Farm Bill

The 2014 Farm Bill contains several provisions that enable farmers and landowners to make decisions regarding their involvement in federal farm programs.  Landowners will have the opportunity to reallocate base acres on individual farms as well as update yield information that is used to determine some farm program payments.  Additionally, farmers will have the opportunity to elect to participate in the new commodity programs - Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC).  To provide information on the new farm bill and assist landowners and farmers in making program decision, University of Missouri Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency are teaming up to host educational meetings.  To see a list of some of these meetings near Johnson County, click here

Welcome Dedra!

Dedra Thomas is the newest member to the Extension office.  Dedra is a Family Financial Education Specialist.  Information her program covers is planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in financial literacy, money management, estate planning, food resource management, debt management and consumer issues for low income audiences.  For more information or to set up an appointment to meet with Dedra, please call the office at 660-747-3193.  

2015 4-H Enrollment 

We are excited to announce Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development is transitioning enrollment to Missouri 4HOnline beginning today!  Please log on at  A link to the detailed, step-by-step instructions is included on the login screen, but we think you will find the system very easy to navigate.

In order to assist families with this transition, the University of Missouri Extension Johnson County office will be open at the following times for families to receive assistance setting up their accounts and ask any questions.

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

We look forward to a great year and appreciate your support and patience as we work together to Make the Best Better for Johnson County 4-H!

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.  

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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