Marion County's community classroom

MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom in Marion County. We connect people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities.

MU Extension partners with the Marion County Commission and other local organizations to provide education, information and services that meet people’s needs. The elected and appointed members of the Marion County Extension Council provide guidance in identifying those needs to ensure that our educational programs are relevant, reliable and responsive.

Whether it’s resources for yourself or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to explore our website, call or email to learn how we can help you.

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Interested in having your child join 4-H?

Learn more here! Thank you for your interest (PDF)


Missouri Livestock Symposium to be held December 2nd and 3rd this year

The 17th annual Missouri Livestock Symposium will be held on December 2nd (Friday) and 3rd (Saturday) in Kirksville, Missouri at the William Matthew Middle School. The Missouri Livestock Symposium is the premier educational event for livestock producers nationwide. If you're serious about livestock production, then don't miss our lineup of nationally-known speakers covering timely topics.   There is no cost to attend and no pre-registration is required. Just show up and enjoy our educational programs, trade show and free meals.  This event usually draws attendees from all over the Midwest and from all Missouri counties. 

Educational speakers on horses, beef cattle, forages, stock dogs, sheep, meat goats and food safety will conduct workshop to better inform the agricultural community. There will also be a trade show in conjunction with the Symposium.  The trade show will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  Our trade show is the largest agricultural-based trade show in the Midwest. We have something for everyone, please plan to attend and bring a friend. 

Marion County 4-H Family Favorites cookbook now available

This cookbook is dedicated to the thousands of 4-H members, volunteers, and community supporters that have, for nearly 100 years, devoted their time, their energy, and their resources to help Marion County young people become strong, self-reliant, and competent individuals. The Marion County 4-H Council has collected the best recipes from 4-H members, family and friends and compiled them into an attractive keepsake cookbook. 

The cookbook contains nearly 375 well-loved recipes from some of Marion Counties best cooks,  including appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and many others.  Hard cover with a plastic-spine binding. Recipes include the contributor’s name, enabling you to find the recipes of family and friends.

All proceeds will go to the Marion County 4-H Council. $15 per copy. Checks payable to Marion County 4-H Council. Contact the Marion County Extension Center to order.

2016 Marion County Plat book available

The 2016 Marion County Missouri Platbook contains landownership 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 zip codes. Wall maps also are available. Platbooks are $30 each, maps $30. Both are available at the extension center in Palmyra.

Salt River Master Gardeners

The Salt River Master Gardeners are a group of Missouri Master Gardeners who meet monthly.