2015 Master Gardener Training Program

Master Gardeners are adults of all ages and all gardening skills who enjoy gardening.  They are interested in lawns, shrubs, trees, flowers, vegetable gardens and caring for the environment.  They are also interested in learning from each other and sharing what they know with other Master Gardeners and their community friends and neighbors.  A Master Gardener Trainee can be anyone who wants to learn more about gardening, lawn, and shrub care, and sustaining the environment.  You do not have to be an expert to join.  You will not have to take exams or give presentations in class.  You must, however, have a desire to learn, make a commitment to complete 30 hours of volunteer community service the first year, and to complete 2- hours of service each successive year to remain active in the program.  The 12 session training starts February 3rd through April 28th on Tuesday nights from 6 pm to 9 pm.  All classes are held in Grinstead Hall, University of Central Missouri.  The one-time program fees are $130 for individuals and $225 per couple.  The fee covers all class training materials.  Couples receive only one set of materials.  For more information, contact Master Gardener Maggie Stone, 660-747-7715.  

Registration Form

Percolation Test Certification Training

The Johnson County Extension Office will be conducting percolation test certification training on the 24th and 25th of October.  The first day of training, Friday the 24th, will be from 12:45 pm to 5:45 pm and the second day, Saturday the 25th, will be from 9 am to 12:15 pm.  The cost of the class is $160 paid to Johnson County Extension Center.  Please pay with a money order, cashiers check, or cash.  You may write a check for the $90 to the State of Missouri at the time your application for license is sent in.  This makes for a total cost of $250.  Registration is due by October 10th.  participants are encouraged to bring a calculator and pencil.  The exam is an open-book test.  For more information, please call the Extension offfice at 660-747-3193.

Registration Form for Percolation Training 

Hazardous Waste Collection

The annual Household Harzardous Waste collection will be Saturday, Novermber 1st at the Johnson County Fairgrounds from 8:00 am to noon.  Begin now to set aside old paint, pesticides and cleaning products so you are ready to take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to safely dispose of household harzardous waste.  Click here for the complete list of items that will and will not be accepted.  For more information, call our office at 660-747-3193.  

Recognition Banquet

All 4-H leaders and those members who submitted Missouri Report Forms, applied for or were nominated for awards (i.e. I Dare you, Key Award, etc.) and 4-H Council officer (this year and newly elected) are invited to attend the 2014 Johnson County 4-h Recognition Banquet.  The awards committee is planning an exciting annual Recognition Banquet.  This year's event will be Monday, October 20th at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.  The meal will be served at 6:30 pm and the awards presentation will follow.  Because area banks are sponsoring this meal, there is no cost to those attending.  Please be sure to RSVP no later than noon, October 7th at the Extension Center. 

2015 4-H Year!

As the 2014 4-H year wraps up, we are preparing to for the 2015 year!  If this is your first year and are curious about joining 4-H, start by choosing a club in the Johnson County area.  For more information, contact one of the club leaders or the Johnson County Extension at 660-747-3193.  

Keeping Your Child Safe for Scary, Fun Halloween

There are step you can take to keep your kids safe on Halloween.  Follow this easy list to keep your trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween.  Lisa Wallace's Article.


Small Farm Outreach Worker

As a Small Farm Outreach Worker, Phillip Boydston 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 boydstonp@lincolnu.edu

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 baldwintl@missouri.edu