Your Farm, Your Business, Your Future

University of Missouri Extension will reach out to local communities to help farm families, individuals and businesses with succession, estate and retirement planning.

The program called Your Farm, Your Business, Your Future consists of four workshops held on Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 PM January 24, 31 and February 7, and 14, 2017 at the Memorial Auditorium lower level conference room at 500 East Locust, Union MO.

A team of University of Missouri Extension Specialists with extensive experience and a Missouri probate judge will be giving presentations and leading activities. This class is designed to help owners of farms and small businesses to begin creating a plan for transferring a farm or business to the next generation, as well as, addressing the many issues involved with estate and retirement planning. Topics such as: setting goals, assessing a farm’s or business’s strengths and weaknesses, the probate process in Missouri, estate planning tools, calculating retirement needs and more will be covered.

Pre-registration is required by 4:30 PM Friday, January 20th. The cost is $120 per individual plus $60 for each additional person from the same business with one set of materials.  The cost includes an educational handbook with case study examples, forms for planning, developing financial statements and recordkeeping. A light dinner is provided each of the four evenings.The program brochure is available HERE

Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Survey

We are conducting a business needs survey, and would like feedback from business owners and entrepreneurs. What we learn from this will help shape the programs and support we offer. The anonymous survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and is available online at    Please take the survey and share with others.

New Services Offered for Growing Companies

The Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) have a unique set of services designed specifically to meet the needs of growing companies facing the challenges that accompany business success. Please read the Stage 2 Informational Sheet for a description of services.

"Baby it's Cold Outside" but Gardening is for All Seasons!

Even when it gets cold outside there are always tasks to be done that can keep you on top of your plants and ornamentals.  The January gardening calendar will guide you through weekly tasks so you don't feel so overwhelmed when spring gardening is in full swing.  The January Gardening Calendar will keep you on top of everything you need. Be sure and scroll down to the calendar page for weed identification, frost freeze guide and many other resources.  If you have any question just give us a call.

Soil Testing for Healthy Lawns and Gardens 

The soil test is an excellent gauge of soil fertility.   It is an inexpensive way to maintain good plant health and maximum productivity without polluting the environment by over applications of nutrients. For more information on this topic click HERE.

Interpreting Your Soil Test Results for Lawn and Gardens

Once the soil test is conducted and the results are available, the ability to interpret the results is an important consideration in correcting a deficiency or imbalance.  For mor information on how to interpret your test click HERE.

Franklin County 4-H News

4-H Leadership Energizer to be held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Owensville Middle School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Flier (PDF)

Franklin County 4-H poster art contest is announced. This year the theme is "Join 4-H!".Posters must be brought to the Franklin County Extension Center by 4:30 p.m. Friday , March 10, 2017. For additional information click HERE (PDF)
December 2016 (PDF)