Meet the Candidate Forum

Join us for two candidate forums for the upcoming Primary election on Tuesday, July 31 for State Representative and State Senator and Thursday, Aug 2 for the Camden County Races. Both forums will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Camdenton High School, RC Worthan Auditorum.  The evening will provide an opportunity for candidates to meet the voters and to participate in an informative, facilitated question and answer session.  Forum moderators are Dr. Marvin Schulteis, Columbia College Professor and Jim Pasley, Columbia College Professor.

The candidates invited to the Tuesday, July 31 forum are as follows:  State Senator District 16 - Justin Dan Brown, Ryan Dillon, Diane Franklin and Keith Frederick; State Representative District 123 - Suzie Pollock, Wes Powell, Joe Register, Nathan Williams, and Thomas Wyatt; State Representative District 124 - Steve Dakopolos and Rocky Miller.

The candidates invited to the Thursday, Aug 2 forum are as follows:  Presiding Commissioner - Shari Gaddy, Greg Hasty, Marshall Peterson and James ReRicha; County Clerk - Ernest Calvert, James O'Brien and Rowland Todd; Circuit Clerk - Joanne Bodziony, Jo McElwee and Melissa Mackay; Recorder - Bernie Mowinski and Donnie Snelling.

This event is sponsored by the Lake Sun, MU Extension in Camden County and the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Meet the Candidate Forum flyer (PDF)

The 2018 Missouri Survey

The second Missouri Rural Survey is currently underway.  It's purpose is to solicit input from Missouri residents, business owners and elected officials on the issues they believe are important in sustaining local communities and building a strong local economy.  The survey is jointly sponsored by the Missouri Rural Development Partners, Missouri Department of Economic Development's Office of Rural Development, MU Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) and MU Extension.  The results will be used by each agency to help guide their programming so they can better address challenges facing Missouri's rural communities.  

The link to the survey: 01k9fYMwumdUiN

The 2017 survey report can be found here:  The Missouri Survey 2017.

If you have questions or would like a paper copy of the 2018 survey, please contact your local Extension Office at 573-346-2644 or by email at

Beekeeping 101 classes 

Beekeeping 101 classes sponsored by Fitz's H Bar H Ranch will start on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.  The instructor is Terry Fitzgerald, who holds two degrees in Beekeeping from the Montana State University.  Terry is currently the President of the Pomme De Terre Bee Club and is a commercial beekeeper with many years of beekeeping experience.  

Classes will meet for four weeks on Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Oct. 3, 2018 in the lower level of the Bank of Versailles in Greenview.  One book will be provided with additional books available.  Cost is $40 per person (spouses only attend free).  Topics to be covered include: anatomy, splits, a day in a bee's life and many more.

Class size is limited and you must be preregistered and prepaid to attend.  To register, go to Jack's Sporting Goods, 1289 East US Highway 54, Camdenton.  For more information, contact Terry Fitzgerald, 573-345-3167 or 573-836-6720 or or  Website is

Terry's Beekeeping Academy flyer (PDF)

Land Grant Compact will provide access to Missouri residents

This news release is from the MU News Bureau on Aug. 24, 2017.   Contact Liz McCune, MU News Bureau, (573) 882-6212,, for additional information.                                                             

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Today, University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Pelema Morrice signed the Missouri Land Grant Compact, which will expand higher education access and affordability at MU for Missouri residents for generations to come.

As part of the compact, MU will offer the Missouri Land Grant and Missouri Land Grant Honors for Missouri residents. The Missouri Land Grant will cover all tuition and fees for all Pell-eligible Missouri residents who qualify for admission to MU. Missouri Land Grant Honors will meet 100 percent of unmet financial need, including tuition, fees, books and room and board, for Pell-eligible students enrolled in the Honors College.

The compact means that thousands of Mizzou students will be able to attend the university tuition-free. Based on current enrollment, it is expected that more than 3,500 MU students from Missouri will qualify for the grants annually.

“As the founders of this university did nearly 180 years ago, today we are reaffirming our pledge to provide access to higher education with the belief that an educated citizenry is the key to advancing the state of Missouri, our nation and world,” said Cartwright, who began his role as chancellor earlier this month. “It is a tremendous honor as chancellor to sign this historic compact and invest in attracting the state’s best and brightest.”

The grants are an homage to MU’s status as a land-grant university. The first public university west of the Mississippi River, MU was awarded land-grant status in 1870 through the Morrill Act. The act was intended to provide a broad segment of the population with practical education that has direct relevance to their daily lives.

Morrice said the grants will play an important role in attracting Missouri’s top talent who are heavily recruited by universities outside the state.

“We already know that the Pell Grant program is transformational for our students and opens pathways for many to attend MU who couldn’t otherwise,” Morrice said. “These grants are intended to build on the Pell program and create competitive financial awards for all Missouri residents who qualify.”

Most federal Pell Grants are awarded to students whose families make less than $30,000 annually. Pell Grants usually provide a maximum of $6,000 in higher education assistance annually, leaving significant gaps for some individuals and their families.

Mizzou invests about $12 million per year on need-based financial aid to promote access and affordability in higher education. MU students graduate, on average, with $8,000 less in student debt than the national average.

“Keeping higher education affordable and addressing student debt has been a focus at Mizzou for many years,” said Nick Prewett, executive director of the Office of Student Financial Aid. “We have a strong commitment to help students identify the financial resources necessary to fund a Mizzou education, resulting in students graduating with the least amount of debt. This helps put them on a great path as they begin their careers.”

The Missouri Land Grants will be available to students beginning in fall 2018. They are open to incoming freshmen as well as continuing and transfer students.

Missouri Land Grant Q&A (PDF)
Mizzou Missouri Land Grant Compact flyer (PDF)

2017 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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