2015 Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Individuals (at least 18 years old) needing to obtain or renew their Private Pesticide Applicator certification for the purchase of restricted use pesticides may attend one of the following training sessions.  In order to obtain certification each individual must purchase the official Private Pesticide Applicator Training Manual at a cost of $12.  Cash or checks are the only accepted methods of payment.   Individuals already in possession of the reference manual (M87 10/128M) may bring it to a training session to avoid having to purchase a new manual.   Each training session will last approximately 2 hours.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training in Macon County will be offered at 1:30 pm or 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 12 at the Extension Office in Macon.  The address is 514 E Briggs Dr., Suite D.  To register for the 1:30 or 6:00 session, please call the Macon Extension office at 660-385-2173. 

Farmers and landowners are required to hold a Private Pesticide Applicator certificate in order to purchase, apply, or supervise the application of restricted use pesticides for the purpose of producing any agricultural commodity.  Private Pesticide Applicator certification is valid for 5 years, at which time the individual may renew their certification by attending another Private Pesticide Applicator Training session

Other training dates and locations

Adair—Kirksville               February 11, 2 pm, Adair County MU Extension Office

Linn—Linneus                   February 9, 2 pm and 6:30 pm, MU Forage Systems Research Center

Shelby—Shelbyville        February 10, 3 pm and 7 pm, Shelby County Extension Office

2014 Farmer's Tax Guides

The 2014 Farmer's Tax Guides are now available at the Macon County Extension Office.

2014-2015 Seedling Order Form

The Seedling Order Form from Missouri Department of Conservation is now available at the Macon County Extension Office.  Deadline to order is April 15.

Macon/Shelby Master Gardeners sponsor Healing Garden at Macon Samaritan Hospital

The University of Missouri Macon/Shelby Master Gardeners are leading the community in the development of two "Healing Gardens" at Samaritan Hospital in Macon, Mo. The recent completion of a new addition to the hospital promoted this opportunity to refresh a current garden and establish a new garden.

Monetary donations, physical labor and assistance in publicizing the engraved brick pavers will be greatly appreciated! A money-making event designating the funds to the garden would be welcome. All contributors will be recognized on a plaque within the hospital. Engraved bricks are available for $75. For more information, contact the Macon County Extension Office at 660-385-2173.

Monetary donations may be sent to Samaritan Healing Garden, c/o Melinda Reilly, 1205 N. Missouri St., Macon, MO  63552.

Donation/Brick Order Form (PDF)

Soil testing

Soil tests save time and money. Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for improvements. Call or visit the Macon County Extension office for details. Basic testing is $20 per sample box. Additional fees are required for additional tests. Each sample box requires 2 cups of dry soil. Results will be mailed to you in 10 to 14 business days.

Joining 4-H is easy

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision-making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Clover Kid are ages 5-7 and 4-H member ages are 8-18. For more details, contact the Macon County Extension Office at 660-385-2173.

Fencing and boundary laws

Popular publications

Check out these popular publications. Printed copies also are available at the extension office.