FREE GAPs Food Safety Plan Workshop on June 13, 2019

A GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) food safety plan workshop, will be offered on Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, free tot he public, at the Botanical Center in Springfield.  GA{ is a voluntary audit that verifies fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards.  This training is useful for produce growers who are interested in getting GAP certified (required by some buyers).  To register online, go to or for more information, contact Pam Duitsman at 417-581-3558 or Kelly McGowan at 417-881-8909.  GAPs Food Safety Plan Workshop flier (PDF)


MU Extension pasture and forage management workshop to be held in Stockton on June 18th; preregister by June 17th                                                        University of Missouri Extension will be providing a pasture and forage management workshop in Stockton, Mo. on June 18th.  The workshop will be held at the Cedar County Library at 717 East St., Stockton, Mo. 65785 at 6:00 p. m.  MU Extension speakers and topics covered are as follows: Pat Miller, MU Extension Regional Agronomy Field Specialist, will be discussing pasture weed control and improvement, Patrick Davis, MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist, discussing forage alternatives to extend the cattle grazing season.  Cost of the workshop is $10 per person.  Registration along with payment for the workshop needs to be done by June 17th to the Cedar County MU Extension Center (113 South Street, Stockton, Mo. 65785).  For questions or more information contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at 417-276-3313.  Pasture and Forage Workshop (PDF)


10th Annual Dade County Youth Fair Livestock                                            and Dog Show – June 20-22, 2019

We are very excited this year because in addition to the livestock portion we are including the Dade County Achievement days on Saturday June 22nd.  This is an opportunity for all of the Dade County 4-H kids to showcase their projects that they have been working on throughout the year.  They will be doing demonstrations, public speaking and much more!  Achievement days will be in the American Legion Hall so it is a great opportunity to see the kids in action doing what they love and are passionate about!  We would love, any and all support from the Dade County community. 


Greenfield City Garden

If you would like to grow your own vegetables or learn how to, and need a place to hoe a row, join us in the Greenfield City Garden.  For more information, the next planning meeting will be Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm or drop by the Missouri Extension Office, NE corner of the square or call 417-995-3942.  Come Grow With Us!


USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection – African Swine Fever

As part of its overall mission to protect American agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service works to keep the country’s livestock and poultry healthy in two ways – first by keeping foreign animals diseases out of the country, and second by dealing with disease issues that affect our nation’s hers and flocks.  Together, these efforts protect American Producers, their livelihoods, our food supply and ultimately our nation’s agricultural prosperity, including opportunities for international trade.

African Swine Fever Factsheet (PDF)


Using Social Media in a Disaster A unique publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. Information and provided guidelines in this updated 30-page publication grew out of the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton had building a Facebook community following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornado. Using Social Media in a Disaster.pdf


Don't guess....Soil Test Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. The cost is $20 per sample and results are typically provided within two weeks.  Pasture (PDF) , Lawn (PDF) , Hayfield/Row Crops (PDF) 


Other Popular MU Extension Publications

2015 Pest Management Guide (PDF)

2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri (PDF)

Vegetable Planting Calendar (PDF)