Northwest Missouri Regional Director's Office


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Northwest Missouri counties


University of Missouri Extension is looking for people who want an awarding position focusing on improving lives and communities with research-based education. 

The following list are opportunities being offered in the Northwest Region:

Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Grundy County, Job ID 21007
Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Lafayette County, Job ID 21354
Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Buchanan County, Job ID 21555
Livestock Specialist and County Program Director, Mercer County, Job ID 21006
Agronomy Specialist, Harrison County, Job ID 21004
Agronomy Specialist, Ray County, Job ID 21218
Family Financial Education Specialist, Andrew County, Job ID 15408
Youth Program Associate, Buchanan County, Job ID 21367
Youth Program Associate, Ray County, Job ID 21771

For a full list, please visit Career opportunities with MU Extension.

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Alfalfa Management

Alfalfa continues to grow with warm temperatures. So, does one harvest the tall alfalfa now, or wait until a killing frost?


The best option is to wait until a killing frost and harvest while leaves are still hanging on plants. Harvesting during current warm temperatures can cause plants to use carbohydrates needed to replenish reserves and prepare for winter. If root reserves are not replenished, stands can winter kill. Also, next spring plants will be weakened as they start to grow.


Typically, we recommend eight to twelve inches of regrowth and four to six weeks of regrowth before a killing frost. This allows plants to restore carbohydrates.


Across northwest Missouri, many alfalfa fields have been harvested lately. If we only get three to six inches of regrowth before a killing frost, we will thin alfalfa stands.


For more information, contact Wayne Flanary, Regional Agronomist, University of Missouri Extension, at 660-446-3724.


New regulations to the Fair Labor Standards Act, effective December 1, 2016

MU Extension is offering seminars explaining the new regulations for Fair Labor Standard Act, which will go into effect December 1, 2016.

The two seminars will be held in St. Joseph, MO at the East Hills Library, located at 502 N. Woodbine Road, on November 30.

Soil Fertility School to be held in Holt County, Oregon, on December 21 - 22, 2016.


Understanding Farm Financial Statements and Cash Flow

University of Missouri Extension will be offering a class "Understanding Farm Financial Statements and Cash Flow" on January 26, 2017, at the Saline County Career Center from 1pm - 5pm.  Preregistration and prepayment of $80 is required by January 19, 2017.


Fall applied herbicides


Fall applied herbicides can provide improved control of many winter annuals such as marestail. Marestail can be controlled better in the fall compared to control in the spring. Many of our marestail weeds are glyphosate resistance.  Fall control is easier compared spring as plants are typically larger in the spring and we have to work around spring weather.


Fall is also a time to apply residual herbicides if you apply herbicides early and other winter annuals may germinate.  Do not plan for residual herbicides to control summer annual weeds. There is promotion of this option but the soil residual herbicides do not typically last long enough for proper summer annual control. Residual herbicides should be applied near planting time so their control will be effective during early crop growth.


Those growers considering fall application should also consider species that are found in fields. You may want to tailor your herbicide program and target species present.


For more information, contact Wayne Flanary, Regional Agronomist, University of Missouri Extension at 660-446-3724.


Finding help to enroll in a Health Insurance plan

by Trish Savage, University of Missouri Extension Family Financial Education Specialist

For those who need help finding or enrolling in a Health Insurance plan for 2017, there is free assistance available. Individuals and families can work with a Navigator or Certified Application Counselor (CACs). They are trained professionals who help consumers apply, enroll and learn if they qualify for help paying premiums (tax credits) or other forms of financial assistance. Navigators and CACs are paid with federal, state or local funding. You should never be charged a fee for help enrolling in the Marketplace.

Individuals and families who may buy a plan in the Missouri Marketplace include: those who live in Missouri, are a U.S. citizen or national and will be lawfully present in the U.S. during the time of coverage and who are not incarcerated. 

To find a local Navigator or CAC, visit or At the website, enter your ZIP code, and then choose “Coverage for Myself or My Family.” and click “Search.” You will get a list of local Navigators or CACs with their addresses and phone numbers. At the website, use the “findlocalhelp” tab, then follow the instructions to find an assister, or call 1-800-466-3213. Both sites offer help in English and spanish.

Additional sources for help include: the MU Extension website:, and the Marketplace Call Center (open 24 hours a day), call 1-800-318-2596.

Licensed agents and brokers can help consumers find a health insurance plan in or outside the Marketplace. Agents and brokers will be compensated by the health insurance company in accordance with state law. Federal and state training and certification will apply. Agents or brokers who meet all the Navigator standards can be a Navigator; however, if they are Navigators, they cannot receive direct or indirect consideration from an issuer related to enrolling people into the issuer’s plan(s). They must be appropriately registered to conduct business in the individual Marketplace. To locate those who are certified to operate in the Health Insurance Marketplace, visit



Missouri Reverse Transfer

Do you have some college credits from 2- year and 4- year Missouri colleges but still no degree? Would you like to use your college credits from a Missouri 4- year university to complete an Associate degree at a Missouri community college? ?  If so, now is the time to think about completing that degree through Missouri’s hottest education initiative, Reverse Transfer.  Go to  to learn about Reverse Transfer and then contact the 4-year college Reverse Transfer Coordinator to see if and how you can earn your Associate degree.  

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
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