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. We are seeking people from all walks of life who are interested in education and the progress of our community to serve on the extension council. In order to have an active council in place we need good candidates to run.

University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs addressing high-priority areas like agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, family financial education, business and industry, community development and youth development (4-H).

A brochure about county elections, as well as information about Jasper County University of Missouri Extension, can be found here or by calling or visiting the extension center, Courthouse Basement, Carthage, MO 64836.

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)