Job Opening  Part time 4-H Youth Development Associate

20 hours per week with some evenings and weekend events.  This position will assist in the planning, management and support of the 4-H Youth Development program in Macon County, under the guidance and supervision of the 4-H Youth Development Specialist.  This position exists to make sure local 4-H programming is maintained and expanded to new audiences.  Minimum Qualifications--Associate's degree or 60 hours of college credit.  Salary range is $11.54-$13.45 per hour.  For complete job description and to apply for this position go to  This position will be posted until March 15. 

Free Spring Gardening Workshop

Monday, March 26 at 6:30 at the Immaculate Conception Church located at 402 N Rollins St., Macon, MO  The program will be presented by Mary Wilson, Advanced Master Gardener.  Topics will include "Seed Saving" and "Gardening by the Moon".

Grow Your Farm

“Grow Your Farm” sessions for beginning farmers begins March 14th at the Adair county Extension Center in Kirksville.

Topics for the sessions are:

  • March 14-MU Extension agricultural business specialist Darla Campbell speaks on “Identifying Values and Creating Goals.”  Farm Service Agency and Natural Resource Conservation Service personnel discuss their programs.
  • March 21-MU Extension natural resources engineer Kent Shannon gives a session on “Walking the Farm.”
  • March 28-Campbell and a local producer share their expertise on “Assessing Opportunities.”
  • April 4-MU Extension business specialists Charles Holland and Campbell cover “Planning the Farm”
  • April 11- Speaker to be determined based on class interest for the topic of “Marketing Farm Products.”
  • April 18-“Keeping Track of Finances” will be discussed by MU Extension ag business specialist Joe Koenen
  • April 25-Campbell discusses “Rural Legal Issues.”
  • May 2-Class members give farmer presentations. A potluck dinner will be held.
  • Farm visit dates and locations will be announced after the class begins.

For more information, contact Darla Campbell at or 660-457-3469. Register by March 12th by sending a check to University of Missouri Extension, Schuyler County, PO Box 310, Lancaster, MO 63548. 

 2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri

The University of Missouri guide sheet for 2016 Custom Rates in Missouri is now available.

2015 Cash Rental Rates In Missouri

The University of Missouri guide sheet for  2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri is now available.

Macon/Shelby Master Gardeners sponsor Healing Garden at Macon Samaritan Hospital

The University of Missouri Macon/Shelby Master Gardeners are leading the community in the development of two "Healing Gardens" at Samaritan Hospital in Macon, Mo. The recent completion of a new addition to the hospital promoted this opportunity to refresh a current garden and establish a new garden.

Monetary donations, physical labor and assistance in publicizing the engraved brick pavers will be greatly appreciated! A money-making event designating the funds to the garden would be welcome. All contributors will be recognized on a plaque within the hospital. Engraved bricks are available for $75. For more information, contact the Macon County Extension Office at 660-385-2173.

Monetary donations may be sent to Samaritan Healing Garden, c/o Melinda Reilly, 1205 N. Missouri St., Macon, MO  63552.

Donation/Brick Order Form (PDF)

Soil testing

Soil tests save time and money. Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for improvements. Call or visit the Macon County Extension office for details. Basic testing is $20 per sample box. Additional fees are required for additional tests. Each sample box requires 2 cups of dry soil. Results will be mailed to you in 10 to 14 business days.

Joining 4-H is easy

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision-making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Clover Kid are ages 5-7 and 4-H member ages are 8-18. For more details, contact the Macon County Extension Office at 660-385-2173.

Fencing and boundary laws

Popular publications

Check out these popular publications. Printed copies also are available at the extension office.