2018 Master Gardener training program begins September 11

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.

A person who wishes to become a Master Gardener is required to attend the training sessions (30 hours of training), and contribute 30 hours of volunteer service to Master Gardener projects during the following year. The fee for the training is $150.

The core training program has limited enrollment. Application deadline is September 7. Application is fillable online but you must print, sign and return the form to the extension office. Informational flyer. Application is here.

Food preservation online course Aug. 6 - Sept. 28

To ensure that the products you serve are safe, it is important to follow tested guidelines for safely preserving food. University of Missouri Extension is your source for research-based, safety-tested guidelines. Find answers to your preservation questions here. 

Missouri State Fair Farm Family

The Rockers family (front row left to right) Dave, Lydia, Brett, Hannah, Dixie, and Alyssa were honored as the 2017 State Fair Farm Family.

Also in the photo with the family are (left to right):Ted Sheppard – Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Jack Magruder - Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Miss Natalie Ayers- 2017 Missouri State Fair Queen; Todd Hays, Missouri Farm Bureau Board of Director’s Vice President; Christine Chinn- Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Rob Kallenbach- Assistant Dean MU CAFNR; Blake Naughton- Associate Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement.

More than 100 families were honored during Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

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: $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)

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