Your community classroom

MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom for residents of Caldwell County. We connect people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities. MU Extension is your one-stop source for practical education and information on almost anything.

The Caldwell and Daviess county commissions have combined funding to better serve the educational needs of their constituents. MU Extension, the elected and appointed members of the Daviess and Caldwell County extension councils, and local organizations work together to provide education, information and services that are are relevant, reliable and responsive.

Whether it’s resources for yourself or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to learn how we can help you. Contact the Daviess/Caldwell Extension Center in Gallatin at 660-663-3232.

The Caldwell and Daviess county commissions have combined funding for extension to better serve the residents. The extension office is located in the Daviess County Courthouse, 102 N. Main, Gallatin. Reach the extension office at 660-663-3232.

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 Daviess-Caldwell University of Missouri Extension office and watch a 2 to 3 hour training video. The training is free, except for $12 for the Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, if you already have the manual, then you will need to bring it to the training. Family members can share one manual. 

Private Pesticide Applicator certification is valid for 5 years, at which time the individual may renew their certification by attending another Private Pesticide Applicator Training session. If you already have an Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, you must bring the manual with you to the training.

Private Pesticide Applicator training will not be available on Feb. 12 & 15, 2016, nor Feb 29, March 1st and 4th, 2016  at the Daviess-Caldwell Extension Center.

Missouri Century Farms

Applications for the 2017 Missouri Century Farms will be available in February 1, 2017. Application are available from approximately February 1 through May 15, 2017 from the MU Extension Office in your county or from University of Missouri-Century Farms, Extension Publications, 2800 Maguire Blvd, Room E1, Columbia, MO 65211.  For applications received by May 1, a $55 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. If the application is received between May 1 and May 15, the cost is $65. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2017, to be considered.

Guidelines for 2017 program are: The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years or more as of Dec. 31, 2017. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The present farm shall consist of no less than 40 acres of the original land and shall make a financial contribution to the overall farm income. For more information go to Missouri Century Farms

Caldwell County State Fair Farm Family

Local residents chosen as State Fair Farm Family for Caldwell County

Hamilton, Mo.-Todd and Shellie Eitel of Hamilton were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Eitel family was selected as the Caldwell County Missouri Farm Family by the Caldwell County Extension Council and Caldwell County Farm Bureau.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

The Eitel family operates a multi-acre row crop and cattle operation with assistance from their children, Kyle and Heather.

The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.

This was the first year in its 58-year history that all 114 counties participated by nominating a family.

The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of our state. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities, and are active participants in local outreach and extension,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”

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. Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

Frequently requested publications

MU Extension publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Service in Missouri

MU Extension publication G427, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri

Any time is a good time to join 4-H

Enrollment in 4-H is open to young people year round. 4-H members attend camps, display their work at fairs, travel the world, host youth from other countries, and much more. 4-H prepares young people for the future, while making new friends, learning new skills, and making great memories. 4-H welcomes all youth ages 5-18.

Call the extension office in Gallatin at 660-663-3232; or contact Dale Hunsburger, youth program associate, 816-539-3765 or

The Caldwell and Daviess county commissions have combined funding for extension to better serve the residents. The extension office is located in the Daviess County Courthouse, 102 N. Main, Gallatin. Reach the extension office at 660-663-3232.