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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.

Candidates Sought for St. Clair County Extension Council

Osceola, Mo. — Nominations are being accepted for the January 18-24, 2015 public election of St. Clair County’s University of Missouri Extension Council, according to Council Chair, Glenn Mohr.

Candidate recommendations may be made by contacting the county extension center, (417) 646-2419. Nominees will then be contacted to secure their permission before being placed on the ballot.

Nominations for the 5 open positions must be made prior to December 26, 2014. Candidates are needed for District I (Townships Chalk Level, Butler & Jackson; District II (Townships Appleton and Monegaw),  District III (Townships Center, Osage, Taber, Roscoe & Speedwell); District IV (Townships Osceola & Polk); District V (Townships Collins, Washington, Dallas, Doyle & Vista).

St. Clair County’s council election will be held at the same time as all other counties in Missouri, the third week of January (specifically Jan. 18-24, 2015). The election is being held in accordance with state law (Chapter 262.550-262.620 R.S. Mo. 1969).

"In St. Clair County, we are seeking people from all walks of life -- who are interested in education and the progress of our community -- to serve on the extension council,” said Saralee Jamieson, County Program Director. "In order to have an active council in place we need good candidates to run."

Every county in Missouri has an extension council made up of elected (and appointed) members who represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in that county. Council candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in the district they represent. The St. Clair County Extension Council meets on the first Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December.

Missouri state statues create county extension councils to work with University of Missouri Extension. Council members assist in planning and carrying out extension programs in their county, providing local extension governance and representing the diversity of the county’s changing population.

University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs addressing high-priority areas like agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, consumer and family economics, business and industry, community development and youth development (4-H).

2014-2015 4-H Enrollment 

We are excited to announce Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development is transitioning enrollment to Missouri 4HOnline beginning today!  Please log on at http://mo.4honline.com.  A link to the detailed, step-by-step instructions is included on the login screen, but we think you will find the system very easy to navigate.

In order to assist families with this transition, Justen McCarter, Youth Program Assistant, is in the University of Missouri Extension St. Clair  County office at the following times for families to receive assistance setting up their accounts and ask any questions.

Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursdays - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We look forward to a great year and appreciate your support and patience as we work together to Make the Best Better for St. Clair County 4-H!


Welcome New Youth Program Assistant to St. Clair County!  

 We are happy to announce that Justen McCarter joined the Extension office in Osceola as the Youth Program Assistant on September 3rd!  Justen shares this greeting:

Hi, my name is Justen McCarter and I'm the new Youth Program Assistant for St. Clair County 4-H.  For the past 10 years I've worked closely with the youth of this area and I am very passionate about inspiring the next generation.  I aspire to be a role model for them and someone they can easily relate to. I have a wife, Lesley, and two kids - Lily and Jaxen, and we live in Collins, Missouri.  I have lived in this area my entire life. I enjoy being in the outdoors, golfing, hunting, and music.  I feel that values and beliefs go hand in hand with the 4-H program and I think I'll be able to bring a fresh perspective to reaching our young people. I am excited to dive in and help make a positive influence for the youth of this community. Looking forward to meeting you!




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Horticulture and Agriculture Tips

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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