National 4-H Week

For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week during the first week of October. Missouri 4-H clubs will leverage National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them, said Alison Copeland, interim program leader for University of Missouri Extension’s 4-H Center for Youth Development.

“4-H gives youth of all ages and backgrounds the chance to learn about life skills, work with caring adults and develop leadership. Missouri 4-H gives youth the opportunity to learn while having fun with friends from across the county, state, nation and even the world!” commented Kim Hall, 4-H Youth Specialist for Johnson, Henry and Cass Counties. According to a Johnson County Clover Kid, “4-H is my favorite thing in the whole wide world. I get to do some stuff that others don’t because of my mom. I can’t wait to be a role model next year for the littler kids that join. I only wish I was old enough to graduate from clover kids this year, but next year I will!”

Click here more information about clubs in Johnson County

Soil Testing

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.

There is a $15 per sample fee for testing soil. Results are normally returned within two weeks. Soil samples should be dry. Wet samples will delay results.

Five Saving Tips

As the price of food, clothing, shelter, education, healthcare, hobbies and vacations continue to rise, is it possible for budget-conscious parents to save money without making dramatic changes - without doing a complete lifestyle overhaul? As it happens, small sacrifices go a long way, and can make a big difference.

Here are 5 ways to save money. And they require practically zero effort. Click here for Dedra Thomas' article.