New members elected to UM Extension Camden County Council 

Congratulations are extended to eight new council members who were elected to the UM Extension Camden County Extension Council following elections held county-wide on January 18 through 24, 2016.

New council members are as follows:

District I:  Darrell Dixon, Floyd Lively, Sandy Nelson, Eric Petska and Craig Smith

District II:  Larry Bennett and Bill Girard 

District III: Terry Sullivan

New council members will serve a two year term with the exception of Bill Girard who will serve a one year term, effective March 1, 2016.

UM 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 UM Extension office has professional staff available to assist you with questions in the fields of agriculture, business development, youth development, health and nutrition, financial education and family and human development.  Requests for information can be directed to UM Extension, 44 Roofener Street, P O Box 1405, Camdenton, MO  65020, phone 573-346-2644 or

Home garden greenhouses and high tunnels program

There will be a home garden greenhouses and high tunnels program on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is sponsored by the UM Extension in Miller and Camden Counties.  The program instructor will be James Quinn, regional horticulture specialist.  

There will be an a.m. session, a noon session and a p.m. session.  The a.m. session topic will be home garden greenhouses and will be held at the Bank of Versailles, Greenview Bank Community Room at 8774 North State Highway 5, Camdenton.  This session will start at 10 a.m. and end at Noon. Cost is $5 per session.  Please make checks payable to Miller County UM Extension Council.  

The Noon session will be lunch on your own from Noon to 1 p.m. and a tour of Share the Harvest High Tunnel starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m. Cost is a voluntary donation to the garden fund of Share the Harvest

The p.m. session topic will be high tunnels for small scale commercial production:  construction, management and crops consideration and will be held at the Bank of Versailles, Greenview Bank Communtiy Room starting at 2:30 p,m. and ending at 4 p.m.  Cost is $5 per session.  Please make checks payable to Miller County UM Extension Council.  

Space is limited to 40, so please register early.  For more information or to register, contact Patricia Barrett, 573-369-2394 or  

Home garden greenhouses and high tunnel flyer (PDF)

Keeping Honeybees:  Year 2 and Beyond

There will be a Keeping Honeybees:  Year 2 and Beyond workshop on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Versailles.  Registration is at 8:30 a. m. with the workshop beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.  The workshop will be held at the Hunter Civic Center, 201 W. Jasper Street, Versailles.  This all day workshop will be taught by Jim and Valerie Duever of Jim 'n' I Farms, Inc.  The speakers have taught several beekeeping workshops and are very passionate about educating people on beekeeping.  Come learn about how to manage and maintain productive honeybee colonies beyond the first year.  Also, learn about marketing products of the hive.  

The cost is $30 for individuals or $50 for a couple.  Class size is limited to 50 paid students.  Registration deadline is Friday, February 19.  Contact the Morgan/Moniteau County Extension Center at 573-378-5358 for more information or to register.  Online registration is available at

Keeping Honeybees flyer and registration (PDF)

Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1916, 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.

"One hundred consecutive years of family ownership of a farm is a milestone to be recognized from a cultural and stewardship perspective," said Tom Henderson, interim vice provost for University of Missouri Extension.

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 farm," 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 2016 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the local 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 16, the cost is $75.  Applications must be postmarked by May 16, 2016, to be considered.

For application forms and information, call Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact UM Extension in Camden County, phone 573-346-2644, email or to fill out the application form online and print it visit the program website at http://extension.

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)