Extension Council Public Election Results 

Laclede County residents recently voted in the University of Missouri Laclede County Extension Council public election for eight open seats for two year terms.  Elected council members guide and direct MU Extension educational programming, manage finances of local extension operations, and elect and organize the local extension council.  The newly elected council members for 2015 – 2017 are Riki Allison, Stephen Cushing, Sarah DuBose, Craig Evans, Tyler Kay, Keith Ruether, Robert Smith III and Vicki Teeter.  The new members will be sworn in by Laclede County Clerk, Glenda Mott, at the MU Extension Annual Dinner February 24.

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)

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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