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 2016 Red Books. If you would like to reserve a copy, please contact our office. The cost is $5.00 per book. 

Annual County Program Input Information

   Executive Summary (PDF)  


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

Farmland Leasing - December 8th in Warsaw 6:30 pm to 9 pm

Cost is $20 per person or $30 for couples sharing materials

Farmland Leasing December 8 Flier (PDF)

Small Steps to Health and Wealth

Learn ways to improve both your personal finances and your health! This program is free of charge, registration is required. Sign-up with Katy Trail Community Health at Harbor Village in Warsaw or call 660-438-2717. For more information please see the following flier.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth flier (PDF)

Food Preservation Workshops

University of Missouri Extension, in conjunction with Our Farm Store, will be offering three food preservation workshops. Megan Webb, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist for MU Extension will provide hands-on demonstrations concerning food safety during preservation and methods for achieving the highest quality products. The workshops will include live demonstrations and sample products and will last two hours. All three workshops will be held at Our Family Store, 25925 Hwy 7, Warsaw MO. Registration is required to ensure an adequate amount of materials are available. Cost is $20. per workshop or $50. to attend all three workshops. For more information or to register, please contact the University of Missouri Extension Office in Benton County at 660-438-5012. The workshops include the following:

  • November 19, 2015 at 10 am - Jams and Jellies (specifically for the holidays we will be making cranberry jam)
  • December 3, 2015 at 10 am - Discussing and Making Pickles
  • December 8, 2015 at 6 pm - Pressure Canning Vegetables