making; tracking income and expenses; developing and using a spending plan; money stretching ideas; and the importance of good communication and road blocks to communication

Participants will use learn to use decision-making steps when making major decisions; consider the impact of various alternatives on others when making decisions; identify values, which are important to them and others in their households; understand why money is important to them; set short and long term goals; identify resources besides money available to their families; learn to identify sources of household income and expenses; track income and expenses; develop a spending plan; use a spending plan; use a checkbook correctly; identify what records they should keep; develop a household record keeping system; begin or revise a household inventory; be able to identify roadblocks to communication within households; and be able to use good communication skills when discussing money within the household.  Participants will identify what records they should keep; develop a household record keeping system; and begin or revise a household inventory.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce office at 739 West U. S. Highway 54 in Camdenton from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  cost of the workshop is $20 per person.  Check or money order should be made payable to UM Extension.  Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.  Registration and payment deadline is Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. 

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)