The place to go when you need to know

The Benton County Extension Center is available to help you get the information you need. Extension can get you research-based information in the areas of agriculture, business and the workforce, children and teens, community development, environmental quality, family life, home and garden, and nutrition and health. 

Office hours

The Benton County Extension Office is open Monday through Friday.  Office hours are 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.   


MU Extension has publications on agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, emergency management and other topics. Prices vary by publication. 

Red Books

We are taking orders for the 2015 Red Books.  If you would like to reserve a copy, please contact our office. The cost is $4.50 per book.  


                       Upcoming Events


Starting a Small Business:  The First Steps 

Join us at the Benton County MU Extension Center on Thursday, January 29, 2015, and learn how to begin with the start up process of a small business. The training is free, and there are 2 scheduled times to choose from: 1:30-4:00 p.m. OR 5:30-8:00 p.m.  This offering will provide you with an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business.  For more information or to register contact the Benton County MU Extension Center at 660-438-5012 or email

                                                           ♦   ♦   ♦ 

How to Write a Successful Business Plan

Class will be held at the Cedar County Library, 717 East Street, Stockton, MO, on Thursday, October 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $45 per person. Call the Cedar County Extension Center at 417-276-3313 or email at to register.

                                                          ♦   ♦   ♦ 

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy, A Strength Building Program

University of Missouri Extension in partnership with Care Connection will be offering Stay Strong, Stay Healthy, A Strength Building Program starting in September 2014.

This ten-week series of 1 hour sessions can help you get started on the road to better health.  The Stay Strong program, developed at Tufts University, is built on simple, strength building exercises that will improve balance, health, and state of mind. No, it’s not strenuous weight-lifting; you’ll start at a level that’s right for you.  No one is too inactive to participate.  Building strength promotes quality of life and independence; especially for adults over 50. 

Fall 2014 Classes will be Mondays from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 20, 27; November 3, 10, & 17.

Classes will be held at the Care Connection at Harbor Village, 17571 North Dam Access Road, Warsaw, MO  65355.

                                                        ♦   ♦   ♦ 

Missouri Master Gardener

2014 Core Class

Mondays and Wednesdays, October 20 - November 19.

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Contact the Pettis County Extension Center for more details 660-827-0591.
                                                       ♦   ♦   ♦     

Build Your Board - online training program

This program was designed specifically for board members of non-profit organizations. Participants can log in at any time and take all 16 lessons at once or can break the training up in 15-minute intervals.  No meetings to attend and no travel expenses mean both time and money will be saved. To register go to:

                                                      ♦   ♦   ♦

Missouri Master Gardener 2014 Core Class

Pettis County Extension Office

Mondays and Wednesdays, October 20 - November 19.

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

For more information, call 660-827-0591.

                                                    ♦    ♦    ♦

Social Media Marketing Made Simple 

Learn more on how social media can benefit your organization

Seminar held at the Cedar County Library on 717 East St., Stockton, MO., Thursday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m.

To register contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313. Either call or email questions at