Give Direct

The Boone County Extension office is housed on the former Schotte Farm, a gift of the late Frank Graham.  Now you can give directly to the Frank Graham Endowment, which will go towards the upkeep of the building and grounds.  Click on our "donate" button on the left, or follow this direct link:


Gardening Hotline

Do you have questions about gardening? Don't know who to ask? Well, now you have options! The Cole County Extension office is offering a Master Gardener Hotline, Tuesday & Friday afternoons, 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Feel free to call them during their hotline hours at 573-634-2824. 


Play Helps Farmers Talk About Succession Planning

CHILLICOTHE, MO - University of Missouri Extension will present a free play to help members of farming communities talk about succession planning, 7-9pm, Friday, June 10th. "Map of My Kingdom" gives members of farming communities a look at the difficult process of transferring farmland from one generation to the next, says MU Extension community development specialist Tracy Daugherty. The play, written by Iowa poet laureate Mary Swander, tackles the sensitive issue of preserving farm family legacies. MU Extension agriculture business specialist Joe Koenen will introduce the one-hour play. A panel discussion will be held after the play. Participants include attorneys and MU Extension specialists. 

The succession planning process helps the next generation run the farm, Daugherty says. Most successful plans develop over time to minimize tax burdens, protect assets and maintain successful family relationships, she says. According the USDA, the average age of farmers is over 58 and more than 10 percent of farmland is expected to change ownership in the next five years.

The play was commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa to tell the story of the emotional challenges that farmers face with farm ownership transition. It’s a difficult topic for farmers and many just avoid estate planning altogether, leaving their heirs with a mess. The play has been performed to critical acclaim in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Idaho, Wisconsin, and now for the first time…Missouri. See the trailer for the performance at


Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Farmers and ranchers who need to use "restricted use" pesticides in their operations need to have a license to purchase those products.  The Boone County Extension Center offers you the opportunity to obtain or renew your private pesticide applicator license for only $12.  To schedule your training, please contact us at (573) 445-9792 or email us at


Help Protect Hinkson Creek

Reducing air and water pollution due to reactive nitrogen and other nutrients requires voluntary adoption of new practices and technologies. A variety of best management practices (BMPs) already exist for both agricultural producers and homeowners. To learn more about implementing these BMPs, go to Help Protect Hickson Creek.


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