2017 Master Gardener class begins Feb. 21

Classes are conducted by state and regional University of Missouri Extension specialists as well as other horticultural professionals. Topics covered include such things as an orientation to the Master Gardener program, plants and their environment, home fruit production, woody ornamentals – establishment and care, home lawn and turf, soils and plant nutrition, plant diseases, insects, plant propagation, pest management, vegetables, pruning and herbaceous perennial flowers. More information and an application can be found here. Registration deadline Feb. 3

Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

 If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1917, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

More information and an application can be found here..

Missouri State Fair Farm Family

Eugene and Lori Meyer, and their children Eli, Emily and Matthew of Sarcoxie were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair.  The Meyer family was selected as the Jasper County Missouri Farm Family by the Jasper County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. 

The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.

This was the first year in its 58-year history that all 114 counties participated by nominating a family.

Meyer family front row: Eli, Eugene, Emily, Lori and Matthew. Back row dignitaries include: Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension & Engagement,  MU Extension; Sherry Jones,  State Fair Commissioner; Mark Wolfe, MO State Fair Director; Lowell Mohler, State Fair Commissioner; Richard Fordyce, Director of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri farm Bureau.

 

Century Farm Family

The Missouri Century Farm Program annually recognizes Missouri farms that are still productive and have been in the same family for 100 years or more. The newest additions to the Century Farm Program includes one farm in Jasper County.  

Donna and Herb Winslow, Carthage, own 103.49 acres that have been in her family since 1916.  The farm was originally purchased by Mrs. Winslow’s grandfather, John W. Roper.  It was later owned by Mrs. Winslow’s parents, Carl and Marcella Roper.  Mr. and Mrs. Winslow purchased the farm in 1974 from her mother.  

To learn more about the Century Farm program or additional details about the newly added Century Farms, visit your local University of Missouri Extension office or go online to http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm

Shown from left to right is Janet LaFon, Jasper County program director with Donna and Herb Winslow.

 

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Soil tests are essential for productive gardens and fields. 
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Using Social Media in a Disaster

A unique publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. Information and provided guidelines in this updated 30-page publication grew out of the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton had building a Facebook community following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornado. The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery (PDF)