Cedar County Extension Council Election

Results will be posted after the official ballot count on Wednesday, January 28 at 2 p.m.

New members of the Cedar County University of Missouri Extension Council will be elected from January 19 to 25 from candidates nominated by county citizens.The County Extension Council is the governing body for University activities in Cedar County.  Council members work throughout the year with University of Missouri Extension staff to determine the county’s needs for educational programming and then help plan activities to meet these needs. “Anyone, 18 years of age or older, interested in education and the progress of our county should vote for the nominees of their choice,” said Patrick Davis, County Program Director.  “The resources of the Universities are available to us.  It is our responsibility to put these resources into effective use.”

The nominees for the 6 Council positions are:

  • North District (Washington, Cedar, and Box Townships) (3 council positions)
    •  Todd Leonard, Rose Mott, Megan Richner                                         
  • South District (Benton, Linn, Madison and Jefferson Townships) (3 council positions)
    • Roger Ankrom, Frank Anderson,  Clay Doeden, Emily Mehl, Larry Newman, Maranda Taylor, 


MU Extension Beef Cattle Conference in Stockton Jan. 27; pre-register with payment by Jan. 20

The Southwest Missouri MU Extension Beef Cattle Conference is designed to provide the latest information on beef cattle production, marketing, economics, nutrition, and forage utilization.  

Presenters at the meeting include:
•    Dr. Scott Brown, assistant research professor of agricultural and applied economics at University of Missouri, will provide a 2015 economic outlook of the beef cattle industry.
•    Dr. Jared Decker, assistant professor of beef genetics extension and computational genomics at the University of Missouri, will discuss beef cattle genetics.
•    Sarah Kenyon, agronomy specialist with MU Extension in Texas County, will discuss pasture management to reduce fescue toxicity.

The evening meal will be catered by Maggie Mae's Tea Room of Miller, Mo. 

“That same evening, agriculture businesses that have supported the event will have booths set up. Attendees can visit and learn how their products and can help improve your beef cattle operation,” said Dr. Patrick Davis, county program director for Cedar County MU Extension Center.

The Southwest Missouri MU Extension Beef Cattle Conference begins at 4 p. m., Jan. 27, 2015, at the Stockton United Methodist Church in Stockton. The cost of the event for those who pre-register and pay prior to Jan. 20, 2015, is $20 per person. Payment at the door will cost $30 per person. 

For details on this event, contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313 or send an email to davismp@missouri.edu. Southwest Missouri MU Extension Beef Cattle Conference

Winter programming 

Beef and forage meeting - February 21, El Dorado Springs

The basics of beekeeping  - February 28, El Dorado Springs


MO PTAC helps Missouri businesses obtain and perform federal, state and local government contacts.  MO PTAC services are available to all Missouri businesses with emphasis on small businesses; veteran-owned small businesses; service disabled veteran-owned-small businesses; 8(a) firms; small disadvantaged businesses; woman-owned small businesses; firms in HUBZones; Minority Busniess Enterprises; Women Business Enterprises; and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.  For more information, contact Traci Baldwin at 660-747-3193 or baldwintl@missouri.edu

Vegetable gardening questions 

As the peek gardening season comes near, here at Extension we get many questions about gardening.  This guide is a section from the Missouri Master Gardener handbook on vegetable gardening.  It provides information from plant and site selection, irrigation and common problems.  There are many other publications available through our website on gardening and other topics as well.  Just click the link at the top of the page titled Publications.

Soil testing 

Soil tests save time and money. Whether you have acres of pasture 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 improvements. Call or visit the Cedar County Extension office for details. Don't guess... Soil test!


Ag in focus

Ag in Focus is a bi-monthly newsletter for area ag producers and enthusiasts.

Human development newsletters

The purpose of these newsletters is to share research-based resources and information to hard to reach parents, grandparents, and families including Parents As Teachers, Head Start, grandparents raising grandchildren groups, parent educators, etc. Smart Parenting is for parents of young children and is printed in English and Spanish. Kindred Spirits is for grandparents raising grandchildren.

Smart Parenting           Kindred Spirits

Other popular MU Extension publications

Pasture Weed and Brush Control Guide (PDF)
G427, 2011 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri
G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar
Cedar County MU Extension Council bylaws

Other resources