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Phelps County Quarterly Calendar of Events - 1st Quarter 2018

Phelps County University of Missouri Extension Council Election

Phelps County University of Missouri Extension Council election will take place the week of January 22-26, 2018.  You will be able to vote online or at one of the following public voting locations: Phelps County Extension Center, Phelps County Clerk's office, Newburg City Hall and St. James City Hall. Online voting will be available via the MU Extension website from 12:01 am Monday, January 21 until 2:00 pm Friday, January 26, 2018. 

There will be four 2-year terms to fill in 2018. The nominees for the open positions are as follows:

District: Phelps County (all of Phelps County)


Francis (Frank) Chandler Furman

Gary O'Day

Daniel Oerther

Anastasia Ratliff

Marla Striped Face-Collins


Candidate Biographies (PDF)


Any resident of that district who is 18 years of age and older is eligible to vote in this public election.


Private Pesticide Applicator Trainings

Lindsey Hethcote, Regional Agronomist with University of Missouri Extension will be offering classroom trainings be obtain your private pesticide applicator license in surrounding counties during January and February. Flyer

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

Employees, retirees, and community members are all invited to participate in this eight week strength-training course. it can get your fitness journey (re)started, right on campus! Participants will be guided safely by a trained instructor through warm up, eight muscle-strengthening exercises and cool down. Equipment is provided. the class is geared toward sedentary middle-aged and older adults. There is no age limit. Flyer

Participants wanted for focus group on women in business

Women in business are invited to participate in a focus group to share their ideas and opinions about creating a group that provides women with access to business resources, training, networking and a forum to test out new ideas. The focus group is hosted by the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Woman Space Rolla.

“What participants tell us will determine what a women-in-business group would look like and what it would offer,” says Karen Leatherman, business development specialist with the SBTDC. “We hope to hear from a diverse audience, and anyone is welcome to participate.”  More information.

February Gardening Calendar

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.

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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