Summer Programming 

Sheep and Goat Workshop (PDF) - Stockton, MO September 16, 7 p.m. 

Annie's Project Statewide Conference - Lake of the Ozarks, Windermere Conference Center   September 19-20  (Register by August 12)

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions (PDF) - Stockton

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic COndiitons (PDF) - El Dorado

SW Missouri Sheep and Goat Grazing/Browsing Academy, September 12-13, 2014  Neosho, MO

The 2014 SW Missouri Goat and Sheep Browsing & Grazing Academy will be conducted at the Crowder College Agriculture Department, Neosho, MO on September 12-13, 2014.  The conference starts at 2 pm on Friday and finishes at 4 pm on Saturday.

The program includes a detailed, educational, hands-on, two day seminar featuring Dr. Steve Hart, Langston University, Langston, OK,  along with speakers from Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, Crowder College, University of Missouri Extension, NRCS, and a producer panel.  Topics include forage management, soil fertility, nutrition, herd health with FAMACHA training, fencing, management intensive grazing, brush nutrition, body condition scoring, business management and many others.  Attendees will receive hands-on training and gain advanced information on land enhancement using goats and sheep to manage invasive vegetation.

The cost for the workshop is $45 per person and includes two meals, manual of browsing/grazing materials, FAMACHA card, and numerous educational handouts.  Call if you want less materials and less registration fees.  Preregistration with payment is required.  For more information please contact: Vonna Kesel at (573) 681-5312 or email or Jodie Pennington at (417) 455-9500 or email  To register, contact Vonna Kesel at (573) 681-5312 or email

Master Gardener Training Course

The Master Gardener Program is an intensive 10 week horticulture course. Course will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from August 26 to September 25. 1-4pm at Lamar or 5:30-8:30pm at Greenfield. Courses: plant development, soils/composting, flower and vegetable gardening, fruit production/ pruning, landscape tree selection/pruning, plant diseases, insects, turf and landscaping. Complete 30 hours of training to become an intern. Certified Master Gardeners must complete 30 additional hours of volunteer service in horticulture education. Cost: $135.00 per person and $225.00 per couple (one set of materials).  Registration is due by August 21.  Call Barton County Extension (417) 682-3579 or Dade County Extension (417) 637-2112 to register.

Vegetable Gardening Questions 

As the peek gardening season comes near, here at Extension we get many questions about gardening.  This guide is a section from the Missouri Master Gardener handbook on vegetable gardening.  It provides information from plant and site selection, irrigation and common problems.  There are many other publications available through our website on gardening and other topics as well.  Just click the link at the top of the page titled Publications.

Soil testing 

Soil tests save time and money. Whether you have acres of pasture or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for improvements. Call or visit the Cedar County Extension office for details. Don't guess... Soil test!


Ag in Focus

Ag in Focus is a bi-monthly newsletter for area ag producers and enthusiasts.

Human Development Newsletters

The purpose of these newsletters is to share research-based resources and information to hard to reach parents, grandparents, and families including Parents As Teachers, Head Start, grandparents raising grandchildren groups, parent educators, etc. Smart Parenting is for parents of young children and is printed in English and Spanish. Kindred Spirits is for grandparents raising grandchildren.

Smart Parenting           Kindred Spirits

Other popular MU Extension publications

Pasture Weed and Brush Control Guide (PDF)
G427, 2011 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri
G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar

Other resources