Nutrition and Health

Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes

Ready to take control of your overall health and wellness? Register for Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes today - a four week class designed to provide you with practical information and skills needed to self-manage diabetes and promote optimal health. The program is for anyone who has type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Spouses and other family members of those with diabetes will also benefit from the program. Cost is $25 per participant or $35 for a couple. To register, call or stop by the Gasconade County Extension Office (573) 437-2165.

Dates: Wednesdays March 4, 11, 18, 25

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location: Gasconade County Extension Center 1106 W. Highway 28 Owensville, MO 65066

4-HERS INVITED TO SNEAK PREVIEW OF Marshall the Miracle Dog!

Everyone is invited to a special preview of the Marshall the Miracle Dog movie at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, at Great Eight Cinema in Union and Sullivan Six Cinema.  The movie is the story of a rescue dog named Marshall whose story has become an inspiration for children to be kind to themselves and others, and to act with courage to stop bullying.  Learn more about the real Marshall at!/about/, and learn more about the movie at:   Share this information with all your friends and family.  10% of the proceeds from the movie preview will be donated to Missouri 4-H.  You can just go and enjoy an inspiring family-oriented film, or take it to the next level with discussion questions you can find at

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:

September 2014 (PDF)

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.