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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

January 25, 2018

Scheduled MU Extension Agriculture Programs in Southwest Missouri During the Winter

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Agriculture and other specialists in southwest Missouri working with University of Missouri Extension are planning a large number of winter trainings and conferences covering a variety of timely agriculture and horticulture topics.

The list of programs is growing daily and are being scheduled online at

Several conferences are still in the planning stages and this list will be updated regularly.


Produce Safety Training Jan. 29: this program is for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. Class is being held Jan 29 in Springfield. Register online at

Winter Dairy Day, Jan. 31, starting at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter Church of Christ, Billings. Cost is $5 per person. Contact Barry County Extension at 417-847-3161 to register. Program topics include: "How to manage your SCC" by Ted Probert, MU Extension Dairy specialist; "Milk fever is robbing your bottomline," with Reagan Bluel, MU Extension Dairy Specialist, and "Calving assistance" with Dr. Scott Poock, MU State Dairy Vet.


Private Pesticide Applicator Training, Feb. 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield. Cost is $25 per person. Call 417-881-8909 or register online at

Private Pesticide Applicator Training, starting at 1 p.m., Feb. 7, at Jasper County Extension Office. Cost is $25 per person. Call the Jasper County Extension office at 417-358-2158 to register.

"Understanding the Alphabet Soup of USDA Programs" is the topic of the regional Women in Dairy meeting being held from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo. Speakers will review resources offered to farmers and ranchers at the Farm Service Agency and explain funding options available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service, said Reagan Bluel, MU Extension dairy specialist. Pre-registration is needed since a free lunch is being served. Registering online at is preferred but can also be done by contacting Reagan Bluel by telephone at 417-847-3161 or email

Taney County Livestock and Forage Conference, Feb. 8, 2018 - 6 p.m. at Forsyth High School, Forsyth. Call Taney County Extension at 417-546-4431 for details or to register.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 1 p.m., Feb. 8. Cost of $25 per person. McDonald County Extension 417-223-4775.

49th Monett Dairy Day, starts at 10 a.m., Feb. 8 at Monett Armory, 300 Chapell Dr. Monett, MO 65708. Admission is $5 per person. For more information or to register contact Reagan Bluel at the Barry County Extension office, (417) 847-3161. Program topics include: "How to make the most of your DHIA records," with Mark Witherspoon, General Manager MidSouth Dairy Records; "Cost analysis of feeding raw milk to calves during spring flush," with Stacey Hamilton, University of Missouri Extension Dairy Specialist; "How to contract milk and feed for more consistent budgeting," with Joe Horner, University of Missouri Extension Economist; and "Dry cow rations: Big bang for your buck," with Reagan Bluel, University of Missouri Extension Dairy Specialist.

Monett Beef Conference, begins at 4 p.m., Feb. 8 at Monett Armory, 300 Chapell Dr. Monett. Call Lawrence County Extension for details at 466-3102

"Manage Your Woodland for Health and Productivity," 10 a.m. - 3p.m., Feb. 10, at Crowder College, Ag Science Bldg, 601 Laclede, Neosho. Register by calling Newton County Extension at 417-455-9500. Learn to identify and care for tree and how to effectively market them at harvest time.

2018 Farm Bill: How it Benefits Sustainable and Small-Scale Farmers, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, noon to 2 p.m. at Farmers Gastropub, 2620 S. Glenstone Avenue, Springfield. The 2018 Farm Bill includes programs that foster the next generation of farmers; foster inclusion and equity; spur economic development, regional food systems, and food access; support farmers to expand the organic market; and protect farmers' soil and water resources. A registration flyer is online at

Barton County Soils and Crops Conference, 9 a.m, Feb. 15 at Thiebaud Auditorium, Lamar. Cost is $5 per person. To register or for more information call 417-682-3579.

Stone County Livestock and Forage Conference, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 15 at Crane First Baptist Church, Crane. Speaker topics are "What killed the cow," with Dr. Tim Evans and "Cattle Vaccination Schedules," with Dr. Craig Payne. Call Stone County Extension at 417-357-6812 for details or to register.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 1 p.m., Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church Lamar. Cost is $25 per person. Call Barton County MU Extension at 417-682-3579.

Dairy Profit Seminars, Feb. 19-Feb 23 at various locations. Hosted by Missouri Dairy Association. Cost is $20 per person. Pre-Register by calling Reagan Bluel in Barry County 417-847-3161. Monday: Sedalia; Tuesday: Springfield; Wednesday: Mtn. Grove; Thursday: Jackson; Friday: Union.

Spring Forage Conference, starts at 9 a.m., Feb 26-27 at University Plaza Hotel, Springfield. Details along with registration information online at


Novel Tall Fescue Renovation School, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 6 at Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon. The cost is $60 per individual or $110 couple for a couple. Call Lawrence County Extension for details at 466-3102.

95th Ag Production Conference, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, 6821 West Independence , Springfield. Free with meal but pre-registration is required. To register call 417-881-8909 or go online to Presenting sponsors include Greene County Soil and Water Conservation, Greene County Commission, Integrity Home Care and Hospice. Event sponsors include Main Street Feed, Larson Farm Supply, Race Brothers and PFI Western Wear.

Annies Project - a farm management and networking program designed for women — begins March 1 at the McDonald County MU Extension office in Pineville. Pre-registration is needed by Feb. 22 and the cost is $75 per person. Enrollment is limited. Contact Jennifer Lutes at the McDonald County office, (417) 223-4775.


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. Additional information on this topic is available online at

Source: David Burton, (417) 881-8909

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