MU Colors Day 2014 

Clinton County Extension Office

Clinton County residents have no trouble finding the extension office in our community. Just look for the University of Missouri black and gold spirit on display!  We so much appreciate the support from our city and county residents.  If you have any questions contact our office at 816-539-3765 or visit us Monday through Friday, 10 am - 3 pm.

 

Extension Offers Farm Bill Educational Meetings

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 (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC).  To provide information on the new farm bill that will assist landowners and farmers in making program decisions, University of Missouri Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host free educational meetings across the state.  To see a list of meetings in Northwest Missouri click here.  You can also view a map of meeting locations.  

One meeting is currently scheduled with Buchanan County; it will be held Tuesday, November 11th from 5 to 9 pm at Blum Union on the Missouri Western Campus in St. Joseph.  If you would like to attend the St. Joseph meeting, please call the Buchanan County Extension Center at 816-279-1691 to register.

 

 

Here's what Extension can do for you!

  • Soil Testing for lawns, food production, farms
  • Plant and Forage Diagnosis Clinic Services
  • Positive Youth Development Programs such as 4-H
  • Career and Distance Education for High School and College
  • Gardening and Lawn Information and Master Gardener Training
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Information and Services
  • Parenting and Family Support
  • Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles Classes and Information
  • Focus on Kids....parenting class for divorcing parents required by Missouri Law
  • Pesticide Applicator License Training
  • Value Added Agriculture Programs
  • Missouri Business Development Program, Small Business Start Up
  • Food Circles...Conecting Farmers, Consumers and Communities
  • ExCEED...Community Economic & Entrepreneurial Development

And MUCH MORE...

Any time is a good time to join 4-H

MU Extension 4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H accepts new members year round. 4-H prepares young people to be the leaders of today and tomorrow. Members attend camps, display their work at fairs, travel the world, host youth from other countries, attend conferences and much more. Clubs and activities are open to kids ages 5-18 and Clover Kids for children ages 5-7.  4-H helps young people make new friends, create memories and build leadership skills. 4-H is a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 project categories expanding out to more than 500 individual projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision-making — skills applicable to every facet of life both now and in the future. For more information, contact Dale Hunsburger at 816-539-3765 or hunsburgerd@missouri.edu.

 

Current Missouri Cash Rental Rates for Agriculture

The Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2013 are available now at http://agebb.missouri.edu/mgt/cashrent/index.htm or view the PDF guide.  The information is compiled through 2011.    MU Extension publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Service in Missouri  http://extension.missouri.edu/p/g302 is also available.

Don’t guess; soil tests save time and money

Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services. Whether you grow acres of row crops 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 any improvements. “We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan said. “Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she said. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost is $20 per sample. Soil testing publications.

Fencing and boundary laws

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws provides general information for landowners. 

Private Pesticide Applicators Training

Individuals needing to obtain or renew their Private Pesticide Applicator certification for the purchase of restricted use pesticides may come into the Clinton University of Missouri Extension office and watch a 2 to 3 hour training video. The training is free, except for $12 for the Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, if you already have the manual, then you will need to bring it to the training. Family members can share one manual. 

Private Pesticide Applicator certification is valid for 5 years, at which time the individual may renew their certification by attending another Private Pesticide Applicator Training session. If you already have an Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, you must bring the manual with you to the training.

Private Pesticide Applicator training is available by appointment at the Clinton County Extension Center.

Trees add value to your landscape

Trees can provide your home with shade, wind protection and visual appeal. They can reduce energy costs, provide recreation for children and habitat for wildlife. Newly planted trees need special attention, and not all trees are suitable for all conditions. MU Extension’s horticulture experts have developed a series of publications to help you choose the right tree and get it established.

MU Extension publication G6800, Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

MU Extension publication G6805, Selecting Landscape Plants: Flowering Trees

MU Extension publication G6810, Selecting Landscape Plants: Uncommon Trees for Specimen Plantings

MU Extension publication G6815, Selecting Landscape Plants: Needled Evergreens

MU Extension publication G6820, Selecting Landscape Plants: Broad-leaved Evergreens

MU Extension publication G6850, How to Plant a Tree

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Click on below link for Clinton County 2013 Annual Report

Annual Report 2013 (PDF)