Yes, it is Soil Testing Time

Greene County Extension can do soil testing for gardens, lawns, fields and commercial operations. In most cases, gardens, lawns and fields should be tested every two years. For more information, including a video on how to collect soil samples, visit Soil Test Central.

Extension Hosting County Commissioner Debate

Hear from the candidates running for Greene County Presiding Commissioner during this debate/forum among candidates for Presiding County Commissioner. The Greene County Extension Council is hosting this debate as a kickoff to the election. Details" 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday April 29  at the Executive Conference Center, 910 W. Battlefield Road, Springfield, Mo. Read more | Event program

Organic Gardening Academy

A total of 11 classes will be taught by University of Missouri Extension specialists this gardening season as part of a new “Organic Gardening Academy.” Each of the classes will begin at 6 p.m. and be offered at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo. Class cost $20 each and pre-registration is required by calling (417) 881-8909. Read more | Schedule

Community Visioning

A unique partnership between Drury University and MU Extension helps southwest Missouri communities create a community vision and realize community dreams. Read more

Apply to Become a Century Farm

The search is on for Century Farms in Greene County (and beyond). Has your farm remained in the same family for over 100 years? Then your farm is eligible. Read more | Apply | List of Century Farms in County (PDF)

Salute to Century Farms

Educational evening to honor new 2014 additions to the Century Farms Registry in Greene County with a guest speaker discussing the challenges faced by family farms in the coming 15-20 years and musical entertainment from Acoustic Essays. Event will be held at the Round Barn event center between Willard and Ash Grove, just a short drive from Springfield. The event is a fundraiser for Greene County Extension. Details: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday September 30, Fee: $25 per person (honored families free). Additional information and ticket sales will be posted toward the end of May. Read More | Order form | Order tickets online

100 Years of Extension, Let's Celebrate

Greene County Extension is celebrating our 100th Anniversary this Spring. Some work has already been done on the early history of Extension in Greene County:  Early History Notes (PDF)The Saga of C.C. Keller (PDF). We are in need of a volunteer or intern to help complete the rest of the Extension history by researching council minutes (1964 to present) and calling past/retired Extension employees who served in Greene County.

Serve on a Council Committee

The Greene County Extension Council is opening its council committees up to members of the public and inviting county residents to volunteer for service. Learn more | Current list of committee membership (PDF)

Greene County Extension Brochure

This tri-fold brochure offers a general overview of the programs and staff accessible through the MU Extension office in Greene County. The brochure was created by Spring 2014 intern Vicke H. Kepling. Greene County Extension Brochure (PDF)

No Other County Office

The local Greene County Extension Council leads an office and program that is part of county government. In fact, the local MU Extension office offers some unique services in Greene County. Learn more

Leaders Honor Roll

Annually, the Greene County Extension Council recognizes its greatest supporters by naming them to the "Leader's Honorl Roll." Learn who the past receipents have been by viewing our Historical List (PDF). Or read about the three individuals honored in 2014: Barbara St. Clair | Mark Green | Angela Jenkins

Volunteer / Internship Opportunities

These are unpaid internship and volunteer opportunities that provide a learning experience and a wonderful  opportunity to do something that will benefit the residents of Greene County. Read more | Intern and Volunteer project list (PDF)

Friends of Greene County Extension

The 2014 "Friends of Greene County Extension" Campaign is underway. Here is the 2014 letter requesting donations and our 2014 donation brochure.

LEARN MORE: A "Friends" program has been launched to generate support for Greene County Extension -- Giving Financially.

DONATE ONLINE: Use your credit card to make a donation to the Greene County Extension Gift Fund online.

CURRENT DONORS: Our official listing of "Friends of Greene County Extension" is posted: Donors to Friends of Extension (PDF)

TESTIMONIALS: We are receiving testimonials from individuals in the county regarding the impact extension has made in their life. Testimonials from the last few years can be viewed online here

DONATE AN OLD CAR: To donate vehicles to the Greene County Extension Council, contact the local office. Read more

Health Education Initiative

Extension specialists in southwest Missouri are offering fact-based programs to help individuals and families better understand the new health care law and make informed health insurance decisions. A schedule of programs in the region are posted online.

Greene County Extension Publications

Learn the details about Greene County Extension making some of its most frequently requested program publications available for download and sale online.

Newswriting for Community Leaders

"Newswriting for the Non-Journalist" is a guide to help community leaders and volunteers wiht media releases and media relations. This popular book from Greene County Extension is now available for purchase online.

Community Discussion About Fireworks

Does your community want to discuss the sensitive issue of fireworks and how to develop community policies regarding the sale and use of fireworks? It is a sensitive topic but Greene County Extension has a discussion guide that was developed in 2005 for that reason. This guide has helped numerous communities decide how to best deal with fireworks. Discussion Guide Reseach-Total Package (PDF) | Tri-fold Community Discussion Guide (PDF)

Help with your lawn and garden

Assistance: Master Gardeners of Greene County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling 417-881-8909. Read more.

Planting Guide: First time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide. Read story.

Soil Test: Bring in your soil and make sure you don't waste money on your lawn, garden or field. Soil Test Brochure (PDF). For more information, including a video on how to collect a sample, see our "Soil Test Central" page. Soil test gift certificates are available and make a great gift for any gardener or environmentally conscious person.

Media releases and Contacts

PAST MEDIA RELEASES: Southwest Missouri News provides timely articles from the past 90 days about MU Extension programs in the region and informational articles from specialists located in southwest Missouri. The same information is also shared on the Southwest Region News Blog.

MEDIA CONTACT LIST: A complete list of MU Extension specialists in southwest Missouri has been complied for use by members of the news media. Give one of our specialists a call when you are working on a news story.  Specialists Can Answer Media Questions (PDF)

WEEKLY NEWS SERVICE: Subscribe to our weekly emails and receive articles about area MU Extension programs and information from regional specialists.

Thank our corporate sponsors

Contributions from these businesses and organizations have helped to maintain MU Extension programs in Greene County during 2013. Learn more about our corporate sponsorship program at Corporate Sponsorships. Our current sponsors include:

Sanford & Associates, CPA, Springfield, Mo.: 417-886-2220,

Master Gardeners of Greene County:

Meyer Communications, KWTO 560 AM / KTXR 101.3 FM: (417) 862-3751,

American Business Systems, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 866-5083,

Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112,

Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515,

Using social media in disaster recovery

An updated 30-page publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. These guidelines come from the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton who built Facebook communities following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornadoes. This guide is now recommended by FEMA and available for purchase on Amazon


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