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   Become a 4-H volunteer!

cartoon image: volunteers make a world of difference

Volunteers are the heart of 4-H. See how you can impact our youth and make a difference! Check out the 4-H Volunteers page.


It's Trivia Time!

Greetings from the Bates County Extension Council!

4-H is an organization that was created for and is dedicated to
the development of young people in our community.
I would like to take this opportunity to visit with you about the 4-H YOUTH
PROGRAM ASSOCIATE (YPA) position for Bates County.
Historically, Bates County has housed a 4-H Youth Specialist position which was
paid 100% by MU. Due to budget cuts at the University level our 4-H Youth Program
Associate (YPA) position is in jeopardy. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Bates County Extension
will be responsible for paying 50% of this person's salary.
We, the Extension Council, are asking for your assistance in securing additional
funding to keep 4-H in Bates County. We feel it is very important to keep a 4-H
position in Bates County to serve the needs of our youth. If there isn’t a 4-H YPA
located in Bates County, all of your 4-H business and needs would be handled in Cedar
County in Stockton. If Bates County is unable to raise funds annually, the 4-H YPA
position will be drastically cut or the position will be eliminated.

We are hosting our 1st Annual TRIVIA NIGHT on March 30, 2019
to raise funds to retain our 4-H position. All proceeds with go directly to keeping
a 4H position in Bates County. Your donation will greatly enhance the lives of
Bates County youth.
To kick off the evening, we will be hosting a Kick'n Chicken dinner with chicken cooked by Robert Perrymann.  Advanced tickets will be $10 for adults or $6 for children. A limited amount of meals will be available for purchase at the door and will be $12 for adults and $8 for children.  All proceeds will go toward keeping 4-H in Bates County!  Reserve your fried chicken dinner served with mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, dessert and drink by calling the office at 660-679-4167 or seeing an Extension Council or 4-H member.
4-H is such a positive organization for young people. If you were involved in
4-H as a child, you of all people, know the impact it can make.
If you would like to contribute to keeping 4-H in our county, or would like more
information of how to help, please contact the
Bates County Extension office or Mail your contribution to: 
Bates County Extension
#1 N. Delaware
Courthouse Basement
Butler, MO 64730
Any questions 660-679-4167 or email:

These are some ways you can help support Bates County 4H through our
-for $100 one of ten rounds can be sponsored.
Your business’ name will appear on all answer sheets for that round as
well as projected on a screen during that round. It will be announced by the emcee
during that round. It will also be on another list of sponsors that helped make our
trivia night possible. Most importantly your donation will go toward keeping 4H in our
-We will be giving away door prizes. Any product such as shirts, gift certificates,
etc...will be greatly appreciated.
-Any Silent Auction items would be appreciated
-for $200 you can sponsor our CONCESSION STAND. Your Business name will be posted
above the Concession Stand. It will also be announced throughout the evening by the
emcee and on our list of sponsors that helped trivia night possible.
-We will also be very grateful for anything you would be willing to donate.
We are passionate about 4-H and the positive impact it makes on our youth. This is an
ongoing endeavor, even if you are unable to support us at this time, please keep us in
mind for the future. We appreciate your time and consideration!
For $100 you can enter in a team of up to 10 people

Bates County Extension Council

CLICK HERE for the Donation Form
CLICK HERE for the Trivia Night Team Entry Form

Don’t guess — soil tests save time and money

Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, says Manjula Nathan, director of the MU Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.

Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

“We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan says.

“Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she says. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or underapplication, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost is $20 per sample. For more information, see these soil testing publications.


Real time weather

Real time weather is provided as a service to the community with the collaboration of the Butler R-V school district, the Kansas City/Pleasant Hill National Weather Service and Bates County University of Missouri Extension.

For weather information, click the weather logo.


Journal your garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year.  Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping records. MU Extension publication MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.

The publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels. Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings your reliable and relevant information.


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