Area Agriculture Programs for 2015

MU Extension specialists in southwest Missouri are hosting a wide variety of winter farm and horticulture meetings. Download our comprehensive calendar of upcoming programs at 2015 Agriculture Meeting Schedule (PDF)

Seeds of Prosperity Program

The Seeds of Prosperity: Local Food as Economic Development session at the Missouri Organic Association’s annual conference is 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 6 at the University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield. We know that demand for local food is strong.  We’re now facing challenges in Southwest Missouri to provide locally grown food to institutions and large organizations (hospitals, schools, grocers, restaurants, etc.).  This session will provide a forum for discussion between key stakeholders and will connect large markets with locally grown food and local farmers. Many supporting organizations will be present to offer resources and assistance. Enrollment (PDF)

Time for a Soil Test

See our "Soil Test Central" section to learn how to collect your soil sample for a quality soil test from Greene County Extension. A soil test can save you lots of money -- whether or farm, have a garden, or want a quality lawn -- and it also helps the environment.

2014 Annual Report Available

The 2014 Annual Report for Greene County Extension showcases the impact of extension programs and why it is important to residents of Greene County. Download a copy to read today. Annual Report (PDF).

Master Gardener Plant Sale

The Master Gardeners of Greene County will host their 18th Annual Plant Sale, 7:30 a.m. to noon or until items sell out, Saturday, April 25 at the Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene Park, 2400 S. Scenic. Master Gardeners will be on site to assist with your purchases and answer questions. Visit to see updates, or call 881-8909, ext 320 for more information.  Cash, checks or credit / debit cards accepted.

Missouri Directory of One-Room Schools

The first edition of the "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" is available for download. Written by David Burton of MU Extension and Jennifer Kervian of Joplin, the publication has details on about 50 schools in Missouri. Owners or groups who want to add their school to the directory can do so using this form. Purchase your own copy today: Mo Schools Directory PDF

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Ag News & Views Newsletter

New to Greene County is the "Ag News & Views" monthly newsletter with content from area MU Extension specialists relevant to landowners and agriculture producers of all types. Check it out under the "newsletter" link at right or here.

Annual Fund Drive for Friends of Greene County Extension Underway

The 2014-2015 "Friends of Greene County Extension" Annual Fund Campaign is underway. 2014-15 letter requesting donations (PDF) and 2014 donation brochure (PDF).

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. Read more

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New Expert Guide

Our regional "Expert Guide" has been updated for members of the news media and others who are looking for an expert to conduct a program or serve as an expert. Expert Guide (PDF)

Employee Training and Professional Development 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 | VideoSee Course List

Volunteer / Internship Opportunities

These are unpaid internship and volunteer opportunities that provide a learning experience and a wonderful  opportunity to do something that will benefit the residents of Greene County. Read more | Intern and Volunteer project list (PDF)

100 Years of Extension, Let's Celebrate

University of Missouri Extension is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. We need a volunteer or intern to help complete the Extension history by researching council minutes (1964 to present) and calling past Greene County Extension employees. History in Greene County: Early History Notes (PDF)The Saga of C.C. Keller (PDF) | Statewide information |  Volunteer to finish our History

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.

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.

Serve on a Council Committee

The Greene County Extension Council is opening its council committees up to members of the public and inviting county residents to volunteer for service. Learn more | Current list of committee membership (PDF)

Greene County Extension Brochure

This tri-fold brochure offers a general overview of the programs and staff accessible through the MU Extension office in Greene County. The brochure was created by Spring 2014 intern Vicke H. Kepling. Greene County Extension Brochure (PDF)

No Other County Office

The local Greene County Extension Council leads an office and program that is part of county government. In fact, the local MU Extension office offers some unique services in Greene County. Learn more

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.

Newswriting for Community Leaders

"Newswriting for the Non-Journalist" is a guide to help community leaders and volunteers with 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 Research - Total Package (PDF) | Tri-fold Community Discussion Guide (PDF)

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.

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, Lea & Associates, CPA, Springfield, Mo.: 417-886-2220,

Master Gardeners of Greene County:

Meyer Communications, KWTO 560 AM / KTXR 101.3 FM: (417) 862-3751,

American Business Systems, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 866-5083,

Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112,

Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515,



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