Master Gardeners plan Plant Sale RESCHEDULED for MAY 6

Due to the predicted stormy weather, the annual plant sale has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 6.   The plant sale will be open to the public from 8 a m to 1 p m. in the Valvoline Express Care parking lot at The Plaza in Troy.  Annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, bulbs, house plants and unique garden accessories will be available.  While supplies last, a one-gallon container of liquid plant food/fertilizer will be provided to those making a purchase FREE of charge.  Please bring your own one-gallon container with a lid.  Bring your questions for the "Ask a Gardener" booth.  Individuals who have a supply of plastic garden containers from prior years also have the opportunity to recycle these containers.  Simply bring any clean plastic nursery pots to the event.  The Lincoln County Master Gardeners will award a gift basket at approximately 1 p m the day of the sale.  You need not be present to win.  The basket is full of garden goodies.

4-H Fun Fair King and Queen, Prince and Princess announced

The Lincoln County 4-H Council held the 4-H FUN FAIR April 1 at the exhibit hall on the fairgrounds.  As the only county-wide fund-raising event for the council, the day provided carnival booths and other activities for members and the public to participate in.  The highlight of the day is the coronation of the 2017 4-H King Joey Noxon, Olney Blue Skies 4-H club & Queen, Kaitlyn Foster, Kountry Kids 4-H Club.  The 4-H Clover Prince and Princess were also selected naming Quenton Huster, Keelstone-Creech 4-H club as the prince and Ava Muldoon, Spring Creek Lively Stppers 4-H club, as the princess.  In recognition of service to the Lincoln County 4-H community, the council named the Bank of Old Monroe as the 2017 Friend of 4-H.

Master Gardeners Core Training sessions.

The chapter is finalizing plans for the Master Gardeners Core Training Session.  The 14-week course provides information  on Plants and Their Environment, Plant Propagation, Soils, Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Management, Vegetable Gardening, Fruit Production, Establishment and Care of Woody Ornamentals, Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs, Establishment and Care of Herbaceous Ornamentals, Managing Lawns and Turf grass, Residential Landscaping, Insects, Preventing and Managing Plant Diseases, Using Pesticides Safely in the Home and Garden along with other topics.  Individuals may enroll in the class by contacting the office.  Payment options are available for those enrolling at this time.  Call today!  Enjoy this fun, learning experience.

Time to find Century Farm properties

If your farm has been in your family on or before December 31, 1917, 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.

University of Missouri Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Marshall Stewart said, “Family farms have been among our most vital partners since the founding of extension more than 100 years ago. The century farm program is one way we express our gratitude to those who have contributed so much to Missouri agriculture.”

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 2017 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 $55 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 $65. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2017, to be considered.

For application forms and information, call Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension center, or visit the program website at extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training still available

Growers wanting to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides must have a certified private pesticide applicators license issued by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  Successful completion of University of Missouri Extension private applicator training is the requirement for receiving the license. Ag producers who were unable to attend the scheduled meeting but wishing to obtain a Private Applicator license should contact the office to schedule an appointment to view the Department of Agriculture video.  Contact the Lincoln County Extension Center by calling 636-528-4613. 

There is no cost for the training, however, EPA requires producers to have a copy of the "Private Pesticide Applicator Core Manual" which will be available during the training for $12.  The training is for producers of agriculture commodities wanting to become a certified private applicator or for growers needing recertification training to renew their license for five years.   

Your community classroom

MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom in Lincoln County. We connect people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities. MU Extension in Lincoln County is your one-stop source for practical education and information on almost anything.

MU Extension partners with the Lincoln County Commission and other local organizations to provide education, information and services that meet people’s needs. The elected and appointed members of the Lincoln County Extension Council provide guidance in identifying those needs to ensure that our educational programs are relevant, reliable and responsive.

Whether it’s resources for yourself or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to explore our website, call or email to learn how we can help you.”

Fair dates for 2017!

The Lincoln County Fair will be held July 11-15 at the fair grounds in Troy, Missouri.  Additional information is available at www.lincolncountyfair.net

The Missouri State Fair will be held August 10-20 in Sedalia. Additional information on the Missouri State Fair can be found at www.mostatefair.com.