Missouri State Fair is almost here!

The Missouri State Fair will be held August 11-21 in Sedalia with the theme "See What Crops Up".  The State Fair Farm Family representing Lincoln County will be the Ken & Laura McDonald family from Silex area.  A full day of activities is planned for the August 15 event sponsored by Missouri Farm Bureau, MU College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Agriculture and University of Missouri Extension.  Congratulations to the McDonald Family.

Additional information on the Missouri State Fair can be found at www.mostatefair.com.  

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