Local highlights


Master Gardener Training

Do you have an interest in gardening?  Would you like to learn more about working with plants?  The University of Missouri Extension is offering several education classes for Master Gardener Training through October.  For those who wish to become a Master Gardener, you need to attend a minimum of 10 events.  The fee for training is $150 per person.  If you are interested in attending more than 10 events you are welcome to attend them all.  To pre–register for the Master Gardening Training Program print and complete the Master Gardener application and call the Butler County Extension Center at 573-686-8064.  The class schedule will be updated as it is scheduled for August, September and October. 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Human Development Specialist Phyllis Flanigan hosts a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (relatives raising children other than their own) monthly support group luncheon on the second Wednesday of the month starting at noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 301 N. Main Street, Poplar Bluff.  Grandparents Raising Grandchildren flyer (PDF)

Pesticide Applicator Training

A grower can obtain a Private Applicator License by scheduling training through the Butler County Extension Center 573-686-8064.  Training requires three hours in the morning or in the afternoon.

Missouri USDA Secretarial Disaster Declaration

2015 Crop Year
Primary Counties
(Updated 10/7/2015)
The USDA Secretary of Agriculture has updated the list of Missouri counties, 98 primary and 17 contiguous, eligible for low interest emergency loans issued for the 2015 crop year.  For all disaster designation and declaration assistance, contact the Missouri State Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office at (573) 876-0980 or your local county FSA office. List of counties and contiguous counties. (PDF)

Regional newsletters

Missouri Ag News (PDF)

The Garden Spade (PDF)

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