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Managing herbicide resistant weed meeting

A regional meeting focusing on herbicide resistant weeds will be held Tuesday, February 23 at the T.J. Hall Building in Oregon, Missouri. The meeting will begin at 6:00p.m. Please pre-register for the meeting by calling the Holt County Extension office at 660-446-3724 so we can have adequate resources and handouts for the meeting. There is a small fee to cover meeting expense.

The meeting will focus on glyphosate resistant waterhemp primarily and examine different herbicide families and strategies that can be used to manage resistance. Techniques discussed will be pre-emergence herbicide strategies, over-lapping residuals, herbicide application rates, Liberty herbicide, new herbicide trait technologies and growers will receive a number of resources to help them in building a herbicide management program.

The meeting will be conducted by Wayne Flanary, Regional Agronomist, University of Missouri Extension.  For more information, contact the Holt County Extension office at 660-446-3724.

Beekeeping Workshop in Cameron

The Midwestern Beekeepers Association will be holding an all-day beekeeping workshop in Cameron, Missouri, in cooperation with University of Missouri Extension, on Saturday, March 5th. The meeting will be held at the First Christian Church, 318 N. Pine St., Cameron, MO, starting at 8:30 AM with registration.

The Midwestern Beekeepers Association is a bee club located in Kansas City, and part of the Missouri State Beekeepers Association. Members have been conducting these all-day workshops for years, but this year several of the members will be taking their show on the road, with a workshop in Cameron. The program will also feature presenters from the local area.

This workshop will give you all the information that you need to get started in beekeeping.  Topics include bee biology, equipment needed to keep bees, locating your hive, acquiring bees, year-round management of the hive, bee diseases & pest management, extracting honey, plants that help produce the best honey, beekeeping equipment, and further educational opportunities. A beekeeping supply company will also be there to discuss your equipment needs.

If you are seriously thinking about starting a bee colony or two this year, it would be a good idea to order your bees as soon as possible, before attending the workshop.  It is expected that the supply of bees will be short this year.

The pre-registration fee is only $25, which includes lunch, handouts and a beekeeping book. The preregistration deadline is Friday, February 26th. Late registrations are welcome, but will not include handouts or the book.

For more information, please call Tom Fowler in the Buchanan County Extension office at 816-279-1691 or Tim Baker in the Daviess County Extension office at 660-663-3232.

Keep moving through winter weather

The weather outside is frightful, but staying fit through the winter months can still be delightful and needed. There are lots of safe ways to stay physically active when it is cold out.

Dr. Steve Ball, associate professor in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri recommends that when it comes to being active in the winter, or any time, “Some is better than none, more is better than some and too much is difficult to get.” In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise spread out in at least 30-minute intervals over at least five days, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity in at least 20-minute intervals over at least 3 days. They also recommend that adults perform at least one set of repetitions for 8-10 exercises that train the major muscle groups and that they do at least one set 2-3 times per week on nonconsecutive days. And as they say, “The benefits of exercise far outweigh the risks in most adults,” but do check with a health professional before beginning an exercise program to make sure it will be safe. For flexibility, ACSM recommends that adults do exercises that stretch the major muscle-tendon groups for a total of 60 seconds per group at least twice per week.

Outside winter activities to meet these recommendations could include walking, running or skiing, shoveling snow, having a snow-ball fight or chopping and stacking wood. Be sure to take precautions when exercising in cold temperatures: be alert to temperature and wind chill, dress in layers, protect hands, feet, head and face, stay hydrated and take breaks to dry off and warm up as needed. As with any exercise program, be careful not to overdo it. Indoor activities include using a treadmill or other equipment, dancing, walking the stairs, working out with a DVD or online program or going to a gym.

For more information on exercising in the winter, contact Janet Hackert, at 660-425-6434 or University of Missouri Extension - your one-stop source for practical education on almost anything.

Private pesticide applicators training

Individuals needing to obtain or renew their Private Pesticide Applicator certification for the purchase of restricted use pesticides may go to  University of Missouri Extension office in your county and watch a 2 to 3 hour training video. The training is free, except for the Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, if you already have the manual, then you will need to bring it to the training. Family members can share one manual. 

In the northwest region, County Ag Updates and Private Applicator Trainings are scheduled beginning in January.  Private applicator pesticide training will begin at 8 a.m. during the county ag updates. For the applicator training, a training manual is required for licensing and a fee is charged for such. If you have an old manual, please bring it so you will not be charged for a new manual. This training will end at 9:30 a.m. The Ag Updates will follow and will be 30 minute talks by the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension staff in the subject areas of agronomy, livestock, farm business and engineering. This may vary based on staff schedules. The schedule can be found at Northwest Missouri Horticulture / Ag Update Meetings .

Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1916, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

“One hundred consecutive years of family ownership of a farm is a milestone to be recognized from a cultural and stewardship perspective,” said Tom Henderson, interim vice provost for University of Missouri Extension.

In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau joined MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a program sponsor.

“Missouri Farm Bureau is a proud partner in the recognition of century farms,” said Blake Hurst, president. “We applaud the hard-working farm families that have kept us fed and clothed for generations. They represent an important part of our heritage and laid a foundation for the bounty Americans enjoy every day.”

Applicants certified as owners of a 2016 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the local MU Extension center in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.

Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.

For applications received by May 1, a $65 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. If the application is received between May 1 and May 16, the cost is $75. Applications must be postmarked by May 16, 2016, to be considered.

For application forms and information, call Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension office, or visit the program website at

Keep safe during severe winter weather

Due to the potential severe winter weather, there is also an increased likelihood of power outages. Consider these tips to keep your entire household safe and warm.

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.

Commercial Horticulture Specialist and County Program Director in Carroll County

MU Extension NW Region has a new job opening in Carroll County/ Carrollton. The position is for a Commercial Horticulture Specialist & CPD. The Commercial Horticulture Specialist will primarily serve Carroll, Livingston, Caldwell, Ray, Lafayette and Saline counties in Northwest Region, with additional coverage as needed.

This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating commercial horticulture educational programs. Topics may include, but not limited to, best management practices, pest control, plant diseases, brush and weed control, soils, irrigation, IPM, pesticide certification, marketing of horticultural crops, Master Gardener program, and water quality. In addition, apply knowledge related to home horticulture and general agricultural in the counties served.

For more information and to apply go to Career opportunities with MU Extension, Job ID # 18716.

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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 Career opportunities with MU Extension, Regional Family Financial Education Specialist, Andrew County, NW Region, Job Opening ID 15408.

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Agricultural Business Specialist in Lafayette and 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 and primarily serves Livingston, Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy and Mercer counties in the Northwest Region with additional coverage as needed.

For a complete overview of the position, follow this link  Regional Agricultural Business Specialist Livingston County, Job Opening ID #14718

  • The Lafayette County Position is headquartered in Higginsville and primarily serves Lafayette, Ray, Carroll and Saline counties in the Northwest Region with additional coverage as needed.

For a complete overview of the position, follow this link Regional Agricultural Business Specialist Lafayette County, Job Opening ID #15829 

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

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.

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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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