Your community classroom

MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom in Perry 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 in Perry County is your one-stop source for practical education and information on almost anything.

MU Extension partners with the Perry County Commission and other local organizations to provide education, information and services that meet people’s needs. The elected and appointed members of the Perry 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.

Solar for Farm, Home and Business short course

This free program is offered in Perryville by the Perry County Extension Council.  We will be discussing photovoltaics, passive solar and grants and incentives.  Program flier or contact Frank at 547-4504 for more information.  Please preregister.

Perry County 4-H Fair details can be found on the 4-H Page

  • July 26 - 4-H Cattle and Horse Show - East Perry Community Fair Grounds  (10:30 am)
  • July 29 & 30 - 4-H exhibits and Chicken Dinner (Dinner is 4:00 - 7:30 pm)

Perry County Karst Community Plan

Perry County has a very challenging geology. There are more sinkholes and miles of caves here than in any other Missouri county.  A multi discipline community committee is developing a community plan to protect the water quality of the karst system. Here are the draft plan documents:  Community Plan (PDF) and Plan Appendix (PDF)  The plan will soon be published in the Federal Register. You may make an official comment on the plan when it is published, through the Federal Register.

  • A community business is doing their part to protect the karst waters and keep the soil in place.  TG Missouri is doing an afforestation project and planting trees in the industrial park on May 17.  They want to involve the whole community,  See the flier.

National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

Perry County MU Extension Center hosted a remote location for this program.  For a materials and videos of the conference presentations see the National website for the conference.
Cover Crops is an old soil management practice that is seeing a rebirth.  We are now seeing benefits in this practice that exceed our old expectations on soil condition and crop yields following the cover crop.  This is a cropping practice that we need in Perry County.

Market Barrow project news for youth leaders and fair boards (good information for all pork producers on disease control)

The spread of a new viral disease PED, Porcine Epidemic Diarhea, has changed how we plan and conduct market barrow and other hog projects.  See this note from Marcia Shannon, Extension Swine Specialist.

Crop News

Anthony Ohmes, Extension Agronomy Specialist, has posted his Spring 2014 Crop News.  This issue covers pasture, hay, wheat and cover crop topics.

Anthony Ohmes & David Reinbott, Ag Business Specialist, discuss the 2014 Farm Bill, evaluating wheat stands, controlling marestail, and soil borne viruses in their March Update.

Join 4-H

Perry County 4-H provides kids ages 5-18 with a variety of fun, exciting and educational activities. Make Friends, be yourself and help your community - JOIN TODAY!

Contact Dianna Koenig, Perry County 4-H Youth Development Program Assistant, 573-547-4504, for membership details. See the 4-H link on the left.

Plat books

2012 Perry County plat books and wall maps are available for purchase at the extension center. Proceeds benefit local 4-H programs.
Order form (PDF)

Quality for Keeps newsletter

Research-based articles written by University of Missouri Extension regional specialists for those who produce and preserve food. To sign up to receive the newsletter by mail or email, contact Bethany Bachmann.
Read current and archived issues online: Quality for Keeps

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