Food Preservation Class

Spending some time now learning how to preserve that produce properly will allow you and your family to enjoy that summer bounty when winter winds start blowing. There is nothing like opening a home canned jar of tomatoes for stews or a warm casserole on a cold winter day. Better yet, how about fresh preserves to give as presents during the holidays!  Participating in a home food preservation class can help you to do that and much more.

Classes will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings from May 12th to June 2nd in Warrensburg at the University of Missouri Extension Center located at 135 W. Market, Warrensburg, Missouri.  For more information on the classes, click here for the press release.  Registration forms are due May 5th.

Canner Testing

Home canning and freezing are the two most popular food preservation practices among families and individuals today.  The week of May 4-8 is Safe Preserving Food at Home Week in Cass, Henry and Johnson Counties.    To ensure your pressure canning equipment is safe to use canners will be tested in the county offices on the following dates: 

  • Tuesday, May 5, from 9:00am – 3:00pm Johnson County Center

Call the office in your county to make an appointment to get your pressure canner dial gauge checked for proper use.  Bring in the entire canner, pressure gauge, and rubber seal.  Testing takes approximately 15 minutes and is FREE.  Click here for press release.  Click here for flyer.  

Spring AgMarketing Outlook

University of Missouri Ag Economists and Regional Extension Specialists conduct teleconferences to provide Missouri farmers, extension specialists, and other interested people with current information on the outlook of Missouri crops and livestock.  Join the meeting as Ron Plain, David Reinbott and Joe Horner discuss fundamental analysis of cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans, wheat, and dairy and Pat Guinan will give a weather update.  Registration is encouraged but not required.  If you intend to participate, please contact the Johnson County Extension Office or email Nathanial Cahill at

4-H Camp 2015

It is that time already! Camp will include swimming, dances, crafts, and so much more. This year’s theme is “Where the Wild Things Are”

Camp will be at Camp Bob White near Warrensburg, MO. There is only one camp session so it is on a first come first attend so get your registrations in ASAP! Camp will be June 9-11. Camp applications can be obtained from the Johnson County 4-H web site or at the Extension Center.

Cost will be $100 but with a 4-H Council scholarship, it is only $50! Applications are due May 15. Be sure to have members who attended last year talk about camp at your upcoming club meeting. Camp is for youth ages 8-12.

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