Candidates sought for Jasper County Extension Council

Nominations are being accepted for the January 2015 public election of Jasper County’s University of Missouri Extension Council for election in January. Candidate recommendations may be made by contacting the Jasper County extension center, 417-358-2158. Read more

We are seeking people from all walks of life who are interested in education and the progress of our community to serve on the extension council. 

Every county in Missouri has an extension council made up of elected (and appointed) members who represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in that county.  Council candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in Jasper County. Missouri state statutes create county extension councils to work with University of Missouri Extension.  The publicly elected (and appointed) council members assist in planning and carrying out extension programs in their county, providing local extension governance and representing the diversity of the county’s changing population.

University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs addressing high-priority areas like agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, family financial education, business and industry, community development and youth development (4-H).

MU Extension's centennial

On May 8, 2014, University of Missouri Extension celebrated 100 years of extending university-based research and knowledge beyond the campus into all 114 Missouri counties. In doing so, MU Extension has strengthened families, businesses and communities.

Happy 100th birthday, MU Extension!  Your centennial gift of $100, $1,000 or an amount of your choosing will help celebrate the milestones of a proud 100-year history and invest in a vibrant MU Extension that is looking forward to the next 100 years.  Donate here

Missouri State Fair Farm Family2014 State Fair Farm Family

The 56th Annual Farm Family Day was celebrated Monday, Aug. 11 at the Missouri State Fair. Rob and Stacey Pope of Jasper were selected as the Jasper County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Jasper County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their community, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H and FFA.

The annual event was sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri State Fair, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.

Robert and Stacey are pictured here with children Austin and Brooklyn.  Shown also is (from left to right) Dr. Jack Magruder, Chair, Missouri State Fair Commission; Dr. Marc Linit, Senior Associate Dean, Research and Extension, University of Missouri; Barbara Hayden, Missouri State Fair Commission; Richard Fordyce, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau; Ted Sheppard, Missouri State Fair Commission.

Norma and Robert Rees 2014 Century Farm Family2014 Century Farm Family

The Missouri Century Farm Program annually recognizes Missouri farms that are still productive and have been in the same family for 100 years or more. The 2014 addition to the Century Farm Program is Robert Rees, Jasper. Robert and his wife Norma own 240 acres that have been in his family since 1905. The farm was originally owned by Mr. Rees' great-grandparents, Freeman and Sarah Rees.

For a current listing or to learn more about the Century Farm program, visit your local University of Missouri Extension office or go online to

Don't guess . . . Soil test!

Soil tests are essential for productive gardens and fields.  For more information...
Soil testing publications   
Fee: $15 per soil sample

Using Social Media in a Disaster

A unique publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. Information and provided guidelines in this updated 30-page publication grew out of the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton had building a Facebook community following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornado. The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery (PDF)