Candidates sought to serve on MU Extension Council

The MU Extension in Camden County Extension Council is now accepting nominations from members of the public interested in serving on the Council beginning in March, 2017.

Council members assist in identifying, planning and marketing extension programs in the county, providing local extension governance, and serving as ambassadors of MU Extension.

Every county in Missouri has an Extension Council made up of elected and appointed members who represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in the county.  Council candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in the district they represent. Council members are elected to serve a two-year term on the Extension Council.

The Camden County Extension Council will have positions open in –

  • District 1 (Horseshoe Bend, Osage Beach, Linn Creek, Camdenton, Sunrise Beach),
  • District 2 (Climax Springs, Greenview, Macks Creek, Roach), and
  • District 3 (Freedom, Hill House, Montreal, Stoutland, and Toronto). 

The upcoming 2017 public election will occur January 16 through 22, 2017.

If you are interested in serving on the MU Extension in Camden County Extension Council, or to secure additional information about the election process please contact the Camden County Extension Center, 573-346-2644 or  Nominations are due by November 29, 2016.

2016 Farmer's Tax Guide

A limited number of 2016 Farmer's Tax Guides are available at the MU Extension in Camden County Office.  Stop by the office at 44 Roofener Street, Camdenton and pick one up.  We are here from 8 a.m. to Noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 on Monday through Friday.  Please call 573-346-2644 or email if you have any questions.

47th Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture

Mark your calendar!  Come one, come all to the 47th Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture.  Hosted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, the conference is the place to see and be seen.  Missouri agriculturalists will gather to listen, learn, network and celebrate.  The conference will be held on December 14 through December 16, 2016.  Additional details will be forthcoming, but for now mark your calendar.

Missouri Training Institute Supervisory Training being offered

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 has an opportunity to help businesses and employees enhance the supervisory and leadership skills within their organizations. This series is designed by MU Extension's Missouri 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 session of the series are completed, participants will be awarded a supervisory certificate through the Missouri Training Institute.

Beginning on January 12, 2017, the Supervisory Certificate Series, a series of six sessions, will be offered at the Workforce Development Board of Western Missouri Meeting Room, 3208 West 16th Street, Sedalia from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..  Session titles include:  Building Effective Relationships, Your Legal Responsibility, Communicating Successfully, Leading High Performance Teams, Guiding Conflict Resolution, and Coaching Employees.  Sessions may be completed individually or participants may register for the entire series.  Cost of all four sessions is $875.  One full day session is $280.  Class size is limited and pre-registration and payment is required.

For additional information or to register, please call the MU Extension in Camden County office at 573-346-2644 or by email at       

Supervisory training brochure (PDF)                                                                     

Small Steps to Health and Wealth

Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ was developed because many Americans are experiencing serious problems related to their health (e.g., diabetes and obesity) or their personal finances (e.g., high debt and low savings) or both.  According to Dr. Rebecca J. Travnichek, Family Financial Education Specialist with MU Extension, there are also many similarities between health and wealth that few books or programs have explored, including:

  1. Problems generally develop slowly over time and take time to address
  2. Financial problems negatively affect health and poor health negatively affects personal finances
  3. Lack of limits causes problems and restrictions help avoid them
  4. Evidence of denial and disconnects between what people do and say they're doing
  5. Drastic solutions, such as bankruptcy and gastric bypass surgery, have serious drawbacks
  6. Many people expect quick fixes and are susceptible to fraudulent health and financial claims

In addition, small, positive behavior changes, such as saving $5 or cutting 100 calories a day, make a big difference over time and are always better than taking no action at all.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ will be offered at the MU Extension in Laclede County office from Jan. 23 through Feb. 13, 2017.  By attending the four workshops,you will hear about 20 similarities between health and wealth issues discovered by researching financial parallels for expert health recommendations and vice versa.  Most importantly, you will learn about 25 behavior change strategies that can be simultaneously applied to improve both your health and personal finances.

The Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ workbook for the workshop will provide you with information to help you take charge of your future.  They were designed primarily to provide motivation to take action to improve your health and personal finances.  Each of the 25 behavior change strategies has health and wealth "action steps" and one or more worksheets that provide an opportunity to apply the strategy to your health and wealth goals and life situation.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth ™ flyer (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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