Serving Iron County since 1914

The University of Missouri 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 University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs in categories such as agriculture, home economics, business and industry, community development, nutrition education, youth development (4-H) and various continuing education courses, seminars and workshops.  The Iron County Extension Center is located at 123 West Wayne Street, Ironton, MO 63650.

Council Meetings

The Iron County Extension Council meets at the Iron County Extension Center at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every other month, January, March, May, July, September and November.  Council members are elected or appointed to two-year terms and may not serve more than two consecutive terms.  Adult nominees must be at least 18 and must reside in Iron County.

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.

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.

Fifth Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair

Sponsored by the Arcadia Valley Lions

Coordinated with Iron County Extension Council and the University of Missouri Extension

Saturday – April 27, 2019

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Arcadia Valley Lions Club Fairgrounds - M Highway, Ironton


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More details later!


4-H Information

4-H is always open to kids who want to have fun and learn, and to adults who care about kids and want to help grow good ones.  Call Brad Coleman, 4-H Youth Specialist for information on joining or volunteering.  He can be reached at 573-546-7515 or by email at  Stop by the office or visit our web link on this page to learn more about 4-H.  We now have two clubs serving Iron County.  The Iron County 4-H Club in Ironton and the Viburnum Blue Jays 4-H Club in Viburnum.  The Iron County 4-H Club has meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 6 pm, and are held at the Arcadia Valley Lions Club Fairground.  All interested kids and parents are welcome to visit a meeting.  Meetings for the Viburnum Blue Jays 4-H Club will be held in Viburnum TBA.