Extension Offers Farm Bill Educational Meetings
The 2014 Farm Bill contains several provisions that enable farmers and landowners to make decisions regarding their involvement in federal farm programs. Landowners will have the opportunity to reallocate base acres on individual farms as well as update yield information that is used to determine some farm program payments. Additionally, farmers will have the opportunity to elect to participate in the new commodity programs—Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC). To provide information on the new farm bill that will assist landowners and farmers in making program decisions, University of Missouri Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host free educational meetings across the state. To see a list of meetings in Northwest Missouri click here. You can also view a map of meeting locations.
One meeting is currently scheduled for Lafayette County; it will be held Wednesday, December 17th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Concordia Community Center in Concordia (802 S. Gordon). If you would like to attend the Concordia meeting, please call the Lafayette County Extension Center at 660-584-3658 to register.
Northwest Regional 4-H Energizer - January 24, Hamilton Elementary School - see flyer at website below for details
Lafayette County Extension Celebrates University Extension's 100th Anniversary
Lafayette County Extension continues to celebrate 100 years in the Higginsville Country Fair Parade on September 20 with 100th Anniversary banners and a black pickup provided by Debby Payne, Extension Council Member, and driven by Whitney Wiegel, Ag Business Specialist.
2014 Lafayette County Historical Platbook Available
The 2014 Lafayette County Missouri Historical Platbook contains 1914 land ownership maps showing acreage and parcel boundaries by township, in addition to the 2014 plat maps; aerial views of the public and private roadways; and maps of waterways, railways and section lines. To make this historical book more memorable, historical photos from Lafayette County are also featured. The book includes boundary maps for municipalities, political townships, school districts and zipcodes. Wall maps also are available. Platbooks are $40 each, and maps are $60. Both are available at the Extension Center in Higginsville. Plat books and maps can also be ordered via e-mail by sending a request to LafayetteCo@missouri.edu. Payments for plat books and maps can be made with cash, check or credit card. Plat books or plat maps make nice Christmas gifts for those hard to buy for individuals.
Focus on Kids
2014 Lafayette County Parent Education Program Schedule — 15th Circuit
All classes will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lafayette County Extension Center, 14 E 19th St., Suite 102, Higginsville, MO. The cost is $35 per person. Pre-registration and payment is required a week before the session. To register contact: Judy at the Lafayette County Extension Center, 660-584-3658. FOCUS on KIDS instructor: Lisa Wallace, 660-885-5556.
- Jan. 7
- Feb. 12
- March 11
- April 15
- May 13
- June 10
- July 9
- Aug. 12
- Sept. 9
- Oct. 8
- Nov. 4
- Dec. 9
Build Your Board is a convenient training program designed specifically for board members of non-profit organizations. Created by University of Missouri Extension community development specialists with over 50 years of combined experience in the field, the information presented is reliable and resourceful.
Online training offers convenience and flexibility. Participants can log in at any time and can take all 16 lessons at once or can break the training up in 15-minute intervals. No meetings to attend and no travel expenses mean both time and money will be saved.
Build Your Board
Five Modules. Sixteen Lessons.
- What is a board?
- Be an effective board member
- Structure and development
- Understanding paperwork
- Avoiding crises
Dollars and Sense:
- Acquiring the money
- Managing the money
- Reporting funds
- Understanding fellow board members
- Group dynamics
- Managing conflict
- Conducting effective meetings
- Parliamentary procedure
- Future planning
- Promoting the organization
Each lesson includes handouts, online instruction and access to instructors.
The course is accessible via Internet-connected computer, tablet or smartphone.
Printable information sheet about the Build Your Board online course (PDF)
Register for this course
$80 per person
Non-profit board members must be effective and informed. This training ensures they are.
Private Applicators Training
You will not be required to take a test to obtain your restricted-use license. However, you are required to purchase the Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual (I.D. M87 published in 2007) regardless of how you prefer to recertify or obtain your license. The manual is $12 and must be purchased by cash or check at the time of training. The reference manual may be shared among members of the same household. If a current edition (2007) of the reference manual is already available to you, please bring it with you when you recertify. You will not be required to purchase another copy of the reference manual under these situations.
All class trainings have been completed for this year by Wyatt Miller, agronomy specialist. If you missed the class trainings, you may call the Lafayette County Extension Office at 660-584-3658 to set up a time to do an individual training.
Search for Missouri Century Farms continues - program has ended for 2014. Check back in February 2015 for the next program
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
Extension in Lafayette County relies on local, state and federal support. If you value what extension does in Lafayette County, please tell your political leaders about what extension has done for you or what you have seen it do for other people and communities.
The Lafayette County Extension Council is responsible for providing input for extension programs and for administering local extension funds. If you are passionate about education and making a difference in your community, serving on the Extension Council would be a great experience for you. If you would like to run for a position, contact a current member of the Council or call the Extension Center (660-584-3658) to learn about the responsibilities of Extension Council members and the process for Council elections.
Make a contribution to the Lafayette County Extension Endowment Fund
An endowment fund is an investment fund that is set up to benefit an organization or institution by providing a future source of investment income. Lafayette County Extension has an endowment fund that is held at the University of Missouri. Any contributions to Lafayette County Extension's endowment fund will be used to sustain Extension programming in Lafayette County. Contributions to the endowment fund are tax deductible, and they will be managed with utmost care and diligence as they help to improve the lives of Lafayette County residents. To learn more about Lafayette County Extension's endowment fund or to contribute to the fund, please contact the Lafayette County Extension Center (phone: 660-584-3658; email: LafayetteCo@missouri.edu).