Contact Information: Dale Hodges, Advisor California R-1 High School 1501 West Buchanan, California, MO 65018 Office phone - (573)796-8624 Cell - (573)533-1576
The Adult Agriculture Education program and the Young Farmers organization involve adults in educational and leadership activities at the local, district, state and national levels. Membership in the organizations is open to persons of any age. Each Young Farmer chapter is tied in with its local adult Ag education program. The adult ag ed teacher serves as an adviser to the chapter, but the extent of the activities are completely up to the members of the chapter. Activities can include things such as educational classes, factory tours, fundraisers, social events, agricultural promotion, and much more. Many of the Chapters have recently changed their name to "Ag Leaders" instead of "Young Farmers" to help promote the fact that you do not have to be a farmer to be a member of this organization, there are activities that people from all walks of life can take advantage of.
2023/2024 Schedule of Meetings Meetings are held in the High School Horticulture classroom and start at 7:00 PM
November 9 - Pulled Pork Meal and Meeting Topic Planning (6:30) Meal will start at 6:30 with meeting to follow. We will see the final report of the MO YF Summer Tour and discuss topics for the rest of the year. Please invite anyone that may have an interest in our weekly topic meetings.
November 16- Winter Forage Management Gene Schmitz, MU Extension Field Specialist in Livestock will present winter feeding strategies for cattle producers due to limited hay and pasture due to the drought.
November 30 - Legislative Update with Rep. Willard Haley December 7 - No Meeting This Week - National Young Farmers Institute
Monday December 11 - California High School Agriculture Facilities Tour We are holding a California Agriculture Program tour here at our high school agriculture buildings on Monday, December 11th starting at 6:00 pm. The public is welcome to attend. We will be giving tours of our facilities, speaking about the classes we teach and the different equipment and labs that our students get to utilize on a daily basis. If you, or anyone else that you know, would like to attend, please join us on the 11th! We feel this will be a great opportunity to learn more about our program.
December 14 - End of Year Tax Planning We will discuss any changes in the tax laws relating to farmers and ranchers and other end of year decisions that need to be made to limit the amount of tax liability due for the year.
December 21 - January 4 - Eitzen Mansion Tour (6:00 PM) We will meet at the Eitzen mansion at 6:00 PM to tour the mansion which will still be adorned with its christmas decorations. Everyone is welcome to attend but you need to RSVP so that they will have a head count for the light finger food and snacks they are providing for our group. Call or text me if you plan to attend. My number (573)533-1576.
January 11 - Chili Supper
January 18 - Agricultural Outlook - Ben Brown MU Extension Agricultural Economist Ben will speak on commodity markets and things affecting the economy and what may occur in the coming year. January 25 -
February 15 February 22
March - 7 -"Greenhouse Planting" 6:00 - 8:00 PM If you would like to get a head start on gardening, come out and plant some seed in the greenhouse to get started growing. A variety of flower and vegetable seed will be available along with the containers and soil. You may also bring seed of your own if you have something special you want to plant. The plants will remain in the greenhouse until you are ready for them. They will need to be picked up before school lets out for the summer.
March - 14 "Private Pesticide Applicator Training" - 6:00 PM Training will be given if you need to get certified or renew your private pesticide applicator license in order to be able to purchase restricted use pesticides. If you are renewing, bring the manual from the previous certification meeting you attended to avoid paying the fee. If you are a new certification there will be a required fee. Please be on time!