Questions About the ACA?

MU Extension can help you get answers

Recent news may have some consumers confused about the status of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land, requiring most Americans to have health insurance, says Dean Larkin, Community Development Specialist.

Missouri’s health insurance marketplace is still open to consumers who want to shop for a plan, says Larkin. Most consumers qualify for financial help to lower their costs. 

However, this year’s open enrollment period will be half as long as it had been during the previous four years. Missourians only have six weeks to sign up for a 2018 plan – from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2017. Coverage starts Jan. 1, 2018.  

MU Extension, through the Health Insurance Education Initiative, offers free workshops for consumers and for professionals who offer insurance assistance to consumers.

Understanding and Using Health Insurance

 Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6:00 pm

University Extension

310 E. Salisbury, Ste. E,  Montgomery City, MO

No charge but call 573-564-3733 to register

Workshops present the facts in a politically neutral environment to help participants understand and comply with current law, learn how to explore all available options, gain skills to make the best decision for themselves and their families, and identify nearby sources of enrollment assistance, says Larkin.

“News reports about ongoing health insurance debates have created confusion for consumers,” says Brenda Procter, co-director of the Health Insurance Education Initiative. “We want to be sure that Missourians get easy-to-understand information about how the law can affect them. We can offer education anywhere in Missouri.” 


Journal Your Garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year. Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping records. MU Extension's new publication, MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.

This publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels. Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information.

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Soil Testing Available

At Montgomery County Extension Office

Getting your soil tested is an important part of gardening and farming. Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Bring your soil samples to the Montgomery County Extension Office, 310 Salisbury St., Ste. E., Montgomery City, MO 63361. Results are typically provided within two weeks.


2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Montgomery County Annual Report is now available in the extension office as well as on-line. The report is located on the left hand side of the this site under plans and reports. This report highlights 2016 extension programming and how it improves peoples' lives through research-based information. If you have any questions or comments, please call the Montgomery County Extension Office at 573-564-3733.