Local highlights

Tomato Fest

The Tomato Fest will be held Thursday, September 10th, 2015, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Buchanan County Extension Office. Master Gardeners, Horticulture, and Nutrition Specialists from University of Missouri Extension will be on site to discuss producing, preparing, and preserving tomatoes and will offer taste testing of up to 40 varieties, grown on site. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Buchanan County Extension at 816-279-1691.

Women in Ag Event

The first annual Women in Ag "Home Grown" Event will be at the June Conley Building in Maysville on September 24, 2015. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. for attendees to visit local vendor displays, followed by a Container Gardening Workshop at 6:00. Dinner will be served at 6:30. Well known guest speaker, Andrew McCrea will share stories about the impact of women in agriculture at 7:00. Registration is $8, deadline is September 10. Seating is limited, register early!

Women in Ag Registration Form/Agenda


MU Extension Job Opening, 4-H Youth Program Associate

MU Extension is seeking a applicants for the 4-H Youth Program Associate position, to serve the Buchanan County Area. This position will allow you to assist with the planning, management, and support of the 4-H Development Program. You can find out more about the job description, qualifications, and salary, and apply online at:

If you have questions contact the Buchanan County Office at 816-279-1691.


Buchanan County Area Livestock Show and Sale

The Buchanan County Area Livestock Show and Sale will be held on August 30th, 2015. Please use the pre-registration form below, and submit by August 15th to the Buchanan County Extension Office or to DeWayne Budine.

Registration Form 2015

Buchanan County Area Livestock Show and Sale Catalog

2015 Missouri Century Farm applications now available

The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 as a result of the Missouri Committee for Agriculture that was co-chaired by James B. Boillot, director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Elmer R. Kiehl, dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Missouri. The committee's purpose was to organize the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration in Missouri. One activity that was initiated by the committee was the "Centennial Farm" project, which awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. Interest in the program continued after 1976. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. This program has been sustained as a yearly event with more than 100 farms recognized each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.  Applications are accepted Feb. 1 — May 15, 2015.

2015 Application Form

Private Pesticide Applicators training

Individuals needing to obtain or renew their Private Pesticide Applicator certification for the purchase of restricted use pesticides may come into the Buchanan County Extension office and watch a 2 hour training video. The training is free of charge with the exception of purchasing the Private Pesticide Applicator Training Reference Manual at a cost of $12. Family members can share one manual. Call the Buchanan County Extension office, 816-279-1691, to schedule your certification or renewal.

Test your soil for better lawns and gardens

Avoid excessive fertilizer use, and guard against nutrient loss. A soil test shows exactly how much lime and fertilizer a lawn or garden needs. Science-based, reliable analysis and unbiased recommendations let you escape hit-or-miss gardening and lawn care. Contact the Buchanan County Extension office today to find out how to collect a sample to bring in for analysis. The analysis is done at the University of Missouri Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory in Columbia at a cost of $13.

Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2013

The Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2013 are available now at http://agebb.missouri.edu/mgt/cashrent/index.htm or view the PDF guide.

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