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Congratulations to Judy Elling


Judy Elling, Lafayette County Extension Center, is a recipient of the 3rd place Use of Technology Award 2015.  Great job, Judy!


Thompson Research Center Field Day


Mark your calendar to attend Thompson Research Center Field Day on September 15, 9 a.m - 2 p.m. 


Stockpile fescue to supplement forage needs


Last week at the Hundley-Whaley Focus on Forages meeting, it was discussed that several growers have not been able to harvest forage because of the wet weather. One option to address the availability of forage for the winter would be to apply 30 to 50 pounds of nitrogen on tall fescue to stimulate fall growth and use this as feed in winter.


Research conducted at MU indicates that if the nitrogen is not used this fall by the fescue, it will still be available for use in spring. This is a great opportunity to increase forage and use cattle to harvest the grass.


For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724 or Heather Benedict at 660-425-6434, Regional Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.


Making the Most of What Grows

By Janet Hackert, Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist

In days gone by, no food was wasted. This year with rain after rain, so many people’s gardens are just not producing like expected. It may be time to reconsider what can be eaten from the garden – the usual and the less common – and make the most of what does grow.

Texas Cooperative Extension has an interesting guide called Secondary Edible Parts of Vegetables. It describes the most familiar parts of a variety of vegetables. It also includes other parts of the same plant that could be eaten, though it may take some creativity to maximize the stronger or milder flavors associated with those parts. For example, typical fresh greens used for salad or otherwise eaten raw include spinach, a variety of lettuces, cabbage or even turnip greens. Other greens include the leaves of snap beans, lima beans, carrots, cauliflower, kohlrabi, okra and peas. Some greens, such as beet and broccoli leaves, have a strong flavor but can enhance and liven up a salad made from other milder greens and have the benefit of added nutrients. Sweet potato leaves, for example, bring the added value of extra protein, a nutrient not usually associated with greens. And of course, many of these greens may also work well cooked. Likewise, greens can be canned, following the recommendations for canning spinach and other greens.

With lower production, whether in the garden, at a farmers market or vegetable stand or in a store, make the most of the vegetable by using all its edible parts. For example, most people eat the “flower” of a head of broccoli. The stems can also be used – cooked or cut into broccoli sticks for a healthy snack. And the leaves can be eaten. Likewise, the outside of a sweet pepper is the most likely part to be used. But the seeds and membrane are also edible and can be added to a stir-fry, stew or other dish.

There are also wild greens that are edible and nutritious and free for the eating for those who have them growing on their property. Oregon State University Extension Service has a nice guide called Edible Wild Greens: An Introduction, with information on identification, use and nutritional value. The Missouri Department of Conservation also has some recipes for using these wild edibles.

For more information on making the most of vegetables, or any other topic, contact me, Janet Hackert, at 660-425-6434 or or your local University of Missouri Extension office.    

Job vacancies — apply now

4-H Youth Program Associate positions in Andrew County and Buchanan County

The University of Missouri Extension, Northwest Region, has three positions 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.  Each of the positions is .50 FTE.  To get a full overview, see below.


The positions below are 12-month academic positions. Appointment may be made as non-tenure track ranked (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Family Financial Education Specialist, Andrew County 

This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in financial literacy, money management, estate planning, food resource management, debt management and consumer issues for low income audiences.

Human Environmental Sciences Extension programs promote optimal well-being of individuals, families and communities, with special recognition for the needs of vulnerable populations. Family Financial Education Specialists make a positive difference in the financial well-being of Missourians.

To learn more about the Family Financial Education Specialist position and to apply, go to University of Missouri Extension Career opportunities, Regional Family Financial Education Specialist, Andrew County, NW Region, Job Opening ID 15408.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Actions/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

Ag Specialist, Livingston County

As an ag specialist, this person is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating agricultural business educational programs in the support of crop and forage production, livestock production and overall production agriculture. Topics may include, but not limited to, farm leases, tax management, basic estate planning, alternative crops and livestock, marketing and other emerging issues faced by producers and land owners within the assigned area. In addition, apply knowledge related to general agricultural in the counties served.

The Livingston County position is headquartered in Chillicothe, Missouri and primarily serves Livingston, Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy and Mercer counties in Northwest with additional coverage as needed

Go to Job Opening ID #14718 for a complete overview of the position and to apply. 

An Equal Opportunity/Access/affirmative Actions/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

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.

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

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Actions/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

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.

St. Joseph Weather Station — Real time

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