Vote in the Upcoming Miller County Extension Council Election Jan. 15 - Jan. 20, 2018


The slate of candidates for the 2018-19 Extension Council of Miller County is:  From the South of the River District, Daniel Graham, Judy Graham, Jim Humphrey, Sawyer Rush, and Shawn Whittle. For the North of the River District, three candidates will be on the ballot for three open positions.  Mike Kriegshauser, Susan Kriegshauser and Wilma Naylor are candidates.  The election will be open for on-line voting from January 15th through January 19th at – look for the Council Election - Voting Open tab. 

Ballot boxes will be located at Miller County Extension office at 134 Second Street, Tuscumbia from Jan 16 - Jan 19 8:00 – 4:00. 

In person balloting will be held on Saturday morning January 20, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Orcheln's in Eldon, Town and Country Market in Iberia, and Mary's Home Bank (Bank of St. Elizabeth) in Mary's Home


Understanding the ABCs of USDA Program

Free Workshop for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (PDF)

“Understanding the ABCs of USDA” workshop for beginning farmers and ranchers will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday January 24th at the Eldon Community Center, 309 East 2nd St. Eldon, MO. A session designed for military veterans will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Representatives of Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rural Development, MU Extension, and Missouri AgrAbility Project will provide information on how to access their agency’s services. A free lunch is served. Register by January 22nd.  Please contact Patricia Barrett at 573-369-2394 or You may also register at the MU Extension Center in Miller County, 134 Second St., P.O. Box 20, Tuscumbia, MO 65082.  

Business Hours are changing

Effective November 1, 2017, University of Missouri Extension of Miller County will change its office hours.We will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We are closed from 12:00 to 12:30 for lunch. The office is closed on Friday.

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Joining 4-H is easy

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Contact Miller County Extension at or at 573-369-2394.

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Don’t guess; soil tests save time, 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 can be done through the extension office. Soil tests cost $17.50 per sample . Six or more tests are $15.00 per sample. Make sure your soil is dry when you bring it in. A soil probe and an auger can be checked out from the extension office. There is a $50 deposit on the soil probe. Soil testing publications

Private pesticide training

Two dates are available for Private Pesticide Application Training.  Monday, January 22nd from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Tuscumbia MU Extension office at 134 Second Street, Tuscumbia, and Saturday February 10th from 1pm - 4 pm. Please call 573-369 2394 to register to attend this free training activity. You must have a Private Pesticide Applicator Manual with you. The extension office has manuals available for purchase for $12 each. 

If you need to be certified or recertified, call the extension office to schedule a time to view the video. Individuals are required to have a Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual. Bring your copy for verification or purchase one for $12 at the extension office.