How to Ruin Your Community

In 1969, the Missouri Department of Tourism and Commerce sent out a list of 10 ways to ruin your community. Learn more about this list and its modern application from Greene County MU Extension County Engagement Specialist David Burton. Video: How to Ruin Your Community | Video: Building Community with Positive Leadership 

EXCEL Leadership Program - Register Now

If you rather help improve your community enroll in our free EXCEL leadership program or participate in some of these related programs.  Register anytime for our free award-winning leadership development program for residents of Greene County (known as EXCEL).  Program Scorecard (PDF) | Online Scorecard | Free - Register online for EXCEL program.

Mizzou Community and Leadership Network Meets June 13

The first Mizzou Community Leadership Network meeting begins at noon, June 13 at The Roost Bar and Grill, 4216 S. Cox Rd, Ste 112, Springfield, Mo. Network with Mizzou alumni AND other community leadership minded people. Special noon luncheon open to anyone. Pre-register by calling (417) 881-8909 or register online for free. Cost of $10 per person (to cover the cost of the buffet meal) will be collected at the door. Each gathering features a Q&A with a featured Mizzou alum who is making a difference in Springfield or Greene County. Emphasis will be on their lessons learned in the area of leadership. Event flyer (PDF)

Community Assessment Survey

Give your input on a statewide community assessment survey.  Online Community Survey | Statewide Comprehensive Survey

Think BIG to Grow Missouri

"Think Big to Grow Missouri" is an initiative by University of Missouri Extension to expand specialty crop production in southwest Missouri. MU Extension faculty have been challenged to develop programming that will double the impact of Missouri’s agriculture sector, without negatively affecting our natural resources. The specialty crops initiative will contribute to this important goal. Currently, the United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) funded StrikeForce Farmer Development program serving 46 counties in the southwest and southeast regions provides opportunities to build on the successes and lessons learned to continue to develop the project.

Missouri Garlic School

Garlic is an emerging specialty crop in Missouri. Whether you already grow garlic commercially, are interested in learning more or are a backyard garlic grower, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from a nationally known expert, and regional growers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, May 17 at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield. Cost is $20 per person. Registration form (PDF) | Register online

Upcoming Strikeforce Programs

See a complete list of our upcoming programs. Programming flyer ((PDF)

Help with Your Lawn and Garden

Master Gardeners of Greene County hotline at 417-874-2963.

Planting Guide: Vegetable Planting Calendar. | Do not waste money on your lawn, garden or field. See "Soil Test Central."

Regional Extension Photos

Extension is doing great work in southwest Missouri and having a positive impact on lives. She our photo library for interesting examples. Photo library

Grazing Schools Statewide

Learn to grow better grass for the health of your livestock and the improvement of your farm operations. We have a statewide map showing available trainings. State map (PDF)

Apply for a Free Energy Audit

In over ten years of operation, one University of Missouri program has saved Missouri industries nearly $65 million or on the average of about $50,000 per year in energy costs. The Midwest Industrial Assessment Center (IAC), located in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Missouri, provides a free opportunity for an energy assessment or audit of companies. Learn More and Apply (PDF)

Regional Media Releases

MU Extension's Southwest Region News Service provides articles on timely topics to journalists and residents relevant to southwest Missouri. Read those media releases online as part of the Southwest Missouri News

Sign up for a Newsletter in 2019

Now is a great time to start receiving one of our award-winning emailed newsletters. Best of all you can enroll online for free. Get our weekly emailed newsletter known as the Southwest Region News Service or our monthly Reaching Out Report.

Employee Training Programs

If your business regularly offers programs for employees, as part of ongoing professional development or as an employee incentive plan, these local University of Missouri Extension specialists can offer affordable research-based educational programming. Read more | VideoProgram Brochure (PDF)

Our Office Goal and Vision

Greene County MU Extension will help county businesses create or save 5,000 jobs, individually educate 500,000 county residents on topics improving their families, farms, and nutrition, and train 1,500 new community leaders and volunteers by 2030.


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