Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School Blast Horse Show Taking “Ice Bucket Challenge” to a Whole New Level Aug. 23

Contact: Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County 
Tel: (417) 466-3102
E-mail: deaverk@missouri.edu

Media inquiries call: Lynn Neidigh at 417-988-0798

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Close to 100 people are expected to participate in an “Ice Bucket Challenge” for the ALS Association between 7 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 as part of the “Back to School Blast” Hose Show at the Ozark Empire Fair, 3001 N. Grant Springfield, Mo. 

The challenge was issued by Julie Williams, Battalion Chief of the Springfield Fire Department.

All exhibitors and sponsors of the horse show are being asked to participate in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” and then to donate funds to the ALS Association. Organizers of the “Back to School Blast Horse Show” say all exhibitor donations will be matched up to $500.

In addition, over 100 children who are participating in the horse show are going to pour cold water on their heads too as a thank you to the co-founder of the show.

“Debi Woodward, co-founder of this horse show, is currently living with ALS. The other co-founder of the show, Julie Williams, issued the challenge. Our committee members wanted to do something to show our support of Debi,” said Lynn Neidigh, coordinator of the horse show committee. “Ozark MFA was nice enough to donate a 20 gallon water bucket commemorating the 100th anniversary of MFA for every exhibitor to use in this challenge.”

CHALLENGE HISTORY

The challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media and then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice.

Beverly, Mass., resident Pete Frates, along with his family, helped to make the “Ice Bucket Challenge” go viral this year on the social sites Facebook and Twitter.  Frates, 29, has lived with ALS since 2012, and he has worked with The ALS Association’s Massachusetts Chapter.  A former Division 1 college athlete with Boston College Baseball, Frates tirelessly spreads awareness of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

This viral sensation, which has used the hash tag #IceBucketChallenge, has attracted thousands of followers nationwide.

“This is a creative way to spread ALS awareness via social media and in communities nationwide,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association.  “We appreciate all of the individuals and groups that working to spread the word about ALS.”

HORSE SHOW DETAILS

The sixth annual “Back to School Blast” is a three-day youth horse show being held Aug. 22-24  at the Ozark Empire Fair, 3001 N. Grant Springfield, Mo. 

This horse show is open to any youth nationwide and is a major fundraiser for Greene County 4-H. Proceeds from the show will help fund the Greene County 4-H fair, Greene County 4-H scholarships, contest fees, trips and many other 4-H activities in the community. 

The “Back to School Blast” has grown to be the largest open all youth horse show in Southwest Missouri.  

This year’s horse show sponsors are: Go Classic Trailer, The Equine Clinic, Signs Now, Ozark MFA, Ozark Empire Fair, SOMO Farm and Ranch Supply, PFI Western Stores Inc. and Race Brothers.

For more information visit www.backtoschoolblastallyouthhorseshow.com online or email the organizers at btsbhorseshow@gmail.com. Lynn Neidigh and Gail Driskell are the volunteer organizers of this year’s horse show.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Lawn Care Professional Workshop in Springfield Sept. 2

Contact: Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist
Headquartered in Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909
E-mail: byerspl@missouri.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Join University of Missouri Extension turf and horticulture specialists at a “Lawn Care Professional Workshop” to improve or perfect your lawn care skills. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo.

The workshop cost $35 per person and the registration deadline for this program is Friday, August 29. The registration form can be found online at extension.missouri.edu/greene.

“The program was designed for lawn care professionals but it would also be great for home owners who want to improve their yard,” said Patrick Byers, a University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist who works with commercial lawn care managers to address turf issues.

Topics like soil testing, soil improvement, minimizing lawn pests and insects, lawn renovation, lawn diseases, lawn diagnosis and lawn mowing, fertility, aeration and watering will be covered.

COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Besides Byers, three other University of Missouri Extension professionals will be instructors at the workshop.

Dr. Lee Miller, a University of Missouri turfgrass pathologist, directs research on disease control in turfgrasses, provides disease diagnosis and provides recommendations turf for the lawn, golf, sports turf, and sod industries.

Dr. Brad Fresenberg, state turfgrass specialist with University of Missouri, teaches undergraduate courses and programs at MU and specializes in athletic field design and maintenance.

Jill Scheidt, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, works with homeowners in five counties on lawn care questions. She recently aided in the development of a turf grass course at Pennington Seed.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the program call Patrick Byers at (417) 881-8909 or contact him by email at byerspl@missouri.edu. Registration is also possible in person at the Greene County Extension, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807.
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Learn About Tree Health and Garden Pest Control at Master Gardener Seminar Sept. 6 in Nixa

Contact: Dr. Gordon Carriker, agriculture business specialist
Headquartered in Christian County
Tel: (417) 581-3558
E-mail: carrikerg@missouri.edu

For Interviews contact: Jennifer Ailor at 417-581-4018
 
OZARK, Mo. – Learn about keeping landscape trees healthy and safely managing pests in the garden at a free seminar from 1 to 4 p.m., Sept. 6, at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa.

The seminar is organized by the Christian County Master Gardeners and individuals can register for it by calling the University of Missouri Extension office in Ozark at (417) 581-3558.

Dean Alberty of Midwest Tree Healthcare Company will discuss “Healthy Trees.” He will explain how to save your favorite ash trees from the emerald ash borer and new tree diseases and pests appearing in Missouri woodlands.

“Some of the new pests are hitching rides through imported woods and from wooden crates from other parts of the world. These wood imports pose serious threats because they have no natural predators or controls in this country,” said Alberty, who has traveled extensively internationally to study the problem.

Becky Nicholas of Wickman’s Garden Village will present, “Safe and Effective Pest Controls in the Garden.” Her presentation will include organic, eco-friendly products and techniques for protecting plants against plant diseases, insects, birds and pesky raccoons and deer.

Nicholas is a landscape consultant, has written gardening articles for various publications and has taught at the Ozarks Technical Community College.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information on the Christian County Master Gardeners, its demonstration garden and its free public classes, contact J.J. Leek at 581-6774, or Jennifer Ailor at 581-4018.

To become a Master Gardener, contact Dr. Gordon Carriker, MU Extension specialist and advisor to the Christian County Master Gardeners at 581-3558.
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Southwest Missouri Goat and Sheep Browsing and Grazing Academy is Sept. 12-13 in Neosho

Contact: Dr. Jodie A. Pennington, region small ruminant educator
Headquartered at Newton County Extension Center, Neosho, Mo.
Tel: (417) 455-9500
E-mail: PenningtonJ@lincolnu.edu

NEOSHO, Mo. -- The 2014 “Southwest Missouri Goat and Sheep Browsing and Grazing Academy” will be held at the Crowder College Agriculture Department in Neosho on Sept. 12-13.  The conference starts at 2 p.m. on Friday and ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“This workshop is for both beginning and experienced sheep and goat producers that want to use browse or management intensive grazing on their farm or ranch,” Dr. Jodie Pennington, small ruminant educator with Lincoln University Extension. “Attendees will receive hands-on training in allocation of browse and forages for feeding and methods to maintain a healthy, sustainable group of animals.”

Topics to be covered at the academy include fencing, waterers, calculation and allocation of sheep and goats to a specific amount of land, soil fertility, management intensive grazing, brush nutrition and supplementation, herd health management, business planning, contract grazing forages, livestock guardian dogs, browsing plans, and FAMACHA and body condition scoring.

Featured speakers include Dr. Steve Hart from Langston University, Langston, OK,  along with speakers from Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, Crowder College, University of Missouri Extension, NRCS, and a panel of area producers.

The cost for the workshop is $45 per person and includes two meals, a manual of browsing and grazing materials, a FAMACHA card, and numerous educational handouts.

Preregistration with payment is required by Sept. 9 and checks or money orders should be made payable to Lincoln University Cooperative Extension or LUCE.

To register, of for more information, contact Vonna Kesel at (573) 681-5312, email KeselV@LincolnU.edu or Jodie Pennington at (417) 455-9500, email PenningtonJ@LincolnU.edu.

For hotel reservations, contact: Big Spring Lodge, 1870 Southern View Drive, Neosho at   (417) 455-2300.  A block of 15 rooms is reserved under:”Browsing Academy” at $65 plus taxes per night.  Reservations for the conference or motel should be made by Monday, September 8.
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Learn How to Water and Mulch Your Garden at Free Class Aug. 23 in Ozark

Contact: Dr. Gordon Carriker, agriculture business specialist
Headquartered in Christian County
Tel: (417) 581-3558
E-mail: carrikerg@missouri.edu

For Interviews contact: Jennifer Ailor at 417-581-4018

OZARK, Mo. – Christian County Master Gardeners will sponsor a free class on watering and mulching at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Bluff Room at the Community Center of the Ozarks, 1530 W. Jackson St., Ozark.

Register to attend by calling the Univeristy of Missouri Extension office in Ozark at (417) 581-3558.

Larry Martin, director of public works for the city of Ozark, will present the one-hour class on how to effectively water and mulch your vegetable garden. Martin will include tips on when and how much to water, different ways to water, installing irrigation systems, types of mulch and how much mulch to apply and when.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information on the Christian County Master Gardeners, its demonstration garden and its free public classes, contact J.J. Leek at 581-6774, or Jennifer Ailor at 581-4018.

To become a Master Gardener, contact Dr. Gordon Carriker, MU Extension specialist and advisor to the Christian County Master Gardeners at 581-3558.
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4-H Day at Lucas Oil Speedway is Sept. 13; Order Tickets Prior to Aug. 30

Contact: Velynda Cameron, 4-H specialist
Tel: 417-326-4916
Email: cameronv@missouri.edu

BOLIVAR, Mo. – All area 4-H members, alumni, families and their friends are invited to attend the first annual 4-H Day at Lucas Oil Speedway, Saturday, Sept. 13, in Wheatland, Mo.

Ticker orders must be postmarked by Aug. 30. An order form can be found online at http://extension.missouri.edu/hickory.

Those who order a ticket using the form online may also purchase a specially de-signed t-shirt featuring the 4-H emblem and the Lucas Oil logo as a race day keepsake. Tickets and t-shirts will be mailed on Sept. 5.

Tickets can also be ordered at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Hickory at 203 Cedar, Hermitage. Call Karen Wright at (417) 745-6767 for more information.

EVENING SCHEDULE

Races for the evening include Late Models, Modifieds, Factory Stocks and B-Mods.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and hot laps start at 7:00 p.m. All 4-H activities and the race will follow.

Those who participate in the 4-H raffle will have a chance to be selected to ride in the official truck, drop the flag, family 4-packs and race tickets.

Each 4-H member or child who attends the races wearing their 4-H Day at the races t-shirt will be entered in a drawing to win other random prizes including Lucas apparel.

“We hope to make 4-H Day at Lucus Oil Speedway an annual event,” said Velynda Cameron, a 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “It will be a fun, family event and it also introduces a large audience to our 4-H youth program.”

WHAT IS 4-H?

Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. Studies show 4-H’ers have three times greater interest in science than non-4-H peers and are 70 percent more likely to go to college. Over 5,000 youth in urban communities join local 4-H clubs each year.

The 4-H program helps to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. To learn more about 4-H -- the world’s largest youth-serving organization -- and how to get involved locally go online to http://mo4h.missouri.edu.

Residents of southwest Missouri can contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists for  information: Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Monica Spittler in Taney County, (417) 546-5531; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500 or Velynda Cameron in Polk County at (417) 326-4916.
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Lawn, Gardening or Insect Problem: Who Ya Going to Call?

Contact: Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist
Headquartered in Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909
E-mail: byerspl@missouri.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – If you have a lawn or gardening problem, who are you going to call for research-based and unbiased answers?

Volunteers working the Master Gardeners of Greene County Hotline have answers to your home gardening questions.

The hotline is staffed with Master Gardener volunteers from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from March through October.

The hotline can be reached by telephone at 417-881-8909 ext. 320 or by email at hotline@mggreene.org.

Visitors are always welcome to come in personally to the Hotline Room located in the west end of the Springfield Botanical Center at 2400 S. Scenic Avenue in Springfield.

Clients who come in person can visit face-to-face with master gardeners and can bring in a sample of the problem for better diagnois.

COMMUNITY IMPACT

The Master Gardener program is a popular statewide volunteer community-service organization administered through University of Missouri Extension. The organization’s goal is to train gardeners who are willing to share their knowledge with others. Master Gardeners become volunteers of University of Missouri Extension and donate hours for community educational projects in horticulture.

In 2012, over 250 MU Extension-trained Master Gardeners provided about 20,494 hours of volunteer horticulture services locally.  Master Gardeners provide educational programs, work in demonstration gardens, answer horticulture questions from members of the public and assist with various other community projects.

Training in gardening and landscaping also leads to more spending in those areas. According to a 2005 story in Gardening Magazine, Springfield has the 3rd highest per capita spending on horticulture in the United States.  

Learn more about the Master Gardeners of Greene County online at http://mggreene.org or contact the MU Extension Center in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.
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Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team Excels in International Competitions

Contact: Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102
E-mail: deaverk@missouri.edu

MT. VERNON, Mo. -- The Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team continued their tradition of excellence by placing second in two international dairy judging contests as a part of the International Dairy Youth Tour this summer.

Steven Nelson, son of Mike Nelson of Grove Spring; Tucker Peterson, son of Janet Peterson of Mountain Grove; Bailee Whitehead, daughter of Tony and Nikki Whitehead of Conway; and Brittany Groves, daughter of Todd and Sheila Groves of Billings, were invited to compete in the 2014 International Dairy Judging Tour of Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland from June 18 to July 2.

Missouri 4-H’s team was invited in recognition of their outstanding results from the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo this past October.

In Scotland, the team competed with other winning 4-H, FFA and intercollegiate teams on June 21 at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.

The pair of Steven Nelson and Bailee Whitehead placed second in the competition to a pair from Pennsylvania 4-H. New for this year’s tour, was a second competition in Charleville, Ireland on June 28.  The Missouri 4-H team worked together to see how closely they could match the official judge of the show.

Missouri 4-H again placed second, this time  just 6 points shy of Maryland 4-H. In addition to the competitions, they toured dairy farms, agriculture industries, and other local interest sites, providing a varied cultural opportunity for the team.

“Our team really embraced this opportunity to travel and have these new experiences,” said Deaver. “Not only did they see agriculture and the dairy industry in another part of the world, but they developed lifelong friendships with members of the tour from other states.”
 
A luncheon was held on July 11 to recognize those who sponsored the team.  Sponsors included Missouri Dairy Association, Megan Fry, Robert Elijah, Duncan Smith, Toecky Registered Holsteins, Missouri Guernsey Breeders Inc, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, James Tigner, Dorothy Hilton, Dairy Farmers of America, Missouri Ayrshire Association, Missouri Jersey Cattle Club, Orscheln Farm and Home, Phil Rauch, Cathy Yeoman, Jenny Tudor, Thomas Willoughby, Phillip Brooks, Veronica Buff, Select Sires MidAmerica Inc, Laclede Electric Cooperative, CLA-COR Farms LLC, Joe Kirchdoerfer, Zach Lesmeister, Jim Lesmeister, Missouri Holstein Friesian Association, Stuart Schooley, Dairymen's Marketing Cooperative Inc, Nelson Trickey, Betty Smith, Marjorie Thompson, Missouri Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association, Mary Peterson, James Coats, Larry Ferguson, MFA Foundation, Margaret Schooley, Kenda Ogle, Robert Hummel, Peterson Gravel & Ready Mix Inc, Peterson Construction Company Inc, Marshfield Veterinary Clinic, West Plains Veterinary Supply of Springfield, Zoetis, Novartis/Elanco, Boehringer Ingelheim, Merial, Norbrook, and Animal Health International.

The team receives ongoing support from Monsanto Company, FCS Financial, the Missouri Holstein Association and the Missouri Dairy Association in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation, and thanks all their sponsors for their support.  

For more information about the Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team program, contact one of the coaches with University of Missouri Extension: Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist, at 417-466-3102; or Ted Probert, dairy specialist, at 417-741-6134.
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MU Extension Conducting “Four Season Gardening” Class at Millsap Farms on Aug. 21

Contact: Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist
Headquartered in Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909
E-mail: byerspl@missouri.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension’s class on “Four Season Gardening” will be offered to the public starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 as part of the “Organic Gardening Academy.” There is a per person fee for the class of $20.

The class will be held at Millsap Farms, which is located nine miles north of I-44 and Glenstone Ave., at 6593 N. Emu Lane Springfield, Mo.

Class attendees will meet in the parking area. The first hour of the class will be a presentation by Shon Bishop, small farm specialist with Lincoln University Extension. Attendees will then go on a tour of the farm led by Shon and Curtis Millsap.

At the end of the tour, attendees will have the option of staying and enjoying a pizza buffet made on site in a wood fired oven with fresh ingredients grown on the farm!  There will be an additional charge for the pizza.

Pre-registration can be made by emailing Kelly McGowan at mcgowank@missouri.edu or call the Extension office at 417-881-8909.

The remaining classes in the “Organic Gardening Academy” are “Composting” on Sept. 18 and “Sustainable Water Use” on Sept. 30.

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything. More information on this topic is available online at http://extension.missouri.edu.
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Six Volunteers from Southwest Missouri Inducted to Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame

Contact: Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102
E-mail: deaverk@missouri.edu

Source: Rachel Augustine, 573-884-7641

COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Making the best better” for generations of 4-H’ers, 54 people joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 9 at the State Fair Community College campus in Sedalia.

Six of the individuals inducted were from counties in southwest Missouri.

Inductees from 41 counties bring with them a total of 1,566 years of volunteer service to the hall of fame. More than 300 family members and friends attended the eighth annual event for which citizens nominated 4-H’ers for outstanding volunteer work in local 4-H programs.

“This celebration acknowledges the contributions of distinguished 4-H leaders — both past and present,” says State 4-H Council President Trent Ludwig. The Missouri 4-H Foundation honors individuals with a legacy of service to 4-H with induction into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame.

“These leaders have made exceptional contributions to the lives of Missouri 4-H members, and we are proud to honor their service,” says Missouri 4-H Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Reams.

FCS Financial, the Missouri State Fair and the Missouri 4-H Foundation sponsor the annual event.

2014 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame inductees from southwest Missouri:

  • Barton: Donald and Wilma McKibben
  • Greene: Sherry Kelley
  • Jasper: Mike and Pat Cloud
  • Lawrence: Marilyn Calvin


MORE INFORMATION

Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. The 4-H program helps to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. To learn more about 4-H -- the world’s largest youth-serving organization -- and how to get involved locally go online to http://mo4h.missouri.edu.

Residents of southwest Missouri can contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists for  information: Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Monica Spittler in Taney County, (417) 546-5531; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500 or Velynda Cameron in Polk County at (417) 326-4916.
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Black Layer is the Time to Shut Irrigation Off

Contact: Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist
Headquartered in Barton County
PHONE: 417-682-3579
EMAIL: scheidtjk@missouri.edu

LAMAR, Mo. -- Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Barton County, scouted fields east of I-49 along Hwy. 126 on Aug. 13 for the crop scouting program. Scheidt offers this advice from the field.

CORN

Corn is nearing the black layer stage, or physiological maturity. “Once black layer is reached, irrigation can be turned off,” says Scheidt.

Scheidt observed diplodia ear rot on ears. “Diplodia is identified by grayish-white mold between kernels,” says Scheidt.

According to Laura Sweets, state pathologist with University of Missouri Extension, diplodia ear rot is favored by wet weather just after silking and is more severe when corn is planted following corn.

SOYBEANS

Soybeans are in the 8 trifoliate and beginning seed stages.

“Very little insect activity was seen. Scout for podworms now; podworms pose the biggest threat to double crop beans, scouting should begin in the flowering stage,” says Scheidt.

Threshold levels for podworm in soybean are 1 per foot of row and 5 percent pod damage.

According to Wayne Bailey, state entomologist with University of Missouri Extension, Hero and Mustang Max are the recommended insecticide controls.

A fungicide application to soybeans at the R5 stage, or beginning seed development, will most often result in a yield increase, if disease is present.  Fungicides applied at R6 may result in improved seed quality, this is may not happen every year and will seldom be a yield increase.

MORE INFORMATION

The weekly field scouting report is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and Barton County Extension. For more information on this scouting report, or to learn how to receive it a week earlier by telephone, contact the MU Extension Center in Barton County, (417) 682-3579.
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Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 North American Manure Expo held in Springfield

Contact: Bob Schultheis, natural resource engineering specialist
Headquartered in Webster County
Tel: (417) 859-2044
E-mail: schultheisr@missouri.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- “Valuing Manure and the Environment” was the theme of the 2014 North American Manure Expo, which came to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield on July 8-9.

 The two-day event brought together over 70 vendors from throughout the United States and Canada, along with University Extension professionals from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Those Extension professionals educated farmers and regulators from Washington to Florida, Vermont to Texas, and the countries of Canada, Germany, China, and Argentina.

The purpose of the expo, which had over 400 participants each day, was to show how to apply manure more efficiently as a fertilizer, while reducing negative effects on the environment.

On July 8, over 180 attendees boarded buses to tour Chapman Dairy near Pierce City, Mo., and see manure storage agitation equipment in action. That was followed by a walking tour of the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant in Springfield to see how city wastewater is cleaned up and biosolids returned to the land as valuable fertilizer using precision field mapping.

On July 9, the focus shifted to a wheat stubble field near the Springfield airport to watch side by side demonstrations of liquid and solid manure injectors and spreaders. It was then back to the fairgrounds to see state-of-the-art manure equipment displays and hear experts on manure management during an afternoon of educational seminars.

The event concluded with talks and demonstrations on manure gas safety and manure spill prevention and cleanup.

For more information, see http://www.agannex.com/manure-manager/manure-expo, or contact Bob Schultheis at 417-859-2044 or by email at schultheisr@missouri.edu.
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4-H Families Have Day at the Fair at Part of Southwest Regional 4-H Achievement Day

Contact: Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102
E-mail: deaverk@missouri.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- One hundred 4-H members from eight southwest Missouri counties competed at Southwest Regional 4-H Achievement Day, held at Ozark Empire Fair on July 28.

For the first time, the event was held at the Ozark Empire Fair, and organizers say it was a positive move according to Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“Our 4-H families were able to come to the event, compete, and then spend some time taking in all that Ozark Empire Fair has to offer,” said Deaver.  “We were fortunate to have great sponsors to assist with the event, which made the day very affordable for our 4-H families.  There were about 250 4-H members and their families in attendance.”

The only one of its kind in the state, Southwest Regional Achievement Day provides an opportunity for 4-H members from the area to compete in events like public speaking, demonstrations, fashion revue, member judging and personal development.  Members qualify for these events at the county level and 4-H members also exhibit project items at the county level.

Project exhibits that receive a blue ribbon at the county level are judged and displayed throughout Ozark Empire Fair in the 4-H building.

Sponsors for 2014 Southwest Regional Achievement Day were Matthew Davidson, State Farm Agent, Lamar, Ozark Empire Fair and Missouri 4-H.

Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. The 4-H program helps to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. To learn more about 4-H -- the world’s largest youth-serving organization -- and how to get involved locally go online to http://mo4h.missouri.edu.

Residents of southwest Missouri can contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists for  information: Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Monica Spittler in Taney County, (417) 546-5531; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158;  or Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500.
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Time to Start Planning Successful Fall Garden

Contact: Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist
Headquartered in Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909
E-mail: byerspl@missouri.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Some of the best quality garden vegetables are produced and harvested during the fall season when warm, sunny days are followed by cool, humid nights.

However, there are also problems with getting a fall garden started according to Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“August brings with it high soil temperatures, high light intensity and rapid soil drying. These factors present real problems with getting uniform stand of plants,” said Byers.

In August, the surface of the soil can become very warm and dry out quickly.

“The weather combined with the fact that vegetable seeds should not be planted any deeper than three times the diameter of the seed, makes planting depth and protection for the seed crucial,” said Byers.

Byers recommends applying a light layer of mulch over the row of newly planted seeds to retain moisture. Gardeners can also try screen wire strips, shade cloth, or boards to cover the row from the intense heat.

“This will moderate both soil temperature and soil moisture, but you need to remember to remove coverings after seedling emerges,” said Byers.

When it comes to seeds, Byers says it is fine to use seeds left from the Spring planting.

“”If the seeds were stored in a cool and dry place they should be good for planting. Seeds stored in the freezer properly should remain viable for several years,” said Byers.

Soak seeds overnight before planting (except beans and peas). This will hasten germination and seedlings emergence when soil drying is most critical to plant growth.

Short season warm vegetables like beans can still be planted for a fall harvest. Cool season veggies like beets, turnips, lettuce, spinach, and radish can be direct seeded.

The timing of the planting is crucial and can be determined based on the average frost date in the area where the garden is being planned.

“The average first frost date for the fall in the Springfield area is Oct. 17. Check your seed packet for the days to harvest and count back from the frost date to determine the best time to plant,” said Byers.

Byers says it is a good idea to supplement rainfall with trickle irrigation to get early established growth. Soaker hoses are good sources. Cover seeded rows with mulch to reduce soil temperature and premature drying.

For additional information on fall planting dates, visit your local University of Missouri Extension center and request Guide 6201, “Vegetable Planting Calendar.” The guide is also available online at extension.missouri.edu.
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Entries in Ozark Empire Fair Hay Decrease but Relative Feed Value of Entries is Highest in the History of the Show

Contact: Eldon Cole, livestock specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102
E-mail: colee@missouri.edu

MT. VERNON, Mo. -- This year’s hay show at the Ozark Empire Fair had the least number of entries since the beginning of the show in 1985.  Weather was to blame according to most of the farmers.

“Extra cool weather in April and early May followed by abundant rain without a window to allow hay to cure made haying this Spring a serious challenge,” said Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

In spite of poor weather conditions, some entrants found a way to produce high-quality hay.

Mike Coble of Aldrich walked away with the Grand Champion ribbon on his July 3 cutting of alfalfa.  His victory was made possible by a combination of a 223 Relative Feed Value (RFV) and a subjective score of 39 out of 40 possible points.

The RFV scores were based on laboratory analysis that involves the acid detergent and neutral detergent fiber portions of the plant.  Those fiber values increase as the plant matures.  Protein content is not considered in RFV computations.

Coble’s winning entry had an impressive 24.3 percent crude protein and a whopping, 72.7 percent total digestible nutrient (TDN) level on a dry matter basis.  The alfalfa entries were the largest class in the show.

The averages of the ten alfalfas were:  195 RFV; 68 percent TDN and 22.5 percent Crude Protein.  The RFV average was the highest in the history of the show. The previous high average was in 2012 when 16 entries had an average of 182.

The Reserve Grand Champion ribbon was somewhat of a surprise. The judge, Dr. Ben Fuqua, a retired Missouri State professor of agriculture, selected Josh Biglieni’s second cutting of fescue.

Josh is from Stotts City, and the hay was Kentucky 31, cut on June 16.  It had a 109 RFV, 60 percent TDN and protein level of 17 percent.  The standout feature was the subjective score of a perfect 40.  That was based on aroma, color, purity, shape and condition.

“The judge and extension faculty helping with the show said they’d never seen any fescue that good,” said Cole.

Other class winners were Jack Gilliam, LaRussell with a Bermuda grass entry.  John Martin Oczkus, Aurora took the blue ribbon in the grass-legume class with a red clover, fescue, orchardgrass mix.  Doug Glossip, Highlandville won the summer-winter annual grass class with a Foragemaster wheat entry.

Taking the blue ribbon in the large round bale classes were Duncan Smith of Mountain Grove with a fescue entry.  Randy Jenkins of Seymour easily won the large bale, grass-legume class with a fescue, orchardgrass and red clover mix.

Complete lab results are available by contacting southwest Missouri extension centers.  It is also posted online at http://extension.missouri.edu/lawrence

The show is an educational effort by University of Missouri Extension, Custom Lab, Golden City and the Ozark Empire Fair.
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Pest Levels Low in Corn and Soybean Fields

Contact: Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist
Headquartered in Barton County
PHONE: 417-682-3579
EMAIL: scheidtjk@missouri.edu

LAMAR, Mo. -- Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Barton County, scouted fields northwest of Liberal on Aug. 6 for the crop scouting program. Scheidt offers this advice from the field.

CORN

Corn is in the dent to black layer stages. “Black layer is when corn has reached physiological maturity, about 20 days after the dent stage. Black layer can be identified by breaking the ear in half and looking for the milk-line, a dark yellow line that gradually forms closer and closer to the cob,” said Scheidt.

According to Mississippi State University Extension, when black layer is reached, irrigation should be shut off. Potential kernel weight is only about 75 percent complete at the dent stage. Irrigation is still needed at this stage to fill kernels.

SOYBEANS

Based on her scouting, Scheidt says soybeans are in the 6 to 7 trifoliate and podding stages.

According to Laura Sweets, state pathologist with University of Missouri Extension, fungicide application timing for soybean foliar disease management should begin at pod initiation. This is when 3/16 inch long pods are at one of the four uppermost nodes on the main stem with a fully developed trifoliate leaf node.

“Fungicide applications should only be made if favorable conditions, such as wet, humid weather occur during this stage,” said Sweets.

Scheidt observed less than one percent pod damage from pod worm and bean leaf beetle in podding soybeans. Threshold level for pod worm is 1 per linear foot and when five percent of pods have damage. Second crop soybeans are at greater risk for pod worm damage.

“Do not misidentify green clover worm with pod worms, green clover worm carry a fungus that kills pod worms. Green clover worm and pod worm are similar in color but can be differentiated by counting the number of abdominal pro-legs.  Green clover worm have three abdominal pro-legs and pod worms have 4 abdominal pro-legs,” said Scheidt.

MORE INFORMATION

The weekly field scouting report is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and Barton County Extension. For more information on this scouting report, or to learn how to receive it a week earlier by telephone, contact the MU Extension Center in Barton County, (417) 682-3579.
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"Growing Garlic" Program is Sept. 2 at Botanical Center

Contact: Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist
Headquartered in Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909
E-mail: byerspl@missouri.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The September “Learn to Grow in the Garden” class hosted by the Master Gardeners of Greene County will focus on beautiful and edible garlic.

The class will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2 on the lawn near the Master Gardener Demonstration Vegetable Garden north of the beautiful Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo.  There will be a host inside the Botanical Center to give directions to the class.

“You’ve cooked with it, now learn to grow it,” said class instructor and Missouri Master Naturalist Bob Kipfer. “Garlic is easy to grow, whether planting a few or creating an edible green border for you flower garden.”

Kipfer will teach on the difference between hard neck and soft neck garlic as well as heirloom varieties, garlic scapes,  planting,  harvesting,  cleaning and storing garlic.

“Inchelium Red has been the best strain and is available from several online sources like Filaree Farms,” said Kipfer.

A pound of seed garlic bulbs will yield about 40 plants.  Planting occurs in mid-September for a June harvest so it is time to order your garlic stock now.

“You don’t want to miss the opportunity to plant this fall and enjoy cooking with your own garlic harvest next summer,” said Kipfer.

For more information call (417) 881-8909 ext. 311 or go visit the Master Gardeners of Greene County online at www.mggreene.org.

The Master Gardener program is a popular statewide volunteer community-service organization administered through University of Missouri Extension. The organization’s goal is to train gardeners who are willing to share their knowledge with others. Master Gardeners become volunteers of University of Missouri Extension and donate hours for community educational projects in horticulture. Training in gardening and landscaping also leads to more spending in those areas. According to a 2005 story in Gardening Magazine, Springfield has the 3rd highest per capita spending on horticulture in the United States.  
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Register Before Aug. 21 for Master Gardener Classes in Lamar and Greenfield

Contact: Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist
Headquartered at Barton County Extension Center
Tel: (417) 682-3579
E-mail: scheidtjk@missouri.edu

LAMAR, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension’s Master Gardener program is an intensive 10-week horticulture course.

Master Gardener classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from Aug. 26 to Sept. 25 with classes in Lamar going from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and classes in Greenfield going from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Course topics for the Master Gardener training include plant development, soils/composting, flower and vegetable gardening, fruit production/ pruning, landscape tree selection/pruning, plant diseases, insects, turf and landscaping.

Individuals who complete 30 hours of training qualify to become an intern. Certified Master Gardeners must complete 30 additional hours of volunteer service in horticulture education.

The training costs $135 per person and $225 per couple (if one set of materials is used).

Registration is due by Aug. 21.  Call Barton County Extension (417) 682-3579 or Dade County Extension (417) 637-2112 to register.
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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Building Better Child Care Focus of MU Extension's "Mental Health First Aid" Training in Springfield Starting Sept. 6

August 8, 2014
FROM UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION
SOUTHWEST REGIONAL NEWS SERVICE
Contact: Dr. Jim Wirth, human development specialist
Tel: (417) 546-4431
E-mail: wirthj@missouri.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- University of Missouri Extension is offering a “Mental Health First Aid” series of trainings for child care providers of all types with programs on Sept. 6, Sept. 27, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18. Once the four sessions are completed, the child care provider will become a certified mental health first aider.

All sessions will be presented by University of Missouri Extension and will be held at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo.

The classes are geared toward childcare providers, day care owners, Head Start and foster parents as well as parents and those interested in youth according to Dr. Jim Wirth, human development specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

"Our Mental Health First Aid program is a 12-hour course that teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training will help child care providers identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders," said Wirth.

Mental Health First Aid, Session 1 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 6. "This session will focus on various mental health disorders impacting youth, warning signs and the risk and protective factors that can impact a youth's mental health and resiliency," said Wirth.

Mental Health First Aid, Session 2 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 27. "This session is designed to help attendees apply a five-step action plan to assess the situation then to select and implement appropriate interventions," said Wirth.

Mental Health First Aid, Session 3 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 11. "Participants in this session will learn the symptoms to look for in youth who may be having a mental health crisis. They will also learn useful supports for youth with mental health problems, and how to listen to a youth who is experiencing a crisis," said Wirth.

Mental Health First Aid, Session 4 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 18. "Participants will learn the warning signs of suicide and youth self-injury. Attendance of the program will help providers feel more confident in working with youth who are experiencing a mental health crisis," said Wirth.

A registration fee of $15 will be charged for each workshop regardless of length. To register, contact the Greene County University of Missouri Extension office at (417) 881-8909 or use the registration form that can be found online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

28 Farms in Southwest Missouri Named Century Farms

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909
E-mail: burtond@missouri.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Missouri Century Farm Program annually recognizes Missouri farms that are still productive and have been in the same family for 100 years or more. The newest additions to the Century Farm list were announced in mid-July and included 28 farms in southwest Missouri.

A complete listing of all 2014 Missouri Century Farms, including the names of all honored families, is available online at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm. A listing specific to southwest Missouri can be found at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI HONOREES

The following is a list of new Century Farms in southwest Missouri, organized by county, showing the primary contact for the Century Farm nomination, original owners, relationship to current owners, the acreage qualifying and the year it was first farmed by the family:

Barry County
Duane Kaiser, John D. Buchholz and Aguste Buchholz, great-grandparents, 80, 1914.
Mike Washick, John Washick, great-grandfather, 80, 1884.

Barton County
Paul Crabtree, Samuel William Crabtree, great-great-grandfather, 160, 1881.

Christian County
Daniel R Garbee, John Herring, great-great-grandfather, 80, 1882.
Christi Fairchild, Theodore S. Shelton, great-great-uncle of Christi and Cami and Peter T. Shelton, great-great-great-grandfather of Christi and Cami, 80, 1881.
Casi Pinegar, Matthew Duff McCroskey, great-great-grandfather of William and Macanna and great-great-great-grandfather of Christi, Cami, Casi, Scott, Jason & Melinda, 197, 1848.
Christi Fairchild, William Robert McCroskey, grandfather of William and great-grandfather of Christi, Cami, and Casi, 80, 1905.

Dade County
M Louise Rush, Elwood and Agnes Rush, grandparents, 240, 1897.

Dallas County
James A. Robberson, E.P. Vaughn, great-grandfather, 80, 1880.

Douglas County
Richard L Baxter, Simon Lakey, great-great-grandfather, 88, 1857.
Jenny Conradi Johns, Isaiah Porter Henson, great-grandfather, 160, 1914.
Scott Huffman , Edward B. Talley, great-great-grandfather, 40, 1872.
Glenda Lee, William King Paris Lee, husband's grandfather, 286, 1914.

Greene County
Charles A. Buckner, W.F. Buckner, grandfather, 60, 1914.

Jasper County
Robert Rees, Freeman & Sarah Rees, great-grandparents, 240, 1905.

McDonald County
Harvey L. Price, W. C. Price, great-grandfather, 44, 1879.

Newton County
Dale Jasumback, Frank & Anna Jasumback, grandparents, 60, 1914.
Regina Hembree, A.F. Lankford, great-great-grandfather, 40, 1910.

Ozark County
Nay Allen, J.D. Allen, grandfather, 130, 1914.
Megan Bruffett, Stagner, W.S. Mahan, great-uncle, 80, 1907.

Polk County
Wyatt Long, Lafayette J. Mitchell, great-grandfather of Karen Long's Grandma (Betty Mitchell), 80, 1892.
Warren Eagon G.B. Eagon, grandfather, 40, 1907.
Gary McGinnis, Sarah Scroggins, great-great-grandmother, 177, 1904.

Stone County
Thomas G. (Tom) Wiley, Almon Maben (A.M) Wiley, great-grandfather, 180, 1914.

Taney County
Dwayne Rossner, Edward Rossner – Grandfather, 153, 1913.
Joseph S. Smith, Robert Smith, great-grandfather, 206, 1871.

Texas County
Betty Carlson, George Wm Waters, grandfather, 133, 1911.

Webster County
Carmen Boring, Sandford & Rosa Borin, grandparents, 73, 1911.

PROGRAM HISTORY

In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau joined MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a program sponsor. Applicants certified as owners of a Missouri Century Farm are recognized by the MU Extension center in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate at various county events.

Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized. To qualify for Century Farm status, a single family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

For application forms and information, call MU Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension center or visit the program website at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.
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Scout Fields Now for Deadly Ergot

Contact: Sarah Kenyon, agronomy specialist
Headquartered in Texas County
Tel: (417) 967-4545  
E-mail: kenyons@missouri.edu

HOUSTON, Mo. -- Ergot has been reported in several hayfields and pastures across southwest Missouri according to University of Missouri Extension Agronomy Specialist, Sarah Kenyon.

“Death can occur when livestock consume large amounts of ergot. That is why I urge farmers to scout their fields now to determine if this pest is present,” said Kenyon.

Ergot is an airborne fungus that affects grass seed heads.  Wet, cool weather followed by high heat and humidity create ideal conditions for ergot growth.

This fungal infection creates hard ergot bodies in the seed of grasses.  The ergot bodies look like mouse droppings and are visible in the seed head of cereal grains like barley, oats, wheat, triticale and rye, as well as common grasses such as timothy, perennial ryegrass and tall fescue.

“When livestock consume ergot they appeared to suffer from extreme heat stress,” said Kenyon.

Cattle may seek relief in the shade or stand in water.  Other symptoms might include rapid breathing, sloughing of the switches of tails and tips of ears, abortion, and decreased milk production. Livestock deaths may result when livestock consume large quantities.

Ergot produces alkaloid compounds that are toxic to livestock and humans.  The toxins constrict blood vessels, increasing respiration rates, raising core body temperatures, and limiting blood supply to the extremities.

Ergotism can be confused with fescue foot or fescue toxicosis because the symptoms are similar.  However, ergot bodies (the ones that look like mouse droppings) have a thousand times more toxic alkaloids than those of fescue toxicosis.  Because the toxin concentration is so much more, the animal symptoms appear quicker and are much more pronounced.

“If ergot is observed, producers should immediately move livestock from infected fields,” said Kenyon. “Producers may also consider feeding other sources of feed to dilute the amount of ergot that is consumed.  Farmers should also inspect the hay for ergot bodies.  If the hay is infested, it can be destroyed or diluted with other feeds.”

Ergot alkaloids are toxic to many species, including other ruminants, llamas and alpacas, horses, and even swine, dogs and humans eating infected grains.  Ergot poisoning has also been linked to human epidemics in the Middle Ages.

“The alkaloid toxins in ergot are chemically related to LSD, and some scientists suggest that bread made from infected rye may have played a role in the 17th-century witch trials in Salem, Mass., and even the French Revolution,” said Kenyon.

For more information, contact any of these MU Extension agronomy specialists in southwest Missouri: Tim Schnakenberg in Stone County, (417) 357-6812; Jill Scheidt in Barton County, (417) 682-3579; John Hobbs in McDonald County, (417) 223-4775 or Sarah Kenyon in Texas County, (417) 967-4545.
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Ergot bodies are dark elongated growth on grass seeds and look like mouse droppings.
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MU Extension and Taney County SBTDC Partners with Ozark Chamber of Commerce and Carl Hefner Enterprise Center to Provide On-site Small Business Counseling

Contact: Chrystal Irons, business development specialist
Headquartered at the Taney County Extension Center
Tel: (417) 546-4431
E-mail: ironsc@missouri.edu

OZARK, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension and the Taney County Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) have partnered with the Ozark Chamber and the Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center to provide free one-on-one counseling to local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in Ozark.

MU Extension Business Development Specialist Chrystal Irons began offering free business counseling services on Wednesday, July 23 and then the third Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center, 1471 W South Street.

Appointments for business counseling should be made by contacting Karen Roberts with the Ozark Chamber of Commerce at (417) 581-6139, or by email at: info@OzarkChamber.com

The free, one-on-one business counseling services from MU Extension and SBTDC are being offered to local businesses in an effort to support business growth and development.

“I provide service in multiple counties. But this new opportunity will allow me to be more accessible to local Ozark businesses that cannot make the trip to my office in Forsyth during business hours,” said Irons. “Our goal is to attract business clients and increase the frequency of on-site counseling as more businesses are aware of the services provided by MU Extension and the Missouri SBTDC.”

Dori Grinder, executive director of the Ozark Chamber of Commerce, has been working with Irons to make this opportunity available.

“We are proud to partner with MU Extension and the SBTDC to bring this type of personal business counseling to the residents and businesses of Ozark. This free service is appropriate for existing businesses, and also those who are looking to start a new business in town. I hope business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs will take advantage of this opportunity to learn what it takes to make their business a success.” said Grinder.

The Ozark Chamber of Commerce manages the Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center, which is a business incubator. This new endeavor is a business support center that accelerates the successful development of new and growing companies. Working together with the Ozark Chamber of Commerce, the mission of the Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center is to create jobs and stimulate local economic growth by developing and strengthening entrepreneurial success through the cultivation of local enterprises that generate a positive impact in our community.

University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Small Business Development Centers work with small businesses to provide individualized counseling, training workshops and online resource that help existing businesses grow and prosper and new businesses get started successfully.  Business development specialists use their expertise to help Missouri businesses with critical business development issues. Guidance addressing topics such as management, marketing and strategic planning is available. They also can provide capitalization information for new and existing businesses. All counseling is confidential; most services are available at no charge (subsidized by our funding partners like the Small Business Administration).

For more information go online to http://extension.missouri.edu.
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Be Sure You Are Packing Healthy Sack Lunches

Contact: Tammy Roberts
Nutrition and Health Education Specialist
Telephone: 660.679.4167

BUTLER, Mo. -- What a child eats impacts their learning and behavior, as well as growth and development.

That is why Tammy Roberts, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension, says it is important to provide a healthy variety when packing a child’s school lunch.

“Lunch that a child takes to school should include a good source of protein, a good source of calcium, grains and a fruit or a vegetable,” said Roberts.

Roberts recommends letting children help make the decision about what goes in their lunch.

“Let them choose from a list of healthful foods. Have them help you prepare it,” said Roberts.

Lunch preparation can be easier if most of the ingredients such as dried fruit, crackers and pretzels are individually packaged on the weekend.

For the grain choice, remember children need whole grains too.

“There is now white bread that is actually whole grain. Other whole wheat choices could include crackers, pita and tortillas,” said Roberts.

Protein foods could be a lean meat, tuna, or peanut butter. The possibilities for fruits and vegetables are endless according to Roberts.

“Vegetables with dip are always a hit. Dried fruit can be a good alternative and yogurt and cheese are great calcium options,” said Roberts.

It is also possible to get several food groups into one entrée according to Roberts.

For example, try a lean ham sandwich on a bagel with low fat cream cheese, grated carrots, and a slice of pineapple. Another option would be a pasta salad with cheese chunks, fresh vegetables, grapes and sunflower seeds.

“Keep in mind that kids like to trade their food so try to send things you know your child will not want to trade,” said Roberts.

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Tips and Rules for Making Back to School Lunches Healthy

Contact: Cammie Younger, nutrition and health specialist
Headquartered in Texas County
Tel: (417) 967-4545  
E-mail: youngerc@missouri.edu

HOUSTON, Mo. -- Many students in the Ozarks are starting school this week, some for the first time.  University of Missouri Extension Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Cammie Younger, says the connection between healthy food choices and learning cannot be overstated.

“Research clearly indicates the collaboration of proper nutrients and the ability to learn and develop at a healthy level,” said Younger.

According to Younger, school lunch programs have worked hard in the past few years to improve the nutritional value of the meals served to students.  However, many parents and students prefer to pack a lunch filled with their favorite choices.

Tricks to ensure a healthy lunch include: allowing children to help prepare the food to be packed and giving children several healthy food choices to pick which ones they would like for the day.

“Make the choice between things like carrot sticks, grape tomatoes, or sliced cumbers for their vegetable and maybe a choice of an apple, banana, or blueberries for a fruit,” said Younger. “This will help support the rule of making half of a meal consist of fruits and vegetables.”

Another school lunch box rule to focus on would be to include a dairy product.  Choices like flavored milk, string cheese or cheese cubes, yogurt or “go-gurt” seem to be things kids enjoy and are packed with nutrients.

These foods along with foods from the protein and grain group (like a turkey or peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread) will give kids a well-balanced meal in the middle of the day. Younger says this will refuel their brains for the learning power needed in afternoon classes.

“Another important tool for success in packing school lunch boxes is to remember the rules of food safety,” said Younger.

Make sure children follow proper hand washing techniques: washing with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds and adequately rinsing and drying their hands before handling food products, food prep surfaces, and storage containers.

“Also remember to wash fresh fruits and vegetable before they are packed. Train children to use a clean insulated lunch box and add an ice pack or a frozen bottle of water to ensure food stays at the proper temperature until ready for use,” said Younger.

Schools mornings are typically rushed so a time management tool Younger suggests is to prepare lunch boxes the evening before when the family is not as rushed.

“Store the prepared lunch box in the refrigerator and it will be ready to grab and go giving the kids the best opportunity to enjoy a safe healthy lunch that they helped prepare,” said Younger. “A well-balanced diet is an incredible tool in assuring healthy child development.   These lunch box rules and tips can play an important part in reaching this every day goal.”

For more information on nutrition contact one of the following nutrition specialists: Dr. Lydia Kaume in Barton County, (417) 682-3579; Dr. Pam Duitsman, in Greene County, (417) 881-8909; or Cammie Younger in Texas County, (417) 967-4545. Information is also available online http://extension.missouri.edu.
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Preserving Saves Garden Bounty for a Cold Winter Night

Contact: Tammy Roberts
Nutrition and Health Education Specialist
Telephone: 660-679-4167
E-mail: robertstt@missouri.edu  

BUTLER, Mo. -- There’s nothing like a summer meal with vegetables fresh from the garden.

“But when the vegetables are getting ripe faster than you can eat them, save them for a cold winter night when you can’t go harvest them from the garden,” said Tammy Roberts, nutrition and health education specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

To assure the foods are at optimal quality, they should be canned, frozen or dried according to Roberts.

CANNING

The process of canning heats foods to temperatures that inactivate enzymes and destroy microorganisms that could cause illness or food spoilage.

During the canning process, the heat forces the air out of the jar and then as the jar cools, a vacuum seal is formed. This seal prevents air, which can contain microorganisms, from getting back into the food.

Boiling water canning is recommended only for jams, jellies, fruit, tomatoes and pickles. All other vegetables, meat and poultry should be processed in a pressure canner.

In pressure canning, there is some loss of vitamins and minerals because of the high levels of heat. Some of the vitamins and minerals are lost in the fluid in the jar. Using the fluid helps assure maximum nutrient value of the food.

FREEZING

Freezing foods stops the growth of microorganisms but does not destroy them.

Enzymes are proteins produced by the cell of the plant. One thing enzymes are responsible for is the maturing of the fruit of the plant. Enzymes must be inactivated before foods are frozen to prevent undesirable changes in flavor, color and texture.

This is achieved by blanching for a specified amount of time. If done correctly, this preservation process assures maximum nutrient retention in the food.

DRYING

Drying is one of the oldest methods of food preservation. The process of drying removes the moisture from the food so that microorganisms cannot grow and spoil the food.

Some commonly eaten dried foods include jerky, fruit leathers and fruit pieces.

The only equipment needed is a dehydrator or an oven. Vitamins A and C can be lost in this process but there is a process called sulfuring to help prevent the vitamin loss.

One good thing about dried foods is they are lightweight and use a small area for storage space.    

MORE INFORMATION

There are many things to consider when deciding how to preserve your food. For all methods of food preservation, you need equipment.

“In making a decision about how to preserve your food, consider the equipment required, the preparation and processing times, the nutrient value of the foods and the convenience of preparation for you after the food has been preserved,” said Roberts.  

For more information contact Tammy Roberts by telephone at (660) 679-4167 or by e-mail at robertstt@missouri.edu.
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Scout for Podworms in Blooming Soybeans

Contact: Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist
Headquartered in Barton County
PHONE: 417-682-3579
EMAIL: scheidtjk@missouri.edu

LAMAR, Mo. -- Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Barton County, scouted fields south of Lockwood near Hwy. 97on July 23 for the crop scouting program. Scheidt offers this advice from the field.

CORN

Corn is in the milk stage and should enter the soft dough stage soon.

“Very little Japanese beetles and corn earworms were seen in corn. Corn earworm feed at the tip of the ear while other worms like armyworms feed near the middle or base of the ear. Any injury to the ear will make the ear more susceptible to disease,” said Scheidt.

A video from Scheidt about scouting for corn earworms is available online at: http://youtu.be/QdIrISeuJoo.

SOYBEANS

Soybeans are in the third trifoliate and bloom stage, pods should begin to form soon.

“Monitor blooming soybeans for podworms. Podworms are many different colors and can have longitude stripes; to differentiate between other worms, look for black dots all over the body, this is an identifier of podworm,” said Scheidt.

Threshold levels are 1 per foot of row or when 5 percent or more pods are damaged.

“Not much insect feeding was seen,” said Scheidt.

Threshold levels for all foliage feeding insects in soybeans are 30% defoliation before bloom and 20 percent defoliation during or after bloom.

Scheidt says soybean cyst nematodes were found in one field.

“If there is an area of stunted growth, pull up a plant and examine the roots for small circular growths, looking like miniature nodules- these are soybean cyst nematodes,” said Scheidt.

These parasites can severely stunt growth and reduce yields. In order to manage SCN, rotate with non-host crops like corn, wheat or sorghum and control weeds.

MORE INFORMATION

The weekly field scouting report is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and Barton County Extension. For more information on this scouting report, or to learn how to receive it a week earlier by telephone, contact the MU Extension Center in Barton County, (417) 682-3579.
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Annie's Project 10th Anniversary Celebration Sept. 19-20 at Lake of the Ozarks will Honor Missouri Farm Women

Contact: Wesley Tucker, agriculture business specialist
Headquartered in Polk County
Tel: (417) 326-4916
E-mail: tuckerw@missouri.edu

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Annie's Project in Missouri is celebrating 10 years of empowering farm women to be better managers and owners of their farming operations.

“For past Annie's Project graduates, the celebration is a chance to reunite. For those new to Annie's Project, this is an opportunity to learn about the program and people,” said Wesley Tucker, agriculture business specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The celebration will take place in early fall at a two-day conference on Sept. 19-20 in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

“Throughout the course of our Annie’s Project programs we have had several women expressing the desire for a conference where they could meet other farm women from across the state,” said Mary Sobba, agribusiness specialist and Annie’s Project Co-State Coordinator. “This is another great forum for women in agriculture to get together to learn about the business of farming and network with others in like situations.”

Some of the Midwest’s top agriculture professionals will be featured at the conference.

The September conference will feature Jerry Crownover, Teddy Gentry, and John Baker. Jerry Crownover, beef producer and humorist, will be the Friday night keynote speaker. Teddy Gentry, vocalist and bass guitarist for the band Alabama and founder of South Poll Cattle Breed, will discuss matching cattle to your environment. John Baker, attorney and administrator of the Iowa State University Beginning Farmer Center, will discuss how to treat heirs fairly when only one is taking over the farm.

Other topics covered at the events will include the 2014 farm bill, financial statements –beyond the basics, financing your farm, market outlook, climate trends, livestock production, and crop, forage, and livestock insurance.

"We invite all Missouri farm women, whether or not they've participated in Annie's Project, to these celebrations," says Karisha Devlin, agribusiness specialist and Annie’s Project Co-State Coordinator. "We want to honor all Missouri farm women for their roles in agriculture, connect women with each other, and raise awareness of agricultural risk management."

Registration, which covers the costs of meals, breaks and conference materials, is only $35. The complete program agenda and registration online can be found online at http://extension.missouri.edu/annie or by calling the Polk County Extension Center at 417-326-4916.

The Annie’s Project 10 Year Celebration Events are partially funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency and is sponsored by Farm Credit, along with University of Missouri Extension and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
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Small Farmers Can Learn About Production of Rabbits, Poultry, Swine, Beef and Goats Aug. 6 in Mt. Vernon

CONTACT: Nahshon Bishop, a small farm specialist
Lincoln University Cooperative Extension
Tel: (417) 846-3948
Email: bishop@lincolnu.edu

MT. VERNON, Mo. -- Lincoln University Cooperative Extension is hosting an animal production workshop for small farmers in southwest Missouri. This free workshop will look at the commercial production of rabbits, pastured poultry, swine, beef and goats.

“Commercial Animal Production for Small Farmers” will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 6 at the Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon.

Individuals planning to attend this workshop must complete a registration form that is available online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.

A number of different speakers will cover a variety of topics following a free lunch. Robin Farmer will speak on the topic of rabbit production. Another guest speaker will address the topic of “Poultry Production.”

“Sheep and Goat Production” will be presented by Charlotte Clifford-Rathert, DVM. “Swine Production” will be presented by David Middleton. The “Beef Production” topic will be addressed by Randy Garrett and “Processing” will be covered by Robert Long of Golden City Meats.

For more information contact event organizer, Nahshon Bishop, a small farm specialist with Lincoln University Extension in southwest Missouri, by telephone at (417) 846-3948 or email at bishop@lincolnu.edu.
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Christian County Master Gardeners Offering Three Free Sessions on Gardening July 26 in Ozark

Contact: Dr. Gordon Carriker, agriculture business specialist
Headquartered in Christian County
Tel: (417) 581-3558
E-mail: carrikerg@missouri.edu

For Interviews contact: J.J. Leek at 417-581-6774  

OZARK, Mo. – Christian County Master Gardeners will present three free sessions on gardening from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 26 at the Ozark Community Center (OC), 1530 W. Jackson St., Ozark. Register to attend by calling the Christian County Extension office at 581-3558.

Program topics for the gardening event will address food preservation, mulching and watering and pest control.

Managing the Harvest – Master Gardeners Marla Hull and J.J. Leek will discuss how to preserve the bountiful produce picked from a garden. Instruction will include making simple relishes, pickles and freezer jellies and jams. Jennifer Nevatt, nutritional program associate with the Extension, will share canning recipes and techniques.

Mulching and Watering – Larry Martin, director of public works for Ozark, will share tips on mulching and watering to keep plants healthy during hot, dry weather.

Pest Control – Master Gardener Tom Bakie will discuss how to safely manage insect pests.

The Christian County Master Gardeners maintain the city’s demonstration garden, also at the OC. If you would like to help with the garden’s maintenance, call JJ Leek at 581-6774.

For more information on the Christian County Master Gardeners, its demonstration garden and its free public classes, contact J.J. Leek at 581-6774, or Jennifer Ailor at 581-4018.

To become a Master Gardener, contact Dr. Gordon Carriker, MU Extension specialist and advisor to the Christian County Master Gardeners at 581-3558.
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Get Tickets Now for “Salute to Century Farms” in Greene County Sept. 30

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909
E-mail: burtond@missouri.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Put on your jeans and boots and come celebrate our agricultural heritage in an historical setting and help honor the Century Farms in Greene County. The first annual “Salute to Century Farms” will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Round Barn Event Center along Clear Creek, 10731 W. US Hwy 160, Walnut Grove.

The event location is historically known as the Octagonal Barn and is located 3.5 miles east of Ash Grove on Hwy. 160 (northwest of Springfield). The barn was built in 1880 and is probably the earliest polygonal or round barn in Missouri. It is the largest known barn of its type in the state and is the only one with full stone wall construction.

During the event, Greene County Extension will honor those being named “Century Farms” this year. An hour of musical entertainment will be provided by Acoustic Essays, a traditional bluegrass and classic country band that has played at many area venues including Silver Dollar City. Attendees will be treated to a full meal provided by Maggie Mae’s Catering from Miller.

Our guest speaker will be David Baker, assistant dean of agriculture extension at the University of Missouri. He will discuss the 100 year history of Cooperative Extension and the challenges facing family farms in the coming 15-20 years.

The evening will also include a silent auction on over $1,500 worth of merchandise. Items will be posted in advance of the event. All proceeds will benefit Greene County Extension.

This event is made possible by our media sponsors: News-Leader; Ozarks Farm and Neighbor Newspaper; KOLR/KOZL; Our Gold Level sponsor the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District; and our silver level sponsors Old Missouri Bank and Cox Health Systems; and our bronze level sponsors: Race Brothers Farm Supply, Main Street Feeds and Fire & Ice Restaurant & Bar.

HONORED FARMS

Farms in Greene County being recognized as Century Farms include for 2014 are Charles and Katherine Buckner of Fair Grove. We will also recognize the 2013 farms at this year’s event: Robert and Mary Mays of Ash Grove; John and Doris Breakbill of Republic; and Warren D. Hardy Jr. of Rogersville.

Advance tickets are required and cost $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Greene County Extension office or with a check or credit card using various tickets options at online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.

For 100 years, MU Extension has engaged Missourians in relevant programs based on University of Missouri research. The year 2014 marks the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, a national network whose purpose is to extend university-based knowledge beyond the campus.

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything. More information is available at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene or by calling the MU Extension office in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

“I’m More Alike Than Different,” Says 4-H Member

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION
SOUTHWEST REGION NEWS SERVICE
Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909
E-mail: burtond@missouri.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Jack Neidigh is member of the Sac River Stablemates 4-H Club in Greene County. He is also a 9-year old with both Down’s syndrome and autism.

Jack and his mother Lynn made a presentation to the Southwest Region Extension Council on June 24 inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, Springfield, Mo.

His presentation, “I am More Alike Than Different,” highlighted the difference in communication for Jack, who uses a tablet computer to speak.

The video of his presentation is available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/EWuxkq6qukM or can be accessed on the regional MU Extension channel at  http://www.youtube.com/MUExtension417.

WHY 4-H IS SPECIAL

Jack’s mother Lynn was in 4-H as a child growing up in Dallas County. But as a parent she says 4-H is important to her son and her entire family. One of those reasons is that 4-H helps to build a community for her children.

“With 4-H participation we are building an inclusive community and that is difficult to find when you are raising a child with a disability. Our society likes to do special things for them, and it’s my vision that he learn and live with all of us as my typical daughter does. And 4-H allows us to do that because there are the same kids in our 4-H group as the kids he goes to school with,” said Lynn.

Members of the Sac River Stablemates 4-H Club learn more about Jack and become more comfortable with his mannerisms. Lynn says they also learn how to support him and so that they can support him when he is in the community.

The second important thing for Jack is learning, and no organization does that better than 4-H according to Lynn.

“I have a master’s in education and I really believe 4-H. First of all, the experiential learning and learning by doing meets the needs of all children. It is not just reading, it is not just learning by listening but it’s learning by doing,” said Lynn. “4-H allows anyone to enter a project no matter their skills. It allows for self-directed learning and growing, and that is important.”

Lynn says the fact that 4-H curriculum doesn’t mandate an age for when a member learns something makes 4-H learning different than the typical education system.

“It’s self-directed and that’s what makes it fun. These factors are really important to us and it’s important to Jack because it really meets his learning style and needs. He can also learn at his own pace which really works for us because as you listen to Jack it takes him longer, and it takes a lot more practice than typical children,” said Lynn.

Overall, 4-H is exactly what the Neidigh family needs according to Lynn.

“So 4-H is important to Jack and to our family for those reasons. I encourage you all to continue to support it monetarily as well as with your own talents, whatever you have to give,” said Lynn.

MORE INFORMATION 

Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. The 4-H program helps to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. To learn more about 4-H -- the world’s largest youth-serving organization -- and how to get involved locally go online to http://mo4h.missouri.edu.

It is possible to support 4-H in Greene County by becoming a member of the “Friends of Greene County Extension.” Information is available online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.

Residents of southwest Missouri can contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists for  information: Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Monica Spittler in Taney County, (417) 546-5531; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500 or Velynda Cameron in Polk County at (417) 326-4916.
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