Chronic Disease Self Management Program

This program is a 6-session course offered on Mondays from 1-3:30 PM on April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1 and May 8 at the Higginsville Senior Center. This program is open for adults with any chronic condition or care takers/support system of those with a chronic condition. Participants completing the program will receive a free book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” and relaxation CD. 
To register call your University of Missouri Extension Nutrition and Health Education Specialist Tracy Delaney at 660-584-3658.

Local Volunteers Receive State Recognition

Congratulations Joan Zeller and Michael Dowell. Read the full story.

Northwest Region News You Can Use Newsletter

Lafayette County Extension Council Election Has Ended for 2017

The Lafayette County Extension Council is comprised of elected and appointed citizens who guide local MU Extension educational programming. County council members: (1) work with regional specialists to provide the county educational programs, (2) manage finances of local extension operations, (3) provide personnel to carry out extension activities, and (4) elect and organize the local extension council.  Members serve two-year terms.

Any person aged 18 or older who resides in Lafayette County may cast one vote in the Lafayette County Extension Council election.

For any questions you may have about the election process, contact the Lafayette County Extension Center at 660-584-3658 or by email at Results of the election will be available February 1, 2017 on the county office home page.

Search for Missouri Century Farms Continues 

If your farm has been in your family for 100 consecutive years or more as of Dec. 31, 2017, 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 Dr. Jo Turner, 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 2017 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 $55 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 $65. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2017, 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

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.


2014 Lafayette County Historical Platbook Available

The 2014 Lafayette County Missouri Historical Platbook contains 1914 land ownership maps showing acreage and parcel boundaries by township, in addition to the 2014 plat maps; aerial views of the public and private roadways; and maps of waterways, railways and section lines. To make this historical book more memorable, historical photos from Lafayette County are also featured.  The book includes boundary maps for municipalities, political townships, school districts and zipcodes. Wall maps also are available. Platbooks are $40 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 or check.  There will be an additional charge for shipping.  Plat books or plat maps make nice gifts for those hard to buy for individuals.

Focus on Kids

2017 Lafayette County Parent Education Program Schedule — 15th Circuit

All classes will be held from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Lafayette County Extension Center, 14 E 19th St., Suite 102, Higginsville, MO. The cost is $40 per person. Pre-registration and payment is required a week before the session. No refunds will be issued if unable to attend.  To register contact:  Judy at the Lafayette County Extension Center, 660-584-3658. 

2017 dates

  • Jan. 17
  • Feb. - No class
  • March 14
  • April  - No class
  • May 23
  • June - No class
  • July 25 
  • Aug. - No class 
  • Sept. 26
  • Oct. - No class
  • Nov. 14
  • Dec. - No class


 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.

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 will be held February 17, 9 a.m. at the Extension Office in Higginsville

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.  

You may call the Lafayette County Extension Office at 660-584-3658 to register..


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: