Leadership Phelps County

Leadership Phelps County is currently taking applications for its 13th class.This program is intended to help new and existing community leaders build skills while learning more about issues facing Phelps County.

LPC is a series of ten classes beginning with a mandatory overnight retreat in September and concluding with an evening graduation ceremony in June. Topics will include Foundations of Phelps County, Local Government, Community Service, Economic Development, Education, Healthy Communities and a trip to Jefferson City for State Government.

Employees and employers alike should take a look at the program. Businesses with new employees might want to send them to broaden their knowledge of things going on in Phelps County.

Resources for Your Flooded Home

Cleaning up after a flood takes special care. To help with your flood response and recovery, download MU Extension Publication MP904,  Resources for Your Flooded Home (PDF). This guide covers a variety of flood cleanup topics. Other flood related resources can be found here.

Upcoming Events:

Phelps County Quarterly Calendar of Events (PDF)

Business 101 Lunch & Learn Series

Business owners can learn about business plans, marketing plans, business accounting and what business resources are available during a summer series of classes offered by the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The Business 101 Lunch & Learn series will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays during August. Registration for each session is required. Classes are free and include lunch. You can attend one, some or all. For more information call 573-341-7584 or email aarond@mst.edu. Flyer (PDF)

Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Class Schedule at the Rolla Farmers' Markets

Come out the the Rolla Farmers' Market this summer to receive free information on various topics ranging from  from the Phelps County Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists. Flyer (PDF)

Time to get the pressure gauge on your canner checked

When you plant your garden, it’s so easy to imagine all of the great-tasting, healthy food that will come from those tiny seeds and plants. You may be one of the people that grow not only enough to eat during the summer but extra so it can be preserved for cold winter nights. Now is a great time to make sure your canning gear is ready for production when your garden starts producing more than you can eat.

The dial gauge on your canner should be tested every year to assure it is processing foods at the correct temperature. The dial gauge registers the pressure in the canner. The pressure is an indicator of the temperature of the inside of the canner. It is important for low acid foods to be processed at 240 degrees Fahrenheit to destroy the spores of Clostridium Botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism.

Phelps County University of Missouri Extension can check your pressure gauge in just a few minutes. This service is provided for a fee of $1.

If you are looking for information on how to preserve your fresh vegetables, University of Missouri Extension has up to date information on how to safely can foods. You can download them at http://extension.missouri.edu/explore/hesguide/foodnut. The Quality for Keeps series is all about home food preservation.  

Soil Testing

Don’t guess. Soil tests save time and money.

Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.

Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

“We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan said.

“Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she said. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.” 

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost is $15 per sample and mailed to the lab every Friday with a turn around time of about two weeks. Soil testing publications

Soil Sampling Questions and Answers (PDF)

What is an Extension Center? Brochure (PDF)

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