Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Exercise Program

University of Missouri Extension will be offering the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Program, an exercise program for middle-aged and older adults instructing proper technique and guidance on strength (weight) training. The goal of this program to implement a safe strength training program so participants will become stronger, feel better, and maintain their independence throughout life. Participants will also learn balance and flexibility activities.
The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy was developed by Dr. Miriam Nelson and colleagues at Tufts University. The program is research-based and developed from the Strong Women Stay Young project developed by Dr. Nelson. Strength (weight) training in adults aids in increasing muscle mass, enhancing strength and balance, increasing bone density, decreasing arthritic symptoms, and improving glucose control and lipid profile. This program carries very little risk to the participants.
The 11-week Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program will be offered in Lebanon at the Laclede County MU Extension meeting room. The classes will meet on Thursdays, from September 4 through November 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $25 per person. Registration is required and classes fill up quickly so register early.
The series will be led by Melissa Bess, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, who is an ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist. To register for the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy classes please contact the Laclede County Extension Office at 417-532-7126 or email Kim at

Annie's Project Workshop

Missouri Annie's Project 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations - Program for women interested in agriculture at Lake of the Ozarks on Sept 19th and 20th. This program is for women who are interested in agriculture and we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary. To celebrate we are having a conference for women at the lake and it is open to all ladies interested in agriculture, they do not have to be Annie’s Project graduate. The cost for the conference is only $35 and includes amazing presentations and speakers. Friday night’s entertainment includes Jerry Crownover on “Life is Simple”. Saturday’s luncheon speaker is Teddy Gentry, vocalist and bass guitarist for the country music Hall of Fame group ALABAMA, speaking on “Matching Your Cattle to Your Environment.” The conference will conclude with a presentation titled, “How Do I Treat My Heirs Fairly When Only One is Going to Take Over the Farm?” by attorney John Baker from the Iowa State University Beginning Farmer Center. For these and many more exciting topics please take a look at the schedule attached and invite all ladies you know. A block of rooms have been reserved at the retreat center for those wishing to attend. Lodging can be confusing so please call Polk County MU Extension Office at 417-326-4916 with any questions you may have or if you need assistance locating other ladies to room with.
Please see the attached brochure for information concerning the Annie's Workshop to be held Sept. 19-20 at Windermere Conference Center.  Please call the Polk County Extension Office if you have questions - 417-326-4916.

Annie's Workshop Registration pdf 

Pulaski County Master Gardener Training

Pulaski County Master Gardeners are hosting a Core Course Master Gardener training this fall.  All Thursday night classes will be held in Waynesville at a location to be announced.  There are three field trips scheduled for Saturdays.  All classes will be taught by University professors, Extension specialists and experienced Master Gardeners from around the state.
The course fee is $145, which includes all classes, handouts and other materials, and a certificate upon completion of the course.  Participants who complete a volunteer hour requirement will receive official Master Gardener name tags.  On an hourly basis, that amounts to less than $3 per hour of class time.  The Master Gardener Core Manual notebook is available for purchase for an additional $30; alternatively, all Core Manual materials are available online at no charge.  The registration period will be open through August 29, 2014.  Registrations will be taken on a first come basis.  Registrations may be submitted now with a $25 deposit with all fees due by August 29th.
There will also be the option for members of the general public to audit individual classes of interest.  The fee for auditing any class day is $15.
For more details, email or call Carrie Williamson,, or 573-855-0128.  To register for the training or to audit classes, complete the registration form and send it to the Pulaski County Extension Center, 403 School Street, Suite 1, Waynesville, MO  65583.  Registration forms are available at the Pulaski County Extension Office or at the Camden County Extension Office.  Registration forms and the class schedule are also available at or at  

Journal your garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year.  Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping records.  MU Extension's new publication, MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond:  Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.

This publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all expoerience levels.  Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information.

Order today at or stop in at the  Extension Office and place your order.

Garden Journal and Calendar flyer (PDF)  

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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