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 three days a week; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and closed Thursdays and Fridays.  Office hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 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


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.

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Livestock Risk Management Seminar

Date:  September 3, 2014

Time:  10:000 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location:  FCS Financial in Sedalia, MO

This training prepares livestock producers to manage price and weather risk with federally subsidized insurance programs. For more information call 660-827-0591 or email

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Cultural Heritage Tourism and the Arts

Date:  Monday, September 8, register by September 1

Time:  9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Location:  DeLozier Building in Clinton, MO

This workshop will help community members evaluate their cultural, historic and artistic assets and determine how to utilize those assets to promote local economic developent through tourism.  Contact Mark Porth for more information at 660-885-5556.

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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: