Mid Missouri Grazing Conference                             

Saturday, January 27, 2018     8:30 am -3 pm                      

Location: St Martins Knight of Columbus, 537 Route T, Jefferson City, MO 

Morning Break-out Topics:

  • Herbicide Options for Pasture Weed Control
  • Rotational Grazing 101
  • Fescue and Herd Management 
  • Small Ruminants 101
  • Grazing Livestock on Native Grasses

Keynote Speaker: Ashley McCarty speaking on "Agriculture Advocacy," 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Come SEE the Trade Show Beginning at 8:30 am

Registration:  Advanced registration due by January 19,2018.  $30 individual (non-refundable) $40 at the door.  Includes Lunch and Refreshments

For more information: Ed Gillmore ( or  Peggy Lemons ( at 573-893-5188 ext 3.

Cultural Heritage Workshop - December 13

This free, one-day workshop will focus on how culture, heritage and the arts can enhance local community and economic development practices.  It will be held Wednesday, December 12, 9:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Historic Fourth Street Theater, 110 North Fourth Street, Moberly.  The event is sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council, Main Street Moberly, and University of Missouri Extension.  

Participants will learn:

  • Tools for evaluating local assets
  • How a community’s culture, history and creative population can be a cornerstone for community and economic development (with examples from communities across Missouri and the nation)
  • How to assess if cultural heritage tourism is a fit for your community or region
  • How to plan for, develop, implement, and evaluate cultural heritage and arts-based initiatives, events and projects from a community standpoint
  • How initiatives focused on culture, history or the arts can contribute to community pride, stability, growth, preservation and protection of resources, and economic development in a community or region

This event is not specific to Randolph County, we'd like to see representatives from several north Missouri counties.

Who should attend? 

  • People who deals specifically with culture, history, community or economic development, tourism, or the arts.
  • People involved in community decision making, such as: tourism directors, city managers, chamber of commerce directors, librarians, educators, theatre directors, parks and recreation directors or cultural affair directors.
  • People working in conservation and natural resource departments, Main Street organizations, and community betterment groups.

The workshop is free but registration is required:  register online at

Calving Clinic - December 7

Fayette, Mo. – The University of Missouri Extension in Howard County will be hosting a calving clinic on December 7 located at Howard County Veterinary Services (293 Hwy 5 and 240, Fayette).  Sign in starts at 5:30 pm with the program to begin at 6:00 pm.  Calving clinics are designed to teach producers when and how to assist during delivery, when a veterinarian should be contacted, and how to care for the newborn calf through hands-on exploration and learning.  Youth aged 12 and over involved in 4-H and FFA are encouraged to attend.
Presentations will include:
  • Determination of calf presentation during calving
  • Techniques to assist livestock through a difficult birth
  • Techniques to care for the newborn calf
  • Techniques to care for the mother after a difficult birth
Hands-on Demonstrations:
  • Calf pulling
  • Tubing
  • Body Condition Scoring
A “phantom uterus” will be used to simulate techniques used during calving. A cadaver calf is used to provide a realistic demonstration of the many ways the farmer can assist the cow and unborn calf in delivery.  An opportunity to practice tube feeding a cadaver calf will also be available.  Live heifers/cows will be on site to demonstrate the body condition scoring system.
Advanced Registration Required by December 5, 2017
Registration Fee: $25 per person  - Space limited to 25 people.
**Clinic will be cancelled with less than 10 registrations by December 5**
For more information, contact Heather Conrow at the Howard County Extension Office at (660) 248-2272 or by email


Youth Mental Health First Aid

An 8-hour certificate course will be held March 3, 2018, at the Boone County Extension office, 1012 N. Highway UU, Columbia (just the other side of I-70 at the Fayette exit).  Fee is $25, includes lunch.  Time is 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  
The program is open to all who are interested, but is especially appropriate for anyone who works with young people, including 4-H volunteers, teachers, coaches, youth group leaders, social workers, mentors, and others.
For more information contact Sarah Traub at, or phone (660) 882-5661.


Council member recruitment underway

If you or someone you know is interested in practical education and services for Howard County residents, then serving on the Extension Council could be a good fit.  We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Extension Council election; deadline for nominations is December 8, 2017.  The term of office is two years.  To be eligible you must live in Howard County and be 18 years of age or older. 

Expectations of Council members includes participating in the monthly meetings (third Thursdays) and committees, actively engaging in discussions and decisions, and serving as a reliable and ethical partner.  For more information, contact any current Council member, Heather or Tish at the Howard County Extension office.


New faces

Join us in welcoming Marilyn Dilts, new office manager in the the Howard County Extension office.  Marilyn comes to us from the nonprofit world where she has been providing assistance and information to parents of U.S. Marines.  She's a great addition to the local team!

Marilyn Dilts

Ag Connection Newsletters

This monthly publication that offers up-to-date research, techniques and news for Central Missouri region's ag producers.  If you do not receive it now and would like to, contact the Howard County Extension office at: or call (606) 248-2272.

Fencing law Information

MU Extension publication G811, Missouri's Fencing and Boundary Laws: Frequently Asked Questions

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws

Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program

The Show Me Select Replacement Heifer Program is focused entirely on Missouri's farmers and is dependent upon active participation from regional extension livestock specialists and local veterinarians, each of which are critical components of the agricultural sector of this state. This program is unique in that it is first and foremost, an educational program targeted at improving production efficiency through increased use of existing technology, coupled with the marketing component. To find more information about this program visit the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program website.