Training Opportunities for Child Care Providers

The following training workshop will be offered on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Laclede County MU Extension Office in Lebanon. This workshop is sponsored by the Missouri Team Nutrition Program and taught by Nutrition and Human Development Specialists with University of Missouri Extension.
The topic for this workshop is:  Taking Care of You: Managing Stress and Improving Health in Your Work and Life

Participants will have a greater awareness of how stress affects the body, thoughts, emotions, and overall health and well-being.  With this awareness they can develop positive approaches to help better manage their personal stress levels and help improve their abilities to provide care for the children.  This workshop is approved by the Section for Child Care Regulation for 2.0 clock-hours.
Scheduling Information
This workshop is posted on the ChildCare Aware training calendar at Please contact the Laclede County MU Extension Office at 417-532-7126 or email to register.

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Laclede County MU Extension office (186-D N. Adams Ave in Lebanon)
This workshop is offered at no cost, but registration is required by June 8, 2015.

Third Annual "Run for the Clover" 5K

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Third Annual "Run for the Clover" 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. We had 52 sponsors who either donated monetary or in-kind gifts for door prizes!  Thank you to those who either participated or asked businesses, friends or family members to sponsor this community-wide event.
Thanks to our sponsors and participants we made $3,286.00 that will go towards Laclede County 4-H educational events and programs!!

Congratulations to "The Top 3 5K Overall Winners"
First Place - Jamie Vest 20:39
Second Place - Zack Jamison 21:28
Third Place - Jacob Holt 22:06

Congratulations to "The Top 1 Mile Fun Run Overall Winners"
First Place - Sam Schafer 7:30
Second Place - Logan Lybarger 8:10
Third Place - Charlie Schafer 9:02

5K "Run for the Clover" Sponsors (PDF)
1 Mile Results (PDF)
5K Results (PDF)

Pasture Plant and Weed Identification Classes

Do you graze cattle, sheep, horses, and/or maybe goats?  Is baling hay a part of your overall farming operation?  Do you know what type of forages you are utilizing in your farming operation? Are there any poisonous plants growing out there that might affect your overall livestock operation?   Just how good are you at identifying the different type of plants growing in your area?  Are these things that might affect the overall profitability of your farming operation?  Well if so maybe we can help.Hickory County MU Extension Office will be hosting four, two-night, courses on Pasture Plant and Weed Identification starting in June. We will be discussing topics which we hope will allow you to better know what is growing in your pastures, whether you want it, and how you might want to control it.
The following is a list of locations, dates, and contact information where you can go to attend the classes:
June 1, 8 - Hickory County MU Extension Office, 203 Cedar St., Hermitage MO, 417-745-6767
June 2, 9 - O’Bannon Bank Community Center, 315 E. Ramsey St., Buffalo MO, 417-345-7551
June 15, 22 - Laclede County MU Extension Office, 186-D N. Adams Ave., Lebanon MO, 417-532-7126
June 17, 24 - Polk County MU Extension Office, 451 S Albany Ave., Bolivar MO, 417-326-4916
Topics of discussion will revolve around:  How grassland plants are classified; The characteristics of cool-season grasses, warm-season grasses, cool-season legumes, warm-season legumes, forbs and woody type plants; how location and soil type affect where plants grow; what plant characteristics are needed to identify plants; why it is important to determine your grassland composition; how you determine grassland composition; how you make grasslands viable for livestock and wildlife habitat; what factors effect overall forage quality; and weed control
The cost of the course will be $15.00 a night or $20.00 for both nights per person.  If you attend as a couple, coming from the same farming operation, the second person will be half price.
Classes will be held from 6:30 - 9:00 pm with an optional, in the field activity, set at a later date, on an accrual farm. For further details and to pre-register please contact your local MU Extension Office.

Don't Guess - Soil Tests Save Time and Money

Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services. Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

“We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan said.

“Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she said. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. Regional specialists can give you additional informational recommendations. The cost is $15 per sample. See additional MU publications on soil testing.

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