Soil Testing Basics and Advance Payment
PAY ONLINE IN ADVANCE: Pay in advance for your soil test and then drop your soil off at the Botanical Center any time the facility is open (even weekends). Details about soil testing | Online advance payment
$3 OFF SOIL TEST IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER: Get a jumpstart on 2016 lawn and gardening by submitting your soil sample to the Greene County Extension Center during November or December. Coupon (PDF)
Fall Friends Campaign Kicks-off
Every November, Greene County Extension conducts a "Friends of Greene County Extension" campaign to generate funds for the operation of our office and expansion of our programs. If you would like to become a donor, you might find this information interesting: Letter sent to potential donors (PDF) | FY 2015 in Review (PDF) | List of All Past Donors to Friends Campaign (PDF) | Donation Card (PDF)
2016 Budget Draft and Public Feedback
Extension staff and our council are working to craft a working budget for 2016. The draft budget is posted online here (PDF) so telephone conference attendees can see the numbers. We will also accept written feedback on the budget by email.
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Stay Strong, Stay Healthy
"Stay Strong, Stay Healthy" is a science-based exercise program designed for individuals over the age of 55. The program places an emphasis on low-impact exercise that doctors support. Classes are being organized in Greene County. If you are interested, please email Human Development Specialist Renette Wardlow.
Publications for Sale
The local extension office has a number of unique publications for sale at the office at reasonable prices. Some of the materials are also for purchase online. See our publications listing.
How do I donate?
Friends of Greene County Extension Campaign
DONATE NOW: Use your credit card to make a donation to Greene County Extension. Donate to Greene County Extension
CURRENT DONORS: Our "Friends of Greene County Extension" are posted online: Donors to Friends of Extension (PDF).
DONATE AN OLD CAR: Cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, ATVs, boats, boat motors and farm equipment can be donated to the Greene County Extension Council. When contacting the local extension office with a donation be prepared to give the following: name, address and telephone for the owner and detailed information about the type of item being donated. If it is a vehicle we will need VIN, make, model, year, color and mileage. We will make arrangements for the item to be picked up. When the vehicle is picked up the owner must sign over the title. Email David Burton with donation details.
How Are We Doing Financially?
Great Game of Business
LEARN THE RULES: Read our rules and guiding documents that impact how Greene County Extension plays the Great Game of Business with our overview document (PDF).
KEEPING SCORE: See our weekly financial scorecard online so you can see exactly how we are doing financially for the month and the year.
GET IN THE GAME: Read how Greene County Extension is playing the Great Game of Business online here. Our staff conducts a huddle every Monday at 3:15 p.m. and our Council plays the game during regular council meetings each month. For more information contact David Burton.
How do I volunteer?
Lots of Opportunities
These are 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)
100 Years of Extension
University of Missouri Extension is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. We need a volunteer or intern to help complete the Extension history by researching council minutes (1964 to present) and calling past Greene County Extension employees. History in Greene County: Early History Notes (PDF) | The Saga of C.C. Keller (PDF) | Statewide information | Volunteer to finish our History
Employee Training Programs
If your business regularly offers programs for employees, as part of ongoing professional development or as an employee incentive plan, these local University of Missouri Extension specialists can offer affordable research-based educational programming. Read more | Video | See Course List
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 "Soil Test Central."
Any New and Local Publications?
Updated Expert Guide
Our regional "Expert Guide" has been updated for members of the news media and others who are looking for an expert to conduct a program or serve as an expert. Expert Guide (PDF)
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 is available for purchase on Amazon.
Newswriting for Community Leaders
"Newswriting for the Non-Journalist" is a guide to help community leaders and volunteers with media releases and media relations. This popular book from Greene County Extension is now available for purchase online.
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, Lea & Associates, CPA, Springfield, Mo.: 417-886-2220, www.adifferentcpa.com
Master Gardeners of Greene County: http://www.mggreene.org
Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112, www.greenecountymo.org
Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515, www.parkboard.org.