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National Weather Service indicates Changes to Weather Patterns

The National Weather Service has been releasing information regarding changing weather patterns this year. The weather pattern that we have been in is known as El Nino. There are indications that this is changing to La Nina.

An El Nino pattern is when the seas surface water is warmer at the Equatorial Pacific. A  La Nina pattern is when there is colder sea surface water at the Equatorial Pacific.

This change may bring on a hotter and drier summer growing season. Also, there is an increased risk of late spring frost and early fall frosts.

Forecasts have uncertainty and can change but should be considered when making plans for the coming 2016 growing season.  One may want to relook at risks and how to manage through risks.

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724 or Kurt Nagel at 816-776-6961, Extension Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.

Keep safe during severe winter weather

Due to the potential severe winter weather, there is also an increased likelihood of power outages. Consider these tips to keep your entire household safe and warm.

Job vacancies — apply now

4-H Youth Program Associate position in Lafayette County

The University of Missouri Extension, Northwest Region, has an open position 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.  The position 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.

Agronomy Specialist in Harrison County

The Agronomy Specialist in Harrison County will primarily serve Harrison, Worth, Gentry, Daviess, Mercer, Grundy and Livingston counties in the Northwest Region with additional coverage as needed.

An agronomist is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in crop and forage production, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, soil science and overall production agriculture, in addition to applying knowledge related to general agricultural in the counties served.  Educational programs may consist of workshops, farm tours, field demonstrations, one-on-one consultations, soil test report interpretation and online programming that provide research-based material to local clients.

To research more about this position and to apply, go to Regional Agronomy Specialist, Harrison / NW, Job ID  # 19268.

Commercial Horticulture Specialist and County Program Director in Carroll County

MU Extension NW Region has a new job opening in Carroll County/ Carrollton. The position is for a Commercial Horticulture Specialist & CPD. The Commercial Horticulture Specialist will primarily serve Carroll, Livingston, Caldwell, Ray, Lafayette and Saline counties in Northwest Region, with additional coverage as needed.

This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating commercial horticulture educational programs. Topics may include, but not limited to, best management practices, pest control, plant diseases, brush and weed control, soils, irrigation, IPM, pesticide certification, marketing of horticultural crops, Master Gardener program, and water quality. In addition, apply knowledge related to home horticulture and general agricultural in the counties served.

For more information and to apply go to Career opportunities with MU Extension, Job ID # 18716.

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

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 Career opportunities with MU Extension, Regional Family Financial Education Specialist, Andrew County, NW Region, Job Opening ID 15408.

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

Agricultural Business Specialist in Lafayette and 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 and primarily serves Livingston, Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy and Mercer counties in the Northwest Region with additional coverage as needed.

For a complete overview of the position, follow this link  Regional Agricultural Business Specialist Livingston County, Job Opening ID #14718

  • The Lafayette County Position is headquartered in Higginsville and primarily serves Lafayette, Ray, Carroll and Saline counties in the Northwest Region with additional coverage as needed.

For a complete overview of the position, follow this link Regional Agricultural Business Specialist Lafayette County, Job Opening ID #15829 

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

Fencing and boundary laws

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws provides general information for landowners. 

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

MU Extension in the Northwest Region is on Facebook. Look at what's going on and programs that are offered.

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