Employment Opportunity

Position for 4-H Youth Development Program Assistant is open in Butler County.

For a complete job description and to apply please go to http://extension.missouri.edu/about/jobs.aspx

MU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Twilight tours

Experience Horticulture in Southeast Missouri.  Twilight tours offer an opportunity to visit diverse horticulture enterprises and ask questions of growers or farmers on sight.  Tours are open to all.  Tours are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a fee of $5.00.  Pre-registration is required.

October 11, 2017   Experience Hamra Farms - Hydroponic lettuce


Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

October 18, 2017 from 8:00am – 5:30pm CDT

University of Missouri Extension Center, 614 Lindsay Ave., Suite 3, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901

Hosted by the Produce Safety Alliance, University of Missouri Extension, and Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Who Should Attend?

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety.  The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in §112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

Key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module.  There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

Some costs are set including the PSA Grower Training Manual ($50), the Association of Food and Drug Officials certificate of course completion ($35), lunch ($15) and speakers (~$100).  This workshop is being supported by a Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block grant so the total cost for participants will be only $50.  Call the University of Missouri Extension Center to register at 573-686-8064 or print the registration PDF form and bring it/mail it to the University of Missouri Extension Center, 614 Lindsay Ave., Suite 3, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.

Participants from farms looking to meet the conditions of the FSMA Produce Rule will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Course Attendance from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have attended the PSA Grower Training Course. The certificate is issued to the individual who attends the course as evidence of completion and does not stay with the farm/organization.  Participants must be in attendance for the entire course to receive the certificate.  There are a limited number of seats available for this training. Once the course has been filled, registration will close. Check the PSA website for more information about additional training courses.


Boost Your Brain

An opportunity to boost your brain health will begin October 16, 2018 and meet each Monday from Noon until 1:00 pm at the University of Missouri Extension Center.

Our aim is to help participants implement new habits to maintain cognitive health while also practicing new skills for better memory performance.   The class uses a whole-person approach that helps you form new habits to live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention and regulate your emotions. Each participant will receive a workbook including memory exercises, tips on nutrition and exercise, and summaries of evidence-based research on brain health.

 Bring your lunch and learn during these 8 sessions.  The cost for all sessions and material is $35.00.  To register for this class print the registration form and bring it to the University of Missouri Extension Center or call 573-686-8064.


Ag Expo

Ag Expo 2018 will be held on January 19 and 20, 2018.  The theme will be "Around the Farm"  If you are interested in sponsoring a booth for your company print out the Booth Registration Form and send it with a check to University of Missouri Extension Center, 614 Lindsay Ave., Suite 3, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.  For a layout of available booths click here.


Flood Resources

MU Extension Flood Resources
MP904, Resources for Your Flooded Home
Rehabbing Flooded Houses: A Guide for Builders and Contractors
MU Extension publication GH5928, How to Prevent and Remove Mildew
Humidity gauge source list (PDF) — University of Missouri Extension
Mold removal from hard surfaces (PDF) — University of Missouri Extension
Odor neutralizers (PDF) — University of Missouri Extension
Mildew removal from siding (PDF) — University of Missouri Extension
Mold control resources
Understanding the Effects of Flooding on Trees
Flooding Q & A (while not all of these questions are germane to spring-time flooding, there are several good bits of advice that apply to the current situation)
Design Storm Alert System (tracks accumulated precipitation and helps with managing stored manure or domestic wastewater)
MoDOT road travel conditions
Extension Flood Resources
Flood Recovery for Cropland
Frequently Asked Questions About Handling Flooded Produce
Guidance for Industry: Evaluating the Safety of Flood-affected Food Crops for Human Consumption
Pesticide Applicator Training
A grower can currently obtain a Private Applicator License by scheduling training through the Butler County Extension Center 573-686-8064.  Training is done from 9:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and requires three hours.


Regional newsletters

Missouri Ag News (PDF)

The Garden Spade (PDF)


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