Upcoming Events


October Calendar of Events

September 16 - November 13, Mondays & Wednesdays, Tai Chi for Stress & Health, Drury University, 4:35-5:35 pm, $40

September 30 - December 2, Mondays and Fridays, Tai Chi for Stress & Health, United Methodist Church, Rolla, 4:35-5:35 pm, $40

October 18, Understanding the Alphabet Soup of USDA Programs, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, St. James, 12-3:30 pm

October 22, Women in Business: Business Trends, Celebrate and Connect,  Learn and talk about current trends with women in business, celebrate our one-year anniversary and connect with others. 12 noon - 1 pm.
Register: https://celebrate-and-connect.eventbrite.com/


October 22, Celebrate and Connect: Women in Business Seminar, Columbia College, Rolla, 12- 1 pm

October 24, Understand Your Business Landscape and Find Potential Customers Workshop, Learn how to find data to help start or grow a business and to understand the business landscape for a region. 10:30 am - 12 noon.
Register: https://businesslandscape.eventbrite.com/


October 29, Spruce Up Your Holiday Marketing Plan Workshop,  Learn how to grow your digital skills and use Google tools to get your business ready for the holidays. 11:30 am - 1 pm.
Register: https://google-holiday.eventbrite.com/


November 5, Focus on Kids - Parent Education Program, Phelps County Extension Center, 10 am - 12:30 pm

November 8, Women Owning Woodlands: Introduction to Timber Sales, Maramec Spring Park, St. James, 9 am - 3 pm, $25
Register: http://extension2.missouri.edu/events/women-owning-woodland-introduction-to-timber-sales 

January 22 - March 20, Wednesdays and Fridays, Tai Chi for Health and Stress, University Commons, 12-1 pm, $50
Register: https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/tai-chi-for-arthritis-falls-prevention-university-of-missouri-s-t

February 3 - April 6, Mondays and Wednesdays, Tai Chi for Health and Stress, Drury University, Rolla, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, $50
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February 27, ServSafe: Is your ServSafe Food Manager Certification expiring?, Curtis Laws Wilson Library, MS&T, 8 am - 5 pm, $125
Register: https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/serv-safe-manager-training-phelps-county

Gardening Calendar

Beekeeping: Why Bugs Matter, Charlotte Wigginas, TEDxMissouriS&T (YouTube)

Drought Resources

In Missouri during years when precipitation comes in a fairly normal manner, moisture is stored in the top layers of the soil during the winter and early spring, when evaporation and transpiration are low. During the summer months the loss of water by evaporation and transpiration is high, and if rainfall fails to occur at frequent intervals, drought will result. Nearly every year some areas have short periods of drought in Missouri. There have been occasional years when the soil moisture has been depleted, arid when rains have failed to replace the water lost by evaporation and transpiration for prolonged periods. These conditions have caused widespread distress. With increasing population and more competition for the use of water, wise water management is becoming more important in the Show Me state.

The drought monitor map (opens in new window) is updated weekly to show which areas of the state fall into a category of drought. The map changes based on reports from landowners and residents, so the accuracy of the map is dependent on your reports. Report drought conditions in your area by clicking the link on the left-hand side of the page. Each drought category is defined by certain criteria from the United States Drought Monitor.

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.

This is the EDEN website specifically targeting floods: https://eden.lsu.edu/educate/resources?search=floods

These are some helpful resources:

https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/keeping_food_safe_before_and_after_a_flood_e3366

https://www.extension.purdue.edu/floodpub/

https://flood.unl.edu/

https://extension.psu.edu/managing-flood-damaged-crops

https://www.lsuagcenter.com/~/media/system/0/e/5/3/0e53e95f265631469d0ce2be5aaf0187/pub2771wetfloodproofinghighres.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na4_yVBLIjY&t=23s

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

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