Raising Livestock on Small Acreages will be held on March 13, 2018.

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Annie's Project Training

Empowering farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Newton County Class Beginning

March 4, 2018 - April 12, 2018

Thursday evenings from 6-9pm

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Master Gardener Classes in El Dorado Springs begins March 6th; Pre- Registration Needed by February 27th

STOCKTON, Mo. -- Opportunities to gain and share horticultural knowledge is available through University of Missouri Extension’s Master Gardener program in Cedar County.

The Master Gardener Program is an intensive horticulture course offered statewide by University of Missouri Extension.  The 30 hours of classroom training provided by area horticulture and agricultural specialists set Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners and programs. 

The Master Gardener class sessions will be held every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting March 6th and running through May 8th at the Cedar County Library (808 South Main Street., El Dorado Springs, Mo. 64744) in El Dorado Springs, Mo.

A total of 10 three-hour sessions taught by trained professionals will cover horticulture principles and practices. Course topics are:

  • Woody Ornamentals & Trees
  • Irrigation, Hobby Greenhouses & Tool Care
  • Plant Growth & Development
  • Plant Diseases
  • Soils & Composting
  • Entomology
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Flower Gardening
  • Growing Fruit Crops
  • Turfgrass

Master Gardeners are volunteers who assist with horticulture education in the community.  Thirty volunteer hours from participants are required the first year after training.  Following that, 20 volunteer service hours are required each year to remain an active Master Gardener. Volunteer service hours are usually acquired by serving in a county master gardeners organization.  Activities might include serving as an advisor for a community garden, or helping to maintain a demonstration garden.  Enrollment for the class is limited and there is a fee of $150 per person or $250 per couple (with one set of materials). Registration and payment are due by February 27th.  To register for the course or to request more information please contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313 or by email at cedarco@missouri.edu.   If you are attending please contact us immediately if you need accommodations because of a disability, need to relay emergency medical information or need special arrangements if the building is evacuated.

The Master Gardener Program is a popular and successful statewide volunteer community-service organization administered through University of Missouri Extension. Go to http://extension.missouri.edu/mg/ to learn more information about the Master Gardener program.


Additional Master Gardener Training is planned for February and March around the Southwest Region

Information Here (PDF)


Barry County Master Gardeners Host "Let's Get
Growing Workshop" March 10 in Cassville

CASSVILLE, Mo. — Planting time will soon be here and the Second Annual Barry County Master Gardeners' workshop can help local gardeners prepare for a successful year.

This year's "Let's Get Growing Workshop" will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 10 at Crowder College in Cassville.

Speakers will address varied topics providing useful information to home gardeners, whether novice or expert.

Dr. Tom Riley, entomologist and Master Gardener, will discuss our local butterflies, their biology and plant preferences.

Linda Stuart and Zeta VanWye, members of Barry County Master Gardeners, will show us how to grow mushrooms on a log.

A Monsanto representative will provide information concerning GMOs and what the home gardener should know about them.

Shon Bishop, a small farms expert from Lincoln University, will share hints on growing greens and tomatoes.

"After each presentation there will be time for participants to ask questions. Not only will the workshop be informative, but it will include some tasty snacks and great door prizes," said Reagan Bluel, dairy specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

Persons wanting to attend the workshop must register through the Barry County Extension office. Early registration is $10 per person and registration at the door is $12 per person. Call the extension office at 417-847-3161 or email wogomanb@missouri.edu to obtain registration information.


Fescue Renovation School in Mt. Vernon March 6

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Persons wanting information about fescue toxicity problems and how to renovate pastures to avoid them are encouraged to register for a fescue renovation school scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 6 at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon.

"In spite of all the research information put out regarding fescue toxicosis over the years, many people still have basic questions," said Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. "This school is designed to answer questions about various fescue problems, toxins, tests, and management practices."

The school is presented by the Alliance for Grassland Renewal and University of Missouri Extension. Registration fees are $60 if submitted by Feb. 27. Registration costs $75 per person at the door and that includes meal, refreshments and proceedings.

The one-day school in Mt. Vernon will be the only one offered in Missouri during 2018. Other universities offering it includes Clemson University, University of Kentucky, North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech University.

For registration information and other questions, contact the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3102.


Cattle Genetic and Reproductive Strategies Workshop to be held on March 1st in El Dorado Springs; Preregistration required by February 28th

Stockton, Mo. – Cedar County MU Extension Center and Council are presenting a cattle genetics and reproductive strategies workshop that will be held on the evening of March 1st.  The workshop will be held at the El Dorado Springs Youth Center and will begin at 6:30 p. m.  The location of the youth center is 508 North Main Street, El Dorado Springs, Mo. 64744.  Patrick Davis, Cedar County MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist and Andy McCorkill, Dallas County MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist will lead the workshop.  Topics of discussion will include genetic tools and reproductive technologies that can be used to improve your cattle operation. The workshop is free to the public however; preregistration is required by February 28th.  To register or for more information on the workshop please contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at 417 – 276 – 3313 or Patrick Davis by email at davismp@missouri.edu.     


Cybersecurity Working Feb. 28:
Protecting Your Business from Fraud

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri State University's Small Business & Technology Development Center in conjunction with Arvest Bank and a panel of experts from the fields of accounting, information technology, banking, insurance and computer recycling will present a "Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Business from Fraud!" program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the SBDTC, 405 N. Jefferson, Springfield.

Participants can attend for a reduced fee of $39 thanks to a sponsorship fee from Arvest Bank. The $39 fee includes lunch.

Small business owners will learn actions they can take to lessen the risk of their business being hacked or compromised by a cybersecurity incident. The goal of the seminar is to protect your organization's confidential data from cyber and internet criminals. This session focuses on a widespread form of targeted fraud impacting small to medium-sized businesses, non-profits, schools and public sector entities utilizing today's technology.

Jon Pascoe, Arvest Bank, Amanda Kastler, CPA, CFE, Elliott Robinson and Company, Jeremy Hill, JMark Business Solutions, Inc., Jeff Eiserman, Ollis/Akers/Arney and Luke Westerman from Computer Recycling Center will present this informational seminar on behalf of the MSU SBTDC. For more information on this program, or to learn more about the presenters, visit www.sbtdc.missouristate.edu/cybersecurity.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for participation. To register visit www.sbtdc.missouristate.edu/cybersecurity . For questions, or problems with online registration, contact the SBTDC at (417) 837-2617.

Small businesses are assisted through MU Extension's business development specialists and regional Small Business & Technology Development Centers (SBTDC). Professionals at SBTDC locations deliver up-to-date consultation, training, and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management. Assistance is available to owners interested in improving or expanding an existing small business and to prospective business owners. For more information, contact one three Small Business and Technology Development Centers in southwest Missouri: Missouri State University in Springfield at 417-837-2617, Missouri Southern University in Joplin at (417) 625-3128 or Missouri State University in West Plains, (417) 256-9724.



Scholarship Information Here (PDF)


FLOOD AND DISASTER INFORMATION from the University of Missouri Extension can be accessed by the following link:

Emergencies and Disasters - Floods 

Resources for Your Flooded Home (PDF)


Soil Testing

Whether you are planting a garden, an orchard or thinking of hay and pasture, a soil test can help you know what you will need to amend your soil for the best results possible. Call our office for more information at 417-455-9500. The cost is $23.00 per sample.

Soil testing provides an estimate of the plant-available nutrients in the soil and is an essential tool for a sound fertilization program. Periodic soil testing will help to correct nutrient deficiencies, avoid excess fertilizer applications and maintain a healthy lawn, garden or cropland.
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