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.



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. 



A seed swap will be held March 31 at 6:00 p.m. at Ozark Regional Library in Ironton.  The Library and Iron County Community Garden are presenting this event.  Activities include a panel of experienced gardeners and an Extension specialist talking about seed-starting and growing produce, a children’s potting station, door prizes, and of course, sharing seeds.    This program is free and open to the public, with light refreshments served.  For more information call the Library at 573-546-2615 or the Extension Office at 546-7515.


For information on 4-H in Iron County, please visit our Facebook page:

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 Debra Henk, 4-H Youth Specialist for information on joining or volunteering.  She can be reached at 573-546-7515 or visit the third floor of the Iron County Courthouse.




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.