2014 Farm Bill Meeting

The 2014 Farm Bill contains several provisions that enable farmers and landowners to make decisions regarding their involvement in federal farm programs. Landowners will have the opportunity to reallocate base acres on individual farms as well as update yield information that is used to determine some farm program payments. Additionally, farmers will have the opportunity to elect to participate in the new commodity programs (Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage). University of Missouri Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host an educational meeting on Tuesday, January 6th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Flander Hall in Excelsior Springs (107 W. Broadway). Seating is limited, so registration is required to attend. Individuals interested in participating should register by Jan. 5th by calling the Clay County Extension at (816) 407-3490. FLYER

Cooking Matters® at the Store Tours

Want to save money at the store? Need some tasty and healthy recipes? Practice some buying and comparing skills and sharpen skills to help you stick to your budget. Tours are being held at Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, 5261 N Antioch Rd, Kansas City, Mo and at the Red-X, 2401 NW Platte Rd, Riverside, Mo. After the tour receive a free $10 grocery gift card, free workbook, and reusable grocery bag. (WAL-MART FLYER) (RED-X FLYER)  Questions, contact Amy Vance, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist to register for one of the four sessions being held in December. 816-407-3490 or vanceam@missouri.edu.

Journal Your Garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year. Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting our plans on paper first and keeping records. MU Extension's new publication, MP928, From Feed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas. This publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels. Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information. It would make a great gift for someone who gardens. Order today at http://extension.missouri.edu/mp928.

Northland Grandfamilies

 Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren?  Based on the most recent census data, over 4,000 grandparents in the Northland are living with grandchildren under the age of 18.

Clay County Extension, the Clay County Senior Services, and the Platte County Senior Fund have developed a partnership to help those in just such a situation. If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children, contact the Clay County Extension Center at 816-407-3490 for more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program.  View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates. For a current program flyer, contact 816-407-3490.

Master Gardeners answer questions

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City are available to answer your questions on lawn, flowers, trees, and gardening. Master Gardeners are on winter hours. Please leave a message so a Master Gardener can return the call. Calls will be returned as quickly as possible. Call 816-833-8733 (TREE) or you can email your question to mggkc.hotline@gmail.com.