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Your Farm, Your Business, Your Future

Do you have a succession/estate plan for your farm or small business? If you don’t have a plan, the state of Missouri has one for you, but it may not be what you wish.  Attend an upcoming class to learn how to make your retirement, succession, and estate plan what you want.


University of Missouri Extension is reaching out to counties and communities to help farm families, individuals and businesses with succession, estate and retirement planning. The program, Your Farm, Your Business, Your Future, consists of a three-night workshop to be held on Thursday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on January 11, 18, and 25, 2018. It will be held at the Nodaway County Extension Center, Maryville.  Other locations in Missouri include: Memphis, New London, Trenton, and Centralia.


A team of University of Missouri Extension Specialists with extensive educational experience and technical backgrounds and a Missouri probate judge will be teaching the program. This class is designed to help owners of farms and small businesses to begin creating a plan for transferring a farm or business to the next generation, as well as, addressing the many issues involved with estate and retirement planning. Topics such as: setting goals, assessing a farm’s or business’s strengths and weaknesses, the probate process in Missouri, estate planning tools, calculating retirement needs and much more will be covered.


Pre-registration is required by 4:30 Friday, January 5th. The cost is $110 per individual plus $50 for each additional person from the same business with one set of materials.  The cost includes an educational handbook with case study examples, forms for planning, developing financial statements and recordkeeping. A light dinner is provided each night.


For more information, contact Randa Doty, Agriculture Business Specialist, by calling 660-582-8101 or email at  The Nodaway County Extension office will be closed December 25-January 1 for winter break.  Please feel free to leave a message or contact the office on January 2.  


Please see the attached registration brochure for full details and registration form.  (PDF)


Regional Council Meeting - January 3, 2018

The Northwest Region Extension Council meeting will be held at Hamilton United Methodist Church, 104 W. Samuel, Hamilton, MO, on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m

View the Agenda (PDF)

Nutrition Classes in Maryville - 2018

2018 Healthy Eating Makeover

Are you trying to get healthy for 2018? If so, the kitchen is usually the best place to start. Small changes like healthy substitutions, eating off of smaller plates, and eating more meals at home as a family can yield big results. Join Registered Dietitian and MU Extension Nutrition Specialist, Sarah Wood to learn about how you can incorporate these strategies and many more for healthier cooking and healthier eating in the New Year. Samples of a healthy recipe will be available.

 When: January 3, 2018; 12-1 PM or January 6, 2018; 10-11 AM

Where: Maryville Hy-Vee 2nd Floor Meeting Room

Cost: FREE

 Nutrition for Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the United States. While there are some risk factors that are out of your control (like genetics), there are diet and lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce risk and keep your heart healthy. Join Registered Dietitian and MU Extension Nutrition Specialist, Sarah Wood to learn how you can show your heart some love. Samples of a heart healthy recipe will be available.

 When: February 7, 2018; 12-1 PM or February 10, 2018; 10-11 AM

Where: Maryville Hy-Vee 2nd Floor Meeting Room

Cost: FREE

 Spring Clean Your Diet

Spring is a time of renewal. It’s a time when many people are thinking about getting outside, dusting off the cobwebs, and giving their houses a good cleaning. Why not also take this time to clean up your diet? Join Registered Dietitian and MU Nutrition Extension Specialist, Sarah Wood, and learn how you can make healthier food choices, cut back on processed foods, and enjoy the fresh spring fruits and vegetables available at the market. Samples of a healthy seasonal recipe will be available.

 When: March 7, 2018; 12-1 PM or March 10, 2017; 10-11 AM

Where: Maryville Hy-Vee 2nd Floor Meeting Room

Cost: FREE

For more information Contact Sarah Wood at the Buchanan County Extension Center 816-279-1691

Stay Strong Stay Healthy in Maryville - Starting January 18, 2018


Healthier You in 2018

Many people start the New Year with the best of intentions, determined to lose weight, get in shape, and eat healthier only to give up on those goals by Valentine’s Day. Change is hard, and it’s even harder going it alone. Get the information and support to help you reach your goals this year with this 8-week course led by registered dietitian and MU Extension Nutrition Specialist, Sarah Wood. Each week, we will discuss topics that will help you on your healthy living journey. Topics include: 

  • Nutrition and macronutrient needs
  • Strategies for success
  • Dispelling diet and fitness myths
  • Emotional eating and improving your relationship with food
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Health at every size 

Class Information: 

When:  Mondays at 8:30-9:30 AM   OR    5:30-6:30 PM, beginning January 22, 2018

Where:  Northwest Technical School; 1515 South Munn, Maryville, MO

Cost:  Only $10 for the entire 8 week series! 

Call 660-582-8311 to sign up today!


Missouri Steer Feedout 2017-18

See how your calves perform in the feedlot and on the rail by participating in the Missouri Steer Feedout. You can enroll as few as five head, with no maximum.  Refer to the brochure (PDF) for more details.

Dicamba damaged soybeans

By Andy Luke, Regional Agronomy Specialist

Are you questioning if you have soybean damage from dicamba?  Here is a Q & A's guide and pictures showing dicamba damage, Dicamba damage soybeans: What to know (PDF).

Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2016


The Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2016 are available from University of Missouri Extension 2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri or view the PDF guide.  

Is your family prepared for an emergency disaster?

Now is the time of year to make sure your safe room at home is ready. Update your supply of food, water, personal care items like medicine & glasses, first aid kit, and flashlights with fresh batteries. Also, include a change of clothing for each family member and sturdy shoes. Keep your cell phones charged and use only one at a time in order to have extended texting abilities in case power is lost. Click the link for a complete list of items to include in your Disaster Supplies Kit.


For other information concerning emergencies and disasters, go to MU Extension Emergency management website.

Agronomy News

You can read the latest agronomy news in the Northwest Region by going to Agronomy Newsletter.

Fencing and boundary laws

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws provides general information for landowners. 

Websites offer free climate data

Farmers have a new set of free tools to help them make crop decisions.

Ray Massey, MU Extension agricultural economist, and Pat Guinan, climatologist for MU Extension Commercial Agriculture, are collaborating with participants across the nation to make information easily available.

The websites are important because access to historical climate data helps farm operations that depend on favorable temperatures and precipitation patterns, Massey says. He and Guinan recently presented the information at MU’s Crop Management Conference in Columbia. Find addresses and explore details on more than a dozen climate-oriented websites.

St. Joseph Weather Station — Real time

MU Extension in the Northwest Region is on Facebook. Look at what's going on and programs that are offered.

Northwest region Regional Office
706 S. Woodbine Rd., Ste A
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816-279-6064
Fax: 816-279-0096
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