Master Beekeeping Course

Due to the decline in honey bee populations and the awareness of the important role bees play in pollinating crops, interest in beekeeping is on the rise in Missouri, across the nation and around the world. In response to this interest, University of Missouri Extension developed a Missouri Master Beekeeper Program (MBP). This training and certification program will help beekeepers develop their skills through six levels of competency. The program begins with a "Beginning Beekeeper" level for people who are just getting started and advances through five additional levels.

The Marion County Extension office is kicking this program off in our northeast region in October. "Basic Beekeeping for Beginners" will focus on the principles of beekeeping. Those principles include the history of beekeeping, biology, plant and pollinator relationship, and essential equipment and requirements. More information can be found by visiting the Marion County Extension website at

Give Direct

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


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. You can also email them with your questions and even include photos of the items you are concerned about to


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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