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's 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.
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.