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The Cooper County Extension Center can provide you with research-based information in the areas of agriculture, business and the workforce, children and teens, community development, environmental quality, family life, farm management, financial education, home and garden, horticulture and nutrition and health.



Monday, July 17,  was judging night for 4-H projects at the 2017 Cooper County Youth Fair.  Click here to check out some of the amazing projects done by our awesome youth in Cooper County!


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Misc. Links of Interest

Soil testing

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.  Click here to view current testing fees.


State Fair Farm Family

Congratulations to George and Lisa Monk and family, who were named the Cooper County Farm Family for 2016.

Pictured are Front Row:  Jesse, Lisa and George Monk.  Back row dignitaries include: Rob Kallenbach, Asst. Dean of Ag Extension, MU College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Todd Hays, Vice President, Missouri Farm Bureau; Ted Sheppard, State Fair Commissioner; Lani Ogle, 2016 Missouri State Fair Queen; Jack Magruder, State Fair Commissioner; Barbara Hayden, State Fair Commissioner; Lloyd Wilson, Deputy Director, Missouri Department of Ag

J. Milton Turner, An American Hero

Readers of all ages will enjoy J. Milton Turner, An American Hero.  This 8 1/2 x 11, well written, beautifully illustrated, four color, hard cover book covers the life of James Milton Turner, a towering figure in advancing human rights, especially in the state of Missouri.  Dedicating his entire life to freedom, equality and the value of a good education, It also pays homage to Turner, a man who founded  22 schools in Missouri and who fought tirelessly his entire life for freedom and equality.  At the end of the book, the author has added a series of questions meant to encourage additional learning and discussions about and the time in which he lived.  The book also includes a glossary of terms for students to refer to as they read the book.  Click here to view video news report.

The book is available for sale at the Cooper County University of Missouri Extension Center.  If you have any questions, please contact Todd Lorenz at 660-882-5661 or by email at lorenzt@missouri.edu.