Be well informed when hunting
and preparing mushrooms

    Mushrooms are in season. You do not need a license to hunt them, but if you want to sell them a licensed or certified inspector must attest to their safety first.
     When hunting mushrooms, it is important to be 100% sure that the mushrooms you find are safe to eat. For example, morel mushrooms vary in size and color, but one identifying factor for them is their hollow, cone- or globe-shaped head connected at the base to a hollow neck. The convolutions on the head make them look very porous. The cap is one to five inches high and the stem is about the same height. They are generally found in various shades of brown from tan to black. A description and picture of morels (and other edible types) can be found on the Missouri Department of Conservation's website at
     If it is a morel, as described above, it is safe to eat. However, if it is shaped and sized similarly but is NOT hollow, it is poisonous so be very careful.
    Unlike some other mushrooms that are enjoyed raw, morels must be well-cooked to be eaten safely and avoid the irritation to the stomach that can otherwise occur. The first step, and perhaps the most tedious, is getting them clean. All the cracks and crevices make for lots of places for sand, dirt and small insects to hide. To clean, rinse several times quickly and carefully under running water to remove dirt and sand. Then set in salt water for about an hour, changing the water often to draw out the bugs. Avoid over-soaking as this can dilute the flavor. Use freshly collected mushrooms within 2-3 days.
     For more information on cooking and preserving mushrooms, contact Janet Hackert, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, at 660-425-6434 or

Pond Management Workshop

A pond management workshop is set for 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 23,
University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center (FSRC) at Linneus.
FSRC, MU Extension and the Missouri Department of Conservation sponsor the event.
Topics include watershed management, pond construction,
managing existing ponds, stocking ponds, and fish and aquatic plant management.
Register by April 20 at 660-895-5121 or 660-895-5123.
A $10 fee is payable at the door.
FSRC, part of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources,
is between Brookfield and Linneus at 21262 Genoa Road.
For map and driving directions, go to
A number of MU Extension publications on fisheries and aquaculture
are available for free download at

MU Extension is Seeking a
Regional Agronomy Specialist

LOCATION: Bethany, Missouri and primarily serves Harrison, Worth, Gentry, Daviess, Mercer, Grundy and Livingston counties in Northwest region, with additional coverage as needed.

This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in crop and forage production, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, soil science and overall production agriculture, in addition to applying knowledge related to general agricultural in the counties served. Educational programs may consist of workshops, farm tours, field demonstrations, one-on-one consultations, soil test report interpretation and online programming that provide research-based material to local clients.

More information can be found by visiting

NW Region 4-H Camp 2016

Camp Crowder, June 6-9 or June 13-16, 2016
Crowder State Park, Trenton, MO
4-H ages 8-13 as of Jan.1
Return complete registration with 2016 camp fee of $110 to:
Daviess County Extension,
102 North Main, Suite 1
Gallatin, MO 64640

All applications and money must be received by Monday, May 16, 2016 

MU Extension is hiring for positions in the Northwest Region

Do you have interest in a career working with youth, agriculture business, nutrition, business development or other extension subject areas? University of Missouri Extension in the Northwest region currently has several regional specialist positions open and we are recruiting.

Review the position descriptions and the on-line application procedure on the University of Missouri Extension webpage-- At the bottom of the page click on the JOBS tab and you will see the list of positions for which we are recruiting statewide and you can see those in the NW Region. Positions remain posted until filled.

Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

This monthly newsletter provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region. Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

Updating History of Extension in Harrison County

Recently a booklet was found about the first 50 years of extension in Harrison County Missouri. The report titled "Excerpts From History 1919-1969," contains numerous entries that are amusing and gave some perspective about how the Extension service has impacted Harrison County. You can find some of the entries here on our website,  We wish to update the history of the extension center, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019. If you have any stories or information about the history of MU Extension in Harrison County in specific, please contact us by phone (660)425-6434 or email

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