University of Missouri Extension Presents a Lunch and Learn Series   

Celebrate 100 years of Extension with free lunch and learn Money Matters Series. Each of the four workshops will feature different ways to help consumers handle their money more effectively, protect themselves as consumers, and increase their financial knowledge.

All sessions will be held from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. at the University of Missouri, Phelps County Extension Center, 200 N Main Street, Rolla, MO 65401 (Phelps County Courthouse).    

The first session “Money Matters…learning to be successful” will be held August 6, 2014. The workshop will cover budgeting; how to keep track of your money; paying yourself first; and consumer beware.  Registration deadline for this workshop is August 5th.

On August 13th, “Identity Theft…why should it be important to you?” will cover What is Identity Theft; How consumers can protect themselves; What to do if you’re an identity theft victim; and What group is more in danger of being a victim.  Registration deadline for this workshop is August 12th. 

“When Creditors are Predators (Predatory Lending…Are you a target )” will be the third session of the series, scheduled for August 20, 2014.  This workshop will cover Predatory Lending; Excessive Fees for Loans; Aggressive Tactics; Rent-to-Own; More Money in Your Pocket.  Registration deadline for this workshop is August 19. 

“Money Matters…taking care of your credit” will be the fourth and final session of the series, scheduled for August 27, 2014. This workshop will cover: Why your credit is important; How your credit history affects your future; Correcting your credit; Your credit report.  Registration deadline for this workshop is August 26th

All sessions are free of charge.  Attend one session or attend them all.  Bring your lunch and receive a wealth of information.  Pre-registration is required in advance with a maximum attendance of 15 participants, so sign-up early. Register at the Phelps County Extension Center, 200 North Main Street in Rolla; by phone 573-458-6260; or online at

2014 Phelps County 4-H Achievement Day

The Annual Phelps County 4-H Achievement Day was held Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the St. James Middle School. 4-H Achievement Day is held annually as a part of the University of Missouri Extension’s 4-H youth program. At this event, each 4-H member has the opportunity to exhibit their project work or participate in other 4-H events. It is their day to shine and to show their skills.

Events held during the day were fashion revue, public speaking, project demonstrations, project exhibits, judging contests, and “What About Me” interviews. The day concluded with an awards presentation for all participants.

4-H members exhibited projects in a variety of areas including things like photography, woodworking, and geology.

The following 4-H members had items and/or demonstrations chosen to go on to the Missouri State Fair and represent Phelps County:  David Bippes, Matthew Bippes, Jonathan Cureton, Addyson Volner, Ranger Townley, Maison Bramel, Morgan Burris, Kenzie Duvel, Jamie Warren, Hannah Lineback, Emily Jones, Tyler Limback, Riley Williams, Zack Carnelison, Tyler Fry, Joey Williams, and Jalyn Alford.

David Bippes & Matthew Bippes will represent Phelps County in the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest in October.

Hannah Lineback was chosen to represent Phelps County at the State 4-H Fashion Review competition.

4-H youth development programs are open to all youth ages 5-18 and we will be taking new registrations for the 2014-2015 year starting in August. For more information, please visit the Phelps County Extension office in the Rolla courthouse.

4-H Clover Kid Day Camp

On Tuesday, July 1st Phelps County 4-H held a Clover Kid Day Camp for 4-H members ages 5-7. The day camp was held at the park in St. James. Kids got to learn about beekeeping, conservation, gardening, composting, and crafts. The 4-H’rs spent the afternoon fishing and swimming, and left with several crafts that they made themselves like birdhouses, stepping stones, and decorated flower pots.

A huge thank you goes out to the volunteers that made this fun day possible for Phelps County 4-H. For those interested in joining 4-H, our new year will be starting in September. Watch for information about joining area clubs or stop by your local University of Missouri Extension office at 200 North Main Suite G8 in Rolla MO. University of Missouri Extension 4-H is the youth development program of the nation’s Cooperative Extension system. 


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. The office is located on the west side of the courthouse. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

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 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 underapplication, 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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