Learn how to shop for healthy foods on a budget

Want to save money at the store and learn how to buy healthy foods that you will enjoy? Join us for a fun, free and interactive 1.5 hour simulated grocery store tour where you will learn skills for buying healthy foods on a budget, including: label reading, using the unit price to find the best deal, and choosing the healthiest options available. Cooking Matters at the Store Pop-Up Tour is Tuesday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Knox County Community Center in Edina, MO. Receive a free tote bag for shopping, a free book with shopping tips and delicious, healthy recipe, and learn about a free app with hundreds more healthy recipes. Register by Friday, April 20 by calling the Knox County Community Center at 660-397-2196 or the Knox County Health Department at 660-397-3396.

Growing fruit can be rewarding

Growing fruit at home can be either a pleasant experience or a learning experience. Depending on how much homework you do, the results can be either rewarding or disappointing. Considering several important factors before beginning a home fruit planting can help to ensure reasonable success. Every gardener should be realistic and discriminating about what fruits to plant. Not all fruit crops are suited for your home. Available space, soils, water, micro climates, and natural resistance to pests are only a few serious considerations and limiting factors. Find out more in Jennifer's weekly radio program at http://http://extension.missouri.edu/adair/radio.aspx.

Missouri Steer Feedout 2018

The Missouri Steer Feedout is an educational program started in 1981 by University of Missouri Extension and local cattlemen. The program has three objectives: give cow-calf producers a chance to see how their cattle perform in the feedlot and how their carcasses compare to industry standards; focus attention on southwest Missouri feeder cattle production and show that cattle from this area can compete; and help producers improve the quality of cattle they raise. Entry deadline is May 10. Find more information in the feedout brochure (pdf) or get an entry form (pdf).

Livestock Person of the Year 

Applications are now being accepted for 2018 Northeast Missouri Livestock Person of the Year award. The individual receiving this award must have made a significant contribution to the livestock industry in northeast Missouri and/or beyond. Eligible applicants can be producers of livestock, agribusiness personnel, agency personnel, or agriculture researchers. Other parties who have been long-time supporters of the northeast Missouri livestock industry will also be considered. The selected applicant will become a member of the Northeast Missouri Livestock Producers Hall of Fame and will be inducted at a ceremony at the Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville on Friday, November 30, 2018. Get the application at http://www.missourilivestock.com/livestock-person.html.

Dicamba training 

On Oct. 13, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures to minimize the potential for off-target movement of Dicamba and further ensure effective use of three pesticides: DuPont’s FeXapan, BASF’s Engenia and Monsanto’s XtendiMax. The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced Missouri-specific restrictions for ENGENIA, XENDIMAX and FEXAPAN, including training requirements, a notice of application form, specific application times and cutoff dates for application. Find the complete details of these restrictions and information on training at http://agriculture.mo.gov/plants/pesticides/dicamba-facts.php.

Soil testing fees to increase January 1

Effective January 1, 2018 the cost of a regular soil test will increase from $15.00 to $17.50 per sample. This is our first price increase in over 10 years.


It's a great time to join 4-H

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Contact Michelle Klem, 4-H youth development specialist at klemmd@missouri.edu or at 660-665-9866 to learn how to join 4-H. Clover Kids (5 to 7 year olds on 1/1/18) kickoff is October 24, 6 p.m. at the Extension Center.

Missouri Training Institute

Missouri Training Institute offers programs in northeast Missouri For nearly 30 years, the Missouri Training Institute (MTI) has provided training and consulting services to improve business performance and organizational effectiveness for public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. Call Michelle today at 660-665-9866 or klemmd@missouri.edu to find out how MIT can work for you!

Artificial Insemination (AI) breeding barns available

There are AI breeding barns available for rent at three locations in northeast Missouri. For more information on the locations and rental information, see AI Breeding Barns (PDF)

Ag Connection newsletter shares timely information

The Ag Connection newsletter shares timely information on agricultural-related items. Read these articles at http://agebb.missouri.edu/agconnection/.

Fencing and boundary laws

Find helpful resources on Missouri's fencing and boundary laws, visit Missouri fence laws.