4-H Educational Program Assistant Position Opening

4-H Educational Program Assistant Position with the Dallas County Extension is now open and qualified candidates are being sought.  The position includes working with 4-H clubs and coordinating county-wide events in Dallas County.  Applicants are encouraged to have completed sixty hours of college work.  The job includes flexible hour scheduling and will work 20 hours per week.
Applications are available at the Laclede and Dallas County Extension Offices.

4-H Educational Program Assistant Application Form (PDF)

Laclede County 4-H 2nd Annual "Run for the Clover" 5k Run/Walk

Laclede County 4-H is pleased to announce its 2nd annual 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk fundraiser on Saturday, May 17, 2014.  This event takes runners and walkers of all ages and abilities through the neighborhood south of Atchley Park in an effort to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices in the youth of our community. This family oriented event attracts people of all ages and abilities.  Participants and spectators will enjoy an awards ceremony and refreshments at the completion of the event. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Laclede County 4-H Council.
How can you help?   We would ask for your help for this year's "Run for the Clover" race by becoming a sponsor.  As a sponsor, we will display your business name on the race t-shirt, poster at the race, Laclede County 4-H Facebook page, and you will receive your own 5k t-shirt.   In order to display your name on the race t-shirt, we will need your donation by May 1. Please see the donation informational form on how can your donations help 4-H youth in Laclede County.

"Run for the Clover" 5k Registration Form (PDF)
"Run for the Clover" 5k Sponsorship Form (PDF)
"Run for the Clover" 5k Donation Informational Form (PDF)

Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1914, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.
To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines: The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.
“It is important to honor and respect our history,” said Michael Ouart, vice provost and director, University of Missouri Extension. “These farms represent both Missouri’s cultural heritage and the good stewardship that our farmers strive for.”
In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau joined MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a program sponsor.
“Missouri Farm Bureau is a proud partner in the recognition of century farms,” said Blake Hurst, president. “We applaud the hard-working farm families that have kept us fed and clothed for generations. They represent an important part of our heritage and laid a foundation for the bounty Americans enjoy every day.”
Applicants certified as owners of a 2014 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the MU Extension center in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.
Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.
For applications received by May 1, a $65 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. If the application is received between May 1 and May 15, the cost is $75. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014, to be considered.
For application forms and information, call MU Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension center or visit the program website at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.

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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