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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)



Big Thanks!

Thanks to all that attended, displayed and contributed to the 91st Annual Soils & Crops Conference & Soil & Water Conservation District Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 21st!

Highlights of the evening included:

  • Presentation of the Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District Poster Contest Awards
  • 2015 Farm Family presentation and recognition to Paul & Nancy Krautmann of Hillsboro
  • 2014 Century Farm recognition to Jeff & Christine Cole of De Soto, presented by David Reed of the Jefferson County Missouri Farm Bureau
  • "Corn to Shrimp: Bradford Has it All" presentation by Tim Reinbott, Superintendent MU Bradford Research Farm

Over 200 people attended this social event of the year! The evening began with a dinner that included sweet potatoes grown locally in Jefferson County for the event. Special thank you goes out to the Jefferson County Missouri Farm Bureau for their generous support. And a big thanks goes to Home Service Oil Company; Sheet Metal contractors, Inc.; Dean Wilson Auction Services, LLC. Additional contributors we would like to thank include: Big River Alpacas; Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home; Flieg's Equipment, Inc.; Gisi Machine; Henry farms/Beck's Seed; KS Artworks; L & K's Bacon & Egg; Kathy Berri; MFA Agri Services, Ste. Genevieve; Wm. Nobbe & Company, Inc.; Pidgeon Construction, LLC; Schweissguth Bros., Inc.: Leo Staatmann Farm Service, Inc. and Windy Hill Farm Supply, Inc.

Door prizes were awarded to the attendees during the evening. In addition to the businesses mentioned above, prizes were also provided by Jefferson County Beekeepers Association; Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District/NRCS; Jefferson County Online Information Network (JOIN-N); and Meert Tree Farm. One of the most popular prizes was a new chain saw donated by Buchheit of House Springs. Mark you calendar for next year's event which will be that Saturday in the 3rd week in March

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.

2014 Century Farm - Cole Family with
David Reed with Farm Bureau and Debi Kelly,
MU Horticulture/Local Foods Specialist

Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1915, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. Applicants certified as owners of a 2015 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the local MU Extension office in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.

Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized. For application forms and information, call MU Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact the Jefferson County Extension office at (636) 797-5391, or visit the program website at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.


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

It's time once again for the 4-H School Enrichment Embryology program. More information and registration is available on our 4-H page under "What's in 4-H": Hatching Chick in the Classroom. Or you can contact the Extension office if you have questions at 636-797-5391.

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