Jasper County Extension Election Jan. 11-24

The 2017 public election of ten new members for the Jasper County University of Missouri Extension County Council will take place January 11-24. The county election will be held in accordance with state law (Chapter 262.550-262.620 R.S. Mo. 1969).

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.

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

IIf you would rather cast a paper ballot, citizens over the age of 18 who reside in Jasper County can vote at one of nine locations within the county.  Locations include: the University of Missouri Extension office in the basement of the Jasper County Courthouse; Midwest Ag Supply, Central and Grant, Carthage; NRCS/SWCD office, 416 E. Airport Drive, Carthage; Maneval, Inc., 321 W. Bell, Jasper; Jasper City Hall, 121 E. Grand Ave., Jasper; Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main, Carl Junction; Webb City Library, 101 S. Liberty St., Webb City; Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 E. 4th, Joplin; and Avilla Elementary School, 400 Sarcoxie St., Avilla.  Voting at the polling places will begin at noon on January 11 and end at noon on January 24.  If you plan to mail your ballot, it must be postmarked no later than January 20.

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.

2017 Master Gardener class begins Feb. 21

Classes are conducted by state and regional University of Missouri Extension specialists as well as other horticultural professionals. Topics covered include such things as an orientation to the Master Gardener program, plants and their environment, home fruit production, woody ornamentals – establishment and care, home lawn and turf, soils and plant nutrition, plant diseases, insects, plant propagation, pest management, vegetables, pruning and herbaceous perennial flowers. More information and an application can be found here. Registration deadline Feb. 3

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 http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm

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


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