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MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom in Randolph County. We connect people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities. MU Extension in Randolph County is your one-stop source for practical education and information on almost anything.

MU Extension partners with the Randolph County Commission and other local organizations to provide education, information and services that meet people’s needs. The elected and appointed members of the Randolph County Extension Council provide guidance in identifying those needs to ensure that our educational programs are relevant, reliable and responsive. 4-H, Excel, Master Gardeners, and FCE all work with Extension.

Whether it’s resources for yourself or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to explore our website, call or email to learn how we can help you.

Preserve it Fresh, Preserve it Safe!

May/June 2015 Preserve it Newsletter (PDF)

Wild for Monarchs

Plant a Native butterfly garden or Monarch Waystation and create your own moments to remember. Click to view a brochure of what to plant for Monarchs in your garden. (PDF)

Youth business camp set for July 12-16 on MU campus

The eighth annual Build-a-Business Camp for young entrepreneurs will take place July 12-16 on the University of Missouri campus.The MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development hosts the event for youth ages 12-18. The camp is part of MU Extension’s Summers@Mizzou program, which brings students to campus for science- and career-related camps.

Build-a-Business participants come from as far away as California, Texas and the country of Jordan to learn from other young entrepreneurs.

Kaitlyn Roberts, 14-year-old founder of Saving Soldiers, a paracord bracelet business benefitting homeless veterans, will tell how she took knowledge from last year’s camp to launch her venture and to raise $1,000 for Welcome Home Inc., which provides services to reduce homelessness among veterans.

Simeon and Lilian Buie of Marshall, who were national finalists in the 2015 Warren Buffet Secret Millionaires Club contest, will pitch how they developed their business concept for “Eggpreneur” kits.

Campers will team up with local organizations on a Customer Service Challenge, sponsored by Wood & Huston Bank. Youth will use promotional strategies from Show-Me State Games, Add Sheet and Vienna Beef LLC, which they will apply to their own business ideas.

Youth also will work with the marketing firm Influence & Co. and local entrepreneurs on a Creative Marketing Challenge, brainstorming “Generation Z” solutions to marketing dilemmas facing startups.

MU faculty members, business advisers, and area professionals will join youth for a Biz Pro/Biz Adviser Challenge to help campers develop a plan for starting a microbusiness.

Camp sponsors include Commerce Bank; MU Trulaske College of Business; Wood & Huston Bank; CLIMB Mizzou; Citizens Bank of Eldon and Versailles; First State Community Bank; Missouri 4-H Foundation; MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; and Orange Leaf Yogurt.

The program ends July 16 when campers participate in a Biz Idea Pitch Challenge, sponsored by MU Trulaske College of Business and CLIMB Mizzou, with support from MU Extension’s Small Business and Technology Development Centers.

For more information, go to or contact Steve Henness, 4-H Center for Youth Development, at or 573-884-6618.

Reduced-cost farm energy audits available through MU Extension

Are you thinking about replacing your grain dryer with a more energy-efficient model? Or installing an alternative-energy system? Have an energy audit before making a big investment in energy efficiency on your farm, says University of Missouri Extension specialist Don Day.Farms and rural small businesses can receive energy audits at a reduced rate through MU Extension. Ordinarily, audits cost $450, but a grant from USDA Rural Development will cover 75 percent, lowering the price to $112.50.An energy audit can help determine what upgrades will bring the biggest cost savings, Day said.An energy audit is also required if you intend to apply for incentives through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).Grants are available for up to 25 percent of the cost of a renewable energy or energy efficiency project. REAP also provides loan guarantees for up to 75 percent of a project’s cost.Eligible energy systems include solar, wind, geothermal, anaerobic digesters and renewable biomass. Energy efficiency improvements include grain drying and handling, lighting, refrigeration, heating and cooling upgrades, and motor replacements.Missouri has almost $2 million in grant funding available for REAP. To be eligible, at least 50 percent of a farm’s gross income must come from agricultural operations, and small businesses must be in an area with a population under 50,000.

For more information about MU Extension energy audits, contact your local extension office at 660-269-9656. To learn more about REAP, go to

2015 Randolph County Fair

The date has been set! The 2015 Randolph County Fair will be held July 20-25.  Show dates are tentative and show bills may change slightly but you can check them our for a general idea. Please check back often for updates. The Fair Board meets the first Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm at the James Youth Cabin in Rothwell Park. The public is invited to attend these meetings.

Randolph County Fair Tractor Show

July 25, 2015 from 9 am to 1 pm at Orscheln's Parking Lot, Moberly, MO. Bring out your old tractors and get a chance to win prizes. For more information contact Nathan Pollard at 660-676-7564 or Stephanie Ronimous at 660-263-3987

2015 Regional Grazing Schools


Fruit Spray Schedules for the Homeowner

Fruit plantings can be a source of beauty as well as fresh produce. However, for the inexperienced grower, they also can be a source of frustration and expense. Nursery catalogs are full of brightly colored advertisements depicting bountiful harvests of unblemished fruit. Harvests like these are possible, but only with careful selection of the fruit cultivar (cultivated variety) and diligent pest management. Weather conditions in Missouri , such as high humidity, abundant rainfall and warm temperatures, increase disease and insect populations. With few exceptions, home fruit plantings require treatment with pesticides to control a variety of serious diseases and insect pests. Pesticides needed and frequency of application depend on the cultivars planted, location of the planting, weather conditions and cultural practices.

Preserving food from the garden

Food preservation is more than just canning. It includes freezing and drying. Many fruits are commonly frozen for easy access far beyond the productive period of the plant. Click here to view many different publications on food preserving. Food preservation publications

Fire Blight

Fire blight is a bacterial disease affecting apple, crabapple, pear, hawthorn, pyracantha (firethorn) and related species. The bacteria commonly overwinter in cankers (sunken diseased areas) on the tree, which produce a sticky exudate in early spring.The bac­teria are usually spread from the cankers by insects and by wind-blown rain. Careless pruning practices may also spread the bacteria. Click here to learn what you can do to stop this disease.

Missouri Century Farm Program

If your farm has been in your family since Dec.31,1915, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. To qualify, farms must meet certain guidelines. Get those guidelines and more information at


Get Your Soil Tested by the University of Missouri Extension

Why should you have your soil tested?

  • Soil conditions have a big effect on plant health
  • pH and nutrient levels can change over time
  • You may be over-fertilizing your lawn or garden
  • Testing is the only way to tell which nutrients might be missing

For more information please contact our office at 660-269-9656


Journal Your Garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year. Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping good records. MU Extension publication MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.

Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information. It also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels.

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Emerald Ash Borer Beetle

Are your Ash trees dying? A small green beetle could be the culprit. The Emerald Ash Borer Beetle is a small metallic green beetle, 1/2 inch long. It is native to Asia and attacks only ash trees. The beetles leave small, D-shaped holes on the trunk. The larvae feed under bark, cutting off the flow of water and nutrients to the tree. They travel in infested firewood and nursery stock. If you believe your Ash Tree is infested with the EAB, call a certified arborist or forester for help. Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation Web site for tips on how to hire a qualified professional in your area. For more information about EAB and other tree pests, visit the following cooperative Web site: