Clinton County Extension Office

Clinton County residents as well as visitors can easily find the extension office in Plattsburg. The University of Missouri's black and gold spirit on display highlights our location. Just look for the TIGER! We appreciate the support from our city and county residents and encourage those with questions to please contact our office at 816-539-3765 or visit us at 101 S. Main, Monday through Friday, 9am - 1pm. 

Here's what Extension can do for you!

  • Soil Testing for lawns, food production, farms
  • Plant and Forage Diagnosis Clinic Services
  • Positive Youth Development Programs such as 4-H
  • Career and Distance Education for High School and College
  • Gardening and Lawn Information and Master Gardener Training
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Information and Services
  • Parenting and Family Support
  • Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles Classes and Information
  • Focus on Kids....parenting class for divorcing parents required by Missouri Law
  • Pesticide Applicator License Training
  • Missouri Business Development Program, Small Business Start Up
  • Food Circles...Connecting Farmers, Consumers and Communities
  • Exceed...Community Economic & Entrepreneurial Development


Contest Day—

Let’s Prepare! Don’t Procrastinate! March 5 from 8:30am to 1:00pm Hello 4-H members, are you ready for Contest Day? At Contest Day, all members will have the opportunity to enter and be judged on Public Speaking, Demonstrations and Personal Appearance. By separating these contests from Achievement/ Exhibit Day, it is hoped that youth will feel more comfortable and have more time to spend on each activity. Remember, ALL 4-H members including Clover Kids are encouraged to participate in at least one event for Contest Day! Just remember to choose a topic that you are interested in and relates to one of your projects. Demonstrations are a lot like Show & Tell. You pick a topic/subject to explain how it is made, or how to use it, and then continue to tell your audience step by step the instructions on how to accomplish the completed task. Why give demonstrations? A demonstration helps others learn how to do something useful, perhaps in an easier or more practical way. Demonstrating is one of the best methods of teaching others, because it involves visual and verbal presentations at the same time. Demonstrations benefit 4-H members by helping to:

- Develop self-confidence

- Learn to express ideas clearly

- Ability to spontaneously answer questions

- Acquire subject matter knowledge Hints & Helps

- Posters can be a help. Use a poster to emphasize the main points. The poster should be planned after the demonstration is outlined and practiced. Make sure the letters are big enough and clear enough that they can be read from the back of the room.

- Practice is important. It can help work out the easiest way to arrange the materials. Do things in order, explain every action, know the subject, have all the equipment needed and give reliable information.

- Appearance. We encourage members to wear clothes that are suitable for what they are demonstrating. Being neat and clean is always appropriate!

- Time limits. Be careful if your category has a time limit. Do not be penalized by going over your allotted time. 

Click on the link below to access a fillable version of the Contest Day entry form



Certified by the IRS -Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) will be in your community. Appointments are now available.

Location: Clinton County Extension Office

                  101 South Main, Plattsburg

Date: April 5, 2016

Call for Appointment: 816-539-3765

Be sure to bring the following items:

  • Picture identification for all adults

  • Social Security cards for each individual on the tax return (including children)

  • Any correspondence you received that has “IMPORTANT TAX DOCUMENT ENCLOSED”

  • Proof of all income (Social Security, alimony, tips, wages, unemployment etc.) If your employer does not provide you with an income form, you need to ask for one.

  • Proof of any deductions you are taking such as charitable donations, education or medical expenses, taxes paid, business expenses, mortgage interest, IRA contributions, child care, etc.

Married filing jointly couples should come together. Both need to sign forms. 

*VITA volunteers are limited in preparation scope and will not file business, or other complex tax returns. 


Missouri Reverse Transfer


Do you have some college credits from 2- year and 4- year Missouri colleges but still no degree? Would you like to use your college credits from a Missouri 4- year university to complete an Associate degree at a Missouri community college? ?  If so, now is the time to think about completing that degree through Missouri’s hottest education initiative, Reverse Transfer.  Go to  to learn about Reverse Transfer and then contact the 4-year college Reverse Transfer Coordinator to see if and how you can earn your Associate degree.  


Any time is a good time to join 4-H

MU Extension 4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H accepts new members year round. 4-H prepares young people to be the leaders of today and tomorrow. Members attend camps, display their work at fairs, travel the world, host youth from other countries, attend conferences and much more. Clubs and activities are open to kids ages 5-18 and Clover Kids for children ages 5-7.  4-H helps young people make new friends, create memories and build leadership skills. 4-H is a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 project categories expanding out to more than 500 individual projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision-making — skills applicable to every facet of life both now and in the future. For more information,see the  contact Dale Hunsburger at 816-539-3765 or  To enroll go to  or  the state 4-H website,


Please go to the 4-H page for Camp Crowder 4-H Camp information. 


Current Missouri Cash Rental Rates for Agriculture

The Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2015 are available now at or view the PDF guide. 

Don’t guess; soil tests save time and money

Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services. Whether you grow acres of row crops 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 any improvements. “We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan said. “Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she said. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost is $20 per sample. Soil testing publications.

Fencing and boundary laws

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws provides general information for landowners. 

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 Clinton 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 is available by appointment at the Clinton County Extension Center.

Trees add value to your landscape

Trees can provide your home with shade, wind protection and visual appeal. They can reduce energy costs, provide recreation for children and habitat for wildlife. Newly planted trees need special attention, and not all trees are suitable for all conditions. MU Extension’s horticulture experts have developed a series of publications to help you choose the right tree and get it established.

MU Extension publication G6800, Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

MU Extension publication G6805, Selecting Landscape Plants: Flowering Trees

MU Extension publication G6810, Selecting Landscape Plants: Uncommon Trees for Specimen Plantings

MU Extension publication G6815, Selecting Landscape Plants: Needled Evergreens

MU Extension publication G6820, Selecting Landscape Plants: Broad-leaved Evergreens

MU Extension publication G6850, How to Plant a Tree

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Click on below link for Clinton County 2014 Annual Report

Annual Report 2014 (PDF)