Jasper County Youth Fair July 8-16

The purpose of the Jasper County Youth Fair Board is to promote and encourage agriculture, horticulture, and the rearing of better livestock; improve domestic science and art; and to promote general community betterment together with all youth exhibitors and the community. The fair is open to 4-H and FFA youth in Jasper County.

In addition to the youth exhibitions, join us for a Bar-B-Que; car, truck, motorcycle and tractor show; baby contest; little tikes pedal tractor pull; watermelon feed; ice cream; tug of war; pageant; and herding heroes for special needs children.

Food preservation workshops

Whether you want to learn how to preserve your fresh garden produce, or you just need a refresher on something you've been doing for years, University of Missouri Extension's Food Preservation Series can help you preserve your produce safely
and efficiently.

Missouri State Fair Farm Family

The 57th Annual Farm Family Day was celebrated Monday, Aug. 17 at the Missouri State Fair. Clint and Mercedes Wilkerson were selected as the Jasper County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Jasper County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their community, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H and FFA.

The annual event was sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri State Fair, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.

Shown in the photo with the Wilkersons: Destiny Reed, 2015 State Fair Queen; Darryl Chatman, Deputy Director Missouri State Fair; Dr. Thomas Henderson, Interim Vice Provost, Interim Director University of Missouri Extension; Dr. Jack Magruder, State Fair Commission; Lowell Mohler, Chair State Fair Commission; Barbara Hayden, State Fair Commission.

Don't guess . . . Soil test!

Soil tests are essential for productive gardens and fields. 
More information
Soil testing publications   
Fee: $15 per soil sample

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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)