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The St. Clair County Extension Center can provide you with research-based information in the areas of agriculture, business and the workforce, children and teens, community development, environmental quality, family life, farm management, financial education, home and garden, horticulture and nutrition and health.

Food Preservation Bootcamp in Osceola

 There is nothing like home canned green beans for dinner from your garden on a cold winter night. Better yet, how about a vegetable stew made from your garden produce? Participating in a University of Missouri Extension home food preservation class can help you do that and much more.

    Classes will be held 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Saturday, July 19, at the United Methodist Church, Hospital Hill, 885 Arduser Street,  in Osceola. Topics that will be covered include:
Pressure Canning Low Acid Foods – Be ready to start with fresh green beans or carrots and participate in the canning process from washing the vegetables to removing the jars from the canner. 
How to Pickle- Participants will prepare and process dilled green beans. There will be information on how to prepare and process fermented pickles and sauerkraut.
Salsa From Your Garden- We will prepare and process a fruit salsa. Participants will receive information and recipes for tomato salsa. 
Jams and Jellies- In this class you will make blueberry spice jam as well as freezer jam. Receive lots of tips on how to make sure your jams and jellies turn out perfectly. 
    Throughout the day, we will discuss freezing and dehydrating food. Participants will learn how to get the very best results when freezing produce. They will also learn what to look for when purchasing a dehydrator, the process of preparing food for dehydration, and how to store dehydrated foods. 
    Participants will receive University of Missouri Extension guide sheets and other handouts so they you will have all of the information needed to get started at home.
    These are hands-on classes. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and participate in each process from fresh produce to sealed jar. Pre-registration is required by July 17. Cost is $80 for the day which includes lunch. For more information or to register, call St. Clair County University of Missouri Extension at 417-646-2419.  

Horticulture and Agriculture Tips to Prepare for Spring Planting

The University of Missouri Extension offers many news articles, publications and newsletters to help beginning or seasoned farmers and gardening enthusiasts get the maximum yeild from pastures and gardens.  Some of those include:

 

Trees add value to your landscape

Trees can provide your home with shade, wind protection and visual appeal. They can reduce energy costs, provide recreation for children and habitat for wildlife.

Newly planted trees need special attention, and not all trees are suitable for all conditions. MU Extension’s horticulture experts have developed a series of publications to help you choose the right tree and get it established:

MU Extension publication G6800, Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees
MU Extension publication G6805, Selecting Landscape Plants: Flowering Trees
MU Extension publication G6810, Selecting Landscape Plants: Uncommon Trees for Specimen Plantings
MU Extension publication G6815, Selecting Landscape Plants: Needled Evergreens
MU Extension publication G6820, Selecting Landscape Plants: Broad-leaved Evergreens
MU Extension publication G6850, How to Plant a Tree

Popular MU Guides/Extension Publications:

MU Ext. Publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates/Farm Services in MO
MU Ext. Publication G427, 2011 Cash Rental Rates in MO
MU Ext. Publication G810, Fencing Laws of Missouri
MU Ext. Publication G6201. Vegetable Planting Calendar
MU Ext. Publication G6705, Lawn Maintenance Calendar

Don’t guess; soil tests save time, 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. Soil testing publications

The Affordable Care Act in Plain English

So much of the information that is crowding the media about The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) can seem overwhelming and confusing.  Financial experts and advisors at University of Missouri have created an article to help separate fact from fiction labeled The Affordable Care Act in Plain English.

 

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