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!



University of Missouri Extension Council Election

The Boone County University of Missouri Extension Council will be conducting their annual election to elect council members to serve on the local council. The extension council provides input and direction to University of Missouri Extension educational programming in Boone County. Any Boone County resident age 18 or older, who wishes to vote in this election may either:

  • Vote online beginning January 9, 2017, and ending midnight Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Click "County Council - Voting Open" on the menu to the left.
  • Request a paper ballot by phone (573) 445-9792 or by emailing with your name and address, and one will be mailed to you. It can either be mailed back to us, or dropped off at our office.
  • Vote in person by stopping by the Boone County University Extension office to pick up or fill out a ballot.

All paper ballots must be received at the Boone County University of Missouri Extension Center by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017.


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


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


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 $20. To schedule your training, please contact us at (573) 445-9792 or by email at

Boone County Sessions: January 24th, 10am & 1pm, Extension Center Large Conference Room

Pettis County Sessions: February 3rd & 4th, 10am, Mathewson Exhibition (Ag Expo)

Audrain County Sessions: February 7th, 3pm & 7pm, 4-H Center


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