2015 Farm Family 

Congratulations to the Parsons Family for being selected as this years 2015 Johnson County Farm Family!  

Jason, Debbie, and Zachary Parsons live on a 80 acre cattle farm in Johnson County where they raise Simmental cattle.  Jason and Zachary were born and raised in Johnson County and Debbie was born in England and raised in Missouri after the age of 15.  They have 3 other children who live in Centerview, Knob Noster, and Guam. 

Jason is on the Johnson County livestock committee and is a 4-H project leader.  Debbie is 4-H club leader, 4-H project leader, and a MU Extension council member.  Zachary is the president of his 4-H club, president of the Johnson County 4-H council, MU Extension council member, Missouri 4-H State council west central regional representative.   

2015 Johnson County Management-Intensive Grazing School

Missouri Regional Grazing Schools are designed for three purposes: educate producers and agency personnel in the art and science of grazing management, transfer new technology in grassland management to producers and agency personnel, and qualify producers for the state cost-share programs.  This two-day school will be held September 16th and 17th.  For more information about the school, agenda, and registration, click here.

The Show-Me Sheep and Goat Project

There is great potential for sheep and goat producers in West Central Missouri.  With higher prices for cattle, some beginning producers are considering sheep and goats as an alternative.  This class will discuss how to raise sheep and goats profitably and efficiently focusing on business management and production management.  To learn more about class times and registration, click here.

New 4-H Year!

The 2014-2015 4-H year is coming to a close.  For club leaders, that means completing end of year reports, which can be found under the Applications and Forms portion of our site.  This upcoming 4-H year is a little different than previous years, as it will be starting on October 1st.  In order to close out the 2014-2015 year, 4-HOnline will not be available to anyone, including the Extension Office, for the last two weeks of September.  Please plan ahead and make sure you have the information you need before it closes.  4-HOnline will be up and running to take enrollments on October 1st. 

Remember Food Safety While Enjoying Summer Activities

Most people love a picnic and the food that goes with it. Grilled chicken, hamburgers, baked beans and potato salad are all picnic favorites, but with picnic foods come a chance for an increase in food-borne illness.  The Center for Disease Control estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans or 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of food-borne diseases. Click here for Holly Jay's full article.

Bed Bug Information

Here are a couple links with information about bed bugs and how to prevent and control them. Click here for publication.  Click here for video.

Small Farm Outreach Worker

As a Small Farm Outreach Worker, Phillip Boydston helps provide information and assistance to both rural and urban farmers and ranchers, with an emphasis on underserved and socially disadvantaged populations.  Farm Outreach Workers (FOWs) provide information on ways to better manage your resources, reduce expenses and increase income.  They also provide information on other available programs and resources that may improve your farm management practices and income.  At your request, an FOW will make an appointment to visit with you and your family on your farm and discuss goals and plans.  For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Phillip at 816-726-7720 or boydstonp@lincolnu.edu