Putnam County’s Extension Information Night, which is held annually to update producers and all interested persons, will be held next Wednesday, February 8th. This year it will again be held in conjunction with Putnam County’s Annual Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) meeting. It will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and be at the Putnam County High School. Dinner will be provided, as has been the case in past years, courtesy of several of our local businesses. Our annual pie/dessert auction will be held as well during dinner with the proceeds used to help fund capital expenses (equipment, etc) for the Extension Office here in Unionville.

“We continue to try and make it possible for everyone to attend that can” says Joe Koenen, Agricultural Business Specialist. “The program is being held in February before farmers start calving, and we feel like we have topics that will interest farmers and non-farmers alike again this time”, says Joe. “Again this year we are doing just the 2 sessions so that we can get everyone home a little earlier” said Joe. Sessions will be 40 minutes and a couple will be repeated so you can attend more than 1 topic. Topics are selected for their timeliness and
interest. Several of these topics should be of interest to many of you. There will be a session on Farm Trucking Regulations due to the large interest it had last year so is returning again this year (it is a 2 part session). Another couple of sessions are on Missouri Crime Trends and Taking Care of You – A Program for Dealing with Women’s Stress and Natural Pest Control for the Home Garden that are very timely topics in our area right now. The rest of the topics will be: Managing Your Woodlands; Government Programs Available to Landowners; Glyphosate Resistant Marestail in Beans and Forages {Hay and Pastures} and Family Nutrition Programs available through University of Missouri Extension. The 2012 Annual Soil and Water Conservation District Meeting is again combined with this program to assist attendance for both programs. The Putnam County Extension Council elections will be held from 5 to 7 pm at the school before the meeting for your convenience. “We feel like these topics and the program will be very useful to you and your operation, business or home,” says Joe. Again this year, several local businesses are picking up the cost of the meal. “We really do appreciate all their support,” says Koenen. “Without their assistance, this program would not be possible”. The Putnam County Extension Council will be catering the meal this year. The Putnam County University of Missouri Extension Council and Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) sponsor this meeting. We also want to thank the Putnam County School System for the use of the school. This program has always brought out a big crowd here so we hope you’ll come and attend (and bring your spouse along too) on the 8th. Please come for the pie/dessert auction too. For more information on this or other meetings, contact the Extension Office at putnamco@missouri.edu.