Miller County Extension Council Elections January 14-19, 2019

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.   

Who are the Candidates?

Winnie McKinley: Winnie grew up in northeast Missouri on a farm in Schuyler County.  She attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, MO and Lincoln University, graduating with a BS in Ed. and a Masters in Reading Instruction.  Winnie has lived in Miller County for a little over forty-five years.  The last thirty years she has lived in rural Miller County outside of Iberia, MO with her husband (Gary).  They have three dogs and one cat at this time.  She is a retired educator with more than thirty years experience.  As a member of the Missouri State Council of the International (Reading) Literacy Association, she served several years as a Zone Coordinator and now serves as Membership Chair and Treasurer for the South Central Council in Rolla.  Winnie is active in the Lake Area Master Gardener Club.  She assists the Local MG Coordinator in planning and conducting the annual Lake Area Master Gardener Core Course.  She also serves as LAMG's Representative on the Missouri Master Gardener Association Board.  In 2019 Winnie will serve as MOMGA's Lifetime Membership Chair.  Winnie is also active in the Paradoxa Chapter of the Missouri Native Plant Society in the Rolla area.  She has been a member of the Missouri Vegetable Growers Association and Missouri Prairie Foundation for a number of years.   Winnie has served on the Extension Council for two years.

Steven Kallenbach: I am from Eugene and live on the family farm. I have worked for Missouri Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Inspection Program for the last 10 years. I have been on the extension council for 2 years. 

Johnnie Briggs-Taylor: I have lived in Mid-Missouri for nearly 47 years. I grew up in Oklahoma on a small 200 acres farm and still garden yearly.. Attended Ag-college in Eastern Oklahoma. Graduated from Lincoln University with a degree in Business Admin.with a partial minors in Computer Science and Socialogy. Active in our community with Telcom Pioneers Organization(25 yrs), Habitat for Humanity of Miller County(15 yrs.) Church Mission committee, MU Extension(3 yrs.) and various other committees.

Joan Eads: I was raised on a small farm in Lincoln County Missouri.  Secretary in Pike County University Extension Center late 60’s and early 70’s.  Moved to Jefferson City in 1974 where employed with Missouri State Senate.  Still employed with the state, moved to Eldon in 1987.  Retired from state beginning in 2000 and became involved in various community volunteer organizations:  An active member of the Eldon Garden Club on the local, district and state level since 2002, was an active member of the Eldon Lions Club for several years, had an active role in productions presented by the Eldon Area Community Theater, active member and Elder of Eldon First Christian Church, Master Gardener and past member of Lake Area Master Gardeners, volunteer at least two days a month at the Eldon Food Pantry, member of Serve Eldon organization, member of Eldon Area Community Betterment Organization, volunteered for Mustang Packs, worked closely on cooperative projects with City of Eldon and local school district, volunteer for Jesus Prom, have volunteered assistance to other civic organizations and events over the last several years and am an avid supporter of the Rock Island Trail.After all is said and done, my past experience working in a county extension office and my local community involvement instills in me the desire to be a contributing member of the Miller County University of Missouri Extension Council and promote the many worthwhile services available through extension

Taylor Bailey: Taylor grew up in the Eldon/High Point area and graduated from Eldon High School in 2009 and then went on to graduate from the University of Missouri in May of 2013 with an Agricultural Economics Degree. While in college Taylor worked as a farm manager on a 4000+ acre row-crop operation & afterward took a position with MFA Inc. as a branch manager in Moberly; which is when he obtained his Certified Crop Advisor state and national certification. In July of 2018 Taylor accepted a position with Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks; at which time he and his wife (Allie) moved back home to Eldon soon after having their first child (Caroline).

District South of the River

Winnie McKinley

District North of the River

Steven Kallenbach

Johnnie Briggs Taylor

Joan Eads

Taylor Bailey

The upcoming 2019 public election will occur during the week of January 14th.-19th. Votes can be cast online at - click on "Council Elections". Background information on each candidate is posted online also. County residents that don't have access to a computer at home can vote at any of the Miller County branch libraries or the Miller County Extension office in Tuscumbia.

MU Extension offers educational programs in such categories as agriculture, food and nutrition, human development, business and industry, community economic development, along with various continuing education, courses, workshops, and  printed and online information.

County residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to vote for the local UM Extension Council members in the district in which you reside, and in doing so take an active role in enhancing the continuing education opportunities provided in Miller County.

For more information, contact the MU Extension in the Miller County Office, 573-369-2394 or

Private Pesticide Applicator Training Scheduled in Miller County January 28

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 a first time certification and recertification program 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 28, 2019 beginning at 6:30 pm.

A certified private applicator is any individual who is authorized to use or supervise the use of any restricted use pesticide for purpose of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him or his employer. The Missouri Department of Agriculture also requires individuals whose certifications are expired or are soon expiring, to attend training to renew their license.  The license must be renewed every five years. The training sessions cover several topics including:  safety, ground water protection, record keeping, pest management, and Worker Protection Standards regulations that affect agricultural producers with employees who work with pesticides. The training sessions are open to the public. 

The Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual is required, and there is an application to complete at the training session. The manual will available for purchase at the sessions for $12. Individuals wishing to recertify should bring their training manuals with them to the training. In order to have enough manuals available for purchase, advance registration is required. If you wish to attend the sessions at the Miller County MU Extension office, please call 573-369-2394 to register. For more information, contact Patricia Barrett at or call 573-369-2394.

Private pesticide training is also available for an individual during regular office hours between 8 am - 4 pm Monday through Thursday,

If you need to be certified or re-certified, call the extension office to schedule a time to view the video. 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.


Nitrate Testing

Nitrate testing of forages can be done in the Miller County Extension office located at 134 2nd St. Tuscumbia, MO. Call 573 369-2394 first to confirm availability of tester.  Appointments are required. 

Business Hours 

Open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We are closed from 12:00 to 12:30 for lunch. The office is closed on Friday.

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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 $17.50 per sample . Six or more tests are $15.00 per sample. Make sure your soil is dry when you bring it in. A soil probe and an auger can be checked out from the extension office. There is a $50 deposit on the soil probe. Soil testing publications