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Congratulations to Judy Elling


Judy Elling, Lafayette County Extension Center, is a recipient fo the 3rd place Use of Technology Award 2015.  Great job, Judy!


Stockpile fescue to supplement forage needs


Last week at the Hundley-Whaley Focus on Forages meeting, it was discussed that several growers have not been able to harvest forage because of the wet weather. One option to address the availability of forage for the winter would be to apply 30 to 50 pounds of nitrogen on tall fescue to stimulate fall growth and use this as feed in winter.


Research conducted at MU indicates that if the nitrogen is not used this fall by the fescue, it will still be available for use in spring. This is a great opportunity to increase forage and use cattle to harvest the grass.


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


Stay Fit at Home or Away

By Janet Hackert, Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist

Staying fit at home can be part of the daily routine. But when one is away from home or when new activities keep a person from doing the regular routine, getting adequate physical activity may be more of a challenge. Fitness is still important though whether at home or away.

When staying away from home, plan time for aerobic activity. The American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) recommends adults “engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week.” To fit this is while staying at a hotel, take advantage of the fitness room or pool. If there are no special facilities, walk the halls and stairs or parking lot or find a location nearby. Many cities have parks, fitness centers, a YMCA or public gym. There are many options for getting some cardiovascular activity in at these types of facilities. Many communities also have a large store or mall to walk in, outdoor walking, biking or skating trails and fitness trails. A fitness trail, or parcourse, provides for both the aerobic exercise of walking, jogging or running the course and calisthenics stations such as jumping jacks or stair stepping, along with strength training stops for exercises such as crunches or chin-ups.

Strengthening exercise is also an important component for overall fitness. ACSM recommends that adults train each major muscle group two or three days each week on non-consecutive days to help improve strength and power. “For each exercise, 8-12 repetitions improve strength and power, 10-15 repetitions improve strength in middle-age and older persons starting exercise, and 15-20 repetitions improve muscular endurance.”

The resistance for strength training exercises can be created by using hand weights and ankle weights. When traveling, there are some options for strength training. Free weights or weight machines may be available in a hotel’s fitness room or at a nearby gym. Many hotels that do not have their own work-out facilities have a cooperative agreement with a local business and patrons can get free or reduced-rate use of equipment. An alternative is to bring resistance bands or tubes. These are light-weight, take up little space, and make a work-out possible just about anywhere or anytime. They come in a variety of resistances so select carefully.

For more information on staying fit at home or away, or any other topic, please contact me, Janet Hackert, at 660-425-6434 or or your local University of Missouri Extension office. 

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4-H Youth Program Associate positions in Andrew County and Buchanan County

The University of Missouri Extension, Northwest Region, has three positions open 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.  Each of the positions 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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