Candidates sought for Extension Council

The Miller County University of Missouri Extension Council is now accepting nominations from members of the public interested serving on the Council beginning in March 2016.

Council members assist in identifying, planning and marketing extension programs in the county, providing local extension governance, and serving as ambassadors of University of Missouri Extension.

Every county in Missouri has an Extension Council made up of elected and appointed members who represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in the county.  Council candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in the district they represent.  Council members are elected to serve a two-year term on the Extension Council.

The Miller County Extension Council will have positions open in –

  • District 1 (Iberia, St. Elizabeth, Mary’s Home areas)
  • District 2 (Osage Schools, Tuscumbia, Lake Ozark areas)
  • District 3 (Eldon area)

The upcoming 2016 public election will occur on the week of January 11th – 16th

If you are interested in serving on the University of Missouri Extension council, or for more information about the election process contact the Miller County Extension Center, phone 573-369-2394.  Nominations are due by December 4, 2015.

Candidate form (PDF)

Empowering Farm Women and Beginning Farmers through education – Annie’s Project classes


Annie’s Project teaches beginning farmers and women farmers to better manage financial, human resources, legal, marketing, and production risks on the farm. The mission of Annie’s Project is to empower farm and ranch women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. Over six weeks, Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from Extension specialists, guest speakers and each other. The class is designed for beginning farmers, farm women and women landowners, but it is certainly open to anyone interested. 

Farm women are business partners in the farm business.  This educational series teaches them the skills be more effective in the agricultural business of farming and livestock.

The Miller County workshop is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays from October 19 through November 23 at the Central Bank Meeting Room in Eldon, located at 611 E. North St, Eldon, MO.

There may be scholarships available to all entrants to offset the registration cost of $75.  The materials and training are valued at over $300.  All materials are provided and a light meal will be served. Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged. To register or for more details, contact Patricia Barrett at or (573) 369-2394.

Flyer with registration form (PDF)

Tricia Barrett
Ag Business Specialist/CPD
U Extension – Miller County
573 369 2394

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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. Contact Miller County Extension at or at 573-369-2394.

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Don’t guess; soil tests save time, money

 Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.

 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 any improvements.

 “We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan said.

 “Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she said. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. Soil tests cost $15 per sample during the first full week of the month and are $16.50 per sample otherwise. Six or more tests are $12.50 per sample. Make sure your soil is dry when you bring it in. A soil probe and a auger that can be checked out from the extension office. There is a $50 deposit on the soil probe. Soil testing publications

Private pesticide training

If you need to be certified or recertified, call the extension office to schedule a time to view the video. There is a minimal fee. Individuals are required to have a Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual. Bring your copy for verification or purchase one for $12 at the extension office.