Private Pesticide Applicator Training
Agricultural commodity producers who need to obtain or renew a private pesticide applicator license can attend one of the following training sessions provided through University of Missouri Extension. In a change from previous years, purchase of a training manual is now required. Manuals may be purchased at the class. Those unable to attend one of the scheduled classes may obtain or renew their license on an individual basis at their county extension center. This class also completes the EPA worker protection training program for agricultural employees who handle pesticides. University of Missouri Extension programs are open to everyone. Class will cost $12.00 per person for the Pesticide Manual and will last approximately 2 hours and are scheduled as follows:
March 26th @ 2:00 pm – Cass County Extension Center, 201 W. Wall St., Harrisonville.
March 26th @ 6:00 pm – Cass County Extension Center, 201 W. Wall St., Harrisonville.
Contact the Cass County Extension Center at (816)380-8460 for more information or to register.
GSA Schedule Proposal Preparation Workshop
We are excited to offer another seminar on GSA Schedule Proposal Preparation, June 11-12, 2014 in St. Louis Missouri. Click here for flyer (PDF)
The federal General Services Administration (GSA) awards about $50 billion in blanket contracts known as “Schedules” to hundreds of companies each year. Eighty percent (80%) of Schedule contractors are small businesses who are successful at 36% of those sales. The process to win one of these contracts begins with a proposal, an arduous task that typically takes several months to prepare.
Now, thanks to the Workshop’s unique approach, a GSA proposal can be actually completed at the Workshop. If a business is not prepared to submit all the documentation at the time of the workshop, the GSA proposal preparation process easily can be shortened to within 30 days following the workshop.
Here’s the link to register: http://tinyurl.com/kv2by74.
Shave Holiday Calories with 10 Simple Swaps
Create healthier versions of your holiday favorites by shaving calories wherever you can. “Small changes overtime brings the largest health rewards,” says Susan Mills-Gray, Nutrition/Health Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Many believe that radical changes are needed to improve your dietary intake and while all positive changes are good, radical changes are hard to stick with over time, that’s why I recommend minor changes so that taste and texture are protected.” Susan suggests the following to make your holiday’s lighter!
- Use non-fat yogurt or low-fat buttermilk for fat in baked goods
- Use evaporated skim milk for cream
- Use non-fat plain yogurt for sour cream or mayonnaise
- Reduce total fat and sugar by ¼ to 1/3 in baked goods, with the exception of yeast products
- Add cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla to recipe to enhance sweetness
- Use alternative sweeteners of choice – check each brand’s website for tips on use and recipes
- Salt may be reduced or omitted in most recipes with the exception of yeast products
- Rely on herbs and spices rather than salt for flavor
- Rinse canned vegetables to remove salt
- Use light alternatives for milk, cheeses, sour cream, mayonnaise, salad dressings, cottage cheese and margarines, as well as reduced sodium products
For more assistance with modifying recipes, contact your local MU Extension Center or this faculty member directly at firstname.lastname@example.org