Home Food Preservation Pressure Canning Vegetables Class

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  Processing fruits and vegetables using outdated methods may not give you the best quality and may be unsafe to eat.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.  This session will provide information on how to safely pressure can vegetables.  This class will include a hands-on demonstration of equipment and materials and MU Extension publications with recipes will be available for all participants. 

Pressure Canning Vegetables class will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Tuesday, August 11 at Lebanon First United Methodist Church, 300 N. Madison Ave., Lebanon

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 at 417-532-7126.

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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