Spring has arrived.  Plan for planting season

With the coming of Spring, many thoughts turn to planting whether it be crops in the field, vegetable gardens or flower beds.  Now is the time to submit soil samples for testing to find the level of nutrients in the soil.  Be prepared to plant when the soil warms, submit soil samples early.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

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.  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 meeting 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.  Ag producers wishing to obtain a Private Applicator license should contact he office to schedule an appointment to view the Department of Agriculture video.  

Summer Planning

Several calls have been received concerning the dates and theme of the Lincoln County Fair.  The fair traditionally begins the second Tuesday of July with 2015 dates of July 14-18.   "The Heart of Country Living" has been selected as the theme. 

The Missouri State Fair will be held August 13-23 with "Show Offs Welcome" as the theme.