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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.


Master Gardener Certification Training 

Monday afternoons - September 11 to November 20, 2017 -  2 pm to 5 pm 

Note: The final class schedule will be sent out 10 days prior to the beginning of the training sessions. The deadline for registration is Thursday, September 7, 2017.   A minimum of 6 participants is required to hold the class. If the minimum is not met, refunds will be issued.   Training sessions will be held at the Boonslick Regional Library in Warsaw Missouri at 102 E Jackson Street.

Registration Fee: $125.00 per person or $200.00 per couple. $25.00 for individual sessions. Registration fee includes a State Program Fee, Core Manual Book, and Training Supplies.

Training sessions will be taught by MU Faculty, Industry Professionals, and Master Gardeners on the following subjects:

  • Introduction to Plants
  • Soils and Fertility
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Fruit Production
  • Woody Ornamentals
  • Turf and Lawn Care
  • Landscaping
  • Herbaceous Ornamentals and Pruning
  • Insects
  • Plant Diseases
  • Safe Pesticide Use

A Master Gardener must volunteer 30 or more hours during the first year following training and 20 hours in subsequent years in one or more of the following areas:

  • Help teach others to grow
  • Help with the Master Gardener program efforts such as seminars and workshops, promoting upcoming classes, etc.
  • Participate in beautification activities and projects around the county
  • Promote planning and planting of community garden projects
  • Assist with the weekly Master Gardener Hotline and Help Clinic

For more information about the Master Gardener Training Program, please contact Travis Harper at 660-885-5556 or

Check out these websites for more information about the University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Master Gardener Program

  • University of Missouri Extension:
  • Missouri Master Gardeners Program:

Make checks payable to MU Extension and mail registration form and checks to the Benton County Extension Center at P O Box 969  Warsaw MO  65355.

Master Gardener Certification Training Registration Form



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 2018 Red Books. If you would like to reserve a copy, please contact our office. The cost is $5.25 per book. 


Annual County Program Input Information

   Executive Summary (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