Serving Iron County since 1914

MU Extension in Iron County connects people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities. The Iron County Extension Center is located on the third floor of the historic Iron County Courthouse.

Whether it is resources for yourself or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to explore our website, call or email to learn how we can help you.




Tap into knowledge to create an innovative and successful farm business.  An eight-session program with 2 farm tours will be held in Ironton on Mondays beginning February 23rd through April 13, 2015.  For more information call 573-546-7515 or email



The Arcadia Valley Lion's Club, in cooperation with Iron County University Extension and the Extension Council, will host an Emergency Preparedness Fair (EPF) on April 25th, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lion's Club Fairgrounds in Ironton.  This event will provide a wide variety of information on what to do in the event of a local disaster or when an emergency arises.  There will be live demonstrations, mini-classes by Extension personnel, displays and vendors.  Mark your calendar.  Email or call 573-546-7515 for more information.



Council Election

Iron County will be holding elections from January 27 through February 4, 2015.  Iron County residents can vote online. During election dates,  click on the Council Elections – Voting Open tab on the menu on the left hand side of this web page.  Any electronic device can be used, such as a tablet or phone. 

You can also vote at the Extension Office on these dates.  It is located on the third floor of the Courthouse.  An elevator is located near the back entrance.   An open house will be held for voting on January 30th from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

A paper ballot can be obtained by emailing or calling 546-7515. Ballots may be faxed to 573-546-0403.  Paper ballots must be returned to the office by February 4. 


A history of service

In 1914, Iron County established a "Corn Club" at the Ironton High School. This Corn Club was Missouri's first major development for extension. Seven boys joined this club, which was led by B. P. Burnham, Ironton school superintendent. The boys each raised an acre of corn, using the very latest agricultural research to gain improved yields. These Corn Clubs (and the girl's version, Canning Clubs) helped introduce modern methods of growing and preserving farm products. In the 1920s, these Corn and Canning Clubs were renamed 4-H Clubs, emphasizing agricultural and homemaking skills. 4-H has come a long way in the intervening years, with projects ranging from computers and rocketry to veterinary science and robots — and everything in between.

University of Missouri Extension has expanded greatly from its roots in agriculture and homemaking. We still provide vast amounts of research-based information on agriculture, livestock, canning and gardening. But in addition to these topics, extension helps local residents start small businesses, offers parents resources for child development and preparing nutritious meals, supports community development projects and provides information for alternatives to traditional agriculture.