Extension Council Public Election  

The 2015 public election of University of Missouri Extension Laclede County Council runs Monday, January 26 -  Friday, January 30, 2015  between
8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Citizens aged 18 or older who reside in Laclede County can access ballots in three ways:
1) Online:  Website:  http://extension.missouri.edu/laclede
2) In person at two locations:  Laclede County Extension Center, 186-D N. Adams Avenue or County Clerk's office in the Laclede County Justice Center
3) By Mail:  Call MU Extension Center at 417-532-7126 to request a ballot by mail

Five Candidates: Craig Evans, Tyler Kay, Keith Ruether, Brent Snyder and Vicki Teeter are running for four vacant seats in the North District
(north of I-44).
North District Candidate Bios  (PDF)
Five Candidates: Riki Allison, Steve Cushing, Sarah DuBose, Robert “Bob” Smith III and Allen Tullos are vying for four vacant seats in the South District (south of I-44).
South District Candidate Bios (PDF)

Council members will serve a two-year term.  Voters will select four candidates from the district of voter residence.  Missouri state statues (Chapter 262.550-262.620 R.S. Mo. 1969) create county extension councils to work with local University of Missouri Extension staff members.  The publicly elected (and appointed) council members assist in planning and carrying out extension programs in their county, providing local extension governance and representing the diversity of the county's changing population.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training Scheduled 
A Private Pesticide Applicator Training session will be offered at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Monday, February 9th at the Laclede County Extension Office Center in Lebanon.Missouri law requires all purchasers and users of restricted-use pesticides attend a training session to be certified for a private applicators session. This three-hour training program will allow individuals to recertify or receive an initial certification necessary to be licensed for the purchase of and/or use of restricted-use pesticides for five years.  Terry Halleran, Extension agronomy specialist, will be conducting this training. This training is open to any and all producers of agricultural commodities from small time gardeners to large farm and ranch operators, whom are 18 years of age or older, and wish to use restricted chemicals on agricultural settings. There is a requirement that producers must purchase the M87 “Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual” and handouts for $15.00.  If you have a current manual (2007), please bring it with you when you recertify and there will be a $5.00 cost for the handouts. The Laclede County Extension Center is located at 186-D N. Adams Avenue in Lebanon.  Call (417) 532-7126 to pre-register for the class by Wednesday, February 4 or if you have questions about this training class.

Building It from the Ground Up Program
This program is designed to address the needs of land owners looking to improve on their property as well as their outputs and profitability over the long run of the operation. Realizing finances may be limited and/or restricted we will be working with those individuals trying to make sound economic decisions about their operations.  Targeting both new and old land owners/operators looking to run up to 25-75 cows, 50-100 stockers, 25-75 breeding goats and/or sheep, or a small registered livestock operation on farms less than 150-250 acres operated as a part time and/or hobby farm. This would not be their sole source of income, but a part time occupation. This is not about making a living on the farm, but about living on the farm, raising children on the farm, and having the rural way of life. The farm just needs to pay for itself and if it makes a little money along the way….. Great!

Each program will consist of three session areas, running for 30 - 45 minutes, allowing for questions at the end of each session.  Sessions will start at 6:00 p.m. and end around 9:00 p.m.   Individuals may attend any of the programs for $15.00 a night or sign up for all five programs for $60.00.  Scheduled programs will commence on February 3 and meet for five consecutive weeks, on the assigned nights, ending the evening of March 3.  Pre-registration is requested.  Please call the Laclede County MU Extension Office at 417-532-7126, email Kim Lambeth at lambethk@missouri.edu or mail your registration form to MU Extension, 186-D N. Adams Ave., Lebanon MO 65536 to register.  Please make checks payable to University of Missouri Extension and mail to the above address. 
Registration forms are also available at the Laclede County Extension Office.  If you sign up for all five nights and pre pay by Wednesday, January 28, you will receive a three ring binder to place all handout materials made available during each session. This program will be located at the Laclede County Extension Office, Courthouse Annex, 186 - D North Adams Avenue, Lebanon MO 65536.  Refreshments will be provided during each program.  For more information as well as to make special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Sam Lower at Laclede County MU Extension Office at 417-532-7126 or Terry Halleran at Hickory County MU Extension Office at 417-745-6767

Building It From the Ground Up registration form (pdf)

Training Opportunities for Child Care Providers
The following training workshop will be offered on January 29, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Laclede County MU Extension Office in Lebanon. These workshops are sponsored by the Missouri Team Nutrition Program and taught by Nutrition and Human Development Specialists with University of Missouri Extension. The topics for this workshop are:

Eating Well – Basic Nutrition for Kids and for You This workshop gives an overview of basic nutrition facts and introduces MyPlate as a tool to choosing healthy foods.
Childhood Obesity and Missouri’s Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care This workshop discusses the current childhood obesity epidemic and how it relates to child care.  It introduces the Missouri Eat Smart Child Care initiative as a way to improve child care meals.
This workshop is approved by the Section for Child Care Regulation for 2 clock-hours.

Scheduling Information
This workshop is posted on the ChildCare Aware training calendar at www.moworkshopcalendar.org. Please contact the Laclede County MU Extension Office at 417-536-7126 or email Kim Lambeth at lambethk@missouri.edu to register. 
This workshop is offered at no cost, but registration is required by January 28, 2015.

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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