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.

Local highlights


NEMO Soils & Crops Conference

Friday, February 17, 2017

The NEMO Soils and Crops Conference will give local producers an opportunity to hear the latest information and ideas from University Specialists. Greg Luce, University of Missouri Cereal Grain Specialist, will kick off the event with a presentation on “What We Learned from Fallow Syndrome, Cover Crops and Other MU Strip Trials in 2016.” Dr. Ray Massey, University of Missouri Ag Economist, will follow with a discussion on “Decision Making in a Down Market.” Dr. Daren Mueller, Crop Pathologist with Iowa State University, will talk about “Sudden Death Syndrome and other Emerging Corn and Soybean Diseases.” Dr. Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri State Weed Specialist, will conclude the conference with a “Weed Management Update: Some Thoughts on 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017.” Four CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors is pending. The conference is open to the public and will be held February 17, 2017 from 8:30 am to 2 pm at the Cornerstone Church of Marion (414 S. Breckenridge, Palmyra, MO). Lunch will be provided by Hat’s restaurant. To register for the seminar, contact the Marion County Extension Center at (573) 769-2177. The cost to attend the conference is $10 per person, and registration is requested by February 14th to assure adequate food. All fees collected will be used to offset the costs of the conference. 

Interested in having your child join 4-H?

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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.