Carroll County MU Extension  Annual Meeting

Carroll County Extension held its annual dinner and meeting on February 16, 2017, with over 55 in attendance.  Kathi Mecham was introduced as the new County Program Director and Commercial Horticulture Specialist for Carroll County.   An overview of the 2016 Carroll County Extension Annual Report was given.  Fred and Mary Jane Phillips along with niece' s Kara and Katie Berrey were recognized as the 2016 State Fair Farm Family for Carroll County.  The Leaders Honor Roll award went to Claud and Kathi Miller for their many years of service to 4-H,  Livestock Leaders and Extension.  Special demonstrations were also given by Carroll County 4-H kids during the evening.

Newly elected council members are Heather Burns, Renee Grant, and Nikki Grimpo (E Hwy 65), Elizabeth Pierson and Thomas White III (W Hwy 65)  and Tim Reid (Town of Carrollton).  The 2016 slate of officers were elected as follows:  Diane Isaacs (Chairperson), Barb Lyon (Vice Chairperson), Paula Sprouse (Secretary) and Sue Lightfoot (Treasurer) .  All that were in attendance were sworn in by Carroll County Clerk, Peggy McGaugh.  One highlight of the evening was a special resolution read by Joe Don McGaugh , Missouri House of Representative,  honoring Belinda Flick's 25 years of  volunteer work in our County. 



Meeting rescheduled for February 24, 2017 10 am - 2pm at the Carrollton Public Library. 

This meeting will address strategies to remain profitable in farming

Carrollton, Mo. – Low crop and livestock prices are making for challenging financial times in agriculture. Input costs must be reduced, but the question is, what are the impacts of those cuts on production, prices received, and profit? Those issues and more will be addressed at an upcoming meeting,

“Staying in the Farming Business: Cut Costs, Not Income”

The program will begin with a discussion on 2017 crop and livestock budgets including averages and breakevens. Next, each expense in the budget will be examined for potential ways to reduce costs without reducing revenue. That will include ag chemical, fertilizer, and seed costs; making grain hauling/drying & storing decisions; sizing equipment for the operation; chemical drift issues; and cutting livestock production costs and decreasing discounts.
Different rental arrangements such as flexible cash rents will be addressed, and different types of rental agreement forms will be provided. Following that will be a 2017 weather outlook. The meeting will conclude with long-term price projections for commodities.
Both operators and landlords will benefit from attending this meeting.
A meal will be provided during the program. Participants will also receive a binder of resources which will be helpful in planning for 2017. Generous support has been provided by FCS Financial to help cover some of the meeting costs.
Must be Pre-registered by February 21, 2017 for planning purposes. Please contact the MU Extension office in Carroll County at 660-542-1792 or
If you can’t attend in Carrollton, the meeting is being held at sixteen other locations across northwest Missouri. Your local extension office has those details.
In the event of inclement weather, please contact the extension office for cancellation information.
Contact us immediately if you need accommodations because of a disability, need to relay emergency medical information or need special arrangements if the building is evacuated. MU is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer.


2017 Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Missouri Department of Agriculture is requiring all persons renewing their Private Applicator License to do so by attending a training class or viewing the training video.This training is for those that need to re-certify their license as well as those that need to obtain their license for the first time.

Trainings will take approximately 2 1/2 hours to complete.  Space is limited.  Please reserve your spot now by calling 660-542-1792.

As of January 2008, people with private pesticide applicator licenses are required by state regulation to have a Private and Commercial Application Core Training Manual.

These can be purchased at the Extension Office at cost for $12 when licenses are renewed.



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MU Extension publication G427, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri

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