Sports field management and maintenance workshop in Joplin May  25

Participants will learn ways to reduce field-caused sports injuries, solutions to turf maintenance problems, soil management that makes a difference, warm-season and cool-season field maintenance and renovation, how to calculate the actual cost of maintenance, and more.  Registration form.

Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners Plant Sale May 7

The Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners annual plant sale is just around the corner! The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Powers Museum, 1617 Oak Street, Carthage. Plants for sale will include perennials, annual flowers and vegetables, herbs, shrubs, trees, bulbs and berries. There will also be information available at the sale for anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener.

Search continues for Missouri Century Farms

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1916, 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. Find more information and an application here.  Application deadline is May 16.

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)