Office Changes

PLEASE NOTE TEMPORARY OFFICE HOURS.  The Howard County Extension office is experiencing irregular office hours in November due to changes in staffing.  However, that's what a good network is for!  You can still get your questions answered by calling the Boone County Extension office at: (573) 445-9792 or emailing Tish Johnson at  

Attention Producers

The 2016 Farmer's Tax Guide is in, pick up a copy outside the Extension office in the Keller Building. Also, the "Custom Rates for Farm Services" survey will begin soon (last one was 2012), we could use your help updating the Howard County mailing list. If you're interested, let Tish know by emailing: or calling the Howard County Extension office at: 660-248-2272.

Seedling order form image2017 Seedling Order Forms

Order your Missouri tree and shrub seedlings through the seedling order form from the George O. White State Forest Nursery.  Orders are accepted from Nov. 1, 2016 through April 15, 2017, though some species sell out quickly.  Prices range from $0.16 to $0.80 per seedling.  Order forms are available outside the Extension office in the Keller Building.



Annie's Project II:  Women Marketing Grain and Livestock

The three-part program will be held November 21, 28, and December 5 at the MU Extension Center in Moberly, 509 W. Reed Street.  Time is 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  Topics will include an introduction to marketing terminology; basic hedging problems; futures contracts; cash contracts; livestock marketing; crop insurance and marketing; selling options and derivative contracts; and more.  Fee is $60.  Download the brochure for the registration form.

Garden Talk

The November issue of the Garden Talk newsletter is available online.  

  • Preparing the garden for winter
  • Cranberries, pecans, pomegranates and pumpkins
  • Is it a yam or sweet potato?
  • Master Gardener volunteer hours due November 30
  • Holidays Unwrapped
  • Gardening tips for November
  • Upcoming events

Annual 4-H Enrollment is Underway

Livestock Symposium December 2-3

The Missouri Livestock Symposium will be held 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016.  The event will be held at Kirksville's William Mathew Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove in Kirksville MO.  No pre-registration is needed and there is no cost to attend.  Additional details about speakers, topics, lodging, meals, trade show and more can be found at the Missouri Livestock Symposium website at:  You can also call Garry Mathes at 660-341-6625, or email Zac Erwin at (please put MLS in the subject line).

Fencing law Information

MU Extension publication G811, Missouri's Fencing and Boundary Laws: Frequently Asked Questions

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws

Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program

The Show Me Select Replacement Heifer Program is focused entirely on Missouri's farmers and is dependent upon active participation from regional extension livestock specialists and local veterinarians, each of which are critical components of the agricultural sector of this state. This program is unique in that it is first and foremost, an educational program targeted at improving production efficiency through increased use of existing technology, coupled with the marketing component. To find more information about this program visit the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program website.

Ag Connection Newsletters

Ag Connection is a monthly publication that offers up-to-date research, techniques and news for Central Missouri region's ag producers.  NOTE:  newsletter publication has been temporarily suspended until the new livestock specialist is on board.  

Howard County Extension's Local Agriculture Newsletter