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Three-State Beef Conference

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. The 31st annual conference will address relevant issues affecting beef operations.

We request that attendees pre-register by Friday, January 8, 2016. Calling or e-mailing with your reservation helps with meal plans and helps keep costs down. The registration fee is $25 per person. It includes a meal and a copy of the conference proceedings.  Click here for the registration form. 

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.

Third 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 Monday, January 4th and the last into February. There are a limited number of 20 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.

Pesticide Applicator Changes Proposed by EPA

EPA is accepting comments on proposed changes to the federal EPA Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule. These changes are found in the Federal Register, Volume 80, No. 163 on Monday, August 24, 2015.  Since these regulations are very important to the farming community, interested parties should comment on the regulation. The public comment period is through November 23, 2015.

EPA is proposing stricter standards for people certified to use restricted use pesticides and to require all people who apply restricted pesticides to be at least 18 years old. Certifications would be renewed every three years. Additional specialized licensing is proposed for certain methods of application such as fumigation and aerial application. Individuals working under the supervision of certified applicators would now need training on using pesticides safely.

Also, EPA is proposing a Continuing Education Credit (CEU) Training Program.  CEUs are defined as 50 minutes of active training time. This would mean both private and commercial applicators would need to receive six CEUs covering general standards as application techniques, three CEUs for each private category such as aerial, soil fumigation and non-soil fumigation and six CEUs for each commercial category.

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724, Heather Benedict at 660-425-6434 or Kurt Nagel at 816-776-6961, Regional Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.

Small Acreage and Land Entrepreneur Conference


Gain practical knowledge and explore the possibilities for your small acreage at this informative conference.

The northwest region agriculture specialists will be hosting the Small Acreage and Land Entrepreneur conference.  The conference will be a day-long learning opportunity for people who are excited to learn more about opportunities with small acreages and ways they can make income on their land.

Save the Date

When:   Saturday, April 2, 2016

Where:  Blum Student Union, 2nd floor
             Missouri Western State University
             St. Joseph, MO

Places to Stay:


Preliminary topics include:

Beginning Farmer Programs
Hog Production
Urban Ag
This Old House

Please check our website for updates.  Topics will be updated as guest speakers are confirmed.

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If you need further information, please call 660-582-8101 or email us at nodawayco@missouri,edu


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 Livingston 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.

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

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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