Take the opportunity to vote - MU Extension in Camden County Extension Council elections January 21-27, 2019

Residents of Camden County (18 years and older) are urged to vote in the MU Extension in Camden County Extension Council elections that are taking place on January 21 through 27, 2019.  Extension Council Chair, Larry Bennett, said eight county residents will be elected to fill this year's vacancies in Districts I, II and III.  The nominees are as follows:

District I:  (Horshoe Bend, Osage Beach, Linn Creek, Camdenton, Sunrise Beach, Wilsons Bend, Decaturville, Ha Ha Tonka and Sunny Slope) - 6 positions open - all for two year terms:

  • Kayla Farrell
  • Kevin McRoberts
  • Amy Mills
  • Sandy Nelson
  • Matt Renkoski
  • Linda Webster

District II:  (Barnumton, Climax Springs, Greenview, Branch, Macks Creek and Roach) - 1 position open - two year term:

  • Caleb Cunningham

District III:  (Freedom, Toronto, Hill House, Montreal and Stoutland) - 1 position open - two year term:

  • Donna Owen
  • Chris Twitchel

Votes can be cast online at www.extension.missouri.edu/camden/ - click on "Council Elections".  The link will become active at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, January 21st.  Background information on each of the candidates is posted online also.  County residents who don't have access to a computer at home can vote at any of the Camden County branch libraries or at the Camden County Extension Office in Camdenton. 

MU Extension offers educational programs in such categories as agriculture, food and nutrition, human development, business and industry, community economic development and youth development, along with various continuing education courses, workshops, printed and online information

County residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to vote for the local MU Extension Council members in the district in which you reside, and in doing so take an active role in enhancing the continuing education opportunities provided in Camden County.

For additional information, contact the MU Extension in Camden County Office, 573-346-2644 or camdenco@missouri.edu. 

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!

Individuals wanting to attend any of the programs may do so for $15 per session.  Classes will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  For more information or to register for the program, contact the MU Extension in Camden County at 573-346-2644 or email camdenco@missouri.edu.

Sessions include:

  • Equipment Needed on the Farm.  Holding pens, working facilities, hay feeding, hay storage facilities, fencing, waterers, shade, etc.  Class will be held on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 at the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dates to be announced:

  • Sheep and Goat Production.  Selection, feeding, breeding, nutrition, vaccinations, worming, facilities, lambing, kidding, marketing, etc.
  • Economics of the Livestock Business.  Market trends, highs and lows, best time to sell at what weight, economics of hay production, etc.

Estate, Succession and Retirement program scheduled for January

Do you have a plan to pass on your farm or business?  With the average age of farmers in Missouri at 58 and 70% of baby boomers retiring by 2020, a lot of wealth will be transferring hands.  Be prepared for this transition by planning how your assets will be passed on.

University of Missouri Extension is reaching out to communities to help farm families, individuals and businesses with succession, estate and retirement planning.  The program is called Your Farm, Your Business, Your Future and consists of three night workshops being held on  Jan 17, Jan 24 and Jan 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings.  If there should be winter weather problems, the calss will be extended one week and meet Feb 7, 2019.  Classes will be held at Richland School, 714 East Jefferson Avenue, Richland, MO  65556.

A team of MU Extension Specialists with extensive educational experience and technical backgrounds, including a certified financial planner and a Missouri probate judge, will be teaching the program.  This class is designed to help owners of farms and small businesses begin creating a plan for transferring a farm or business to the next generation, as well as, addressing the many issues involved with planning your estate transition.  Topics such as setting goals, assessing a farm or business's strengths and weaknesses, the probate process in Missouri, estate planning tools, calculating retirement needs and more will be covered.

Pre-registration is required by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan 11.  The cost is $110 per individual plus $50 for each additional person from the same business with one set of materials.  Participants may also register for a single workshop.  The cost is $45 for an individual and $20 for each additional person from the same family or farm.  The cost includes materials that cover case study examples, forms for planning, developing financial statements and recordkeeping.  A light dinner is provided each night.  Make checks payable to University of Missouri Extension.

For more information or to register, contact Patricia Barrett, Agriculture Business Specialist, by calling 573-369-2394 or by email at barrettpr@missouri.edu.

Estate, Succession and Retirement Planning brochure (PDF)

Pesticide applicator training scheduled

Farmers and ranchers who use restricted use pesticides in their operations need to have a license to purchase those products.  For producers whose license has expired or is expiring in 2019 or for those needing a license for the first time, a Private Pesticide Applicator Training (PPAT) session has been scheduled in Camdenton.

Terry Halleran, Extension Agronomy Specialist, will be conducting an evening class at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, 739 West US Highway 54, Camdenton on Monday, January 28, 2019 starting at 6 p.m.  The class will last approximately two hours.  Due to the new regulations, this training will not qualify you for the use of Dicamba.  You must attend one of the statewide training sessions specific to Dicamba.

There is a requirement that producers must have the M87 "Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual" in their possession for the class.  Producers who have a copy of the manual can bring it to the class and they will not need to purchase a new one.  Others will need to purchase the $12 manual at the class prior to the class at the extension office.

The MU Extension in Camden County Office is located at 44 Roofener Street, Camdenton.  Call 573-346-2644 or email camdenco@missouri.edu to register for the class or if you have questions about this training class.  

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 24 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)

New MU app helps identify herbicide injury

MU Extension introduced a new mobile app to identify herbicide injury at its annual Pest Management Field Day on July 10, 2018.  MU Extension weed specialist Mandy Bish says Herbicide Injury ID lets users send photos of injured plants to MU Extension for preliminary diagnosis and feedback.  Users can also scroll through a library of more than 200 photos to look for similar types of damage.  When the app launches, users can choose from four options:  diagnose injury, search by herbicide, view sites of action or send photos and detailed description to MU for diagnosis.  

Bish says the app is not limited to corn and soybeans.  I includes photos of some ornamentals, cucurbits, tomatoes and trees.  It will continue to be expanded.

Download the Herbicide Injury ID app from the Apple App Store or Google Play on any mobile device.  

2018 MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report

Check out the flip book version of the MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report.  https://www.flipsnack.com/meinkekroll/2018-mu-extension-camden-county-annual-report.html

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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