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2019 Master Gardener training program to begin in April

University of Missouri Extension in Jasper County is sponsoring a Missouri Master Gardener training program.  Classes will meet Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon, beginning April 2, and winding up May 2. The program contains 10 sessions, each designed to train volunteers in various aspects of horticulture. The Master Gardeners participate in a wide variety of community service projects and assist University of Missouri Extension in providing unbiased educational information to the public.

Application found here.

Growing Local Food Economies: Good Food, Good Business - February 21 in Springfield

 The University of Missouri Extension Growing Local Food Economies: Good Food, Good Business conference will show how food system initiatives and strengthened rural-urban linkages impact producers, communities and regional economies. Keynote speaker Dr. Becca Jablonski from Colorado State University will lead the morning discussion highlighting relevant data and trends. During the afternoon, each site (Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield, and St. Louis) will have the chance to explore unique, regional food system topics on their own. Please join us for this important discussion. The conference will include lunch and ample opportunity for networking.

Blueberry School 2019

The 2019 Blueberry School will take place Feb. 22-23 in Springfield, Mo.   Dr. Gary Pavlis with Rutgers University will be the keynote speaker and we will also be collaborating with and including two extension agents from Arkansas who specialize in berry production. Register online

Missouri Pesticide Collection Event Saturday, May 18 in Mt. Vernon

Popular articles from recent TV appearances 

Video presentations of Robert Balek, horticulture specialist, on KSN-TV Living Well segments can be found here.  Search for Robert Balek.


From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar

The From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar is a garden journal for Missouri gardeners, as well as a how-to guide and information resource. It provides a place to keep all gardening information, plans and notes together.

Order from your local county extension office or here for $15.00.



Featured articles and gardening tips from experts around the state





Seasonal and Simple: A Guide for Enjoying Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Seasonal and simple is a guide to help you select, store and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes use simple preparations and seasonings, so you can taste the goodness of a fruit or vegetable at the peak of its flavor. The fruits and vegetables are listed in the guide by their growing season — spring, summer and fall. Nutrients and associated health benefits are listed with each fruit or vegetable. Order your copy from your local county extension office or here. $15.00. Download the free app here.




  • Weed ID Guide — University of Missouri. Helps identify common weeds in field crops, pastures, ornamentals and turfgrass.
  • Weed ID App — New app helps you name that weed.  University of Missouri Extension has released a free app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices to help people easily identify weeds in the field, lawn or garden. Watch the video. Read more
  • Turfgrass and Weeds, IPM1009 (PDF)
  • Weed ID — University of Illinois Extension
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Environmental quality


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