4-H Carnival

The 2017 4-H Carnival is coming up soon so get your calendars marked – March 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. This event is open to anyone!  Each 4-H Club is to provide a basket and a game for the carnival, we would like larger clubs to consider doing two baskets and two games. The 4-H council officers are beating the bushes to get donations for prizes to be auctioned or raffled off. If you know of a business that would be willing to make a donation, please contact the Extension Center. The 4-H Carnival is the one and only fundraiser for the 4-H Council so we need all hands on deck to make this a success and be able to provide all the financial support to members – scholarships for trips, achievement day, recognition banquet, leader trainings, and fun activities for members.

Advanced Beef Cattle Reproduction and Genetics Meeting

University of Missouri Extension and Kingsville Livestock Auction are sponsoring “Beef Cattle ReproGene, Taking the Next Step in Beef Cattle Reproduction and Genetics” meeting on Thursday evening, March 9, 2017 at the Kingsville Livestock Auction in Kingsville, MO.  The program will begin at 5:00 p.m., with dinner provided.

Cost for the program is $10 per person.  Registration is due by March 6th.  For registration, questions, or more information; please contact the Cass County MU Extension Office at 816-380-8460 or by email at cassco@missouri.edu.

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Newly Elected Extension Council Members

The University of Missouri Extension Council of Johnson County recently held an election to select council members to serve two year terms.  Newly elected council members include:

Allison Bolt                Northwest District

Monique Eames          Northeast District

Kelly Fleming             Southeast District

Trina Anstine             Southwest District

Erin Elliott                 Southwest District

Sofia Metcalf              City of Warrensburg

Amy Kephart               South Half of Johnson County

New members will begin their term on March 1, 2017.  Council membership is open to all citizens through the election process as established by Missouri law.  They provide oversight and guidance for all University of Missouri Extension programs conducted in Johnson County, including agriculture, 4-H and youth programs, community development, human environmental sciences, and others.  University of Missouri Extension brings the resources of the University to the people of Johnson County.  The Extension Center is located at 135 West Market in Warrensburg.  For further information call 660-747-3193.  

Childcare Trainings Offered

MU Extension will be providing several training options that meet the requirements for Missouri Professional Development for childcare workers.  The sessions qualify for five (5) hours of training.

Workshops will be held in Clinton, February 18 at the Rotary Building in Clinton on the square; Warrensburg, February 25 at the Johnson County Extension Center, 135 Market St, Warrensburg.  All workshops will feature the same educational content and begin at 9:00 am. 

Registrations are due February 1, 2017.  Please contact the Cass County Extension Center at 816-380-8460 or email jayh@missouri.edu for more information, a registration form or to register.

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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.

Beginning Beekeepers Workshop

The Midwestern Beekeepers Association will have their 22nd Annual Beginning Beekeeping Workshop on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015.  The workshop registration fee is $35 and includes the workshop, presentation notes and First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith S. Delaplane.  Registration will begin at 8AM and the workshop will be from 9AM to 5PM with a break for lunch.  Beekeeping Suppliers will be on site to order bees and supplies. The class size is limited to 60. Registration is closed when filled or by Feb.18, 2017  To register, please visit Midwestern Beekeepers Association website at http://www.midwesternbeekeepers.org/ to download a registration form.  For more information, please call Bob Williams at 816-331-6634.

Food Safety and Your Refrigerator - 10 Easy Steps

Happy New Year!  May you experience good health throughout the year.  As we wrap up any holiday gatherings and return to our normal pace of life take a moment and think about what may be lingering in your refrigerator.

Has that turkey grown wings?  Does the lime gelatin salad have fur?  Often times we forget what is in the frig or it gets pushed to the back of the shelf to be forgotten.  Spoiled foods can give off odors and affect other foods in which they may come in contact. Click here for full Holly Jay Article.  

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.