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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.

Seeking Part-Time 4-H Program Assistant

MU Extension is seeking an energetic individual who is compassionate about kids to coordinate the 4-H program in St. Clair County located in the Courthouse in Osceola.  Recruit and work with volunteers and youth members, seek in-kind resources and coordinate educational and fundraising activities. The successful candidate will need to be a self-starter, organized, accurate, and dependable with a positive attitude and willingness to work as part of a team that includes multi-layers locally, regionally and statewide. Must have working knowledge of Word and Publisher with ability to create correspondence, newsletters and reports as required.  20-hours a week; flexible schedule.  Occasional evening and weekend work required.  No benefits. High school graduate or GED equivalent required. Call 417-646-2419 or email stclairco@missouri.edu for details and an application.  University of Missouri official application is required for consideration and resumes will NOT be accepted. Deadline is March 16 at 4:30 p.m.  EEO/AA/ADA Employer.

MU Extension Hay Workshop in El Dorado Springs on March 28th; preregistration by March 25th

Stockton, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension will be putting on a Hay Workshop on March 28th at the Land O Lakes Youth Fairgrounds (East 380 Rd., El Dorado Springs, Mo. 64744) in El Dorado Springs, Mo.  The workshop will begin at 9:00 a. m.

Topics covered and speakers will be:

  • Economics and Budgeting – Wesley Tucker, Polk County MU Extension Regional Ag Business Specialist
  • Livestock and Hay Nutrition – Patrick Davis, Cedar County MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist
  • Fertility Management – Pat Miller, Vernon County MU Extension Regional Agronomy Specialist
  • Testing and Quality Issues – Patrick Davis, Cedar County MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist
  • Hay and Baleage Harvest Systems – Bob Schultheis, Webster County MU Extension Regional Natural Resource Engineer
  • Storage and Feeding Management – Bob Schultheis, Webster County MU Extension Regional Natural Resource Engineer

Food and refreshments will be provided.  Cost of the event is $20.00 and payment along with registration needs to be done by March 25th to the Cedar County MU Extension Center.  There needs to be a minimum of 20 people to hold the workshop.  For questions contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center (113 South Street, Stockton, Mo. 65785) at 417 – 276 – 3313 or by email at cedarco@missouri.edu.   

Meet the Newly Elected Members of the 2015 St. Clair County Extension Council

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.


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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