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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.


Building it From the Ground Up” is a workshop series to help farmers/landowners improve their property as well as their outputs and profitability of their farming operation.  This workshop series will begin on February 4th and continue on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p. m. to 9:00 p. m. till April 7th.  The classes will be held at the Osceola First Baptist Church 505 Walnut St., Osceola, Mo. 64776.

The subject areas covered in the classes are

  • Economics of a livestock business

  • Sheep and goat production

  • Pasture conditions

  • Cow calf operation

  • Stocker and backgrounder

  • Soils, soil nutrition, and soil health

  • Equipment needed on the farm

  • Laying out and developing a farmstead/facilities needed on a farm

  • Hobbies that pay (generating income in non – traditional ways)

Instructors for the topics consist of regional MU extension agriculture specialists, Dow AgroSciences LLC range and pasture/vegetation management specialist and NRCS soil conservationist.  Each subject area will be presented in one evening.  Refreshments will be provided each night.

If you choose to take the entire workshop series the cost is $110.00 per person or if you choose to take individual classes the cost is $15.00 per person per class.  If registering for the entire workshop series please have registration to St. Clair County MU Extension Center (Courthouse, PO Box 523, Osceola, Mo. 64776) by January 29th.  Make checks payable to the St. Clair County MU Extension Center.  With that registration the participant will receive a 3 ring binder to place all handout material made available.  If you are registering for individual classes please register by Tuesday of the week the class is held.

Please contact the St. Clair County MU Extension Center to register for the workshop series or classes or if you have any questions at 417 – 646 – 2419 or by email at stclairco@missouri.edu.  Contact us immediately if you need accommodations because of a disability, need to relay emergency medical information or need special arrangements if the building is evacuated.


Election of 2016 Extension Council January 24 to January 30, 2016

According to state statute Sec. 262-577, RSMo 69, citizens of voting age in St. Clair County have the opportunity to vote and elect members of the University of Missouri Extension Council in January. At least one person has been nominated for each of the elective positions in their respective district.
County residents can vote in person during the week of January 24, 2016 at the University of Missouri St. Clair County Extension Office, 655 Second Street, 1st Floor of the Courthouse in Osceola, or at the USDA Soil and Water Conservation office at 3835 NE Hwy 13 in Osceola. If you are unable to reach one of the voting sites, you can cast your vote on-line.  On-line voting is simple.  J;ust click on the link to the left and cast your vote for the representative of your district by following the simple instructions. The following are candidates in this year's election:

District II Delegate
Townships: Appleton, Monegaw

   Olen has lived in rural St. Clair County his entire lifetime.  He and his wife Rebekah reside in rural Appleton City. Although Olen is employed with USPS, he finds time to indulge in his hobbies and interests of farming, mechanics and just about anything agriculture related.  Olen is an active member of Missouri Farm Bureau.  As a former 4-H member in St. Clair County, Olen’s knowledge and past experience will be a wonderful asset to the Council.


District IV Delegate

Townships: Osceola, Polk

   Wanda is a very active lifetime resident of St. Clair County.  She lives in rural Osceola with her husband, Dale, and dotes on their three children, 11 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren.  You might see Wanda working at the Food Banc in Osceola, delivering meals for the Senior Center, performing with the Community Choir in Osceola, sewing baby items for Newborns in Need, and in her “spare” time she enjoys reading, canning, working with her goats, and “helping people to become who God wants them to be”. Wanda is the Secretary of Friends of Brush Creek, President of Friends of the Library, board member to the Food Banc in Osceola, and helps with Osceola Optimist activities as needed.  For the past two or three years, Wanda has been very instrumental in assisting Extension Specialists and 4-H groups in guaranteeing the location of the First Baptist Church in Osceola as an area to hold meetings, workshops and programs.  With her vast networking capabilities throughout the county, Wanda will be greatly appreciated as part of the team with our Extension Council.

District V Delegate
Townships: Collins, Washington, Dallas, Doyle & Vista

   After a one year hiatus, it is a privilege to welcome candidate, Robert Jesse, back to the Extension Council. 

Bob has been a resident of rural Collins for 21 years.  He is a retired federal and state employee, having been employed by the State of Colorado.  Bob’s hobbies include operating a small cattle farm and old trucks and cars.  He is an active member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the St. Clair County Cattleman’s Association.  Bob has faithfully served the members of his community as representative for Cattlemen’s Association to the Council in the past.  In his eight years of previous service, Bob attended every meeting held during his terms.  His dedication and concern for his community will enhance the University of Missouri St. Clair County Extension Council’s ability to successfully meet the needs of the people of St. Clair County.


Sac-Osage Fair Board in Search of New Members!  

The Sac-Osage Youth Fair Board is seeking new members! They meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Osceola Church of Brethren at 6:00 p.m. The next meeting is January 12th! We would like to have members from each of the communities in our county. Our youth need your help in retaining our Youth Fair! The Sac -Osage Youth Fair is held in June at the Sac-Osage Youth Fairgrounds at Osceola. If you have any questions or need information about what this might entail, please contact Michelle Parmalee at (660) 492-2996.

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

A beginning Beekeeping Workshop will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 505 Walnut Street, Osceola, Missouri.  The fee is $20.00 per person, is due by February 17th, and the cost includes a meal, refreshments and materials. More information, including the registration form, can be found here.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Private Pesticide Applicator Training will be held on February 29th at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Osceola. Please call in your reservation to the St. Clair County Extension Center (417) 646-2419, one week before the class.  In case of bad weather the class may be rescheduled. Let us know at registration if you need any special accommodations.  There is no cost to attend the training, however, attendees ar required to purchase a manual (M87) for $12.00 unless they bring a 2007 copy of it with them. Class will be facilitated by Pat Miller, Agronomy Specialist for St. Clair County.

Winter Agriculture Meeting in Osceola

There will be a winter agriculture meeting on February 29th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Osceola.  Pat Miller, Agronomy Specialist, will be talking about Soybean cyst nematodes - Old pests, new options?, and Nate Cahill, Agriculture Business Specialist, will bring new information regarding Missouri Farmland Leasing Laws - Protecting Your Interest. The cost of the workshop is $10 and registration is due by February 25th by calling the St. Clair County Extension office at (417) 646-2419.  For more information about this meeting, contact Pat Miller at (417) 448-2560.

 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 yield 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

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