Area Agriculture Programs for 2015
MU Extension specialists in southwest Missouri are hosting a wide variety of winter farm and horticulture meetings. Download our comprehensive calendar at 2015 Agriculture Meeting Schedule (PDF)
Time for a Soil Test
See our "Soil Test Central" section to learn how to collect your soil sample for a quality soil test from Greene County Extension. A soil test can save you lots of money -- whether or farm, have a garden, or want a quality lawn -- and it also helps the environment.
Potting Shed University
Mondays | February 9- April 27 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. A series of 12 diverse garden topics for you to hone your skills to become a better gardener for years to come. Learn more online. | Informational flyer (PDF)
Missouri Blueberry School
A nationally recognized opportunity to learn about growing blueberries is coming to southwest Missouri again in 2015. The Missouri Blueberry School will be held March 13-14 at the Missouri State University Darr Agricultural Center, located at 2401 S. Kansas Expressway, Springfield. Registration and Information Flyer (PDF) | Tour Registration (PDF)
Soils and Crops Conference
92nd Annual Greene County Soils and Crops Conference and Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting will begin at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, (2nd floor banquet room), 6821 West Independence ,Springfield, Mo. This year's event is free and includes dinner thanks to our sponsors: Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District, Springfield Livestock Market, FCS Financial, Old Missouri Bank, MFA—Ash Grove and the Greene County Commission. Registration-Information Brochure (PDF)
2014 Annual Report Available
The 2014 Annual Report for Greene County Extension showcases the impact of extension programs and why it is important to residents of Greene County. Download a copy to read today. Annual Report (PDF).
Master Gardeners Annual Report
Officers of the Master Gardeners of Greene County published their first chapter annual report showcasing the highlights of 2014 for this active organization. MGGC Annual Report (PDF)
Master Gardener Plant Sale
The Master Gardeners of Greene County will host their 18th Annual Plant Sale, 7:30 a.m. to noon or until items sell out, Saturday, April 25 at the Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene Park, 2400 S. Scenic. Master Gardeners will be on site to assist with your purchases and answer questions. Visit www.mggreene.org/plantsale to see updates, or call 881-8909, ext 320 for more information. Cash, checks or credit / debit cards accepted. Plant Sale Flyer (PDF)
Young Sprouts in the Garden
Children are invited to participate in hands-on experiences that will educate them on gardening and nature. The 8th Annual Young Sprouts in the Garden event is for children ages 3 to 8. It will be held at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 16. Young Sprouts Flyer (PDF)
Missouri Directory of One-Room Schools
The first edition of the "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" is available for download. Written by David Burton of MU Extension and Jennifer Kervian of Joplin, the publication has details on about 50 schools in Missouri. Owners or groups who want to add their school to the directory can do so using this form. Purchase your own copy today: Mo Schools Directory PDF
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Ag News & Views Newsletter
New to Greene County is the "Ag News & Views" monthly newsletter with content from area MU Extension specialists relevant to landowners and agriculture producers of all types. Check it out under the "newsletter" link at right or here.
Annual Fund Drive for Friends of Greene County Extension Underway
The 2014-2015 "Friends of Greene County Extension" Annual Fund Campaign is underway. 2014-15 letter requesting donations (PDF) and 2014 donation brochure (PDF).
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
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New 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)
Employee Training and Professional Development 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
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)
100 Years of Extension, Let's Celebrate
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
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.
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.
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
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 with 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 Research - Total Package (PDF) | Tri-fold Community Discussion Guide (PDF)
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, Lea & Associates, CPA, Springfield, Mo.: 417-886-2220, www.adifferentcpa.com
Master Gardeners of Greene County: http://www.mggreene.org
Meyer Communications, KWTO 560 AM / KTXR 101.3 FM: (417) 862-3751, www.radiospringfield.com
American Business Systems, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 866-5083, http://www.ambussys.com
Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112, www.greenecountymo.org
Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515, www.parkboard.org.