3rd Annual Mid-MO Expo - Small Farm to Backyard Garden - Saturday, April 27th

The 3rd Annual Mid-MO Expo - Small Farm to Backyard Garden will be held on Saturday, April 27 at Battle High School (east side of Columbia). The day-long event covers a variety of topics for the beginning to advanced gardener. Specialists will tell how to raise food, including poultry, honey, vegetables and fruit – for home use and how to market it for sale.

The event runs 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with registration starting at 8:30 a.m.

For more information and a detailed program with speakers.

Preregistration is $7 online, or pay $10 at the door.  Event Registration

Now open for applications: Miserez-Carter 4-H Boone County Summer Position

Do you know an undergrad attending a four-year college or university in Boone County who may be interested in youth development and/or cooperative extension?  Then this Is a great opportunity!  We are hiring a temporary (two month, June and July), part-time Youth Program Assistant (YPA) to work with the Boone County 4-H program during the busy camp and fair season.  The YPA will work an average of 20 hours per week, and will include some evenings and weekends, and possibly overnights during camps.  Deadline for applications is midnight on April 19, 2019.  To apply, go to: and search for Job I.D. 29668.  Questions?  Contact John at the Boone County Extension office, (573) 445-9792.

Winter Weather Tips

Snow can be beautiful, but we all know it can also be icy and treacherous.  Here are some commuting and travel tips from MU Extension:

  • Your car survival kit should contain: a flashlight (one of those wind-up models is a great back-up), windshield scraper, paper towels, extra clothes (in case you get wet), extra gloves (ditto), an old blanket or comforter, matches and candles, jumper cables, maps, sand, high calorie non-perishable food (for example, granola bars), and a first aid kit.  
    • Don't stock kitty litter for icy traction, it's made of clay and turns into wet mud.  Ice-melt / salt or sand is far better.  But in a pinch, kitty litter is better than nothing.  
    • A multi-wick candle in a large metal coffee can may keep the interior of a car at decent temperature for 24 hours.  Fill the base with sand to keep the candle stable.  
    • If you happen to have rubber boots, waders, coveralls, sturdy rope or chains, consider tossing those into your trunk, too.  They can be helpful in assisting others who have gone off the road.  
  • Keep the fuel tank at least half full and know safe driving routes from home, school or work.
  • Have the following items on your car checked:  ignition, cooling, fuel and exhaust systems, battery, lights, tires, heater, brakes, wipers, defroster and oil.
  • If your car goes off the road or you are otherwise stuck, do not leave your car unless you can see a building close by where you can take shelter.
  • If you call 911, tell them where you are as exactly as you can.  "I'm on westbound I-70 near mile marker 133,  just outside Columbia, Missouri."  Give the 911 operator your cell phone number in case you get cut off.

Don't forget to bookmark the MoDOT travel page:

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