Bedbugs Infesting Johnson County

Johnson County Missouri is currently dealing with an infestation of bedbugs.  Local social service agencies, who previously accepted donations of gently used bedding to redistribute to those in need, are calling a halt to that practice because of concerns about spreading reports of bedbug ridden items.  To help consumers learn how to identify and treat bedbugs, MU Extension has developed a news article as well as a video.


Johnson County Grazing School To Be Held

The Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District, University of Missouri Outreach & Extension and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service are sponsoring a Regional Grazing School in Warrensburg, Missouri.  The school will be held September 8th and 9th at the University of Central Missouri Prussing Farm in Warrensburg.  The school provides a good introduction to Management-Intensive Grazing principles, as well as guidance on plant growth and forage quality, soil fertility and pasture and weed management.  Speakers will also present information on layout and design on grazing management systems and livestock nutrition on pasture.  Lunch will be provided both days.  There will be a farm tour the second day to view a completed rotational grazing system and provide opportunity for participants to interact with fellow livestock producers.  Click for BROCHURE and REGISTRATION or click for AGENDA.

Show-Me Sheep & Goat Project

This 4-week series of classes provides beginning and experienced producers a wide variety of educational topics about sheep and goat production.  Topics for the series include: the sheep and goat industry, selection of breeding stock, marketing, diseases and reproductive management in small ruminants, and business relations. 

For more information click here.

Annie's Project - Missouri Celebrates 10 Years - Plant to Attend

Annie's Project is an interactive risk education course for farm women that provides training in the fields of production management, financial management, marketing, legal issues and human resources.  University of Missouri Extension specialists are celebrating their 10th year of these classes by hosting 2 different conferences for farm women to attend to hear speakers insights from different walks of life.

For more information click here.

Keeping Hands Clean for Summer Eating

Its summer and you’re busy with picnics, camping and outside fun.  If hand washing is not possible (no running water, soap, etc.), what is the next best option to use before eating or food handling? Susan Mills-Gray article here.

Welcome, Phillip!

Phillip Boydston is the newest member of our Extension team.  As a Small Farm Outreach Worker, he helps provide information and assistance to both rural and urban farmers and ranchers, with an emphasis on underserved and socially disadvantaged populations.  Farm Outreach Workers (FOWs) provide information on ways to better manage your resources, reduce expenses and increase income.  They also provide information on other available programs and resources that may improve your farm management practices and income.  At your request, an FOW will make an appointment to visit with you and your family on your farm and discuss goals and plans.  For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Phillip at 816-726-7720 or

Online Training for Nonprofit Board Members

This new, convenient training has been developed by our Community Development faculty.  Learn more about the course and get the registration link at Build Your Board.


MO PTAC helps Missouri businesses obtain and perform federal, state and local government contacts.  MO PTAC services are available to all Missouri businesses with emphasis on small businesses; veteran-owned small businesses; service disabled veteran-owned-small businesses; 8(a) firms; small disadvantaged businesses; woman-owned small businesses; firms in HUBZones; Minority Busniess Enterprises; Women Business Enterprises; and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.  For more information, contact Traci Baldwin at 660-747-3193 or