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St. Clair County Extension Council Elections
January 18-24

Meet the Candidates

District I
Townships: Chalk Level, Butler, Jackson

Paula is a lifelong resident of St. Clair County and resides in rural Lowry City with her husband, Terry.  In 2010 Paula and her family represented St. Clair County as the Missouri State Fair Farm Family. They were selected by  the St. Clair County Extension Council and Farm Bureau.  Paula is a member of the Ohio Christian Church and her hobbies and interests are cooking and reading. She is employed as the secretary for the Farm Bureau office in Osceola.  Paula’s experience with farm and agriculture life and organizational experience will be a positive asset to the county council.

District II Delegate
Townships: Appleton, Monegaw
April has lived in the Appleton City area and a resident of St. Clair County for 22 years. She is a reporter for Sac-Osage Publishing covering the Appleton City, Montrose, Rockville and surrounding areas. April’s hobbies are art, photography, cooking, herb gardening and calligraphy. Her interests are watching her children grow up, her friends, church, enjoying nature, self-improvement, psychology and her job. April is a member of the Rockville United Methodist Church and a project leader and former assistant club leader in the V-52 4-H Club. April states, “I greatly look forward to working with the Extension Council. I hope to contribute to the growth and development of Extension in any way I can. I appreciate the opportunity to serve.”


District III Delegate

Townships: Center, Osage, Taber, Roscoe, Speedwell

   Tammy has been a resident of St. Clair County for forty years, residing in rural Schell City with her husband, Donnie.  Tammy’s hobbies and interests include reading and taking pictures. Tammy is a member of the Missouri State Teacher’s Association and the Appleton City Booster Club.  Tammy is a first time delegate to the Council and her knowledge and experience as a participant of Extension programming will be quite an asset to the Extension Council.




District IV Delegate
Townships Osceola, Polk

Daniel is a lifetime resident of St. Clair County, currently residing in rural Osceola with his wife, Shelby Moore Wisner. Daniel is a loan officer at the St. Clair County State Bank and most of his free time is spent on the family farm raising cattle, hogs, crops and selling firewood.  Daniel holds membership in the Vista Baptist Church, Osceola Optimists, Farm Bureau, Osceola Chamber of Commerce, and The St. Clair County Economic Enhancement Board.    Daniel’s enthusiasm, commitment to the community, and fresh outlook will be advantageous to the Extension Council and their commitment to meeting the needs of the residents of St. Clair County.


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

Brian is a 3rd generation chiropractor with his own practice in Bolivar. Brian and his wife, Mindy, are the proud parents of three very active daughters and reside in rural Collins.  Brian is a member of the Weaubleau School Board and his knowledge of the educational and health needs and concerns of the citizens of St. Clair County will be a valuable asset to the Council to prioritize programming to meet those needs.


2014 Farm Bill Meeting:
Decisions for Crop Producers

The 2014 Farm Bill contains several provisions that enable farmers and landowners to make decisions regarding their involvement in federal farm programs.  Landowners will have the opportunity to reallocate base acres on individual farms as well as update yield information that is used to determine some farm program payments.  Additionally, farmers will have the opportunity to elect to participate in the new commodity programs—Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage.  To provide information on the new farm bill and assist landowners and farmers in making program decisions, University of Missouri Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host an educational meeting on Tuesday, January 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Osceola, MO (505 Walnut St.).  Seating is limited, so registration is required to attend the meeting.  Individuals who are interested in participating should register by January 26th by calling the St. Clair County Extension Center to register, 417-646-2419.  Extension and FSA will host many other Farm Bill meetings across the state.  To obtain more information about the meetings contact your local MU Extension or USDA-FSA office.

Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling?  Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall?  If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program for you.

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself.  People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.  Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends.  A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. 

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.  A workbook is provided.

University of Missouri Extension and Care Connection are offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls on Thursdays, January 22nd through March 12.  Classes will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland, Missouri.  The workshop is grant funded and open to the public. Pre-registration is required by calling the Hickory County Extension Office at (417) 745-6767 or the McCarty Senior Center at (417) 282-6100 by January 20th.  For more information contact Saralee Jamieson, Human Development Specialist, at (417) 646-2419.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training   

February 23 at 6 p.m.   Call 417-448-2560
        Fairgrounds Diner, Centennial Blvd., Nevada

February 25 at 1 p.m.  Call 660-679-4167
         Bates Co. Health Dept., 501 N. Orange, Butler

March 4 at 1 p.m.  Call 417-646-2419
         1st Baptist Church, 505 Walnut St., Osceola

March 5 at 6 p.m.    Call 417-276-3313
          Library, 717 East St., Stockton

March 11 at 10 a.m.   Call 660-679-4167
          Bates Co. Health Dept., 501 N. Orange, Butler

March 12 at 1 p.m.   Call 417-448-2560
          Fairgrounds Diner, Centennial Blvd., Nevada

Call in reservation to the local Extension Center one week before the class.  In case of bad weather the classes may be rescheduled.  Let us know at registration if you need any special accommodations.  Attendees are required to purchase a manual (M87) for $12 unless they bring a 2007 copy of it with them. 


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!




MO PTAC helps Missouri businesses obtain and perform federal, state and local government contacts.  MO PTAC services are available to all Missouri businesses with emphasis on small businesses; veteran-owned small businesses; service disabled veteran-owned-small businesses; 8(a) firms; small disadvantaged businesses; woman-owned small businesses; firms in HUBZones; Minority Busniess Enterprises; Women Business Enterprises; and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.  For more information, contact Traci Baldwin at 660-747-3193 or baldwintl@missouri.edu

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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