Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Class Being Offered

Would you like to improve your strength, flexibility and balance?  University of Missouri Extension’s Stay Strong, Stay Healthy strength training program does all this—and more!

Participants say they enjoy Stay Strong, Stay Healthy classes because of the individualized instruction and relaxed environment.  After completing the program, they feel stronger, have more energy and are more flexible.  Many also say they sleep better and have less pain in their joints.

The program is designed for adults age 50 and up, although younger individuals also benefit from the exercises and may register.  Each session includes a warm-up activity, 8 strengthening exercises that target major muscle groups, and cool down stretches.  The exercises do not require getting down on the floor—all are done while sitting on or standing behind a chair.  There is no need for special clothing or equipment.  Hand and ankle weights are provided for use in classes.

The 8-week program will meet twice weekly (Mondays/Wednesdays) at Iberia Church of the Nazarene, 10-11 a.m., beginning on Wednesday, May 3.  There is no charge due to a grant from the Miller County Health Department.

For additional information, or to register, contact University of Missouri Extension in Miller County at 573-369-2394.   Registration is required by April 28.

Stay Strong, Stay Health Registration(PDF)

Camp Clover Point 2017 Registration Now Open

Camp Clover Point in the State Park by Lake of the Ozarks will be our site for fun and adventure from June 19-22. 4-H Summer residential camping programs are open to all youth. Campers do not have to be 4-H club members to attend. All non-members must fill out registration form and health form. To fill out registration and health forms please see the link under 4-H in left side bar and follow to 4-H Camp.Registration is Due by May 1st.

CSI: The Case of Camp Clover Point(PDF)

Missouri Master Gardener Program Registration

University of Missouri Master Gardener program is currently enrolling for May-June classes beginning on May 1, 2017. Registration fee is $150.00 and includes the Missouri Master Gardener Core Manual. Registration deadline is April 24, 2017. Please see flyer and registration brochure below.

Missouri Master Gardener Brochure 2017(PDF)
Missouri Master Gardener Registration 2017(PDF)

Understanding the Alphabet Soup of USDA and Veteran's Resource Program May 10 in Rolla

Understanding the Alphabet Soup of USDA Programs” will be held 9 a.m.-noon May 10 at the Phelps County Courthouse multipurpose room, 200 N. Main St., Rolla. An afternoon session designed for veterans will be held from 12:30-4 p.m.

Gregg Barrows, executive director of the Phelps County Farm Service Agency office, reviews resources offered to farmers and ranchers at FSA. Melinda Barch and Brad McCord of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will explain funding options through NRCS.

During the afternoon session, speakers will explain the planning and operational orders process needed to apply for state and federal resources available to veterans. Missouri AgrAbility Project state director Karen Funkenbusch and representatives from Vocational Rehabilitation Services and other agencies will give AgrAbility case studies.

USDA helps fund this program as part of an $8.4 million set of grants to 24 states through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program. As part of the grant, MU Extension is offering “Understanding the Alphabet Soup of USDA Programs” near military bases and areas identified by USDA as “StrikeForce” and “Promise Zone” initiatives.

A free lunch is served. Register by May 8 by contacting Barrett at 573-369-2394 or You may also register at the MU Extension Center in Miller County, 134 Second St., P.O. Box 20, Tuscumbia, MO 65082.

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 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 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.