Find an MU Extension center in northwest Missouri
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:
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
For a full list, please visit Career opportunities with MU Extension.
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The Missouri Tax Initiative is providing free income tax preparation for low income and elderly people in Northwest Missouri. Check with your local extension office for the schedule near you. Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) workers will be preparing taxes in several counties in Northwest Missouri over the next few months.
Supervisory and leadership skills training to be offered by MU Extension in NW Missouri
The program, the "supervisory certificate series", will be offered each Wednesday in February (1, 8, 15, and 22) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Northwest Technicial School in Mariville. Go to the Regional supervisory training series tab on this website to learn more.
Private pesticide applicator training/Ag update meetings
Private pesticide applicator training will focus on the use of dicamba resistant soybean technology. Growers who do not need a license should also attend to become knowledgeable about this technology.
For the applicator training, a training manual is required for licensing. If you have an old manual, please bring it to the meeting. The schedule is as follows and all meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Following the applicator training, the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension staff will provide updates in subject areas of agronomy, livestock, farm business and horticulture. Speakers may vary based staff schedules.
A complete list and details of the scheduled ag update meetings can be found on MU Extension Northwest Region Horticulture website.
For more information, contact Wayne Flanary, Regional Agronomist, University of Missouri Extension at 660-446-3724.
Small Steps – Strategies for Heart Health
By Janet Hackert, Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist
February is National Heart Month. February 3rd is National Wear Red Day to support cardiovascular health for women. In the U.S. heart disease kills one woman approximately every 80 seconds according to the American Heart Association (AHA). It is the leading cause of deaths for the population overall.
In February and throughout the year, follow these tips, as easy as ABC, to improve or maintain heart health:
A: Avoid tobacco. It won’t be easy, but it will be easier than dealing with a heart attack, stroke or living with chronic heart disease.
B: Be more active. “Research has shown that getting 30–60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week can help lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and keep your weight at a healthy level.”
C: Choose nutritious foods. The heart association’s website, www.deliciousdecisions.org, has some tasty heart-healthy recipes.
Generally, people know what to do; making it happen is another story. Research has shown that making changes toward a healthier lifestyle are more likely to become habit for the long term if they are made in small increments. Here are some strategies that may help.
Track current behavior to know the starting point, how much exercise is really happening, how many steps, how much vegetables are really being consumed currently.
Defy the odds by learning what the likelihood of having heart problems is, then set specific, small-step goals to steer clear of living up to those odds by losing weight, being more active or quitting smoking.
Use the power of ten to motivate: 10 extra minutes of walking or weight lifting morning and evening, or use a step counter to measure movement and walk a little more to round steps up to the next thousand, or cut daily calorie intake by 100 calories per day.
Meet yourself halfway by not giving up the foods you like, but instead cutting the amount of the high-calorie, high-sugar, high-fat and/or high-sodium ones in half anytime you eat them.
These simple strategies and many others can help motivate and move a person to a healthier life and avoid or delay being a heart association statistic.
For more information on this or any other topic, contact me, Janet Hackert, at 660-425-6434 or HackertJ@missouri.edu, or your local University of Missouri Extension Center. University of Missouri Extension - your one-stop source for practical education on almost anything.
You can read the latest agronomy news in the Northwest Region by going to Agronomy Newsletter.
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 http://dhe.mo.gov/MissouriReverseTransferforstudents.php 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.
MU Extension in the Northwest Region is on Facebook. Look at what's going on and programs that are offered.