Home Food Preservation (Jam/Jellies and Fruit & Salsa) Classes

University of Missouri Extension will be offering food preservation and canning programs this summer. To make the most of your garden’s delights, it is important to have up-to-date food preservation information.  Processing fruits and vegetables using outdated methods may not give you the best quality and may be unsafe to eat. The USDA and University of Missouri Extension are credible sources to provide information on food preservation to consumers.

These sessions will provide information on how to safely preserve sweet spreads (jams and jellies), how to safely can salsa, how to freeze and dry fruits and vegetables, and how to safely pressure can vegetables. Each class will include a hands-on demonstration of equipment and materials and MU Extension publications with recipes will be available for all participants.  Freezing and drying fruits and vegetables session and pressure canning vegetables class will be announced at a later date.

Water Bath Canning of Sweet Spreads (Jams/Jellies) classes are held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:
Laclede County:  Tuesday, July 14, Lebanon First United Methodist Church, 300 N. Madison Ave., Lebanon
Camden County:  Wednesday, July 15, Camdenton United Methodist Church, 340 W US Hwy 54, Camdenton
Pulaski County:  Wednesday, July 22, Waynesville St. Robert Senior Center, 1401 Ousley Rd., Waynesville

Water Bath Canning of Fruit & Salsa classes will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations:
Camden County:  Monday, July 27, Camdenton United Methodist Church, 340 W US Hwy 54, Camdenton
Pulaski County:  Wednesday, July 29, Waynesville St. Robert Senior Center, 1401 Ousley Rd., Waynesville
Laclede County: Thursday, July 30, Lebanon First United Methodist Church, 300 N. Madison Ave., Lebanon

Please pre-register one day prior to the class date at the county extension office where the classes will be held.
•Camden County Extension Office:  573-346-2644 or camdenco@missouri.edu
•Laclede County Extension Office:  417-532-7126 or lacledeco@missouri.edu
•Pulaski County Extension Office: 573-774-6177 or pulaskico@missouri.edu

The cost is $15 per person per class to cover food preservation handouts and supplies.  Registration is required at least one day prior to the date of the class session. Please call your local extension office if you have questions or to pre-register.

"Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?" Workshop

Almost everyone has personal belongings such as wedding photographs, a baseball glove, or a pie plate that contain meaning for them and for other members of their family.  What happens to your personal belongings when you die?  Who decides who gets what?  How can decisions be made during one’s lifetime?   “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” is a program developed several years ago by the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Minnesota.  It was designed to help individuals and families decide how to distribute non-titled assets, your personal belongings.

The division of personal property on an equal basis is sometimes where the main problem lies.  What is fair?  What is equal?  Dollar value?  Number of items?  Dr. Rebecca Travnichek, Family Financial Education Specialist, with University of Missouri Extension can help you find the answers to these questions.

Please plan to attend “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” workshop to be held on Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Laclede County Extension Center at 186-D N. Adams Ave., in Lebanon, Missouri.  This workshop is free!  Please pre-register by July 14, 2015 to attend this workshop at Laclede County Extension Center at 417-532-7126 or lacledeco@missouri.edu  
Come learn how to discuss the distribution of your personal property with your family

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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