FARMERS MARKET WORKSHOP

APRIL 25th from Noon to 5 PM in Osage Beach

The University Of Missouri Extension Office in Miller County will present a workshop geared toward current and prospective farmers’ market vendors in Osage Beach. It will be held on April 25th from noon to 5 PM at The Church at Osage Hills, 5237 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, Missouri.  Potential vendors who are interested in selling produce and other products at a local farmers’ market will have the opportunity to meet and network with farmers’ market managers and vendors.  The workshop will present Charlie Hopper from the Missouri Department of Agriculture to discuss sales taxes, food safety and weights and measures. MDA will also provide scale certification from noon till 1 PM. 

Current managers and vendors will benefit from the latest information from MDA regarding sales taxes, food safety, and weights and measures. The meeting will feature a farmers’ market manager panel which will discuss the highs and lows of running a farmers market and answer questions from vendors and potential vendors.  Marketing tips and suggestions will be discussed.

To register, please contact University of Missouri Extension in Miller County by telephone at (573) 369-2394, or by email millerco@missouri.edu.  For questions, contact Patricia Barrett, Ag Business Specialist, (573) 369-2394, barrettpr@missouri.edu

Farmers Market Flyer with registration form

 


Tree Order Forms, Farm Tax Guides, Crop Performance Reports

 

Missouri Department of Conservation tree seedling order forms are now available at the University Extension Center in the Courthouse Annex building in Tuscumbia and at the Miller County Soil and Water Conservation District offices at 101 Industrial Park Road in Eldon. Seedlings should be ordered early for spring planting while the selection is good.  Information about tree planting is available through the Extension office, the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and through the Missouri Department of Conservation.  Cost sharing or incentives for some planting practices may be available through the SWCD.  Ask for Agricultural Guide “Before You Order Tree Seedlings” available by calling the Extension office at (573) 369-2394.

The 2014 Farmer’s IRS Publication Tax Guide is now available at Extension offices throughout the state.  Come in for your copy.

For those interested in how new corn hybrids and other crops performed at five University locations around the state, call (573) 369-2394 and request a copy of the 2014 Missouri Crop Performance reports.   

Century Farm Applications will be available after February 1, 2015. The application is available at the following web site; http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm 

Other University of Missouri Extension information is available on the Internet at http://extension.missouri.edu/. The local Miller County website is http://extension.missouri.edu/miller.

 

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.