Northwest Missouri Regional Director's Office


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Northwest Missouri counties



University of Missouri Extension is looking for people who want an awarding position focusing on improving lives and communities with research-based education. 

The following list are opportunities being offered in the Northwest Region:

Livestock Specialist and County Program Director, Mercer County, Job ID 21006
Agronomy Specialist, Harrison County, Job ID 21004
Agronomy Specialist, Ray County, Job ID 21218
Family Financial Education Specialist, Nodaway County, Job ID 15408

For a full list, please visit Career opportunities with MU Extension.

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A new supervisory training series begins May 3, 2017, in St. Joseph

For more details, refer to our Regional supervisory training series page.


The Missouri Tax Initiative is providing free income tax preparation for low income and elderly people in Northwest Missouri.  Check with your local extension office for the schedule near you.    Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) workers will be preparing taxes in several counties in Northwest Missouri over the next few months.

Small Steps – Strategies for Heart Health

By Janet Hackert, Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist

February is National Heart Month. February 3rd is National Wear Red Day to support cardiovascular health for women. In the U.S. heart disease kills one woman approximately every 80 seconds according to the American Heart Association (AHA). It is the leading cause of deaths for the population overall.

In February and throughout the year, follow these tips, as easy as ABC, to improve or maintain heart health:

A: Avoid tobacco. It won’t be easy, but it will be easier than dealing with a heart attack, stroke or living with chronic heart disease.

B: Be more active. “Research has shown that getting 30–60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week can help lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and keep your weight at a healthy level.”

C: Choose nutritious foods. The heart association’s website,, has some tasty heart-healthy recipes.

Generally, people know what to do; making it happen is another story. Research has shown that making changes toward a healthier lifestyle are more likely to become habit for the long term if they are made in small increments. Here are some strategies that may help.

Track current behavior to know the starting point, how much exercise is really happening, how many steps, how much vegetables are really being consumed currently.

Defy the odds by learning what the likelihood of having heart problems is, then set specific, small-step goals to steer clear of living up to those odds by losing weight, being more active or quitting smoking.

Use the power of ten to motivate: 10 extra minutes of walking or weight lifting morning and evening, or use a step counter to measure movement and walk a little more to round steps up to the next thousand, or cut daily calorie intake by 100 calories per day.

Meet yourself halfway by not giving up the foods you like, but instead cutting the amount of the high-calorie, high-sugar, high-fat and/or high-sodium ones in half anytime you eat them.

These simple strategies and many others can help motivate and move a person to a healthier life and avoid or delay being a heart association statistic.

For more information on this or any other topic, contact me, Janet Hackert, at 660-425-6434 or, or your local University of Missouri Extension Center. University of Missouri Extension - your one-stop source for practical education on almost anything.

Agronomy News

You can read the latest agronomy news in the Northwest Region by going to Agronomy Newsletter.



Missouri Reverse Transfer

Do you have some college credits from 2- year and 4- year Missouri colleges but still no degree? Would you like to use your college credits from a Missouri 4- year university to complete an Associate degree at a Missouri community college? ?  If so, now is the time to think about completing that degree through Missouri’s hottest education initiative, Reverse Transfer.  Go to  to learn about Reverse Transfer and then contact the 4-year college Reverse Transfer Coordinator to see if and how you can earn your Associate degree.  

Fencing and boundary laws

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws provides general information for landowners. 

Websites offer free climate data

Farmers have a new set of free tools to help them make crop decisions.

Ray Massey, MU Extension agricultural economist, and Pat Guinan, climatologist for MU Extension Commercial Agriculture, are collaborating with participants across the nation to make information easily available.

The websites are important because access to historical climate data helps farm operations that depend on favorable temperatures and precipitation patterns, Massey says. He and Guinan recently presented the information at MU’s Crop Management Conference in Columbia. Find addresses and explore details on more than a dozen climate-oriented websites.

Community emergency management resources

MU Extension has resources available for emergency management. The resources cover a wide range of disasters. There is information available on how to prepare for a disaster, what to do in a disaster and the recovery.  Do you have a family disaster plan in place? Make sure you and your family have a supply of safe drinking water after a disaster.

St. Joseph Weather Station — Real time

MU Extension in the Northwest Region is on Facebook. Look at what's going on and programs that are offered.

Northwest region Regional Office
706 S. Woodbine Rd., Suite A
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816-279-6064
Fax: 816-279-0096
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