Extension Council Election Begins Jan. 14

The annual election of residents to serve on the Miller County Extension Council begins Jan. 14.

An online ballot will appear on this website in the left side column and remain until the end of Jan. 20. New districts were put into place in 2016 for this election cycle.

From the South of the River District, one candidate is on the ballot.

  • Winnie McKinley

For the North of the River District, five candidates will be on the ballot for four open positions. 

  • Donna Arnel
  • Joan Eads
  • Steven Kallenbach
  • Wilma Naylor
  • Johnnie Briggs-Taylor 

The election will be open for on-line voting from January 14th through January 20th at extension.missouri.edu/miller.

Look for the Council Election - Voting Open tab. 

Ballot boxes will be located at Miller County Extension office at 134 Second Street, Tuscumbia from Jan 17 - Jan 20 from 8:00 am -4:30 pm.

In person balloting will be held on Saturday morning January 21, 2017 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at

Orcheln's in Eldon

Town and Country Market in Iberia

Mary's Home Bank (Bank of St. Elizabeth) in Mary's Home

Private Pesticide Applicator Training Scheduled

Farmers and others who wish to purchase and apply pesticides must attend a Private Pesticide Applicator Training Session or view a training video before receiving certification from the Missouri Department of Agriculture. University of Missouri Extension will be holding first time certification and recertification programs at the Miller County MU Extension Office in the Courthouse Annex in Tuscumbia.  One pesticide applicator training session is planned. The session will be held on January 30, 2017 beginning at 6:00 pm.

2016 Farmers Tax Guide

A limited number of 2016 Farmer's Tax Guides are available at the MU Extension in Miller County Office. Stop by the office at 134 Second Street, Tuscumbia and pick one up.  We are here from 8 a.m. to Noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 on Monday through Friday.  Please call 573-369-2394 or email millerco@missouri.edu if you have any questions

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 millerco@missouri.edu or at 573-369-2394.

Read more about 4-H programs

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.