Extension Council Election
The election for members of the Greene County Extension Council takes place the third week of January. The ballot will be available online. To learn more about our 2014 council candidates see Council Biographies 2014 (PDF).
Greene County Extension Publications
Learn the details about Greene County Extension making some of its most frequently requested program publications available for download and sale online.
Winter Agriculture Programs in Southwest Missouri
Winter weather signals the start of agriculture program season in southwest Missouri. A regularly updated schedule of upcoming agriculture related programs is available online. Winter Schedule PDF
Friends of Greene County Extension
The 2014 "Friends of Greene County Extension" Campaign is underway. Here is the 2014 letter requesting donations and our 2014 donation brochure.
LEARN MORE: A "Friends" program has been launched to generate support for Greene County Extension -- Giving Financially.
DONATE ONLINE: Use your credit card to make a donation to the Greene County Extension Gift Fund online.
CURRENT DONORS: Our official listing of "Friends of Greene County Extension" is posted: Donors to Friends of Extension (PDF).
TESTIMONIALS: We are receiving testimonials from individuals in the county regarding the impact extension has made in their life. Testimonials from the last few years can be viewed online here.
DONATE AN OLD CAR: To donate vehicles to the Greene County Extension Council, contact the local office.
Health Education Initiative
Extension specialists in southwest Missouri are offering fact-based programs to help individuals and families better understand the new health care law and make informed health insurance decisions. A schedule of programs in the region are posted online.
Weather in Southwest Missouri
Pat Guinan, climatologist with MU Extension, gave a presentation to the Regional Extension Council in southwest Missouri about 117 years of weather in southwest Missouri. Learn more about the trends he has found studying these local climate facts and trends. Presentation Slides and report (PDF) | News story
Newswriting for Community Leaders
"Newswriting for the Non-Journalist" is a guide to help community leaders and volunteers wiht media releases and media relations. This popular book from Greene County Extension is now available for purchase online.
Community Discussion About Fireworks
Does your community want to discuss the sensitive issue of fireworks and how to develop community policies regarding the sale and use of fireworks? It is a sensitive topic but Greene County Extension has a discussion guide that was developed in 2005 for that reason. This guide has helped numerous communities decide how to best deal with fireworks. Discussion Guide Reseach-Total Package (PDF) | Tri-fold Community Discussion Guide (PDF)
Help with your lawn and garden
Assistance: Master Gardeners of Greene County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling 417-881-8909. Read more.
Planting Guide: First time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide. Read story.
Soil Test: Bring in your soil and make sure you don't waste money on your lawn, garden or field. Soil Test Brochure (PDF). For more information, including a video on how to collect a sample, see our "Soil Test Central" page. Soil test gift certificates are available and make a great gift for any gardener or environmentally conscious person.
Media releases and Contacts
PAST MEDIA RELEASES: Southwest Missouri News provides timely articles from the past 90 days about MU Extension programs in the region and informational articles from specialists located in southwest Missouri. The same information is also shared on the Southwest Region News Blog.
MEDIA CONTACT LIST: A complete list of MU Extension specialists in southwest Missouri has been complied for use by members of the news media. Give one of our specialists a call when you are working on a news story. Specialists Can Answer Media Questions (PDF)
WEEKLY NEWS SERVICE: Subscribe to our weekly emails and receive articles about area MU Extension programs and information from regional specialists.
Purchase event tickets online
For selected Greene County Extension events and programs you can now purchase tickets online. See a list of upcoming programs where a credit card can be used via this website only.
Thank our corporate sponsors
Contributions from these businesses and organizations have helped to maintain MU Extension programs in Greene County during 2013. Learn more about our corporate sponsorship program at Corporate Sponsorships. Our current sponsors include:
Sanford & Associates, CPA, Springfield, Mo.: 417-886-2220, www.adifferentcpa.com
Master Gardeners of Greene County: http://www.mggreene.org
Meyer Communications, KWTO 560 AM / KTXR 101.3 FM: (417) 862-3751, www.radiospringfield.com
American Business Systems, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 866-5083, http://www.ambussys.com
Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112, www.greenecountymo.org
Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515, www.parkboard.org.
Council business plan
Members of the Greene County Extension Council have written and approved the first council business plan in the state of Missouri. This document guides future business operations of the council. Greene County Extension Council Business Plan (PDF)
Searching for Greene County 4-H Alumni
If you are a past member or volunteer with Greene County 4-H, we want to hear from you and know how to contact you. In exchange for sharing your contact information, we will keep you updated on exciting events and news impacting 4-H locally. Share your contact information
Using social media in disaster recovery
An updated 30-page publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. These guidelines come from the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton who built Facebook communities following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornadoes. This guide is now recommended by FEMA and available for purchase on Amazon.