Northwest Region Supervisory Series

It makes sense for businesses to promote employees as their skills and work habits are known.  However, technical skills that make employees great on the frontline are not the same skills needed to be a good supervisor. Looking to help employees promote or become better supervisors?  Want to improve your own leadership skills and improve your career opportunities? The University of Missouri Extension in the Northwest Region has an opportunity to help businesses and employees enhance the supervisory and leadership skills within their organizations. 

Beginning in February, the Supervisory Certificate Series will be introduced to the northwest region.  A series of six sessions will be offered in both Maryville and Chillicothe, beginning on February 3, 2016.  All sessions are scheduled on Wednesdays and will be offered in Maryville at the Northwest Technical School on February 3, 17, March 9 and 23.  Sessions in Chillicothe at the Litton Agri-Science Classroom Building will be offered February 10, 24, March 16 and 30. Session titles include Building Effective Relationships, Your Legal Responsibilities, Communicating Successfully, Leading High Performance Teams, Guiding Conflict Resolution, and Coaching Employees. Sessions may be completed individually or participants may register for the entire series.

This series is designed by MU Extension’s Missouri Training Institute to give supervisors the skills needed to effectively lead others and enhance existing supervisory skills.  Careful consideration has been given to the design of this series to ensure participants will be engaged in their learning and fully participate through skills practice, mini-assignments, and interactive group exercises. Once all six sessions of the series are completed, at any location, participants will be awarded a supervisory certificate through the Missouri Training Institute.

For more information visit the Regional Supervisory Training webpage . You may also contact Jessica Trussell via email or phone (660-646-0811) to get registration information for these sessions or information to schedule a customized training within your own organization.

NOW HIRING: Ag Business Specialist, Livingston County

As an ag specialist, this person is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating agricultural business educational programs in the support of crop and forage production, livestock production and overall production agriculture. Topics may include, but not limited to, farm leases, tax management, basic estate planning, alternative crops and livestock, marketing and other emerging issues faced by producers and land owners within the assigned area. In addition, the successful candidate should apply knowledge related to general agricultural in the counties served.

The Livingston County position is headquartered in Chillicothe, Missouri and primarily serves Livingston, Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy and Mercer counties in Northwest Region, with additional coverage as needed

Please visit the Career Opportunities with MU Extension Webpage (Job Opening ID #14718) for a complete overview of the position and to apply. 

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

NOW HIRING: 4-H Youth Program Associate, Livingston County

University of Missouri Extension in Livingston County is seeking an individual for a 4-H Youth Program Associate to serve Livingston County.  The position is a part time, 20/hr week position, $11.80-$13.30. For more details, requirements and application visit the Career Opportunities with MU Extension Webpage (Job Opening ID #17417), call the Livingston County Office (660) 646-0811 or email Shaun Murphy with questions. 

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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, 1915, 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.

“It is important to honor and respect our history,” said Michael Ouart, vice provost for University of Missouri Extension. “These farms represent both Missouri’s cultural heritage and the good stewardship that our farmers strive for.”

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 2015 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, 2015, 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


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