Welcome Ashley Goring to Camden County

HELLO…. My name is Ashley Goring. I have been working with extension for a little over two months in the Family Nutrition Education Program (FNEP). Starting in October, I’ll go to schools, senior centers, and food pantries to get the word out about nutrition and benefits in being physically active! 

Here’s a little about me personally; I grew up in Camden County and went to Camdenton R-III. In school, I played softball and sang in choir. After high school, I went to State Fair for two years to receive my associates degree then transferred to Central Methodist University for another two years to receive a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I was a paraprofessional at Dogwood for three years and the lead preschool teacher at Children’s Learning Center for two years. I married my high school sweetheart, Brandon, almost four years ago and we have our first child on the way, due in February! My husband owns BG Tree Service, we have three pets, and are currently starting to build a driveway and shop on the 37 acres we bought almost 2 ½ years ago! Exciting times!

I look forward to the opportunity to work with the children and residents of Camden County to enhance their nutrition and health awareness and knowledge.

Welcome Kayla Wells to Camden County

Originally from Aurora, IL, Kayla grew up as an active member of 4-H clubs. She focused her projects on horse showing, judging, horse bowl and hippology. That foundation led her to attend Blackhawk College East (Kewanee, IL) where she received her Associate’s Degree in Equine Science. She went on to complete her undergraduate degree in Agriculture Media & Communications at West Texas A&M University (Canyon, TX). At both schools, Kayla competed in Western Horsemanship on their equestrian teams and judged on their horse judging teams. Kayla then received her Master’s Degree in Agriculture Extension & Education from New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM) while assistant coaching their collegiate horse judging team. Throughout her 4-H, collegiate and professional career, she has won 19 world/national championships in horse judging and equestrian, played an active role in teaching/coaching 4-H youth in horse projects, led NMSU’s horse judging team to a top 10 finish at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and American Quarter Horse World Show and planned state 4-H horse contests in New Mexico. Her personal interests include showing and training all around horses for AQHA events, judging horse shows professionally and teaching clinics. Kayla is passionate about developing youth through 4-H programs, camps, schools and clinics. She is excited about her recent addition to Camden County’s Extension team and hopes to continue to grow the county’s 4-H programs.

Basic Estate Planning workshop

Do you have your final plans made?  Do you know what will happen to your personal possessions and property when you pass away?  Have you taken the steps to ensure your property passes to who you intend for it to pass once you are gone?  If you do not have an estate plan in place, the state of Missouri will make the decisions for you.  Everyone needs an estate plan, whether you have a small or large estate.

MU Extension in Camden County will be offering a Basic Estate Planning program in Camdenton, Missouri. Topics covered will include wills, trusts, gifting, power of attorney, non-titled property, non-probate transfers, and health care directives.

The programs will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to  3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, 739 W. US Hwy 54, Camdenton.  The cost for the program is $25 per person or $40 per household.  To register, please contact the MU Extension Center at 573-346-2644 before Monday, October 31, 2016 by Noon.

Estate Planning flyer (PDF)

Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Missouri Farm Bureau will be held on Sunday, December 4 through Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. Additional information https://www.mofb.org/

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.

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)

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