Advanced QuickBooks training opportunity

Attention area businesses and organizations!  A training class on the popular QuickBooks Pro accounting software will be offered by UM Extension on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Mid-County Fire Department, 184 North Business Route 5, Camdenton, MO.  Class will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This advanced-level class is targeted at existing QuickBooks users who would like to enhance their skills and increase their understanding of the capacity of this software.  The class will focus on many of the customizing features available in QuickBooks -  customizing sales receipts, invoices and fields; memorizing transactions; exporting data to excel; reconciling accounts and the tracking features of QuickBooks.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.  The fee to attend the class is $99 per person.  To register for the class, or for further information, contact the UM Extension in Camden County Center, 573-346-2644 or register on-line at

Advanced QuickBooks flyer (PDF)

Show Me Better Health workshop

The UM Extension in Camden County and Central Missouri Regional Arthritis Center are offering the six-week workshop "Show Me Better Health" licensed by Stanford University.  This workshop will teach persons with chronic conditions and their caregivers the tools needed to design their own self-management program so they can live a longer and healthier life.

Workshop participants will learn tips on how to eat well and exercise; how to manage their symptoms; how to relax and handle difficult emotions; develop effective problem solving skills; how to work well with their doctor and how to manage their medications.  They will receive a copy of the workshop manual "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" and a relaxation cd.

The workshop will meet on six consecutive Mondays, starting Sept. 19 through Oct. 24, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room A.  The workshop is free of charge and open to persons with arthritis, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, COPD, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, lupus or other chronic conditions and to persons caring for someone with a chronic condition.  Class size is limited, so please register early.  Registration deadline is September 12.  To register, contact the UM Extension in Camden County Office at 573-346-2644 or by email

Need help with Arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression. osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, lupus and other conditions flyer (PDF)

Arts can boost, diversify small-town economies

A two day training this fall will show civic leaders, artists, elected officials, entrepreneurs, business owners and others how the arts can play a role in community and economic development.

"Community Development Academy (CDA) Explores:  Arts and Economic Development", Sept. 26 through Sept. 27, in Excelsior Springs, MO, will look at the arts as a strategy for boosting and diversifying the economy in small town and rural communities, says Lee Ann Woolery, community arts specialist for MU Extension.

"Top challenges for many small communities are a struggling economy and lack of employment growth.  It has been shown that arts, culture and the humanities can help address these issues by diversifying economies, retraining the populace, creating sustainable small businesses, attracting tourism, visitors and investment ad improving quality of life,"  Woolery says.

CDA Explores will take an in-depth look at two case studies:  Lexington, MO and Ajo, AZ.  In Lexington, MU Extension and MU faculty and students collaborated with members of the 4,700 person community in western central MO to brand the town as a destination for tourists and artists.

Keynote speaker Tracy Taft, executive director of the International Sonoran Desert Alliance, will talk about how the nonprofit partnership spearheaded an arts-based community and economic development strategy for Ajo, an unincorporated former mining town near the Mexican border.  This included converting buildings in the historic downtown for affordable artisan housing, a conference facility, studios and retail space.

Sessions will look at such topics as using data to identify needs and opportunities within a community; retaining and attracting businesses; diversifying the economy; and drawing tourists through cultural heritage and the arts.  A hands-on session will look at identifying and developing assets to build on a community's existing strengths.

In addition to Taft, speakers include Woolery, MU Extension state communitity development specialist Sharon Gulick, and MU Extension regional community arts specialists GK Callahan and Lisa Overholser, who also serves as director of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival.

For more information and to register, go to http:\\ Arts.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

The MU Extension is offering an eight week Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program.  Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is for middle-aged and older adults who want to improve quality of life and stay active.  Instructors are trained MU Extension faculty.  Exercises are easy to learn, safe and effective.

Strength training is no longer just for body builders, Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is held in familiar settings such as Senior Centers and Church Halls, not in the gym.  No need to wear special clothes - just comfortable, loose-fitting pants and shirt and sturdy closed-toe walking shoes.

Strength training has many benefits:  arthritis relief, strengthened bones, lifting depression, reduced risk for heart disease, improved balance and flexibility, healthy weight maintenance, reduced stress and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.

Classes will be held twice a week for eight weeks starting on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and ending on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 8 9 a.m.  Classes will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, at 1700 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, Lake Ozark,  Cost is $40 per person.

For more information or to register, call the Camden County Extension Office by phone at 573-346-2644 or by email at

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program flyer (PDF)
Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program background (PDF)
Stay Strong, Stay Healthy registration form (PDF)

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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