Tomato Fest

This event will be held on September 5th, 2019 and will run from 5 pm to 7 pm. This is a free event provided to the public, located at the Buchanan County Extension Office.

Master Gardeners, Horticulturists, and Nutrition Specialists from the University of Missouri Extension Office will be on site to discuss producing, preparing, and preserving tomatoes. There will be a taste testing offered with multiple varieties of tomatoes that are grown on site.

Free Legal Assistance Available to Eligible Missourians 

FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE is available to Missourians who need help with disaster-related issues (home repair contracts and contractors; life, medical, and property insurance claims; FEMA applications and appealing FEMA decisions).

Missouri residents can call 800.829.4128 to leave a message about legal issues arising from recently sustained damage from severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes that occurred from April 29th through July 5th. When leaving a message, be sure to include your name, phone number, and county of residence.

Disagreements often result after a disaster. Lawyers have the training and skills to help navigate those issues. Legal issues may include help securing other government benefits available to Missourians as well as counseling on landlord-tenant issues and mortgage foreclosures.

Disaster-related legal assistance can also include:

Replacement of wills and other important legal documents that were lost or destroyed.

Assistance with consumer protection issues such as price gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process.

All consultations with attorneys are confidential.

The 20 counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance are:

Andrew, Atchison, Boone, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Greene, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Lafayette, Lincoln, Livingston, Miller, Osage, Pike, Platte, Pulaski, and St. Charles counties.


4-H Livestock Show Information and Forms

Buchanan County Livestock Show

August 24th-25th, 2019

St. Joseph Stockyards, St. Joseph, MO

2019 Livestock Catalog (PDF)

2019 Registration Forms: 

Cattle, Goats, Sheep Registration 
Poultry Registration 
Swine Registration
Rabbit Registration

Private Pesticide Applicators training

Individuals needing to obtain or renew their Private Pesticide Applicator certification for the purchase of restricted use pesticides may come into the Buchanan County Extension office and watch a two-hour training video. The training is free of charge with the exception of purchasing the Private Pesticide Applicator Training Reference Manual at a cost of $12. Family members can share one manual. Call the Buchanan County Extension office, 816-279-1691, to schedule your certification or renewal.

Test your soil for better lawns and gardens

Avoid excessive fertilizer use, and guard against nutrient loss. A soil test shows exactly how much lime and fertilizer a lawn or garden needs. Science-based, reliable analysis and unbiased recommendations let you escape hit-or-miss gardening and lawn care. Contact the Buchanan County Extension office today to find out how to collect a sample to bring in for analysis. The analysis is done at the University of Missouri Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory in Columbia at a cost of $16.

Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2018

The Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2018 are available now at or view the PDF guide.

Missouri Cash Rent by County Estimates, Released August 2018 (PDF)

Northwest Missouri extension News You Can Use

This monthly newsletter provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region.

Weather information

Real-time Weather at St. Joseph, Mo.

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