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Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Do you need help with arthritis, asthma, depression, diabetes or pre-diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease, lupus, osteoporosis, or other chronic conditions?


This program consists of 6 weekly sessions and will be held in Jefferson City at the Cole County MU Extension Center, Wednesday evenings 5:30-8 pm, April 4—May 9. There is no charge due to funding through the Central Missouri Regional Arthritis Center.


Contact the extension center at 573-634-2824 to register. We need to hear from you in advance.


Spring Gardening Seminar

The Spring Gardening Seminar will take place at Lincoln University's, Busby Farm on March 3.

Registration is open but spaces are limited. Many classes are already full. Click on the link to the left of this page and follow the instructions closely.

Missouri Century Farms

The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 as a result of the Missouri Committee for Agriculture that was co-chaired by James B. Boillot, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Elmer R. Kiehl, Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Missouri. The committee's purpose was to organize the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration in Missouri. One activity that was initiated by the committee was the "Centennial Farm" project, which awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. Interest in the program continued after 1976. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. This program has been sustained as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.

Applications are due by May 15, 2018. For more information, visit http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm/apply.aspx 

Save the date!

May 5, 2018: 4-H Foundation will host their 14th annual BBQ at Cole County Extension on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - pork steak dinner plates are $10; hot dog, hamburger or cheeseburger plates are $5. Local delivery is available for groups. Raffle tickets are also available. Please help support 4-H.

For more information, email coleco@missouri.edu or call 573-634-2824

Sep. 8, 2018: Cole County Extension Council Fall Festival  will be held at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds. More than 150 vendors will be selling crafts, all from mid-Missouri and surrounding states. Please plan to attend. Only $2 and you will support the Cole County Extension Center and these fine home businesses.

For more information, email kempkerj@missouri.edu or call 573-634-2824

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Farmers seeking a Private Pesticide Applicator Training need to call the Cole County Extension Center at 573-634-2824 to set up a time to watch a video. Walk-ins are not accepted. Depending on room availability, it can be scheduled on weekday mornings only. This program is free but the Private Applicator Manual (M87) is required. Manuals are available at the extension center.

To register, call 573-634-2824 or email coleco@missouri.edu 

Testing Pressure Canning Lids

Cole County Extension Center can only test 4 brands of dial pressure canner gages. The fee to test lids are $2 each. Please call in advance to schedule a time between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays.

Lids we test are: Presto; National; Maid of Honor and Magic Seal.
We are unable to test All American

please contact the extension center if you have further questions.

Join 4-H

There are several active 4-H Clubs in Cole County. 4-H is about more than plows, sows, and cows. Shooting Sports is the fastest growing project but with so many projects choices everyone can find something to meet their goals. 4-H is open to all youth ages 5-18.

The 4-H year begins October 1. Enrollment is open year-round; however, there are deadlines for being a member-in-good-standing to be eligible for awards, prizes, and fair participation.

Go to our Cole County 4-H Home Page or contact the office at coleco@missouri.edu for more information.

Master Gardeners

Central Missouri Master Gardeners meet most months at McClung Park on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. except in January and December. Most of these meetings are open to all.

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