Upcoming Events:

Medicare Boot Camp

Who Should Attend: Persons nearing age 65 who are eligible for Medicare. Persons approaching Medicare eligibility due to a disability. Persons with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Caregivers. Individuals working with Medicare beneficiaries. The session will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Phelps County Courthouse, Multipurpose Room, 200 N Main Street, Rolla, MO 65401. Flyer (PDF)

Don't Let Your Business Get Hacked Seminar

A seminar for small business owners about what they should know and do to lessen the risk of their business being hacked or compromised by a cyber security incident is being co-sponsored by the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) and the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce. Flyer (PDF)

Missouri Master Naturalist Core Course

The Meramec Hills Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists is offering their ninth initial training course on Wednesday evenings beginning with an orientation evening June 14 from 6 to 8 pm at the Department of Naturalist Resources in Rolla. The orientation is an overview at which you determine whether this program is a fit for you. If you decide to join, classes begin July 26 and run from 6 to 9 pm for 12 weeks. Four Saturday field sessions are included. Flyer (PDF) | Application (PDF)

Keep Your Keys?

The effects of driving as we age. FREE course on driving safety. This course will educate drivers 55+ on how to stay medically and physically fit to drive, as well as provide resources to help you plan for driving retirement. Flyer (PDF)

Time to get the pressure gauge on your canner checked

When you plant your garden, it’s so easy to imagine all of the great-tasting, healthy food that will come from those tiny seeds and plants. You may be one of the people that grow not only enough to eat during the summer but extra so it can be preserved for cold winter nights. Now is a great time to make sure your canning gear is ready for production when your garden starts producing more than you can eat.

The dial gauge on your canner should be tested every year to assure it is processing foods at the correct temperature. The dial gauge registers the pressure in the canner. The pressure is an indicator of the temperature of the inside of the canner. It is important for low acid foods to be processed at 240 degrees Fahrenheit to destroy the spores of Clostridium Botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism.

Phelps County University of Missouri Extension can check your pressure gauge in just a few minutes. This service is provided for a fee of $1.

If you are looking for information on how to preserve your fresh vegetables, University of Missouri Extension has up to date information on how to safely can foods. You can download them at http://extension.missouri.edu/explore/hesguide/foodnut. The Quality for Keeps series is all about home food preservation.  

Soil Testing

Don’t guess. 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 can be done through the extension office. The cost is $15 per sample and mailed to the lab every Friday with a turn around time of about two weeks. Soil testing publications

Soil Sampling Questions and Answers (PDF)

Resources for Your Flooded Home

Cleaning up after a flood takes special care. To help with your flood response and recovery, download MU Extension Publication MP904,  Resources for Your Flooded Home (PDF). This guide covers a variety of flood cleanup topics. Other flood related resources can be found here.

What is an Extension Center? Brochure (PDF)

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