Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Private Pesticide Applicator Training will be offered on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at the University of Missouri Greenley Memorial Research Center, located East of Novelty on 156. More training options may be available in other nearby counties, search for more private pesticide applicator trainings online at The training session will last approximately 2 hours. In order to obtain or renew private pesticide applicator certification each individual must attend one training session and each farm must already own or purchase a Private Pesticide Applicator Training Manual. Individuals already in possession of a training manual may bring it to the training session to renew their license for free. For individuals needing to purchase a manual cash or check will be the only accepted methods of payment. Farmers and landowners are required to hold a Private Pesticide Applicator certificate in order to purchase, apply, or supervise the application of restricted use pesticides for the purpose of producing any agricultural commodity. Individuals unable to attend one training session may contact the University of Missouri Extension Knox County office to schedule a time to watch a three-hour training video and purchase the training manual to receive certification. For more information, or to check the status of a training if winter weather occurs, contact the University of Missouri Extension Knox County office at (660) 397-2179 or Max Glover at (573) 633-2640. University of Missouri Extension is an equal opportunity/ADA institution.


       2017 Knox County Extension Annual Report

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         Dr. Karisha Devlin Announced

             Interim Regional Director


   It was recently announced by Mark Stewart, MU Extension Director of Off-Campus Operations for Extension and Engagement, that Dr. Karisha Devlin, has been named Interim Regional Director for the Northeast Region.

   This past May, Devlin received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri. She is the Knox County Program Director and serves as Ag-Business Specialist for Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Ralls and Shelby counties.

   Devlin’s first day as Interim Regional Director was Friday, October 20, 2017. She will hold the position until the University of Missouri Extension hires someone as Regional Director, at which time she will resume her duties in Knox and surrounding counties.

   Devlin has been with MU Extension since 2002, and has been headquartered in Knox County for the past 10 years. Karisha and her husband, Dan, reside on a farm with their two children, Jason and Kate.


Photo by Echo Menges, The Edina Sentinel

Knox County 4-H Pavilion wins a Grinnell Mutual Fairground Facelift grant

The Knox County 4-H Pavilion in Edina, Mo. was named one of five grant winners in Grinnell Mutual’s Fairground Facelift project. The fairground won $1,000 for a safety improvement project in their barn.

“On behalf of the Knox County 4-H Council, I would like to express our thanks to Grinnell Mutual for awarding these grants,” said Crystal Karhoff, Knox County Youth Program Assistant. “We are fortunate to live in a place where we have the overwhelming support of our community. Our first priority in the list of improvements we would like to make is to replace the rotting support posts of the 4-H Pavilion for the safety of our youth.” The Council heard about the contest through their local Grinnell Mutual agent, Hawkins Insurance Group.

Grinnell Mutual received 80 project submissions from 12 states. Facebook users then cast more than 27,000 votes for their favorite projects among the 15 finalists. The five winning recipients shared a total of $7,000 worth of grants and were chosen based on the number of votes received.

We are pleased by the response to this year’s contest,” said Director of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker. “We received an excellent array of project submissions and narrowing them down to our 15 finalists was difficult. The record number of votes cast show how overwhelmingly people support their local fairgrounds. Grinnell Mutual is proud to assist each of the winning projects with these grants.”

About Grinnell Mutual

Grinnell Mutual, in business since 1909, is the 109th-largest property casualty insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America. The company provides reinsurance for farm mutual insurance companies as well as property and casualty insurance. Its products are available in 15 states.