Beef Cattle Artificial Insemination School

Topics covered include estrous cycle, semen handling, insemination of the cow, synchronization protocols. There will be hands-on demonstrations of palpation, identification of the reproductive tract, heat detection, and insemination techniques. Be sure to come in your "working clothes"! The class will be Friday 4/7/17 (5 - 9pm) and Saturday 4/8/17 (8am - 3pm). Both classes will be at the University of Missouri Beef Research and Teaching Farm, 5151 Old Millers Rd, Columbia, MO 65201.

Registration is $350 and due by March 31st. To register, please fill out and return this flyer, or contact our livestock specialist, Heather Conrow at (660) 248-2272 or at

Get your registration in soon as class size is limited. A minimum of seven enrollments must be received by 3/31/17 or the school will be canceled.


Boone’s Lick Chapter Master Naturalist Spring Training Course has begun!

Help protect the natural resources of Boone and surrounding counties by becoming a Missouri Master Naturalist. The Missouri Master Naturalist program is a community-based, adult natural resource education and volunteer program designed to engage Missourians in the stewardship of our state’s natural resources.  

Training sessions are at the MU Family Impact Center, Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. beginning March 15 and ending May 24. Three Saturday field trips are included. The 50-hour course will teach you about Missouri’s natural resource ecology and management. After graduation, participants are asked to provide 40 hours of volunteer service on land management, citizen science, education, and other conservation related projects in the local community and participate in eight hours of advanced training opportunities.

The enrollment fee is $95 and includes materials. The following application packet can be downloaded to enroll in the course.

For more information on the class, contact Kent Shannon at 573-445-9792 or

The Missouri Master Naturalist program is co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and University of Missouri Extension. 

New Publication For History Buffs

The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" has been published and is now available for purchase on, or at the Greene County MU Extension office in Springfield. The book details over 60 of the very best historic and one-room schools in Missouri. The book costs $15.50 and all proceeds benefit the administration of the Greene County Extension office. More information | Order link

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 by email at

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