Resources for Your Flooded Home

Cleaning up after a flood takes special care. To help with your flood response and recovery, download MU Extension Publication MP904,  Resources for Your Flooded Home (PDF). This guide covers a variety of flood cleanup topics. Other flood related resources can be found here.

Upcoming Events:

Phelps County Quarterly Calendar of Events - 4th Quarter

QuickBooks Classes Being Offered This Fall

Businesses who want to learn QuickBooks have several opportunities to take a class this fall through a program offered by the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri Chamber Foundation and Rolla Technical Institute (RTI). Classes are taught by a certified Quick Books instructor.

All classes will be held at RTI, 1304 E 10th Street, Rolla. Class time for each class is from 9 am - 4 pm. Cost for each class is $79. Registration and prepayment is required. Register online: www.rollaclasses.com, call:  (573) 458-0150 or in-person at RTI, 1304 E 10th St., Rolla.

  • Introduction to QuickBooks (Online Version)
    Hands-on introduction to QuickBooks Online for businesses using the online version of QuickBooks. Bring your questions.
    Date: October 18
    Deadline to register: October 16
  • Introduction to QuickBooks (Desktop Version)
    Hands-on introduction to QuickBooks (Desktop Version) for businesses with some or no experience with QuickBooks.
    Date: October 19
    Deadline to register: October 17
  • Advanced QuickBooks (Desktop Version)
    Hands-on workshop to learn advanced topics about QuickBooks (Desktop). This class is for businesses with experience using QuickBooks. Learn how to get useable information out of your QuickBooks data.  
    Date: November 14
    Deadline to register: November 1

Free Lunch & Learn Seminars

All seminars are free and available to everyone. Each seminar includes lunch and is intended for both business owners and those who are interested in starting a business. Registration for each is required.

  • Veterans in Business, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1
    Veterans, their spouses and others in business will become more familiar with what it takes to start or grow a business and learn about veteran loan programs, veteran hiring programs and other free resources available to assist those with their own small business. Much of the information is relevant to all small businesses but also covers items of interest specific to veteran-owned small businesses. Register: https://eventbrite.com/e/myvetbiz-veterans-in-business-lunch-learn-tickets-38015152344
  • 1-Page Business Plan, noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
    Develop your own one-page business plan during this working session. Come prepared to work and brainstorm with each other. One-on-one appointments will be available from 1-3 p.m. for those who want to meet one-on-one with a business development specialist to talk about a business plan, marketing plan, how to start a business or other area of business. Sign up to reserve a time. Class attendance is not required to sign up for a one-on-one appointment. Register: 573-729-3196 or email hultines@missouri.edu.
  • 1-Page Marketing Plan, noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9
    Develop your own one-page marketing plan during this working session. Come prepared to work and brainstorm with each other. One-on-one appointments will be available from 1-3 p.m. for those who want to meet one-on-one with a business development specialist to talk about a business plan, marketing plan, how to start a business or other area of business. Sign up to reserve a time. Class attendance is not required to sign up for a one-on-one appointment. Register: 573-729-3196 or email hultines@missouri.edu.

Time to get the pressure gauge on your canner checked

When you plant your garden, it’s so easy to imagine all of the great-tasting, healthy food that will come from those tiny seeds and plants. You may be one of the people that grow not only enough to eat during the summer but extra so it can be preserved for cold winter nights. Now is a great time to make sure your canning gear is ready for production when your garden starts producing more than you can eat.

The dial gauge on your canner should be tested every year to assure it is processing foods at the correct temperature. The dial gauge registers the pressure in the canner. The pressure is an indicator of the temperature of the inside of the canner. It is important for low acid foods to be processed at 240 degrees Fahrenheit to destroy the spores of Clostridium Botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism.

Phelps County University of Missouri Extension can check your pressure gauge in just a few minutes. This service is provided for a fee of $1.

If you are looking for information on how to preserve your fresh vegetables, University of Missouri Extension has up to date information on how to safely can foods. You can download them at http://extension.missouri.edu/explore/hesguide/foodnut. The Quality for Keeps series is all about home food preservation.  

Soil Testing

Don’t guess. Soil tests save time and 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. The cost is $15 per sample and mailed to the lab every Friday with a turn around time of about two weeks. Soil testing publications

Soil Sampling Questions and Answers (PDF)

What is an Extension Center? Brochure (PDF)

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