State Fair Farm Family for Dade County

Brian and Sarah Worthington and family of Dadeville were among the families honored during the 59th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair.  The Worthington family was selected as the Dade County Missouri Farm Family by the Dade County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Brian, Sarah, Tate and Boone.  Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture, and/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.  One hundred twelve of Missouri’s 114 counties were represented this year, with two counties still dealing with the aftermath of the recent flooding in southern Missouri.

The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of the state. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities, and are active participants in local outreach and extension,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”

Using Social Media in a Disaster

A unique publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. Information and provided guidelines in this updated 30-page publication grew out of the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton had building a Facebook community following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornado. Using Social Media in a Disaster.pdf

Don't guess....Soil test!

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks. 

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers of agricultural commodities, 18 years or older, wishing to renew or receive their private pesticide applicator’s license in order to buy and apply restricted use chemicals on their own land, as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification.     License holders need to renew their license every 5 years to continue to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides on their own land.  Call 417-637-2112 to schedule an appointment on Monday or Wednesday’s at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm.

Other Popular MU Extension Publications

2015 Pest Management Guide (PDF)

Pasture Weed and Brush Control Guide (PDF)

2016 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri (PDF)

2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri (PDF)

Vegetable Planting Calendar (PDF)