Livingston County News You Can Use

9th Annual Back to School Bonanza

The Livingston County Children’s Wellness Committee will host the 9th Annual Back to School Bonanza on Tuesday, July 25th from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church Family Life Center. 

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.

Due to the success of the program, families must register for the event.  To register, please use the online registration form or submit a paper application (PDF), in order to receive the free backpack and school supplies. Applications are due on Monday, July 17th. 

Shoes from the Heart will be back this year.  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 via email or call them at 660-646-2834.

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.

Test your soil for better lawns and gardens

Avoid excessive fertilizer use, and guard against nutrient loss. A soil test shows exactly how much lime and fertilizer a lawn or garden needs. Science-based, reliable analysis and unbiased recommendations let you escape hit-or-miss gardening and lawn care. Contact the Livingston County Extension office today to find out how to collect a sample to bring in for analysis. The analysis is done at the University of Missouri Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory in Columbia at a cost of $15.00 for regular analysis test. 

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

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