MU Extension in Worth County

MU Extension in Worth County MU Extension faculty in every county of Missouri continue to carry the benefits of MU research throughout the entire state.

The purpose of the Worth County Extension Council is for members to cooperate in providing effective educational program support for the county citizens by discussing issues of concern and need, making recommendations on issues of concern in the county, assisting the County Program Director (CPD) with council training, promoting and supporting county planning and programming according to state laws and administrative guidelines, fostering the partnership of University of Missouri Extension, supporting the policies and procedures of the Extension council, following the state laws and supporting the funding for county office operations, Worth County Extension programs, governance and membership.

Mission: The mission of the Worth County Extension is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies that enhance access to the resources and research of the University of Missouri.

MU Hundley-Whaley Research Center
08/10/2020

MU Hundley-Whaley Research Center

The Hundley-Whaley Research Center Virtual Field Day will share prerecorded video presentations on timely ag topics. Presenters will include Ray Massey, Extension professor of agricultural and applied economics in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, and Andy Luke, field specialist in agronomy with MU Extension. These videos will be available during Hundley-Whaley’s Virtual Field Day, which will take place Tuesday, Aug. 11, on this page, as well as the Hundley-Whaley website:

hundleywhaley.missouri.edu/field-day/

Older business owners and workers play an increasingly important role in our economy. Nationally they represent one in t...
08/10/2020

Older business owners and workers play an increasingly important role in our economy. Nationally they represent one in three business owners and start 25% of all new firms. Private-sector workers aged 55 years and older represented 23% of Missouri’s 2019 labor force, and held the most jobs in health care. As older adults, these workers are more at risk for COVID-19 illness and represent a potential long-term labor challenge for industries with larger proportions of these experienced owners and employees. Read more in the latest Missouri Economy Indicators about business openings and revenue:https://extension2.missouri.edu/media/wysiwyg/Extensiondata/Pro/ExCEED/Docs/MissouriEconomy_OlderAdults_Issue11_10Aug20.pdf

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08/10/2020
MU Extension in Harrison County

MU Extension in Harrison County

Dear Friend,
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing more and more reports of folks receiving mysterious packages of seeds from China and other countries that they never ordered. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Missouri Department of Agriculture have been working with folks to secure and identify these mystery seeds and to ensure unsuspecting individuals don’t plant these seeds, which could be dangerous or invasive species not native to the United States.

The good news is that the USDA has identified many of the seeds that have been secured as harmless plants, like mustard, cabbage, morning glory, mint, sage, rosemary, lavender, hibiscus, and roses. The bad news is that there are some reports of these seeds being coated with a purple substance, which sounds a lot like a seed treatment. As many farmers will know, this isn’t something you want to come in contact with if you can avoid it, especially considering this seed treatment hasn’t been evaluated in the United States.

While the USDA has identified some of the seeds Americans have received as harmless, they are still urging folks that get these mystery seeds in the mail to work with the USDA and the Missouri Department of Agriculture to identify and safely dispose of the seeds. The Missouri Department of Agriculture recommends Missouri residents follow this guidance if they receive unsolicited seeds in the mail:
1. Do not open the seed package.
2. Do not plant the seeds if you have opened the package.Do not dispose of the seeds, packages or envelopes.
3. Please place the seeds in a ziploc-style bag, as well as any remaining associated shipping packaging that you may still have (including outer shipping envelope that includes the shipping label), then mail to:
USDA APHIS PPQ
Attn: SEEDS
1715 Southridge Dr.
Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573) 893-6833

If you already planted the seeds, USDA has provided the following guidance:
• Remove the seeds or plants and at least 3 inches of the surrounding soil and place inside a plastic bag.
• Squeeze out the air and tightly seal the bag.
• Place the bag inside a second plastic bag, squeeze out the air and seal it tightly.
• Put the bag in the municipal trash. Do not compost it.
• If you planted the seeds in reusable pots or containers, wash the planting container with soap and water to remove any remaining dirt. It’s important to wash the container over a sink or other container to catch the run-off. Put the run-off down the drain or flush down a toilet.
• Soak clean planting container in a 10 percent bleach and water solution for 30 minutes.
Based on what we know now, it appears this is all part of what is known as a “brushing scam,” where online retailers, often from China, send unsolicited packages containing items of a minimal value to people and then post fake online reviews for their products. The idea behind all of this is to con American consumers into buying whatever poorly made junk these con artists are hocking on the internet. It’s an unbelievable slap in the face to Americans who are currently struggling through a global pandemic that is a direct result of the lies of the communist regime in China. So remember, if you get strange seeds in the mail that you didn’t order, don’t open the seed package and definitely don’t plant them.

Sincerely,

Sam Graves

MU Extension in Harrison County
08/05/2020

MU Extension in Harrison County

Tar Spot
By Andy Luke, Field Specialist in Agronomy

Farmers should scout their corn fields for tar spot this growing season. Tar spot, a fungal disease, is common in Central and South America but was first identified in the United States in 2015. Since then it has spread throughout the Corn Belt and was found in three counties in Northeast Missouri in 2019.
Tar spot can be found on upper and lower leaf surfaces and appears as small raised black dots that look very similar to tar (those who named it weren’t very creative). The spots do not bust through the leaf epidermis so can’t be scraped off of the leaf surface, unlike rust or other disease pustules. Tan to brown lesions can surround the tar spots, and occasionally in heavy infestations the spots can be found on the husks and leaf sheaths.
The pathogen that causes tar spot overwinters on infested corn residue and can be spread via wind and rain splashing. Disease symptoms have been observed as early as V3, but have been seen most often on corn during mid-to-late grain fill on leaves at or below the ear level. Cool temperatures and high relative humidity are thought to favor infection, and periods of persistent rain have been shown to promote disease development. In heavy infestations, yield losses of up to 30 bushels per acre have resulted from reduced ear weight, poor kernel fill and loose kernels.
Best management practices for tar spot are still being developed. Fungicides have shown to reduce tar spot, but the best application timing and effective modes of action are still being researched. Because the inoculum survives on residue, tillage of infected fields and crop rotation are the best management options at this time for fields with tar spot.
Scouting for tar spot will help researchers track the spread of the disease and understand its behavior and severity. If you suspect you have tar spot in your corn fields, contact me, Andy Luke, at (660) 425-6434.
(Written 8/3/2020)

MU Extension in Harrison County
08/05/2020

MU Extension in Harrison County

MU Extension in Harrison County
08/03/2020

MU Extension in Harrison County

Most small Missouri businesses (83%) were open in early July, but the share of businesses that were open varied by indus...
07/27/2020

Most small Missouri businesses (83%) were open in early July, but the share of businesses that were open varied by industry. Seasonally adjusted sales in mid-June were on par with January 2020 revenue for the nearly nine in 10 small businesses that were open in Missouri. This is significant given that revenue in early April was down nearly 30% from the prior month and resulted in large job layoffs. Read more in the latest Missouri Economy Indicators about business openings and revenue: https://extension2.missouri.edu/media/wysiwyg/Extensiondata/Pro/ExCEED/Docs/MissouriEconomy_BusinessOpen_Issue10_072720.pdf
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Participants in our virtual Neighborhood Leadership Academy will learn in-depth community building strategies, leadershi...
07/24/2020

Participants in our virtual Neighborhood Leadership Academy will learn in-depth community building strategies, leadership skills, project planning tools, and management practices. Sample projects may include promoting and implementing a community garden or planning and obtaining funding for a neighborhood park. Are you interested in changing your community in Northwest Missouri for the better? Click here to learn more: https://extension2.missouri.edu/regional-leadership-academy and sign up for the Northwest Missouri Cohort.
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Timely decision making is essential for farm and ranch businesses. The Short-Term Operating Plan for Farms and Ranches w...
07/23/2020

Timely decision making is essential for farm and ranch businesses. The Short-Term Operating Plan for Farms and Ranches was developed to help farm and ranch families continue operating their businesses with minimal interruptions should the primary decision maker(s) be unable to make short-term decisions. The plan could be helpful in an unexpected situation such as hospitalization or military deployment. Locating key information is stressful and time consuming, and this plan will help to reduce stress and save time.

Access the planning resource from MU Extension: https://extension2.missouri.edu/m202.

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Have you called northwest Missouri home?Whether northwest Missouri is currently your home or has been in the past, commu...
07/17/2020

Have you called northwest Missouri home?
Whether northwest Missouri is currently your home or has been in the past, community leaders need your perspective. Your participation in a short survey will help guide leaders to make meaningful improvements and enhance collaboration of local communities. Click here to participate: https://missouri.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a4t6xGbI7PXba8B
To learn more, visit www.maximizenwmo.org.

07/17/2020

If you missed the Horticulture Update held during the June 26 Women in Ag Lunch and Learn series you can find the recording here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkzJsM2Zshs and learn about what issues we’re seeing around the state and figure out what may be happening in your own garden.

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07/17/2020
Overview of July 2020 Crop and Livestock Outlook

View an overview of the July 2020 crop and livestock outlook presented by Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) and MU Extension,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgDc1tm9kdI.

Sign up for future monthly Missouri crop and livestock outlook presentations at https://www.fapri.missouri.edu/monthly-webcast/.

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Marty Foreman shares an overview of the crop and livestock outlook for July 2020. The outlook is presented by Ag & Business Policy Extension and the Food and...

Join us Friday 12:00-1:00 pm for this week’s Women in Ag Lunch and Learn Topic covers Livestock risk Protection Techniqu...
07/15/2020

Join us Friday 12:00-1:00 pm for this week’s Women in Ag Lunch and Learn Topic covers Livestock risk Protection Techniques.

If you’d like updates on each week’s topic email [email protected] or [email protected]

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The Governor announced yesterday $30 million from CARES money dedicated to grants for Missouri's small businesses and fa...
07/15/2020

The Governor announced yesterday $30 million from CARES money dedicated to grants for Missouri's small businesses and family-owned farms. $7.5 million of the $30 million is reserved for family owned farms and family farm corporations. The program will provide reimbursements of costs incurred due to coronavirus. The small business grants have a short application window, July 14 – August 31, 2020. Learn more: https://ded.mo.gov/content/small-business-grant-program.

Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments
07/13/2020

Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments

BIG NEWS FOR WORTH COUNTY!!!

Worth County Commission has received CARES Act funding and is using funds to offer a grant opportunity for Small Businesses & Non-Profits and Public Entities in WORTH COUNTY that have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis!

If you are interested in applying for funds, please access the information criteria, application and supporting documentation through the link below

https://nwmorcog.org/home/cares-act/

Self-employment becomes more important during periods of economic uncertainty. In light of the recession caused by COVID...
07/13/2020

Self-employment becomes more important during periods of economic uncertainty. In light of the recession caused by COVID-19, many more Missourians may pursue self-employment as a means to create their own jobs or earn supplemental income. Trends in nonemployer establishments show where individuals find opportunities to earn extra income or create their own jobs. Read more in the latest Missouri Economy Indicators about nonemployer establishments: https://extension2.missouri.edu/media/wysiwyg/Extensiondata/Pro/ExCEED/Docs/MissouriEconomy_NonEmployer_Issue9.pdf.

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MU Extension in Ste. Genevieve County
07/10/2020

MU Extension in Ste. Genevieve County

Our fruit production webinar Monday night is Table Grape Production. Register here: https://extension2.missouri.edu/…/commercial-fruit-crop-pro… If you want to register for the whole series, prior classes are recorded and can viewed at your convenience. #ExtendMU #2xAg2030

MU Extension - Nutrition & Health
07/08/2020

MU Extension - Nutrition & Health

Do you love the taste of fresh garden produce? Do you want to enjoy it year round?

Then our online food preservation course is for you! Sign up for our online food preservation course to learn how to safely can at home!

For more information or to register visit https://extension2.missouri.edu/food-preservation-2020

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Board Training Online is a virtual program that will help participants gain insight on what it means to be an effective ...
07/08/2020

Board Training Online is a virtual program that will help participants gain insight on what it means to be an effective board member, and on topics such as legalities, managing funds, and conducting effective meetings. Sessions are each Tuesday and Thursday over the noon hour, starting July 21.

Register at: https://extension2.missouri.edu/build-your-board-training-online-2020

If you have questions or would like more information about the content of this on-line program, contact Jackie Spainhower, [email protected] or call the Harrison County Extension Center at 660-425-6434.

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Did you know USDA recently revised the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) insurance program? Premiums are now due at the en...
07/08/2020

Did you know USDA recently revised the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) insurance program? Premiums are now due at the end of the endorsement period and better premium subsidies on cattle and swine policies as of July 1. Learn more about LRP by visiting MU Extension’s website: https://extension.missouri.edu/g459.
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07/02/2020
Overview of USDA Acreage and Grain Stocks - June 2020

The USDA Acreage and Grain Stocks reports were published June 30, 2020. Marty Foreman reviews these two reports and explains the impact they may have on supply & demand and the price outlook.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VooYB7bgNGE

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The USDA Acreage and Grain Stocks reports were published June 30, 2020. Marty Foreman, University of Missouri Extension - Agricultural Business & Policy, rev...

07/02/2020
Women in Ag Lunch and Learn: Succession Planning During a Crisis (May 15)

Passing the family farm to the next generation may take more work than just drawing up a will. In this Women in Ag Lunch and Learn session Wesley Tucker, Ag Business Field Specialist, talks about succession planning and explains what families can do to keep the family farm in business.
https://youtu.be/ukGDKTTadZY

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Every Friday the Cultivating Resiliency group focuses on a topic women in agriculture face. Our May 15 topic covers succession planning, growing your success...

Sign up today for the MU Extension Summer Tax School. The event will be held via Zoom on Thursday, July 9 from 8 a.m. to...
07/02/2020

Sign up today for the MU Extension Summer Tax School. The event will be held via Zoom on Thursday, July 9 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This school will focus on agriculture tax issues including the CARES Act, entity structuring considerations, QBID, self-employment tax issues, ag bankruptcy taxation, and deferred contracts. To register and get more information about fees and services please contact Mary Sobba, [email protected] or visit https://extension2.missouri.edu/…/mu-extension-summer-tax-s….
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County Courthouse
Grant City, MO
64456

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Monday 08:30 - 11:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 11:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 11:30
Thursday 08:30 - 11:30
Friday 08:30 - 11:30

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Grain Marketing Workshop to be held Monday, March 9 at BTC Bank in Bethany. Registration is open. https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/grain-marketing-workshop-bethany