New members elected to MU Extension in Camden County Extension Council 

Congratulations are extended to eight new Council members who were elected to the Camden County University of Missouri Extension Council following elections held county-wide on January 21 through 27, 2019.

New Council members are as follows:

District I:  Kayla Farrell, Kevin McRoberts, Amy Mills, Sandy Nelson, Matt Renkoski and Linda Webster

District II:  Caleb Cunningham

District III:  Chris Twitchel

New Council members will serve a two year term, effective March 1, 2019.

MU Extension aims to extend the education and information resources available through the University of Missouri to members of the local community.  Council members play an important role in this process guiding the direction that programming takes in the county.

The Camden County Extension Council meets the last Tuesday of each month at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, Camdenton.  Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and are open to all.

The MU Extension in Camden County Office has professional staff available to assist you with questions in the fields of agriculture, business development, youth development, health and nutrition, family and human development.  Requests for information can be directed to the MU Extension in Camden County Office, 44 Roofener Street, P O Box 1405, Camdenton, MO  65020 or 573-346-2644 or

Building it from the ground up being offered

This program addresses the needs of landowners looking to improve their property as well as their outputs and profitability over the long run of the agricultural operation.  This program will help those individuals trying to make sound economic decisions about their operations.

Targeting part-time operations or hobby farms, both new and old land owners/operators looking to run up to 50-75 breeding cows, 100 stockers, 50-75 breeding goats and/or sheep, or a small registered livestock operation, on farms ranging from 20-160+ acres.  It is not only about making a living on the farm, but about living on the farm, raising children on the farm and having the rural way of life.  The farm just needs to pay for itself and if it makes a little money along the way....Great!

Pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register for the program, contact the MU Extension in Camden County at 573-346-2644 or email

  • Economics of the Livestock Business.  Market trends, highs and lows, best time to sell at what weight, economics of hay production, etc.  Program will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce Office, 739 West US Highway 54, Camdenton.  Cost is $15 per participant.

Date to be announced:

  • Stockers and Backgrounders.  Selection, feeding, breeeding, nutrition, health concerns and issues, vaccinations, worming, etc.

Weed Control and Pasture Improvement class being held

Weed and brush control should be as important as soil fertility on your farm.  Valuable forages on your farm produce better (more tonnage per acre) when fertilized and managed for production.  However, weeds respond to fertility as well.  If you feed it, it will grow.  The question is just how much weed competition are you willing to live with.  Yes, some weeds cattle will eat, but others they will not and yet others may be poisonous.  Quality forages take management.

The best weed control practices on well managed profitable forage pasture types which crowd out the less desirable plants.  However, if weed competition has a big jump on quality forages help may be needed.

Perennial weeds are the worst to deal with and they will need chemical control. 

Pasture renovation deals with common practices you can use to improve on your current pasture conditions while increasing your stocking rates and profitability.  No, you do not have to totally start over just evaluate where you are and ask yourself where you want to go.

No two farms are identical.  Weather changes and soil factors affect how plants grow.  Some farmers have the advantage of acres suited for a cropping system that could include forage production in the rotation while others don't.  Developing a diverse forage base is one strategy to reduce the effect of variable in a growing season that can have an effect on your available forages and ultimately profitability.  

Topics to be discussed include but are not limited to the following: what kind of plant is it; will my cattle/livestock eat it; will it hurt them if they do; various ways to control weeds other than chemical control; advantages, disadvantages and the feasibility of these options on your farm; and identification of the most common weed problems on the farm and how to best control them with chemicals.

Class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, 739 West US Highway 54, Camdenton.  Cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple (from the same family).  Pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register, contact the MU Extension in Camden County Office, 573-346-2644 or email

Weed Control and Pasture Improvement flyer (PDF)

Keep your keys!

Keep your keys, staying safe on the road is a free course on driving safety.  Topics covered in the course include:  How to stay medically and physically fit to drive, when and how to prepare for driving retirement and tools and resources to help keep you safe while on the road.

This program will be offered at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, March 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Camdenton Senior Center, 594 South Old Route 5, Camdenton
  • Thursday, March 21 at 12:30 p.m. at the Osage Beach Senior Center, 5709A Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach
  • Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Stoutland Senior Centter, 306 South Highway T, Stoutland

For more information, contact Kassie Campbell, RN, at 573-884-6381 or

Management Intensive Grazing School offered

A Management Intensive Grazing School is designed to educate livestock producers about management practices that will maximize returns from forages and livestock.  Management intensive grazing uses a combination of rotational grazing, proper stocking rates, increased watering locations and proper rest periods of available forages.  This workshop will teach the basic methods of planning a grazing system and will consist of both classroom and field work.  The Planned Grazing System is a practice on the state cost-share docket and is to assist landowners in developing a system.  Attending a grazing school is one requirement for that practice.  Information on that practice will be given during the school.

Topics covered are as follows:

  • Farm resources evaluation
  • Soil fertility and landscape ecology
  • Forage quality and plant growth
  • Livestock nutrition
  • Grazier's arithmetic
    • System layout and design
    • Water systems
    • Economics
    • Fencing
  • Extending the grazing season

The Management Intensive Grazing School sponsored by the Camden County Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of Missouri Extension is being offered on Wednesday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Thursday, April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Laclede Electric Cooperative Meeting Room at 370 Old South Highway 5, Camdenton.

The cost of the two day grazing school is $150 per person or $200 per couple from the same farm and sharing materials.  Included in this fee are the resource books, handout materials and lunch and refreshments for both days.  Space is limited to the first 25 paid in full participants.  The registration fee must be paid in full by Monday, April 1.  Checks should be made payable to Camden SWCD.  Registrations can by made by completing the registration form below.  For more information, call the Camden County Soil and Water Conservation District Office at 573-346-5125.

Management Intensive Grazing School brochure/registration form (PDF)

2018 MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report

Check out the flip book version of the MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report.

Soil testing

Soil tests save time and 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 under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment."

Soil testing provides analysis of pH, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, organic matter percent, neutralizable acidity, cation exchange capacity and nutrient requirements.  For information on test results, see MU publication G9112, Interpreting Missouri Soil Test Reports. Regional specialists also can assist you with additional information and recommendations. Soil testing can be done through the extension office. See Services for details.

Soil testing brochure (PDF)
How to take a soil test YouTube video 
Soil testing YouTube video 

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