Celebrating the past, building for the future.

On May 8, 2014 University of Missouri Extension Celebrated 100 years of extending university-based research and knowledge beyond the campus into all 114 Missouri counties. In doing so, MU Extension has strengthened families, businesses and communities. 
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Search for Missouri Century Farms

Has your farm been in your family since December 31, 1914? You can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. 
To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines:

  • The farm must have been in the same family for 100 consecutive years. 
  • The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, nephews or nieces, marriage and adoption. 
  • The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

To learn more about the Century Farm program or get additional details about newly added Century Farms visit your local University of Missouri Extension office or visit the Missouri Century Farm website


Welcome Jennifer Lutes

AgriBusiness Specialist

Being new to MU Extension, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am the new Agri-Business Specialist for five counties (McDonald, Newton, Jasper, Barry & Lawrence) housed in McDonald County.

We will sorely miss John Hobbs in this area, but I am glad for the opportunity to continue where he left off. Though I’m new to Extension, I’m not new to the area. My husband and I moved to McDonald County in 2004 and have no plans of ever leaving. We fell in love with the community and the area.

I’m a recent grad of the University of Arkansas with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. Prior to this I studied Poultry Science with a minor in Agri-Business. My college experience began with Agricultural studies at Crowder College.  At home, we manage a small commercial herd of meat goats and hair sheep.

My plan is to start offering programs that will assist producers with managing the business side of their activities. Some ideas include: Keeping Production Records, Maintaining Financial Records, Writing a Business Plan, Costs & Returns of Specific Production Methods, etc… While these are areas I foresee need in our area; I would really like to hear from the producers. What types of programs do you need from me? What areas do you need more information to make your business successful? Hat is my ultimate goal, to help you make your business successful! 







Don't guess . . . Soil test!

Soil tests are essential for productive gardens and fields.     
Fee: $15.00 per soil sample

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