MU Extension's Centennial

For 100 years, MU Extension has engaged Missourians in relevant programs based on University of Missouri research.  The year 2014 marks the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, a national network whose purpose is to extend university-based knowledge beyond the campus.

MU Extension Assisting with Farm Bill

To decide which farm bill option to choose (PLC, PLC+SCO or ARC-Co), fill out the decision aid guide at : The information entry is the most time consuming piece of this decision; enter information as far ahead of time as you wish, then click one button to update options and decide which farm bill program you would like to choose before going into the FSA office.  If you want help please fill out the following worksheet and call your local extension office to get in touch with an ag business specialist who can help you enter your information into the web tool.  Data Requirements.pdf

January 30th - Final date to apply for 2011 through 2014 losses under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program and Livestock Indemnity Program.  February 27th - Deadline for base acre reallocation and yield updates for ARC and PLC program.  March 31st - Final date to make ARC/PLC Election for farm.

Dade County Private Pesticide Applicator Training on February 5, 2016

Dade County MU Extension will hold a Private Pesticide Applicator’s training Thursday February 5th at 6pm in the Dade County Extension office, old Great Southern Bank on northeast corner of square. Cost for pesticide book is $15. This training is 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. License holders need to renew their license every 5 years. Call the Dade County office at 637-2112 to register. 

I Heart MU Extension 5k Walk/Fun Run on February 28, 2015      

5k & 1 mile Walk/Fun Run on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the American Legion Hall in Lockwood, MO.  7:00 am: Registration/packet pick-up.  8:00 am: 5k Begins.  8:05 am: 1 mile Walk/Fun Run Begins.  Registration Form: I Heart MU Extension

28 Farms in Southwest Missouri Named Century Farms

The Missouri Century Farm Program annually recognizes Missouri farms that are still productive and have been in the same family for 100 years or more. The newest additions to the Century Farm list were announced in mid-July and included 28 farms in southwest Missouri.  A complete listing of all 2014 Missouri Century Farms, including the names of all honored families, is available online at  A listing specific to southwest Missouri can be found at  The following is a list of new Century Farms in southwest Missouri, showing the primary contact for the Century Farm nomination, original owners, relationship to current owners, the acreage qualifying and the year it was first farmed by the family:  Dade County: M Louise Rush, Elwood and Agnes Rush, grandparents, 240, 1897.  2014 Century Farm publication 

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

Pasture Weed and Brush Control Guide (PDF)

2011 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri (PDF)

2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri

Vegetable Planting Calendar