State Fair Farm Family for Christian County

Chris and Georgia Douglas family of Sparta were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair.  The Douglas family was selected as the Christian County Missouri Farm Family by the Christian County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.  The Douglas family operates a 68-acre small bale alfalfa and alfalfa orchard grass farm.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.

This was the first year in its 58-year history that all 114 counties participated by nominating a family.

The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of our state. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities, and are active participants in local outreach and extension,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”

Childcare Provider Professional Training

Four Sessions.  All being held at the OTC Richwood Valley Campus

SESSION 1 Monday, October 3, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Empathy/Civility as an Antidote to Rudeness:
Identifies the characteristics of positive and negative relationship cycles.  Learn how to develop positive relationship cycles that are based on respect and care, and encourage healing, collaboration, nonviolence, compassion and love.
Teaching Children Respect and Tolerance
Shows caregivers the best ways to teach tolerance and respect to children in preschool and early elementary school.

SESSION 2  Monday, October 10  6:00pm to 9:00pm
Five Key Factors for Building Strong Parents and Stable Children:
Focuses on factors that help to cultivate and protect strong families.  These factors include support for basic needs and parental resilience.  It will also discuss how these factors influence the social and emotional wellbeing of children.

SESSION 3  Monday, October 24  6:00pm to 9:00pm
See as a Child. Feel as a Child:
Examines challenging behaviors from both the perspective of a child and an adult.  By approaching issues like picky eating with this strategy caregivers are offered real solutions to these frustrating behaviors.
Avoid Behavior Problems by Teaching Self Control 
Addresses some of the most common behavioral problems of young children.  Caregivers will be offered solutions of conbat behaviors such as hitting, biting, tantrums, crying, and power struggles.

SESSION 4  Monday, November 7  6:00pm to 9:00pm
Dealing with Anger
Looks at children's anger from infants though preschool age.  It examines the roots of children's anger at various ages and how to help children learn to deal with their anger without hurting others
Turn Good Play into Great Play
Focuses on the importance of play skills and offers information on how caregivers can assess and enhance theses skill in the children they care for.

Childcare Training Brochure (PDF)

MU Extension marketing campaign promotes healthy eating, physical activity

University of Missouri Extension’s Family Nutrition Program has launched a social marketing campaign in July and August to promote healthy eating, physical activity and gardening. The goal of “Live Like Your Life Depends On It” is to reduce the risk for chronic disease by encouraging healthy behaviors in adults. The message is being spread via billboards, posters, fliers and social media.
Seasonal & Simple App Information (PDF)

Master Beekeeping Certification Program starting this year in Missouri
Master Beekeeping Letter (PDF)
Master Beekeeping Brocuhure (PDF)

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