2016 Gasconade County Fair — July 27-30, 2016

"We Have A Good Thing Growing"

Visit the Gasconade County Fair page on the right under local programming for information on entering exhibits and forms needed. 

Livestock entries are due July 1st.  4-H exhibits will be entered on July 26th.

 

Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1916, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

“One hundred consecutive years of family ownership of a farm is a milestone to be recognized from a cultural and stewardship perspective,” said Tom Henderson, interim vice provost for University of Missouri Extension.

In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau joined MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a program sponsor.

“Missouri Farm Bureau is a proud partner in the recognition of century farms,” said Blake Hurst, president. “We applaud the hard-working farm families that have kept us fed and clothed for generations. They represent an important part of our heritage and laid a foundation for the bounty Americans enjoy every day.”

Applicants certified as owners of a 2016 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the local MU Extension center in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.

Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.

For applications received by May 1, a $65 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. If the application is received between May 1 and May 16, the cost is $75. Applications must be postmarked by May 16, 2016, to be considered.

For application forms and information, call Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension office, or visit the program website at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.

 

2015 Gasconade County Annual Report

 

Gasconade County has a strong tradition of support for the programs of University of Missouri Extension, and local partnerships are vital to our success. As you review this annual report, we want to recognize the many contributions of volunteers, county leaders, local organizations and businesses that make these accomplishments possible.


2015 Gasconade County Century Farms

Century Farm signs and certificates were presented to the following during our annual Extension Council Picnic/4-H Recognition on November 18, 2015.

  • Dave and Larkin Busby Farm - established in 1865 by C. P. Anderson, great-great-grandfather to Dave
  • Warren Grass Farm - established in 1850 by Anton Grass, great-grandfather to Warren
  • Charles and Charlotte Skornia Farm - established in 1910 by Peter and Matilda Skornia Scego, great-aunt to Charles

Popular extension publications

MU Extension publication G427, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri
MU Extension publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
MU Extension publication G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar


Soil testing

Don’t guess. Soil tests save time and money.

Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.

Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost is $15 per sample with results received in about two weeks. Soil testing publications


Private pesticide training

If you need to be certified or recertified, call the extension office at 573-437-2165 to schedule a time to view the video. Individuals are required to have a Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual. Bring your copy for verification or purchase one for $12 at the extension office.