Now accepting applications for a 4-H Youth Program Associate

Please share this information.  We are pleased to announce that MU Extension is now accepting applications for the 4-H Youth Program Associate (YPA) position for Boone County.  This is a full-time, benefit eligible position, that provides support to the Youth Development Specialist (John Shackelford) and the local 4-H youth development program.  

To see the full job description and to apply:

  • Select “Staff positions”
  • Select “Prospective employees”
  • Use keyword search: Job ID 31109
    • You can also search for “Boone” or “youth”

Master Gardener Class to Begin September 11

Become a Master Gardener by signing up for the 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday evening class starting September 11 through November 20, at the Boone County Extension Center, 1012 North Hwy UU, Columbia. The cost of the class is $150. Registration deadline is September 4. You are eligible for the class if you have some knowledge or experience in gardening, and if you want to learn and provide research based horticulture information to the public. An application to signup can be downloaded at (HERE) or contact Kent Shannon by email at  For more information, please call 573-445-9792.

Raise Your Hand if You Are a 4-H Alum!

From Alison Copeland, Missouri 4-H interim program director

Kids today are missing experiences that grow the life skills they need - like confidence, responsibility, independence, and compassion. How You Can Help: Raise your hand to support 4-H in your community and give kids the hands-on learning experiences they need to succeed in life. Missouri's 4-H program could win $5,000, $10,000, or even $20,000 to reach more kids and help them grow the skills they need to take on life's challenges.

You know about the 4-H program. You may have been a 4-H member yourself! If so, we’re still the same 4-H that taught you responsibility, compassion and the value of hard work. But just like you, we’ve grown a lot over the years. We’re asking you, friends of 4-H, to Raise Your Hand to support 4-H’ers in Missouri.

Raising your hand is easy! Starting April 1, visit to vote for Missouri 4-H. Each hand raised is a vote toward a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most hands raised. Pay it forward by tweeting, posting and sharing your #4HGrown support and asking your network to raise their hands at

Help us bring the high-quality 4-H experience that you remember to even more youth right here in Missouri. Thank you for your support and don’t forget to Raise Your Hand by May 15!

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

This program is for farmers that need to apply Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) and are in need of certification or recertification. After going through this training, a farmer is "certified". Certified applicators can legally buy RUPs by showing pesticide dealers their license. Licensed certified applicators renew or recertify their training every 5 years. The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA), the lead agency for pesticides in Missouri, informs certified applicators in each county when their certification is about to expire. The extension offices help by facilitating the training programs. The fee is $12 to cover materials.

Please call the office if you have any questions or make an appointment, please contact our office at 573-445-9792 or email at

Need Help with Your Lawn and Garden, Trees, or Bushes?

 You can email your question(s) and pictures at any time to If you need immediate help, feel free to contact the Greene County Master Gardener hotline directly at 417- 874-2963. The hours are Monday - Friday 10 AM - 4 PM,  March 1 thru Oct. 31.  Or you can leave a message and they will return your call.  During the winter months Nov 1 thru Feb 28 they check the phone lines weekly and will return your call.  The website is

Planting Guide: First time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide. Read story.

Soil Test: Bring in your soil and make sure you don't waste money on your lawn, garden or field. Soil Test Brochure (PDF). For more information, including a video on how to collect a sample, see "Soil Test Central."

Support Local Extension Programming With Your Gift

For over 60 years, Boone County Extension has served its community by offering programs that help its citizens create a better life. These programs include but are not limited to: agriculture, health and nutrition, community and leadership development, natural resources, business development, family finances, horticulture, even housing and energy management. Our current ongoing programs include 4-H, Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners.

Over the past several years, our funding has been dramatically reduced. The MCES Endowment is designed to provide program support for all Boone County Extension Specialists by way of office support, supplies and equipment, so they can continue delivering quality education. Now you can give directly to this endowment by following the MCES Endowment link below.

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 the Frank Graham Building Endowment link below.

MCES Endowment

Frank Graham Building Endowment