Services

Educational opportunities

Single- and multi-session educational programs cover topics in agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, and emergency management. Fees vary by program. Customized training is available.

Small business development assistance: Transforming Missouri businesses

MoSBTDCMU Extension business specialists provide assistance to those wanting to start, maintain or expand a business through the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC), and via Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC), which guide firms interested in doing contract business with federal, state and local governments. MO SBTDC specialized services include assistance with technology and product commercialization, international trade, market research and energy and environmental issues.

Soil testing

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.

Soil tests are $15 per sample. Instructions can be found at this website: http://vimeo.com/78342953

Canner gauge tests

Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids is available. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.)

Cost is $2 per lid.

Distance education test proctoring

MU Extension proctors tests for students enrolled in Mizzou Online courses.

Call for an appointment. The Cole County Office is not set up to proctor online exams. Written tests are administered between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Plant and insect identification

Plant and insect samples may be brought to the extension office for identification or disease diagnosis. Recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases are provided.

Fee charged for samples submitted to labs.

Private pesticide applicator training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must purchase or bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training. Manuals may be purchased at the extension center.

Plant disease diagnosis

Plant disease, insect and weed diagnosis is available for field crops, ornamentals, vegetables, fruits and turfs.