Now hiring for Extension 4-H Youth Program Associate in Jasper County

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2019 Master Gardener training program to begin in April

University of Missouri Extension in Jasper County is sponsoring a Missouri Master Gardener training program.  Classes will meet Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon, beginning April 2, and winding up May 2. The program contains 10 sessions, each designed to train volunteers in various aspects of horticulture. The Master Gardeners participate in a wide variety of community service projects and assist University of Missouri Extension in providing unbiased educational information to the public.

Application found here. 

Ozark Gateway Master Gardener Plant Sale set for May 4

Missouri Century Farm application available through May 15

Guidelines used for the selection and recognition of Missouri Century Farms:

  • The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years or more as of Dec. 31, 2019.
  • The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews and nieces, including through marriage or adoption.
  • The present farm shall consist of no less than 40 acres of the original land and shall make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

More information can be found here

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. 
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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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