Farmers' market gearing up for the 2014 season

Market members met on April 1 to plan the 2014 season. Only a few changes are being made to this years market. New market hours for Health Department come July 9: 7:30 a.m. to noon or sell out. Also this year, the senior citizen voucher program will see a boost in the dollar amount allotted thanks to a new, 2 year, grant received by the Health Department. For the 2014 market season, senior citizens are eligible to receive $20 worth in vouchers. In addition to the senior citizens, through the same grant, WIC participants will be eligible for $10 worth in vouchers. To see if you qualify for the vouchers contact Shawnee Douglas, WIC coordinator, at the Health Department at 573-438-2164.

Once we look like we are safe of frost, market members will begin selling bedding plants and early spring produce (as it becomes available) at the Courthouse on Saturdays. Expect to see them end of April, first of May.  

For more information on the Farmers Market, online information is available on the left side of the screen: look for Farmers Market. Or you may contact the extension center at 573-438-2671.

Is your local club/organization looking for a location to hold a fundraiser? The market welcomes you to contact the extension center at 573-438-2671. 

Two locations serving Washington County residence:

Courthouse: (the corner of High Street and North Missouri)
Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until noon or sell out

Health Department Pavilion: (520 Purcell Drive)
Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. until noon or sell out

Managing for Today and Tomorrow

Annie's Project — Risk Management Education for Farm and Ranch Women

Farm Generational Transition, 'Managing for Today and Tomorrow' course for Farm Women 

Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive business can be challenging. Farm women can learn how to plan successful farm transitions in a five-session course offered by the University of Missouri Extension – Washington County. The "Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning" program, a new Annie's Project course are being planned for 2014.

The cost is $75 per family, which includes a 300 page workbook with fact sheets, hands-on activities, and presentations. A light supper will be served before each class at 6 p.m. Course size is limited, so please register soon to hold your spot.

Farm families will learn about business, estate, retirement and succession planning from extension specialist and area professionals. In addition to brief presentations, there will be discussions based on participant questions and follow-up activities for family members to complete at home.

Annie's Project, an agricultural risk management education program for women, has successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 30 states. "This new Farm Transition program emphasizes the role women play in helping transfer farms from one generation to the next," said Lynn Heins, University of Missouri Extension Coordinator. "Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning will empower women to take ownership of the future of their farms," continues Lynn.

For more information contact the Washington County Extension office at 573-438-2671 or e-mail Lynn Heins at

Managing for Today and Tomorrow is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30584. More information can be found on the Annie's Project website at

Upcoming events

  • May 15 — Extension Council meeting

Reaching Out Report

The Reaching Out Report is a monthly publication created by the local Extension staff to communicate with Council members and County Commissioners of the happenings with the local extension center.

January 2014 (PDF)

2013 Reaching Out Reports 

November 2013 (PDF)

September 2013 (PDF)

July 2013 (PDF)

May 2013 (PDF)

March 2013 (PDF)

January 2013 (PDF)