Professor George Smith wins  2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

George P. Smith, Curators Distinguished Professor Emeritus in our biological sciences department, won the Nobel Prize in chemistry this morning.

Dr. Smith’s research produced new antibodies used to cure metastatic cancer and counteract autoimmune diseases. This quote from the Nobel Prize press release underscores the gravity of his work: “We are in the early days of directed evolution’s revolution, which in many different ways, is bringing and will bring the greatest benefit to humankind.”

This work demonstrates the scholarship that Mizzou is doing to change the world through a commitment to excellence and innovation. How inspiring is that?

I can’t tell you how much this means to Mizzou. This type of accomplishment validates what I know to be true about the quality of our community and your support. I’m so proud to lead such an extraordinary group of people who are committed to driving a culture of excellence and discovery.


Farm Labor Management Workshop - December 6, Springfield MO

A one day workshop held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Cost $20/person (incudes lunch).   Labor has a major influence on the productivity, costs and risks of your agricultural business.  This workshop will help improve your labor management, finances and protect your business. Click on the link below to register.


Drought Survival Meeting Handouts

Information From Dr. Eric Bailey, Dr. Randy Wiedmeier, Dr. Sarah Kenyon and Jim Spencer, Jr. |Handouts|


The Meat Substitute Issue (Fake Meats!)

Article Link

Tough Times, the Drought by Randy Wiedmeier

Article Link


Mineral Supplementation for Livestock

Randy Wiedmeier, Regional Livestock Specialist, complied a 4 part information series about mineral supplementation for livestock. 


Review of Principles of Crossbreeding by Randy Wiedmeier, Regional Livestock specialist

Review of Principles of Crossbreeding link


Grazing Livestock Nutrition Power Point 
by:  Randy Wiedmeier

This presentation was presented at the Intensive Grazing School |click here for presentation |


Missouri Century Farm

If your farm has been in your family since December 31, 2018, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.  Applications will be taken from February 1 through May 15. Click on the application link | |


Sign-up for 4-H 

The 2018-2019 season has started. Join 4-H today.  Click on the link | | to join.    If you have question, please contact Dr. Krista Tate at 417-256-2391 or by email
This website is your source for additional information and contacts.  30 Things to Know About 4-H (PDF)


Make a difference in a Childs life.  Become a 4-H volunteer

Click on the link | | to sign-up today.  


South Central Missouri AG News

Sarah Kenyon, Howell County agronomy specialist and Randy Wiedmeier, Ozark County livestock specialist,along with Ted Probert, Wright County Dairy Specialist and Bob Schultheis, Webster County Natural Resource Engineer will be publishing an online newsletter monthly. If there is a topic that you would like information on contact, Sarah at We hope you enjoy the current newsletter(PDF) South Central Missouri AG News. Past newsletters may be accessed through the livestock page.



2017 Howell County Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report for Howell County Extension showcases the impact of extension programs and why it is important to residents of Howell County. Download a copy to read today  2017 Annual Report


Extension Expert Guides

To view the specialists that are located in the Southwest region use the link below.



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4-H Corner

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