Private Pesticide Applicator License Training

Missouri Department of Agriculture is requiring all persons renewing their Private Applicator License to do so by attending a training class.  This training is for those that need to re-certify their license and well as those that need to obtain their license for the first time. 

The Macon County Extension Office has set the following training date:  Thursday, February 23 at 1:00 at the FCS Office located at 509 HBC Rd in Macon ?OR 6:00 at the Macon County Extension Office located at 404 N Missouri St., Ste A.  You need to attend only one session.  If you already have the current Manual (date located on the back in the lower right hand corner New 12/97:Reviewed 1/11 Reprinted 2/16/3M) please bring it with you.  If you do not have one or it is outdated, you will need to purchase one at the class for $15.  Also, bring your current license card.  Trainings will take approximately 2 1/2 hours.  Space is limited.  Please reserve your spot now by calling 660-385-2173.

Other training dates and locations

Shelbyville--January 31, 3:00 or 7:00 Shelby County Extension Office

Moberly--February 9 2:00 or 6:00 Randolph County Extension Office

Kirksville--February 16 2:00 or 6:00 Adair County Extension Office

Linneus--February 23 2:00 or 6:00 Forage Systems Research Center 

Missouri's Complex Fence Law to be Explained

A program to discuss Missouri's Complicated Fence Law will be held on Tuesday, March 7th from 6:30 to 9:00.  The meeting will be held at the Macon County Extension Office that is located at 404 N Missouri St., Ste B in Macon, MO.  There is a $15 charge for this meeting and that covers the program and materials.  Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited.  Registration form.

"Missouri continues to have a very complicated fence law, in large part due to the fact that 2 separate laws cover the state depending on the county that your land is in" according to Joe Koenen, Agricultural Business Specialist with University of Missouri Extension who will be presenting the program that night.  "If you own land you really need to know the law and how it impacts you whether you own livestock or not".  "Furthermore, in 2016 a portion of the law was changed to address livestock liability that affects livestock and non-livestock owners alike" said Joe.  Other problems are that both laws are subject to interpretations and can be a little different, depending on the county you are in.  A comparison of both laws will be given at this program.  Joe has been presenting programs on the fence law for over 25 years throughout the state including via Adobe Connect and ITV.  Landowners need to be aware of what the law is in their county and this meeting will help them better understand their rights and responsibilities. 

The program will be done via Skype for Business so attendees can see the presentation and ask questions of the presenter.  It allows the presenter (Joe) to talk to several folks in a wide area without traveling to each location.

Contact Darla Campbell or the Schuyler County Extension Office 660-457-3469 if you have any questions or would like to register or you can email her at

Missouri Century Farm

If your farm has been in your family since December 31, 1917, 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. 

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.  Application must be postmarked by May 15, 2017 to be considered. 

For application forms (PDF form) and information, call Extension Publications at 1-800-292-0969 or visit the program website at

2016-2017 Seedling Order Form

The Seedling Order Form from the Department of Conservation is now available at the Extension office.  The deadline to order is April 15, 2017.  To order online go to

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.