International Compost Awareness Week
May 6-12, 2018

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated nationwide and in other countries each year during the first full week of May. Started in Canada in 1995, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are recognizing the importance of composting and the long-term benefits from organics recycling.

The goal of the program is to raise the awareness of the public regarding the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment. The program includes a poster contest, programs at schools and activities and events promoted through governments, public municipalities and local businesses nationwide.

For more information, you can visit their website at See the Boone County Extension Council Resolution here.

Food Waste Collection Event

Location: Capen Park, Columbia, MO
Start Date: 5/8/2018
End Date: 5/8/2018
Event Link:
Details: The City of Columbia is offering a one-day collection event where the public can drop-off food waste from their home or workplace. The event will be held in coordination with International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) and will overlap with the City's Compost Workshop scheduled for 6:00pm that evening. Anyone can compost in their backyard or even inside their home. However, this collection event will demonstrate if residents are more likely to use a public collection, similar to the Recycling Drop-off Centers located throughout Columbia. The collection event will also help the Solid Waste Utility understand the benefits and challenges (if any) that result from offering a public food waste collection site. Please remember that this event is only occurring on May 8th, 8:00am to 8:00pm. Future collection events may be scheduled if large quantities food waste are collected.
Instructions: The food waste collection event only accepts food waste. This can include fruits, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, soups, sauces, bread, pasta, coffee grounds, and other food items. This material would be placed directly into the City's Compost Operation, so please do not leave any plastic bags, plates, cups, utensils, or other items that are not considered a food waste product. The food waste can be stored in a bucket or plastic tub, and then emptied into the collection container placed at Capen Park. Do not leave food waste or any other trash material outside the collection container.
Contact: Ben Kreitner, Waste Minimization Coordinator, City of Columbia

(573) 874-6254



City of Columbia Missouri Compost Operations Facility Tour


Location: 5700 Peabody Rd, Columbia Missouri, at the City's Landfill
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Event Link
Details: The City of Columbia Missouri is offering a tour of its Compost Operations Facility. Registration is strongly encourage. Find the registration form by following the Event Link. When entering the landfill complex, tour participants must drive to the left of the scale house. DO NOT drive over the scale. After going around the scale house, take the 1st right. Tour will commence form the lot of the Materials Recovery Facility, the 1st building on the right.
Time: 9:30am-10:30am
Contact: Ben Kreitner,, Waste Minimization Coordinator, City of Columbia, Missouri
(573) 874-6254


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?

The Master Gardeners of Cole County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling the hotline at 573-634-2824, Tuesday and Friday afternoons, 12:30-4:30, or 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.

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