Upcoming programs

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Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

GREAT NEWS! The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Program will be back this FALL! What an awesome way to prepare for a healthy lifestyle. Classes will be held twice a week starting in October. Sign up now and share with a friend that would love to feel strong and healthy.

Direct further questions to Lynda Zimmerman at ZimmermanL@missouri.edu

Fall Master Gardener Program

will be held at the Cole County Extension Center this Fall,  Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. starting Aug. 16 through Thursday, Nov. 1. Payment in advance is required. Interested gardeners can call to pay over the phone or fill out the registration form and drop it off at the extension center.

Cole County Extension Council Fall Festival 

The 42nd annual Fall Festival will be held at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds. More than 150 vendors will be selling crafts, all from mid-Missouri and surrounding states. Please plan to attend. Only $2 and you will support the Cole County Extension Center and these fine home businesses. Flyer | (PDF)

For more information, email kempkerj@missouri.edu or call 573-634-2824

Callaway Master Pollinator Steward Program

An advanced program on pollinators will take place at Prairie Fork Conservation Area, Williamsburg MO From Sep. 4 - Oct. 9. This program will be held on Tuesday's from 4 to 7 p.m. and is hosted by Cole County Extension, Boone Regional Beekeepers and Prairie Fork Conservation Area.

The fee for this six-week program is $90, payable to Cole County Extension Center. Contact Cole County Extension Center to register. Flyer | (PDF)

Rent the Extension Center Conference Room

Cole County Extension has a large conference room that is available for rental. Reservations are accepted based upon availability. Cole County Extension programs take priority. We do not rent on weekends and unable to book further than 3 months in advance. This rooms primary purpose is for education. Alcohol and parties are prohibited. More information can be found on the form or by contacting the extension center at 573-634-2824 or coleco@missouri.edu

Gardening Questions

Do you have a horticulture question that needs answering? We receive more than gardening questions. We also assist with insect questions, lawns, trees and fruit. Email us at coleco@missouri.edu to reach our Hotline. Send digital photos and questions. Someone will reply when they can with an answer or a suggestion.

If you are needing an answer now and can't wait for us to reply, please contact the Springfield MG Hotline at 417-874-2963 or greenemg@missouri.edu

Master Gardeners Meetings

Central Missouri Master Gardeners meet most months at McClung Park on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. except in January and December. Most of these meetings are open to all.

Online Food Preservation Classes

MU Extension is now offering an online Food Preservation course! Learn how to safely preserve food at home from a trusted, research-based source. Learn the methods online, and then practice your skills at a hands-on workshop near you! flyer

Check out this link for more information:

https://extension2.missouri.edu/courses…

Join 4-H

There are several active 4-H Clubs in Cole County. 4-H is about more than plows, sows, and cows. Shooting Sports is the fastest growing project but with so many projects choices everyone can find something to meet their goals. 4-H is open to all youth ages 5-18.

The 4-H year begins October 1. Enrollment is open year-round; however, there are deadlines for being a member-in-good-standing to be eligible for awards, prizes, and fair participation.

Go to our Cole County 4-H Home Page or contact the office at coleco@missouri.edu for more information.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Farmers seeking a Private Pesticide Applicator Training need to call the Cole County Extension Center at 573-634-2824 to set up a time to watch a video. Walk-ins are not accepted. Depending on room availability, it can be scheduled on weekday mornings only. This program is free but the Private Applicator Manual (M87) is required. Manuals are available at the extension center.

To register, call 573-634-2824 or email coleco@missouri.edu 

Testing Pressure Canning Lids

Cole County Extension Center can only test 4 brands of dial pressure canner gages. The fee to test lids are $2 each. Please call in advance to schedule a time between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays.

Lids we test are: Presto; National; Maid of Honor and Magic Seal.
We are unable to test All American

please contact the extension center if you have further questions.

Extension Council Meetings

Cole County Extension Council Meetings are open to all unless otherwise publish for a closed meeting. The council meets on the first Thursday of the month, 5:30 p.m. at Cole County Extension Center. The annual dinner is in February, the location may change and a fee may be assessed for the meal. The September council meeting is a work part at the 4-H Food Stand inside of the Jefferson City Jaycees' Fairgrounds. The September meeting is brief so council members can prepare for the Fall Festival that follows two days later.This date might be on the second Thursday of the month. For more information, contact Cole County Extension.

Missouri Century Farms

The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 as a result of the Missouri Committee for Agriculture that was co-chaired by James B. Boillot, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Elmer R. Kiehl, Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Missouri. The committee's purpose was to organize the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration in Missouri. One activity that was initiated by the committee was the "Centennial Farm" project, which awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. Interest in the program continued after 1976. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. This program has been sustained as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.

Applications are due by May 15, 2018. For more information, visit http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm/apply.aspx 

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