Our Christian County Extension Office move to 202 W. Elm (in Ozark 2 doors down from previous) was March 7, 2019!!

"Pardon Our Mess" during the transition!




The University of Missouri Extension Council of Christian County held their annual meeting at the First Baptist Church in Ozark on Thursday, February 7. 

Pam Duitsman, County Engagement Specialist for MU Extension, reported, “MU Extension welcomed nine newly elected and appointed members for their two year term beginning March 1, 2019. In the Eastern District Josh Bird, Shannon Eby, Angela Jenkins, and Michael Middleton were elected.  In the Western District, Cindy Bilyeu and Trisha Riggs were elected.    Newly appointed are Jean Ann Hutchinson for the City of Ozark and Jimmy Liles for the City of Nixa as well as Ralph Phillips, Presiding Commissioner, representing the County Commission.” Kay Brown, County Clerk, administered the swearing in ceremony.

The following out-going Council members: Carl Biondo, Ray Weter, Konni Hall, Jason Sims, and Walt Martens were recognized for their years of service to the Extension Council.  “We want to thank the out-going Council members for their time and efforts to improve the lives of Christian County residents,” says Duitsman.


A highlight of the evening was taking time to honor two local leaders:  Bonnie Schooler and Don Currence; placing them on the University of Missouri Extension “Leaders Honor Roll” for their work in carrying out the Extension mission in Christian County.”

Don Currence has a long history of service in our community, where he has lived and served since 1993.   Bonnie Schooler is the Executive Director at Least of These Christian County Food Pantry, and has a passion to help low-income families in Christian County, and to see our community work together to seek ways to help people escape the devastating cycle of poverty.    Pictured below with our newly elected Council Chair Josh Bird.


The University of Missouri Christian County Extension Council works with MU Extension faculty and staff to utilize the resources of our land-grant University so that Christian County citizens can obtain their goals. The Council strives to support our three impact areas of Economy, Education, and Health, and represents the diverse sectors of Christian County by its membership.  The Council would like to thank the 42 people who attended the Annual Meeting – braving the snow and cold.  We enjoyed presentations from Pam Duitsman, Trisha Riggs - newly elected Council member - as well as Andrea Sitzes from ShowMe Christian County.




Soil Testing Recommendation from Horticulture Specialist Kelly McGowan

Late winter and early spring is a great time to get your soil tested. Soil testing through University of Missouri Extension is a lab-analyzed, accurate reading of current soil conditions and helps you prepare for the upcoming growing season. Testing results include nutrient analysis, organic matter percentage, pH, and can be customized for different crops. Results will also include recommendations on correcting deficiencies or imbalances.

To take a soil test, take several samples (at a depth of six inches) from the testing area and mix together. Mix the samples and bring no more than 2 cups to your local Extension office. The cost in Christian County is $18 with results in approximately 10-14 business days.

Soil testing is also a great way to save money. An accurate analysis of soil health can prevent you from adding expensive, unnecessary amendments that can build up in soil to toxic levels or wash off into area waterways.

Missouri Century Farm Application Process Opens February 1


Guidelines used for the selection and recognition of Missouri Century Farms:

  • The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years or more as of Dec. 31, 2019.
  • The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews and 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.

Applications are available Feb.1 through May 15 from the MU Extension office in your county or from University of Missouri-Century Farms, Extension Publications, 506 Hitt St., Whitten Hall, Room 4, Columbia, MO 65211.

A fee of $75 (if you apply by May 1) is required to cover processing costs, one certificate, a booklet and one two-sided, 2-foot by 2-foot metal sign (includes MU and Missouri Farm Bureau logos) for each approved farm.

Completed application, order form and a check made payable to University of Missouri-Century Farms for the total amount should be returned to the MU Extension office in the county where your farm is located or mailed to University of Missouri-Century Farms, Extension Publications, 506 Hitt St., Whitten Hall, Room 4, Columbia, MO 65211.

More information.


MU Extension marketing campaign promotes healthy eating, physical activity

University of Missouri Extension’s Family Nutrition Program has launched a social marketing campaign in July and August to promote healthy eating, physical activity and gardening. The goal of “Live Like Your Life Depends On It” is to reduce the risk for chronic disease by encouraging healthy behaviors in adults. The message is being spread via billboards, posters, fliers and social media.
Seasonal & Simple App Information (PDF)

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