Lafayette County Extension Celebrates University Extension's 100th Anniversary

 Lafayette County Extension continues to celebrate 100 years in the Higginsville Country Fair Parade on September 20 with 100th Anniversary banners and a black pickup provided by Debby Payne, Extension Council Member, and driven by Whitney Wiegel, Ag Business Specialist.


2011 County Platbook available 

The 2011 Lafayette County Missouri Platbook contains land ownership maps showing acreage and parcel boundaries by township; aerial views of the public and private roadways; and maps of waterways, railways and section lines. The book includes boundary maps for municipalities, political townships, school districts and zipcodes. Wall maps also are available. Platbooks are $35 each, and maps are $60. Both are available at the Extension Center in Higginsville. Plat books and maps can also be ordered via e-mail by sending a request to Payments for plat books and maps can be made with cash, check or credit card.

Focus on Kids

2014 Lafayette County Parent Education Program Schedule — 15th Circuit

All classes will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lafayette County Extension Center, 14 E 19th St., Suite 102, Higginsville, MO. The cost is $35 per person. Pre-registration and payment is required a week before the session. To register contact:  Judy at the Lafayette County Extension Center, 660-584-3658. FOCUS on KIDS instructor:  Lisa Wallace, 660-885-5556.

2014 dates  

  • Jan. 7
  • Feb. 12
  • March 11
  • April 15
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 9
  • Aug. 12
  • Sept. 9
  • Oct. 8
  • Nov. 4
  • Dec. 9

 Build Uour Board: An online program created for nonprofit board members

Build Your Board is a convenient training program designed specifically for board members of non-profit organizations. Created by University of Missouri Extension community development specialists with over 50 years of combined experience in the field, the information presented is reliable and resourceful.

Online training offers convenience and flexibility. Participants can log in at any time and can take all 16 lessons at once or can break the training up in 15-minute intervals. No meetings to attend and no travel expenses mean both time and money will be saved.

Build Your Board

Five Modules. Sixteen Lessons.

Board Basics:

  • What is a board?
  • Be an effective board member
  • Structure and development
  • Understanding paperwork                                                                                       
  • Avoiding crises

Dollars and Sense:

  • Acquiring the money
  • Managing the money
  • Reporting funds


  • Understanding fellow board members
  • Group dynamics
  • Managing conflict

Productive Meetings:

  • Preparation
  • Conducting effective meetings
  • Parliamentary procedure

Moving Forward:

  • Future planning
  • Promoting the organization

Each lesson includes handouts, online instruction and access to instructors.

The course is accessible via Internet-connected computer, tablet or smartphone.

Printable information sheet about the Build Your Board online course (PDF)

Register for this course

$80 per person

Non-profit board members must be effective and informed. This training ensures they are.

Private Applicators Training

image: private applicator trainingYou will not be required to take a test to obtain your restricted-use license. However, you are required to purchase the Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual (I.D. M87 published in 2007) regardless of how you prefer to recertify or obtain your license. The manual is $12 and must be purchased by cash or check at the time of training. The reference manual may be shared among members of the same household. If a current edition (2007) of the reference manual is already available to you, please bring it with you when you recertify. You will not be required to purchase another copy of the reference manual under these situations.

All class trainings have been completed for this year by Wyatt Miller, agronomy specialist.  If you missed the class trainings, you may call the Lafayette County Extension Office at 660-584-3658 to set up a time to do an individual training.

Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1914, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines: The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

“It is important to honor and respect our history,” said Michael Ouart, vice provost and director, University of Missouri Extension. “These farms represent both Missouri’s cultural heritage and the good stewardship that our farmers strive for.”

In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau joined MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a program sponsor.

“Missouri Farm Bureau is a proud partner in the recognition of century farms,” said Blake Hurst, president. “We applaud the hard-working farm families that have kept us fed and clothed for generations. They represent an important part of our heritage and laid a foundation for the bounty Americans enjoy every day.”

Applicants certified as owners of a 2014 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the MU Extension center in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.

Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.

For applications received by May 1, a $65 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. If the application is received between May 1 and May 15, the cost is $75. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014, to be considered.

For application forms and information, call MU Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension center or visit the program website at

Extension "News You Can Use" Newsletter

The "Northwest Missouri Extension "News You Can Use" newsletter contains timely information on a variety of topics. Newsletter articles are written by MU Extension specialists who serve counties in the MU Extension's Northwest Region. The newsletter also provides updates on upcoming extension programs and events.  Read the most recent issue of "News You Can Use."


University of Missouri Extension Council

Members elected to the Lafayette County University of Missouri Extension Council in January of 2014 included Jeff Bergman from Alma, Beth Schlesselman from Concordia, Lance Dobson, Bret Fahrmeier and Jennifer Jellum from Lexington, and Mark Malott and Elizabeth Wagner from Odessa. The Lafayette County University of Missouri Extension Council consists of 16 elected and appointed members. Members serve two-year terms, with half of the terms ending each year. Please call the Lafayette County Extension office at: 660-584-3658 to be put on the Council Election voter email distribution list for future elections.

How you can help extension in Lafayette County

Participate in an extension program

Extension offers a variety of programs in Lafayette County. The scope of issues addressed through extension's programs in Lafayette County are diverse. Just a few of the issues addressed include the following: agriculture, youth development, nutrition and health, family relationships, personal finance, and community and economic development. With such a broad offering of programs, extension is sure to have something that can benefit you. To learn more about Extension programs in Lafayette County, browse the event calendar at the right side of the screen, or click on one of the "local programming" links in the Web page menu.

Talk to your friends, neighbors, county officials, and legislators about the value of extension

Extension in Lafayette County relies on local, state and federal support. If you value what extension does in Lafayette County, please tell your political leaders about what extension has done for you or what you have seen it do for other people and communities.

Run for a position on the Lafayette County Extension Council

The Lafayette County Extension Council is responsible for providing input for extension programs and for administering local extension funds. If you are passionate about education and making a difference in your community, serving on the Extension Council would be a great experience for you. If you would like to run for a position, contact a current member of the Council or call the Extension Center (660-584-3658) to learn about the responsibilities of Extension Council members and the process for Council elections.

Make a contribution to the Lafayette County Extension Endowment Fund

An endowment fund is an investment fund that is set up to benefit an organization or institution by providing a future source of investment income. Lafayette County Extension has an endowment fund that is held at the University of Missouri. Any contributions to Lafayette County Extension's endowment fund will be used to sustain Extension programming in Lafayette County. Contributions to the endowment fund are tax deductible, and they will be managed with utmost care and diligence as they help to improve the lives of Lafayette County residents. To learn more about Lafayette County Extension's endowment fund or to contribute to the fund, please contact the Lafayette County Extension Center (phone: 660-584-3658; email: