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2017 13th Annual Mid-Mo Women in Agriculture Conference (PDF)

2017 4-H Day with the Royals (PDF)

2017 4-H Day with the Cardinals (PDF)




2017 Missouri Century Farm Program

The Missouri Century Farm Program is open now until May 15. For more information visit or for an application





Pesticide Applicator Training Scheduled

Farmers and ranchers who use restricted use pesticides in their operations need to have a license to purchase those products.  For producers whose license is expiring or for those needing a license for the first time, Private Pesticide Applicator Training (PPAT) sessions have been scheduled.

Joni Harper, Extension agronomy specialist, will be conducting classes in the SIMS meeting room at the Morgan County Extension Center in Versailles and the California High School Vo. Ag Building.  You may attend one of the following scheduled classes:

February 20    Versailles, Sims Room at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM or 6:00 PM

March 9           California High School Vo Ag Bldg.  at 6:30 pm

Other classes:

February 6       Cole Co. Extension Center (Jefferson City) at 2:00 PM or 6:00pm

February 8   Camden Co. Extension Center (Camdenton) at  2:00 PM or 6:00pm

There is a requirement that producers must have the M87 “Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual” in their possession for the class. Producers who have a copy of the manual can bring it to the class, and they will not need to purchase a new one.  Others will need to purchase the $12 manual at the class or prior to the class at the extension office. If you wish not to attend a class, you may watch a 2 ½ hour video to gain a new or renew PPAT license. This video has to be watched at the Extension office and you will need to call the office to reserve a time and day to do so. The Extension Center in Versailles is located at 100 E. Newton St. 4th Floor of Morgan Co. Courthouse.  Call (573) 378-5358 to register for the class or if you have questions about this training classes.



Enrollment for new 4-H year began October 1st, you can register in — 4HOnline. If you have ever created a profile in 4HOnline, you must log into that account to re-enroll.  If you can't remember your log-in name, contact the county office.



Don’t guess — soil tests save time and money

Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, says Manjula Nathan, director of the MU Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.

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 any improvements.

“We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan says.

“Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she says. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. Soil test prices are 1-4 soil test at $15 per sample, 5-8 soil test at $14 per sample and 9 or more samples will be $13.50 per sample. For more information, see these soil testing publications

Real time weather

Real-time weather at Versailles is made possible through support from: Morgan County R-2 School District and University of Missouri Department of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences

For weather information, click the weather logo.


Business programs for new businesses

Chris Thompson, Cole County business specialist, hosts classes, including Starting a Small Business: The First Steps and The Basics of Writing a Business Plan, for new businesses almost every month. Interested? Visit our Business programs page or email Chris at


Master Gardeners

This group of train volunteers is a great way to get your home gardening questions answered. You can contact the Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners representative Andi Woodson at  573-377-4577 or email

Office closings

The extension center is closed on legal holidays observed by Morgan County government.

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Thanksgiving Friday
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day