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. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 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.   

Quarterly Benton County Newsletters

       July 2015 Benton County Newsletter (PDF)      

Build Your Boardonline training program

This program was designed specifically for board members of nonprofit 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

Master Gardener Certification Training

Registration Form (PDF)

The Master Gardener Certification Training will be on Tuesday evenings from September 8 through November 24, 2015, 6-9 pm at the University of Missouri Benton County Extension Office, 1220 Commercial Street, Warsaw Missouri. Registration fee is $150.00 per person/$225.00 per couple/$25.00 per class if attending selective classes. The deadline for registration is Friday, August 28, 2015. A minimum of 10 participants is required to hold the class. If the minimum is not met, refunds will be issued.

Master Naturalist Training

Find the enrollment form and class flier at the Hi Lonesome Chapter website.

Enroll by August 6, 2015. Space is limited, so register now. The price of the class is $75.00.