Free Drought Management Program

University of Missouri Extension specialists headline the 2018 drought management options for beef cattle producers in Macon County at the MU Extension office, 404 N Missouri St Suite A, in Macon.The free event is set for 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20.

MU Extension livestock specialist, Zac Erwin will talk about nitrate toxicity, ration building using alternative feedstuffs and culling decisions. County Executive Director Tyler Moore from Macon County Farm Service Agency will talk about emergency conservation program. MU Extension Agronomy specialist, Dhruba Dhakal will discuss pasture management and alternative forage options.

Participants can bring forage plant samples for nitrate testing. Extension specialists will test the nitrate in corn and other forages.

Call (660) 385-2173 to register or email by Aug. 20.


 Master Gardener Training to be held in Kirksville

Master Gardener training will begin Wednesday, September 12 at the Adair County Extension Center in Kirksville. Classes will meet on Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. and will last 12 weeks. Cost is $120 and includes a hard copy of the Master Gardener training manual, if you register by September 5. If you prefer to have the training manual online only, cost is $100 if registered by September 5. Those choosing this option will be sent a link by email to access the manual. More information and registration form available at

Job Opening 4-H Youth Program Associate

University of Missouri Macon County Extension Office

4-H Youth Program 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 with an emphasis in the applicable program area or an equivalent combination of education and experience and some experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Salary range is $11.54-13.74 per hour

For complete job description and to apply for this position go to:

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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.