The second Missouri Survey is currently underway; its purpose is to solicit input from Missouri residents, business owners, and elected officials on the issues they believe are important in sustaining local communities and building a strong local economy.  The survey is jointly sponsored by the Missouri Rural Development Partners, Missouri Department of Economic Development's Office of Rural Development, MU Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) and MU Extension.  The results will be used by each agency to help guide their programming so they can better address challenges facing Missouri‚Äôs rural communities.


Link to the survey:  OR

2017 Survey report:


If you have questions or would like a paper copy of the 2018 survey, please contact Sharon Gulick ( or Pat Curry ( 


Home Food Preservation Workshops(PDF)  August 9, 23 & 30 at the Extension Center in Jackson.  Taught by Bethany Bachmann, Nutrition Specialist.  See flyer for details.

EMERGENCY ALERT - Management during shortage of Forage and Feed (PDF) Weather conditions have slowed the growth of cool-season grasses, and now the grasses have entered early stages of reproduction, producing stems. Our adverse weather and heavy grazing pressure has produced pastures that are low in quantity and low in quality.  We don't have much pasture - This information will help farmers to address the shortages and deal with the problems. 

Room Rentals Available (PDF)  Room rentals are available - call for details - 573-243-3581

Business Development Classes:

For a schedule of upcoming classes in surrounding counties, contact Richard Proffer, business specialist, at 573-243-3581. You can also reach Richard on Twitter, on his blog and on Facebook.