Gasconade County Fair July 29 - August 1

Entry rules, classes and forms for livestock and 4-H and fair events can be found on the Gasconade County Fair page to the left under local programming.

MU Extension falls prevention program 'A Matter of Balance' coming to Gasconade County in August

  University of Missouri         Extension will be offering   A Matter of Balance - an     eight week program           designed to reduce the       fear of falling and  increase the activity levels of adults who have concerns about falls. This program will help participants learn how to view falls and the fear of falling as something controllable. There will also be information on how to set realistic goals for increasing activity, as well as how to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors.

Classes will be held on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. beginning August 27 thru October 15. Cost of the program is $10 for all eight sessions. Please call the Gasconade County Extension Office at 573-437-2165 to register. Space is limited

2nd Annual Gasconade County Archery Tournament

Gasconade County 4-H Shooting Sports will be hosting our second annual 4-H archery tournament on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.  This tournament is a chance for 4-H archers to showcase their abilities.  All archers must be currently enrolled in a 4-H Shooting Sports project under the supervision of a certified 4-H Shooting Sports Archery leader, and must be a member in good standing in a 4-H Club.

The tournament will be held at the Rosebud City Park in the ball diamond.  Check-in will be from 4-4:30 p.m. and shooting will begin at 5 p.m.  Pre-registration by July 15 is appreciated, and required if you want to order a t-shirt, but members may also bring the registration form with their project leaders signature.  There is no registration fee.  Some concessions will be available at the tournament.

For more information call Tracy Williams at 573-437-6181.

Quality for Keeps Newsletter

The Quality for Keeps Newsletter is published monthly, April through October, and is made available to residents of East Central, Southeast and Urban regions in Missouri providing research-based information for safely preserving food and other helpful tips. Contact the Franklin County Extension office to subscribe, or visit our website:

May/June 2015 (PDF)

Safe to pressure can in electric multi-cookers?
Selecting freezer containers
New Ball Blue Book
Rhubarb-Strawberry jam

2014 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.

2014 Gasconade County Century Farms

Century Farm signs and certificates were presented to the following during our annual Extension Council Picnic/4-H Recognition on Oct. 10, 2013.

  • Charles Dieckmann Farm - Acquired in 1914 - Present owner is LeRoy Dieckmann (Charles' grandson)
  • Christian Schaumberg Farm - Acquired in 1843 — Present owners are Richard and Ellen Schaumberg

Popular extension publications

MU Extension publication G427, 2011 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.