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Follow safety rules when preparing Easter eggs

If you’re planning on dyeing and hunting Easter eggs this year, it’s important to follow food safety rules to prevent illness.

• Keep fresh eggs refrigerated in the original carton until it's time to cook them. Eggs are a high protein food and are prone to rapid growth of the disease-causing bacteria Salmonella....
• Hard-cooked eggs can spoil faster than fresh ones — eggs are porous and bacteria can penetrate the shell. A protective coating that is added when eggs are washed at the plant washes away during boiling, which makes it easier for bacteria to enter the shell. Therefore, it is important to refrigerate hard-cooked eggs within two hours of cooking.
• Don't hide the same eggs you plan to eat. Plan to hide plastic eggs and decorate hard-boiled eggs for eating only...
The American Egg Board has a recommendation for cooking tender eggs with no green ring...

If you don’t want to worry about the safety of the egg, empty eggshells can be dyed and kept indefinitely...

For all of the helpful tips to ensure that you have a happy and healthy Easter, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/nut125.htm


Master Gardener Program begins on April 15th

The Master Gardener concept began more than 42 years ago in Washington state in response to a high level of interest in home gardening and numerous requests to county extension offices for horticultural information. The idea was to involve horticulture extension faculty in training knowledgeable gardeners to assist Extension staff in delivering home gardening information to friends, neighbors, and the general public. From that first class of Seattle area Master Gardeners in 1972, the concept has now spread to all 50 states and several Canadian provinces.

The Missouri Master Gardener program began in St. Louis in 1983. Currently, over 2,500 active Master Gardeners serve as University of Missouri Extension volunteers in 110 counties around the state.

Check out the brochure for more information and registration.


High School Students - check this out!

The Arts as a Portal to Science Communication - a summer art/science camp for high school students ages 15 to 18 will be held July 12-16, 2015 on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, MO. For more information check out the summer camp flyer (pdf)


Goat Workshop

Don't forget the goat workshop - A Browse and Pasture Management for Small Ruminants workshop will be held in Hillsboro on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. This workshop is made possible through Lincoln University and University of Missouri Extension. Check out the flyer for more information and to reserve your spot.


Private pesticide applicator training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must purchase or bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training. Manuals may be purchased at the extension center.

Contact the Jefferson County Extension Office at 636-797-5391 to schedule an individual appointment to apply for a license or renew your current one. Plan on viewing a three hour training DVD.


Hatching Chicks in the Classroom

The final session for the 4-H School Enrichment Embryology program is underway!

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