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Missouri Winter Wheat Crop Performance Trials 

Growers who are considering planting soft red winter wheat can obtain a copy of the 2014 testing results from your local Extension office or on-line at “” The northern sites tested include Trenton and Novelty.  Highest wheat yield at Trenton was 75 bushels per acre. Also, there were a total of ten varieties that yielded over seventy bushels.  In Novelty, the highest yielding variety was 78 bushels per acre. Also, there were eight varieties yielding over seventy bushels. 

Other measurements include test weight, plant height and plant lodging. All of these are important traits for variety selection. 

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724, Heather Benedict at 660-425-6434 or Wyatt Miller at 816-776-6961, Regional Agronomists 

Build your Board

Build your Board is an online training program created for non profit board members by University of Missouri Extension community development specialists. For more information and to register for the course go to

Congratulations to Judy Elling 

Judy Elling, Lafayette County MU Extension Center, has been awarded the 2014 Senior Clerical Award.  This award is granted to an county office manager with more than eight years of service.  Judy has devoted full-time service to MU Extension for 40 years.  

The recognition selection committee considers the following criteria when choosing clerical award recipients: 

1) Conduct and courtesy within the Extension Community.
2) Service to the University of Missouri Extension, the University of Missouri and Lincoln University, exclusive of job responsibility.
3) Pride in work.
4) Outstanding performance in one or more job related areas.
5) Dependability and reliability.
6) Human relations skills.

Thank you for your excellent service, Judy.  

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Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Buchanan County

A Nutrition and Health Education Specialist is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in nutrition, health, food safety, food resource management, and physical activity promotion education for low income audiences.

Human Environmental Sciences Extension program promote optimal well-being of individuals, families and communities, with special recognition for the needs of vulnerable populations. Nutrition and health education specialists improve dietary quality, increase physical activity, manage chronic diseases and reduce overweight, obesity and healthcare costs for Missourians.

This is a 12-month academic position.  Appointment may be made as non-tenure track ranked (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.

For more information and to apply, go to Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Buchanan County NW Region, Job opening ID 11655

Community arts specialist, Lafayette County

This position is responsible for providing leadership, development and coordination of the community arts pilot project in Lexington, MO with expansion to other communities as identified. In collaboration with the State Community Arts Specialist, develop community arts projects that engage the MU arts faculty and students, local communities, and MU Extension faculty, staff and volunteers.

The Community Arts program works collaboratively with MU Arts Departments and Missouri communities to promote community arts as a recognized and valued strategy for economic development, create capacity for community arts development, build community leaders skills and capabilities, and add value through engagement with communities.

This is a 12-month academic position.  Appointment may be made as non-tenure track ranked (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.

For details and to apply online, go to Community Arts Specialist, Lexington, MO/NW Region, Job opening ID 13523.

4-H Youth Program Associate position in Atchison County

The University of Missouri Extension, Northwest Region, has aposition open for 4-H Youth Program Associate. A YPA  is to assist in the planning, management and support of 4-H Youth Development programs in assigned geographic area, under the guidance and supervision of the 4-H Youth Development Specialist or Educator.  Each of the two open positions is .50 FTE.  To get a full overview, go to  Atchison County MU Extension Center 4-H Youth Program Associate, Job Opening ID # 13344.  

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Business Development position/Carroll County - apply now

The Business Development Specialist position will be headquartered in Carrollton, Missouri and primarily serve Carroll, Ray, Lafayette and Saline counties in the Northwest region with additional coverage as needed. 

Primary purpose of this position is to transform Missouri business and industry through education, technical service and collaboration by working with small to medium size companies to improve bottom-line performance. Plan, implement and evaluate business programs and services utilizing research-based knowledge in business growth, strategic planning, technology development, government contracting, marketing, management, finance, capital formation, operations, human resources, business start-up and business growth/sustainability, as well as other timely business related topics to assist existing and new entrepreneurs. 

It is a 12-month academic position.  Appointment may be made as non-tenure track ranked (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.

For details and to apply online, go to Business Development Specialist, Carroll County NW Region,  Job Opening ID #11622. 

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Websites offer free climate data

Farmers have a new set of free tools to help them make crop decisions.

Ray Massey, MU Extension agricultural economist, and Pat Guinan, climatologist for MU Extension Commercial Agriculture, are collaborating with participants across the nation to make information easily available.

The websites are important because access to historical climate data helps farm operations that depend on favorable temperatures and precipitation patterns, Massey says. He and Guinan recently presented the information at MU’s Crop Management Conference in Columbia.  Find addresses and explore details on more than a dozen climate-oriented websites.

Community emergency management resources

MU Extension has resources available for emergency management. The resources cover a wide range of disasters. There is information available on how to prepare for a disaster, what to do in a disaster and the recovery.  Do you have a family disaster plan in place?  Make sure you and your family have a supply of safe drinking water after a disaster. 

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Northwest Regional Office
706 S. Woodbine Rd., Suite A
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816-279-6064
Fax: 816-279-0096
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