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Make Plans to Attend the Three-State Beef Conference

 Area beef producers should make plans to attend the second annual Three-State Beef Conference that will be held on January 13, 14 and 15, 2015 with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.  Topics and speakers for the conference are as follows:  “Evaluating Supplementation Strategies”, Dr. Rick Rasby, Extension Beef Specialist, University of Nebraska; “Rethinking our Forage Systems”, Dr. Bruce Anderson, Extension Forage Specialist, University of Nebraska; “Financial Impacts of Fertility and Infertility in the Current Cattle Market”, Dr. Patrick Gunn, Extension Cow-Calf Specialist, Iowa State University. 

The first session of the conference will be held in Creston, Iowa at Southwestern Community College on Tuesday, January 13 with registration at 5:30 p.m. and the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

The Missouri session will be held on Wednesday, January 14 in Albany at the MU Hundley-Whaley Learning Discovery Center.  It also begins with registration at 5:30 p.m. and the program following at 6:00 p.m. 

On January 15, there will be two different sessions held in Nebraska.  The first session will be held at the Gage County UNL Extension Center in Beatrice, Nebraska.  Registration for the Beatrice location will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the meeting will start at 11:00 a.m.  Later that day, an evening session will be held at the UNL Ag Research & Development Center (ARDC) in Ithaca, Nebraska with registration at 5:30 p.m. and the program to follow at 6:00 p.m.     

The Three-State Beef Conference (formerly the Four-State Beef Conference) is designed to give beef cattle producers and others in the beef industry in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska a regular update on current cow-calf and stocker topics.  The conference provides a forum of specialists from three of the United States’ leading beef cattle land grant universities as well as other industry experts.  We request that attendees pre-register by Friday, January 9, 2015.  Calling or e-mailing with your reservation helps with meal plans and also helps keep costs down.  The registration fee is $25 per person and it includes a meal and copy of the conference proceedings.  If you need accommodations because of a disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform us by December 31, 2014. 

For more information contact your local university extension office or visit our website.

Small acreage and land entrepreneur conference -- save the date

March 7, 2015, marks the second annual S.A.L.E conference held at Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph.  For details go to Nodaway County Extension Center website.

Mark your calendar -- Second annual soil fertility school to be held at Oregon

Growers are preparing for next year’s crop season and making plans.  One of the most important input costs are fertilizers and it is important to understand the complexity of fertilizer management to make good decisions. Growers, certified crop advisers and dealers are invited to participate in a school focused on understanding and increasing ones knowledge in fertilizing crops.

There will be a series of eleven evening meetings in January on Monday and Wednesday evenings covering all nutrients, fertilizers, recommendations and understanding of soil testing. The first meeting will start Wednesday, January 7th and the last will be February 11th. There are a limited number of participants and preregistration is required. There is a fee to cover school and instructor expenses.  The meetings will be held at the Extension office in Oregon and will start at 6 p.m.

Wayne Flanary, Regional Extension Agronomist, will be teaching the course. Sign up now by calling the Holt County Extension office at 660-0446-3724 and ask Wayne for more details.

Soil Testing Critical for Maximizing Crop Yields

After fall harvest, it is time to soil sample and retest farm fields for fertility levels. This year, with lower grain prices, it is important to take in account soil test reading across the field so accurate fertilizer applications can be made to maximize returns.

Accurate soil test information is critical in making good fertilizer recommendations and therefore using these recommendations to generate a fertilizer application plan.

If soil test levels are above critical values for phosphorus and potassium, the levels can be drawn down to reduce expenses. However, if soil test values are below critical values, increases in fertilizer rates are needed to increase and maintain high yields.

Many growers had very high crop yields. Knowledge of the amounts of nutrients leaving the field as grain is marketed is a critical part of soil fertility recommendations. Corn yields over 200 bushels per acre and soybean yields over 60 bushels per acre will remove more than 110 pounds of phosphate and potash from the soil when the two crops are combined. Nutrients removed will need to be added to maintain soil test levels and high yields.

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, University of Missouri Extension.

Extension Offers Farm Bill Educational Meetings

The 2014 Farm Bill contains several provisions that enable farmers and landowners to make decisions regarding their involvement in federal farm programs.  Landowners will have the opportunity to reallocate base acres on individual farms as well as update yield information that is used to determine some farm program payments.  Additionally, farmers will have the opportunity to elect to participate in the new commodity programs—Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC).  To provide information on the new farm bill that will assist landowners and farmers in making program decisions, University of Missouri Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host free educational meetings across the state.  To see a list of meetings in Northwest Missouri click here.  You can also view a map of meeting locations.

One meeting is currently scheduled for Lafayette County; it will be held Wednesday, December 17th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Concordia Community Center in Concordia (802 S. Gordon).  If you would like to attend the Concordia meeting, please call the Lafayette County Extension Center at 660-584-3658 to register.

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Ag Specialist in Livingston County - new job posting

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

4-H Youth Development Specialist and County Program Director in Saline County

The 4-H Youth Development Specialist and Co-County Program Director (CPD) position is open in Marshall, Missouri and primarily serves Saline and Carroll counties in the Northwest region with additional coverage as needed. This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating positive youth and volunteer development programs through 4-H clubs, schools, youth-serving agencies, community collaborations, camps and fairs.

To learn more about the position and to apply go to Job Opening ID # 14688.

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.

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.

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

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 14195.

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

Business Development position in Carroll County

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.

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

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

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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