Holiday Food Preservation: Gifts from the Home and Heart on December 7, 2016

GREENFIELD, Mo. – The holiday season is upon us. Is all of your Christmas shopping done? This year, forget the busy malls and long lines. Make your own gifts at home!  University of Missouri Extension is offering a holiday food preservation program at Greenfield High School FACS room (enter through the east most door on the front of the high school, look for the MU Extension signs), 410 W. College, December 7 from 6:00-8:30 PM. Attendees will learn about water bath and steam canning, as well as dehydration. Attendees will also learn how to make fruit butters and syrups, and fruit leathers.  Cost of the program is $15 per person, or $25 per couple. If you are interested in attending, call Lindsey Stevenson at 417-682-3579 or e-mail  Gifts from the Home and Heart (PDF)

2017 Farm Estate and Succession Planning Class

You’ve worked hard your entire life to provide for your family. Now it’s time to make plans to ensure they are taken care of in the future. Succession, estate and retirement planning seem complicated. This workshop helps simplify Estate, Succession and Retirement planning. It covers the basic steps of each type of planning and provides case studies to help you explore issues that can arise. Much of the information provided is specific to Missouri. The Dade County MU Extension will hold a 4 week, Farm Estate and Succession Planning Program Tuesdays January 31, February 7, 14 and 21 at the United Methodist Life Center in Lockwood from 6-9pm. Register as an individual or family- $130/person; or $50/additional family member sharing materials with individual registration. Cost includes meal each night and materials. Register by January 23rd by calling the Dade County Extension office at 417-637-2112.  Farm Estate and Succession Planning (PDF)

Candidates sought for Dade County Extension Council

Every county in Missouri has an extension council made up of elected (and appointed) members who represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in that county.  Council candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in Dade County.  The Dade County extension council meets on the third Monday of each month.  Missouri state statutes create county extension councils to work with University of Missouri Extension.  The publicly elected (and appointed) council members assist in planning and carrying out extension programs in their county, providing local extension governance and representing the diversity of the county’s changing population.  Learn more: 2016 Extension Council Recruit Brochure

2016 State Farm Farm Family for Dade County

Pictured are Grant and Annie, with their children Molly and Ardrew along with Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension & Engagement MU Extension; Sherry Jones, State Fair Commissioner; Mark Wolfe, MO, State Fair Director; Lowell Mohler, State Fair Commissioner; Richard Fordyce, Director of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri farm Bureau

Grant and Annie Hedeman and family of Lockwood were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Hedeman family was selected as the Dade County Missouri Farm Family by the Dade County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Grant, Annie, Molly and Ardrew.

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.

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.”

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!

Soil tests are essential for productive gardens and fields.  Fee: $15 per soil sample.  Learn more: Soil testing publications   

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)