News release: Winter Meetings and Master Gardener Classes for 2017

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640
660-663-3232, bakert@missouri.edu

Release Date: November 10, 2016
Headline: Winter Meetings and Master Gardener Classes for 2017

University of Missouri Extension offers a variety of programs each winter for livestock producers, row crop farmers, and horticultural crop growers. These meetings are designed to help farmers become better producers, and deal with problems that undoubtedly will arise each year.

Beef producers will be interested in the annual Three-State Beef Conference, which will be held in Albany.   It will be taking place on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, starting at 6:00 PM.

For those interested in crops, there is the Certified Crop Advisor’s meeting in St. Joseph, to be held on January 17-18, 2017. This will give an opportunity to earn 17 CEU’s over the two days.

Horticulture producers will be interested in the annual Great Plains Growers Conference, held in St. Joseph. I will outline our plans for that meeting in my next two columns. The conference will be held on January 12-14, 2017.

No matter what type of farming you practice, you may be interested in our annual Ag Updates. These meetings provide a good opportunity to obtain or renew your private applicators license.  If you intend to purchase and apply restricted use agricultural chemicals to your land, you will need this license. These meetings are held in most of the counties in our Northwest Extension Region. Many of these meetings include agricultural specialists to update you on timely issues of concern, in addition to getting your pesticide license. This may include Agronomy Specialists, Livestock Specialists, Ag Engineering Specialists, Agriculture Business Specialists, and Horticulture Specialists. The meetings are typically held in January or February.  Please contact your local Extension Center for more information.

A series of new meetings in the coming year will focus on the economy for agricultural producers. These meetings will be held in numerous counties around the Northwest Extension Region.  We have tentatively titled the meeting, “Staying in the Farming Business.” Most of the presentations will address financial issues that farmers are facing. This will include not only how to manage your dollars wisely, but how to cut costs without decreasing income.  We will hear from Ag Business, Agronomy, Ag Engineering, Livestock, and Horticulture Specialists.

Another meeting that will appeal to landowners who may be looking for ideas for a farming enterprise is our annual S.A.L.E. Conference.  S.A.L.E. stands for Small Acreage & Land Entrepreneurs. Our fourth annual meeting will be held in St. Joseph in March.

There are many more opportunities to attend Extension meetings. The best way to keep up to date on all Extension meetings is on our calendar at our regional web site. The Northwest Extension Region web page can be found at: http://extension.missouri.edu/nwregion/

Before I close, I would like to mention our Master Gardener classes. These are held every spring in the Northwest Extension Region.  They will run in the evenings for 12 sessions, starting in March.  If you are interested in this in-depth training on all aspects of horticulture, keep the classes in mind, and watch my future columns for details.