Welcome to Platte County

 

The Platte County Extension Office will be closed December 22-January 1, 2018. It will re-open for business January 2, 2018 at 8:00 am. This allows staff to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Merry Christmas!

 

CHRISTMAS TREE SAFETY TIPS

The snow is falling, the carolers are out and the holiday decorations are everywhere. The joy of the season should not be dampened by the risk of fire. In recent years, nearly 600 fires per year have been started by ignition of Christmas trees in the United States, causing an average of 33 deaths, 112 injuries and $21 million in direct property damage per year, according to the ISU Fire Service Institute.

Christmas trees add a special touch to the holiday season, but they also can be a fire hazard. Here are some helpful tips to reduce the risk of fire: 

  • Check your tree lights for broken or frayed wires and loose connections.
  • Replace non-working light bulbs.
  • Avoid decorating Christmas trees with candles.
  • Make sure live Christmas trees are fresh. Don't buy trees with brown needles or dry limbs.
  • Consider having the tree sprayed with a Fire Marshall-approved flame retardant chemical.
  • Give the tree plenty of water. Never let the base holder dry out.
  • Don't place the tree near a heat source, open flames and room exits.
  • Keep light strings and other electrical decorations out of children's reach.
  • Always unplug the Christmas tree lights when you leave or go to bed.
  • Don't burn the Christmas tree or package wrappings in a fire place or wood stove.

Keep this holiday season full of life, laughs and memories -- remember to have a fun and safe time.

Courtesy of Iowa State Extension

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwBiZtfjioU

 

2016 Platte County Extension Annual Report is here.

Check out the 4-H page for news and happenings. December newsletter is there.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a community-based
program which assists participants in maintaining quality of life when faced with chronic medical conditions. For more information go here.

Soil Testing

University of Missouri Extension Platte County will send out soil samples to the Soil and Testing Laboratory at MU. This is done on Wednesday of each week. Approximately 2 cups of soil is needed and can be brought in any container. Samples are $15.00 each.  The office only takes cash or check at this time.

Nutrition and Health Workshops

MU Extension in Jackson County offers a variety of free nutrition and health programs to benefit you and your organization. CLICK HERE to review an informational flyer or for more information contact Lydia Kaume, PhD.,RDN. LD or Denise Sullivan, MS, CWP at 816-482-5850.

 

Check Out the Seasonal and Simple App

Seasonal and simple is a guide to help you find, select, store, and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes use simple preparations and seasonings, so you can taste the goodness of a fruit or vegetable at the peak of its flavor. The great variety of colors, flavors and textures of fruits and vegetables makes eating them a pleasure.

http://seasonalandsimple.info/

 

Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information. http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/mapregions/UrbanWest.htm

Northland Grandfamilies

Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren?  Based on the most recent census data, over 4,000 grandparents in the Northland are living with grandchildren under the age of 18.

If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children get information and more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program.  View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates.