Ag Lenders Seminar on 12-5-19 in Mt. Vernon.  This seminar will focus on key issues affecting your agricultural lending decisions.  No one has all the answers, but this seminar presents an opportunity to discuss and learn about current trends.  Commodity prices, government policies, the changing structure of agriculture, environmental concerns, and international trade all affect the success of your clients.  Like many facets of business, farm finance is becoming more complex and evaluating farm loan requests requires increased knowledge.  The registration fee of $50.00 includes the Missouri Farm Financial Outlook 2019 book and lunch.  Registration deadline is November 29th.  For more information, contact Jennifer Lutes at or 417-223-4775.  Ag Lenders flier (PDF)

Industrial Hemp Workshop on Saturday Nov. 16, 2019 in Warrenton.  This MU Extension Hemp Workshop will cover a wide variety of topics related to the emerging hemp industry in Missouri.  Presenters include MU Extension Field Specialists and Economists, CBD-Hemp growers and processors, Missouri Department of Agriculture, and the Missouri Hemp Trade Association.  The cost is $55.00 per person with lunch on your own.  For more information, contact Warren County MU Extension Center at 636-456-3444. Industrial Hemp Workshop flier (PDF)   


Dade County Extension Council Nominations Needed  Nominations are being accepted for the January 2020 election of the Dade County University of Missouri Extension Council members, according to Council Chairman, Wayne Bruffey.   Council members are elected or appointed to two-year terms and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Nominees must be at least 18 and must reside in the district from which they are selected. Nominations must be made prior to December 1, 2019.   "We want nominees who are interested in education and the progress of our community," Wayne said. "The resources of the University of Missouri System and Lincoln University are available to us. We need active council members to help plan educational programs and to work with University of Missouri Extension specialists."   Nominations may be made through the council chairman or the county extension center. Nominees will be contacted to secure their permission to place their names on the January 2020 ballot.   University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs in categories such as agriculture, home economics, business and industry, community development, youth development (4-H) and various continuing education courses, seminars and workshops.  Consent to be Nominated Form (PDF)



Seedling Order Form 2019-2020 located at

Advancing Animal Disease Traceability: A Plan to Achieve Electronic Identification in Cattle and Bison  -  Animal disease traceability helps animal health officials know where diseased and at-risk animals are, where they been and when.  This information is essential during a disease outbreak.  USDA is currently working to strengthen its traceability system to protect the long-term health, marketability and economic viability of the U.S. livestock industry.  Achieving this goal is only possible through continued federal, state and industry collaboration.  USDA is committed to keeping our partners informed about our plans and progress as we work together to build the traceability system.  While there are several steps USDA needs to take in order to strengthen its traceability system, the most essential one is to move from metal identification tags to electronic identification tags in beef and dairy cattle, as well as in bison.  The electronic tags use radio frequency identification (RFID), which speeds information capture and sharing.  Electronic Identification in Cattle and Bison (PDF).  For more information or if you have additional questions, please email:    

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. The cost is $20 per sample and results are typically provided within two weeks.  Pasture (PDF) , Lawn (PDF) , Hayfield/Row Crops (PDF) 

Other Popular MU Extension Publications

2015 Pest Management Guide (PDF)

2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri (PDF)

2018 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri (PDF)

Vegetable Planting Calendar (PDF)