Candidates sought for Jasper County Extension Council

Every county in Missouri has an extension council made up of elected (and appointed) members who represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in that county.  Council candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in Jasper County.  The Jasper County extension council meets on the first Tuesday of each month.

Missouri state statutes create county extension councils to work with University of Missouri Extension.  The publicly elected (and appointed) council members assist in planning and carrying out extension programs in their county, providing local extension governance and representing the diversity of the county’s changing population.

A brochure about county elections, as well as information about Jasper County University of Missouri Extension, can be found here.

Gifts from the Home and Heart 

Dec. 8, 6 - 8;30 p.m., Carthage

Learn how to make fruit leathers and sweet spreads to fill those stockings this year!  Registration due by Dec. 2 to Lindsey Stevenson at 417-682-3579.

Private Pesticide Applicator training Feb. 1 in Carthage

This training is for producers of agricultural commodities, 18 years or older, wishing to renew or receive their private pesticide applicator’s license in order to buy and apply restricted use chemicals on their own land. License holders need to renew their license every 5 years. Call the Jasper County office at 358-2158 to register.

Missouri State Fair Farm Family

Eugene and Lori Meyer, and their children Eli, Emily and Matthew of Sarcoxie were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair.  The Meyer family was selected as the Jasper County Missouri Farm Family by the Jasper County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. 

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

This was the first year in its 58-year history that all 114 counties participated by nominating a family.

Meyer family front row: Eli, Eugene, Emily, Lori and Matthew. Back row dignitaries include: Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension & Engagement,  MU Extension; Sherry Jones,  State Fair Commissioner; Mark Wolfe, MO State Fair Director; Lowell Mohler, State Fair Commissioner; Richard Fordyce, Director of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri farm Bureau.


Century Farm Family

The Missouri Century Farm Program annually recognizes Missouri farms that are still productive and have been in the same family for 100 years or more. The newest additions to the Century Farm Program includes one farm in Jasper County.  

Donna and Herb Winslow, Carthage, own 103.49 acres that have been in her family since 1916.  The farm was originally purchased by Mrs. Winslow’s grandfather, John W. Roper.  It was later owned by Mrs. Winslow’s parents, Carl and Marcella Roper.  Mr. and Mrs. Winslow purchased the farm in 1974 from her mother.  

To learn more about the Century Farm program or additional details about the newly added Century Farms, visit your local University of Missouri Extension office or go online to

Shown from left to right is Janet LaFon, Jasper County program director with Donna and Herb Winslow.


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)