Nutrition and Health

Cooking Matters for Adults

Ready to take control of your overall health and wellness? Register for Cooking Matters for Adults today. Cooking Matters is a six week, two hour cooking course that teaches adults how to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. Each session provides more than cooking instruction. The course covers meal preparation, healthy grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition.  There is no charge for the program, but registration is required so call the Gasconade County Extension Office at (573) 437-2165 to register.

Date: Tuesdays January 13-February 17, 2015

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location: Owensville Christian Church620 E. Lincoln Avenue

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)

2013 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.

2013 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 August and Caroline Dahl Farm — Acquired in 1913 — Present owners are Mary Margaret Dahl and Anna Catherine Fenwick
  • Baecker-Tilly Farm — Acquired in 1874 — Present owners are Shirley and William Tilly

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.