Manage your woodland for health and productivity


Contact Newton County Extension center by December 1st 

at (417) 455 - 9500 to register for the event. 

The cost is $20.00 per person.

Woodland Workshop Registration Form (PDF)

To reserve your spot, please print off the form and return via mail or in person with payment.



Drought Survival for Livestock Producers


Supplementing low quality hay

Herd culling tips

Assessing price of stored forages

Precautions with nitrate and prussic acid

Fall forage alternatives

Drought Survival Information (PDF)

View the live presentations at Drought Survival Meeting Presentations

2018 Fall/Winter Grazing Options Information (PDF)





Annie's Project Training

Empowering farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Newton County Class 

Coming Soon

evenings TBA from 6-9pm

Informational Flyer (PDF)


Master Gardener Classes


Master Gardener Training Program to Begin in September


University of Missouri Extension in Jasper County is sponsoring a Missouri Master Gardener training program, beginning September 11, and winding up in mid-October. The program contains 10 sessions, each designed to train volunteers in various aspects of horticulture. The Master Gardeners participate in a wide variety of community service projects and assist University of Missouri Extension in providing unbiased educational information to the public.

A person who wishes to become a Master Gardener is required to attend the training sessions (30 hours of training), and contribute 30 hours of volunteer service to Master Gardener projects during the following year. The fee for the training is $150.

The training sessions begin with an orientation to the Master Gardener program, and include science-based information on plants and their environment to include soils and fertility, as well as pest and disease identification and management.  Sessions continue with practical gardener training in fruit and vegetable production, selection and establishment and care of woody and herbaceous landscape plants, home lawn establishment and maintenance, and plant propagation.

Visit University of Missouri Extension Jasper County Facebook page, or for further information.

The Core Training Program has limited enrollment. Application deadline is September 7th.  To apply for a space in the program or to obtain further information, contact Robert Balek, Courthouse Basement, Carthage, MO 64836, 417-358-2158, e-mail:

OR Option 2

On-line August 19th - December 15th

Cost is $175

On-line Course Registration and Information


The Master Gardener Program is an intensive horticulture course offered statewide by University of Missouri Extension.  The 30 hours of classroom training provided by area horticulture and agricultural specialists set Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners and programs. 


A total of 10 three-hour sessions taught by trained professionals will cover horticulture principles and practices. Course topics are:

  • Woody Ornamentals & Trees
  • Irrigation, Hobby Greenhouses & Tool Care
  • Plant Growth & Development
  • Plant Diseases
  • Soils & Composting
  • Entomology
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Flower Gardening
  • Growing Fruit Crops
  • Turfgrass

Master Gardeners are volunteers who assist with horticulture education in the community.  Thirty volunteer hours from participants are required the first year after training.  Following that, 20 volunteer service hours are required each year to remain an active Master Gardener. Volunteer service hours are usually acquired by serving in a county master gardeners organization.  Activities might include serving as an advisor for a community garden, or helping to maintain a demonstration garden.  Enrollment for the class is limited and there is a fee of $150 per person or $250 per couple (with one set of materials).

The Master Gardener Program is a popular and successful statewide volunteer community-service organization administered through University of Missouri Extension. Go to to learn more information about the Master Gardener program.




Scholarship Information Here (PDF)


FLOOD AND DISASTER INFORMATION from the University of Missouri Extension can be accessed by the following link:

Emergencies and Disasters - Floods 

Resources for Your Flooded Home (PDF)


Soil Testing

Whether you are planting a garden, an orchard or thinking of hay and pasture, a soil test can help you know what you will need to amend your soil for the best results possible. Call our office for more information at 417-455-9500. The cost is $23.00 per sample.

Soil testing provides an estimate of the plant-available nutrients in the soil and is an essential tool for a sound fertilization program. Periodic soil testing will help to correct nutrient deficiencies, avoid excess fertilizer applications and maintain a healthy lawn, garden or cropland.
related information: Lawn and garden

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