Extension Council Election January 15-29

Citizens of voting age in Jasper County, pursuant to the provisions of Sec. 262-577, R. S. Mo. 1969, will have an opportunity to vote and elect ten new members to the University of Missouri Extension Council for Jasper County. The elected and appointed members of the extension council will guide and direct MU Extension work within the county. The following persons are candidates for seats, all of which carry two year terms: Mary Ann Campbell, Oronogo; Roy "Dale" Campbell, Oronogo; Rosann Chapman, Carthage; William Chapman, Carthage; Sherri Garvin, Jasper; James "Jim" Graham, Joplin; Barbara Hunter, Jasper; Kimberly "Kim" Lambeth, Webb City; Gail Lawrence, Carthage; Dorothy Shull, Carthage; and Steve Wardlow, Jasper.  An online ballot is available here

Candidate biographies can be found here

Estate, Succession and Retirement Planning Jan. 17, 24 and 31

Do you want to be in charge of who gets your assets after you’re gone? Are you concerned about what your estate will cost your heirs? What are the best tools available to plan my estate? If you want to address these questions, then plan to attend. Sessions held in Mt. Vernon, Kirksville, Bowling Green, Monroe City, Richland, and Osceola.

Stay Strong Stay Healthy begins February 23 in Joplin

Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street, Joplin, Mo. 
Saturdays from 10-11 

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is a low-impact strength training program for older adults, or those who have never done strength training before. Health benefits include improved strength, balance, and flexibility, as well as better sleep and higher self-esteem
Cost: $40. You must register to attend. Call 417-682-3579. Online registration will open 1 month in advance.

Missouri State Fair Farm Family

The Collard family (front row left to right) Doug, Wyatt, Morgan and Joy were honored as the 2018 State Fair Farm Family.

Also in the photo with the family are (left to right): Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement; Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau; State Fair Queen 2018 Samantha Nelson; State Fair Commissioners, Nikki Whitehead and Ted Sheppard; Christine Chin, Director of Missouri Dept. of Agriculture; and Christopher Daubert, Dean of MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

This year, all 114 Missouri counties plus the City of St. Louis participated, honoring nearly 490 people from 115 farm families.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture, and/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA. Families are selected by their county’s extension council and the local Farm Bureau.

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

Don't guess . . . Soil test!

Soil tests are essential for productive gardens and fields. 
More information
Soil testing publications   
Fee: $20 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)

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