Congratulations to Ruth Mellor

Judy Layher (left), daughter of Frank Graham, presented the 2015 Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership award to Ruth Mellor on March 13. The award recognizes leaders who work to guide 4-H youth. For the past 27 years, Ruth has led a  variety of projects, served as assistant club leader and club leader for the Harvester Club, which she continues to lead to this day.  She also has advised, coached and assisted 4-Hers in state and national competitions.

Scott Killpack retires

Scott Killpack, Agronomy/Natural Resource Specialist and County Program Director, retired with 32 years of service to University of Missouri Extension, 19 of those years in St. Charles County. Countless residents have benefited from his expertise and passion to educate and to provide science-based information in an easy-to-understand way. Scott and his wife will be moving to Idaho to be closer to their family. His last day in the office was March 31.

Spring plant sales

The St. Charles County Master Gardeners will host several plant sales this spring. Mark your calendars, tell your friends and plan to come early -- plants sell fast!

Caring for ash trees

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found last year in St. Charles County. Due to the potential spread and destruction from this pest, you should take steps to protect ash trees while they are relatively healthy. Once canopy dieback or thinning begins, the tree's vascular system is considerably damaged. Treatment at that point may stop additional damage, but it cannot reverse the existing damage. Resources to learn more about this pest and how to manage it: Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer (PDF)Tree pests

Been helped by extension?

If you have received help from  Extension programming and/or services in St. Charles County, please consider letting the County Executive or your county council member know about your experience. Our operation is dependent on an annual county council appropriation. Your comments will verify the benefit residents receive from extension. Find your county council member

Buy a brick fundraiser

St. Charles County Extension Council sponsors an ongoing brick fundraising effort to keep our programs and services at their current level. With funding from St. Charles County government reduced by 54 percent since 2008, we are forced to find additional sources of financial support. For each $100 donation, a brick will be inscribed and added to the pathway around our flagpole. Donations are tax-deductible. Brick order form (PDF).

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