Back To School Bonanza

The Livingston County Children’s Wellness Committee will host the 8th Annual Back to School Bonanza on Tuesday, July 26th from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at the North Gym of the Grand River YMCA.  The event is designed to empower parents and kids to learn to make healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, safety and overall wellness.   All Livingston County students in grades K-5 who register for the event will receive a backpack with free school supplies donated by local business and organizations after visiting all of the booths. 

Many local organizations will have booths at the event, including the Livingston County 4-H; Shoes from the Heart and local law enforcement and fire departments.  If you would like to participate in Shoes From The Heart and receive a FREE pair of tennis shoes for your child, please be sure to enter their gender and shoe size on the application so the shoes can be available the day of the Back To School Bonanza.   If shoes are needed for children in grades 6-12, please contact First Baptist Church at or call 646.2834.

Donations of school supplies or monetary donations to purchase supplies are still being accepted.  Anyone interested in donating may call Jessica Trussell at 646-0811 or mail their donation to the University of Missouri Extension Office at 2881 Grand Dr., Suite 2 in Chillicothe. Checks should be made payable to MU Extension.

Students in Livingston County who are entering Kindergarten through fifth grade and their parents are encouraged to attend this fun event, there is no fee for admission and everyone is welcome.

To register online, please visit the Back to School Bonanza registration page.  

Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

This monthly newsletter provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region. Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

Private Pesticide Applicators Training

Individuals needing to obtain or renew their Private Pesticide Applicator certification for the purchase of restricted use pesticides may come into the Livingston County University of Missouri Extension office and watch a 2 1/2 hour training video. The training is free, except for $12 for the Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, if you already have the manual, then you must  bring it to the training. Family members can share one manual. Private Pesticide Applicator certification is valid for 5 years. To schedule a time to view the video contact the office at 660-646-0811 or

Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1916, 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.

“One hundred consecutive years of family ownership of a farm is a milestone to be recognized from a cultural and stewardship perspective," said Tom Henderson, interim vice provost for University of Missouri Extension.

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 2016 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the local MU Extension office 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, 2016, to be considered.

For application forms and information, call MU Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension office, or visit the program website at


Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Grain Sorghum