Mid-Missouri Expo - Small Farm to Backyard Garden

From fence law to pond management to small animal production to food preservation, you'll leave this event with increased knowledge and skills to benefit your land and home. The Expo will be held at Battle High School in Columbia on Saturday, February 25th, 8am to 4pm. Download the flyer for more information, including pre-registration and schedules. You can also see more detailed information by clicking Mid-Missouri Expo in the menu to your left.

Saddle Raffle

You can purchase tickets to win this beautiful 17" Blue Ribbon Saddle and one equine touch session! Drawing to be held at the Mid-Mo Expo on February 25th (see above paragraph).

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any Boone County Extension Council member, the  Boone County Extension Office, or by calling 573-696-1174. Only 200 tickets are available, so get your's now!



Master Gardener Core Class - Spring 2017

Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love to garden. They are members of the community who are interested in lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, gardens, and the environment. Do you want more knowledge/experience in gardening? Then you should attend the Master Gardener Core Class training sessions! The sessions will be held at the MU Family Impact Center on Tuesday evenings, February 7th through April 18th. Sessions start at 6pm and end at 9pm. For more information, you can download the flyer here, call our office at 573-445-9792, or email us at


Boone’s Lick Chapter Master Naturalist Spring Training Course to be held starting March 15, 2017

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.  

Registration has begun for the Boone’s Lick Chapter Master Naturalist certification training course.   An orientation session will be held February 15 from 6:30 -8 p.m. at the NOTE Change in Location: Columbia ARC (Activity & Recreation Center) 1701 W. Ash Street, Columbia, MO.  Closing date for registration is February 24 and class size is limited to 25. 

Training sessions will be held 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



Annual 4-H Enrollment is Underway



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