Christian County Farm recognized as State Fair Farm Family

James and Carrie Rantz of Spokane were among the families honored during the 60th Annual Missouri Farm Family Day at the Missouri State Fair. The Rantz' family was selected as the Christian County Farm Family by the Christian County Extension Council and Christian County Farm Bureau. 

Additional Drought Meetings to be held; Click on flyer for information: Drought Survival Meetings Aug 27th & Sept. 4th FLYER


Southwest Research Center Field Day, September 13th.  Field Day Flyer 2018


Missouri Rural Survey

The second Missouri Rural 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’s rural communities.  Link to the survey:  The 2017 survey report can be found here:  The Missouri Survey 2017.  If you have questions or would like a paper copy of the 2018 survey, please contact Sharon Gulick ( or Pat Curry ( 

Soil Test Fees 

$18 per soil test effective January 1, 2018.

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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