Missouri Farm Family, St. Charles County

Brakensiek family honored at 2017 Missouri State Fair as St. Charles County's Missouri  Farm Family.Fred and Jill Brakensiek and family of Foristell were among the families honored during the 59th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, August 14 at the Missouri State Fair. The Brakensiek family was selected as the St. Charles County Missouri Farm Family by the St. Charles County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.

Pictured with the family, left to right in back row: Ted Sheppard, Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Jack Magruder, Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Miss Natalie Ayers, 2017 Missouri State Fair Queen; Todd Hays, Missouri Farm Bureau Board of Director's Vice President; Christine Chinn, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Rob Kallenbach, Assistant Dean MU CAFNR; Blake Naughton, Associate Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement.

Caring for ash trees

Emeraled ash borer insect resting on a penny to show sizeThe Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in St. Charles County in 2014. Due to the potential spread and destruction from this pest, you should take steps to protect ash trees while they are relatively healthy. Once canopy dieback or thinning begins, the tree's vascular system is considerably damaged. Treatment at that point may stop additional damage, but it cannot reverse the existing damage. Resources to learn more about this pest and how to manage it: Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer (PDF)Tree pests

You are important to Extension's future

If you have received help from  MU Extension of St. Charles County, please consider letting the County Executive or your county council member know about your experience. Our operation is funded by the county council. Your comments will verify the unique benefits from extension. Find your county council member

Support our funding — brick by brick

brick path through demonstration gardensBrick by brick we continue to extend the pathway that meanders through the on-site demonstration gardens. It has become a place for all to enjoy the peacefulness and awe-inspiring beauty of nature. A brick with your name or the name of someone to remember extends the path one brick at a time. Your generosity will support the funding of all programs at MU Extension in St. Charles County. Together we can make a difference. Brick order form (PDF) | Online ordering.

“Friends of mine and I visited this wonderful place today. We had a picnic lunch on the property. Surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants. Will definitely return for a leisure, peaceful visit.” – Facebook post by garden visitor

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