Tomato Fest, August 23

The First Annual Tomato Fest will be held at the Adair County Extension Center in Kirksville on Thursday, August 23 from 4-6 pm. Taste different varieties of tomatoes, including common types typically found at the local nurseries to heirlooms and grafted tomatoes. There will also be information available on growing tomatoes. Two gift certificates to Take Root Café will be given away. Bring excess produce from your garden and donate it to the Pantry for Adair County, to be distributed August 24. There is no cost to attend and you do not need to register.

Missouri Vegetable Growers Association state tour, August 28

The Missouri Vegetable Growers Association (MVGA) will have one of their state tours in Kirksville, MO on Tuesday, August 28. Meet at the Adair County Extension Center at 10 am to carpool. Get details in the flyer at

Master Gardener training to be held in Kirksville

Master Gardener training will begin Wednesday, September 12 at the Adair County Extension Center in Kirksville. Classes will meet on Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. and will last 12 weeks. Cost is $120 and includes a hard copy of the Master Gardener training manual, if you register by September 5. If you prefer to have the training manual online only, cost is $100 if registered by September 5. Those choosing this option will be sent a link by email to access the manual. More information and registration form available at

It's a great time to join 4-H

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Contact Michelle Klem, 4-H youth development specialist at or at 660-665-9866 to learn how to join 4-H

Women in Ag, October 5

Women in Ag workshops reach out to women who are involved in agriculture and provides interesting and relevant topics useful to working and managing a farm. A Women in Ag workshop will be held in Kirksville on October 5. More information available closer to event.

Missouri Livestock Symposium

The Missouri Livestock Symposium will be held Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at the Kirksville Middle School. We are currently taking trade show registrations and booking educational speakers. An exceptional program is planned again for this year. NEW for 2018 - A special Ag Lenders Seminar is in the works for Friday during the day with Dr. David Kohl. Watch for more information on this soon. The Nutrition Educators Training will again be held on Friday during the day. We hope to have lots of updated information out soon so stay up-to-date with what's going on at and Like us on Facebook.

Soil testing fees to increase January 1

Effective January 1, 2018 the cost of a regular soil test will increase from $15.00 to $17.50 per sample. This is our first price increase in over 10 years.


Artificial Insemination (AI) breeding barns available

There are AI breeding barns available for rent at three locations in northeast Missouri. For more information on the locations and rental information, see AI Breeding Barns (PDF)

Ag Connection newsletter shares timely information

The Ag Connection newsletter shares timely information on agricultural-related items. Read these articles at

Fencing and boundary laws

Find helpful resources on Missouri's fencing and boundary laws, visit Missouri fence laws.