Understanding the Alphabet Soup of USDA Programs

This program focuses on helping beginning farmers and others evaluate and plan their farm enterprise at no charge.  It will be held at the Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon on July 20th from 9 am to 4:30 pm.  Registration is due by July 12, 2017.  Alphabet Soup of USDA Programs.pdf  

Bison Production Meeting in Dadeville scheduled for July 20th; preregister by July 19th.

Stockton, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension and Back Forty Bison will be hosting a Bison Production Workshop on July 20th at Back Forty Bison 928 E Dade 68, Dadeville, Mo. 65635.  The educational workshop will begin at 6:00 p. m. and involve education and tour of the bison operation.   Topics being covered will include: Bison handling and working facilities, Bison Production and Management, Economics of Bison Production, Grazing and Nutrition of Bison Production.  This program is free and open to the public.  During the meeting there will be a meal with bison burgers provided by Back Forty Bison.  Bison Production Flier.pdf 

Registration required for the workshop by July 19th by contacting the Dade County MU Extension Center (2 N. Main Street, Greenfield, Mo. 65661) at 417 – 637 – 2112 or by email at dadeco@missouri.edu.  Registration is important so that we have an accurate head count for food.  Also, if you have any other questions you can contact Andy McCorkill at 417 – 345 – 7551, Patrick Davis at 417 – 376 – 3313 or John Roller at 417 – 995 – 4485.   

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. Results are typically provided within two weeks. 

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers of agricultural commodities, 18 years or older, wishing to renew or receive their private pesticide applicator’s license in order to buy and apply restricted use chemicals on their own land, as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification.     License holders need to renew their license every 5 years to continue to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides on their own land.  Call 417-637-2112 to schedule an appointment on Monday or Wednesday’s at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm.

Other Popular MU Extension Publications

2015 Pest Management Guide (PDF)

Pasture Weed and Brush Control Guide (PDF)

2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri (PDF)

2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri (PDF)

Vegetable Planting Calendar (PDF)