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February 4-H Newsletter is posted on the 4-H Page. Lots of interesting and informative articles to read!

New Herbicide Products

"Growers have the opportunity to use new technology in weed management this year," says Wayne Flanary, Regional Agronomist. "However, growers shod be aware that they should follow the supplemental labels of Xtendimax with VaporGrip and Engenia. The federal labels do not contain the specific guidelines for using these products, whereas, the supplemental labels contain the information for use on soybeans. Dr. Kevin Bradley, MU State Weed Scientist will be in Maryville, Thursday, March 2 to provide training on the use of this technology. The meeting is titled "Preparing for the Xtend Trait in 2017: Lesson Learned and Where do we go from here." Flyer with more information can be found here.

Women in Small Farms

Women always played a large part in agriculture, and the trend is coming back! Clay County Extension is sponsoring "Women In Small Farms", a program designed to provide women involved in the operation of a small farm (less than 100 acres) with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make informed management decisions regarding their business operation. You can also meet and network with other women involved in agriculture. The 4-session class will be held Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 6-9 p.m. at the Clay County Extension office, 1901 NE 48th Street, Kansas City, Mo. Nathanial Cahill, University of Missouri Agricultural Business Specialist, will teach the class. The fee is $60 and covers all course materials and refreshments. Register by calling the Clay County Extension office at (816) 407-3490.  PRINT FLYER. For more information about course content or special accommodations, contact Nathanial Cahill at (660) 747-3193 or cahilln@missouri.edu.

Missouri Century Farms

The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and the Missouri Farm Bureau jointly sponsor the Missouri Century Farms program. Local MU Extension Councils help with sponsorship by publicizing the program, collecting and certifying nominations, and arranging for local recognition. Extension Publications, part of the office of Extension and Agricultural Information, coordinates the program.   Applications are available from February 1 through May 15 from the MU Extension office in your county or from University of Missouri–Century Farms, Extension Publications, . A fee of $55 (if you apply by May 1) is required to cover processing costs, one certificate, a booklet and one two-sided metal sign (includes MU and Missouri Farm Bureau logos) for each approved farm. Send a completed application (found here), order form and a check made payable to University of Missouri–Century Farms for the total amount on your order form. Return completed applications to University of Missouri–Century Farms, Extension Publications, 2800 Maguire Blvd. Room E1, Columbia, MO 65211, or to the MU Extension office in the county where your farm is located. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-292-0969 or email extpubs@missouri.edu. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2017. Late applications cannot be accepted.    

For a replacement sign click here and fill out the application.

Free Tax Preparation

This program offers a gateway to financial education through taxpayer assistance. MoTax offers preparation of federal and state tax returns to families and uses this opportunity to emphasize the importance of financial planning management. Income restriction apply. For more information Click Here 

For information on preparing your taxes independently www.myfreetaxes.com can be of assistance to you

Master Gardeners answer questions

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City are available to answer your questions on lawn, flowers, trees, and gardening. Call 816-833-8733 (TREE) or email your question to mggkc.hotline@gmail.com.   

Check Out the Seasonal and Simple App

Seasonal and simple is a guide to help you find, select, store, and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes use simple preparations and seasonings, so you can taste the goodness of a fruit or vegetable at the peak of its flavor. The great variety of colors, flavors and textures of fruits and vegetables makes eating them a pleasure.


A Matter of Balance

This is an eight week, two-hour session program taught by University of Missouri Extension Specialists. The sessions help participants learn how to view falls and the fear of falling as something controllable. For complete information click here.

Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information. http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/mapregions/UrbanWest.htm

Saving Energy, Saving Money with Free Energy Products for Your Home

As a resident of Clay, Platte, or Jackson County, you are invited to a forthcoming workshop to focus on energy management strategies that can lead to monthly utility cost savings.  Each workshop participant will receive a free kit of energy saving products that can be used in their home to reduce energy loss. Each kit is estimated to be worth approximately $50.00.  During the workshop the products will be explained in detail as to how to best use them.  For example, the kits will include two energy efficient light bulbs that can easily replace more energy wasting lamps.  One of the questions consumers often ask is the anticipated energy savings of incandescent lamps versus compact fluorescent, and LED bulbs? This workshop will answer those questions and more. 

Our energy bills can be a large monthly expense.  Often a significant portion of that energy is wasted due to excessive infiltration, inadequate insulation, and poor product choices.  The good news is there are many strategies that can be implemented inside and outside a home to improve energy efficiency.  Learn more about your options to save home energy and reduce monthly utility costs.  For details on forthcoming workshops contact  Urban West Region Housing and Environmental Design Specialist at 816-482-5850. 

Northland Grandfamilies

Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren?  Based on the most recent census data, over 4,000 grandparents in the Northland are living with grandchildren under the age of 18.

If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children get information and more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program.  View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates.