Welcome to MU Extension-Platte County

Please call the MU Extension in Platte County office prior to visiting, 816-270-2141. Staff will be on vacation and we do not want to miss your visit. 

2018 MU Extension Platte County Annual Report is here.

Check out the 4-H page for news and happenings. September newsletter is posted with lots of important dates and events. New information added to the 4-H Events page!

Check out the new Missouri Master Gardener Program in Platte County. Postponed until Spring 2020

The Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” The Master Gardener program provides in depth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities to learn about gardening and the environment. Through activities such as workshops, demonstration projects, speaker’s bureaus, and garden show booths Master Gardeners provide gardening information to thousands of Missourians each year.

The newly forming Platte County Master Gardeners will be holding their inaugural training session in the Spring of 2020 and would love for you to consider joining.    The training will run Tuesdays from 6:00PM-8:30PM at the Platte County Resource center, located near the KCI  Airport and the KCI Expo Center.  

Cost to attend is $175 for the total program, scholarships are available if costs will be prohibitive, but you are passionate about plants.

Topics covered will include:  introductory botany, starting and propagating plants, improving soils and plant nutrition, fruit and vegetable gardening, lawn maintenance, landscaping, and the lovely pests and diseases which come along with trying to grow things here in Missouri.

If this interests you or you have any questions, please contact Cory Creed, horticulture specialist for MU Extension in Platte County, at CREEDCA@MISSOURI.EDU, call our office at 816-270-2141.



Platte Pet Power

Platte Pet Power is so much more than a ‘nice program”.  It is a volunteer driven, community based and cooperative effort among community oriented volunteers, their pets, veterinarians, and people and staff in group settings in our northland.  

The program provides a way for volunteers to be involved in local human-animal bond therapy, a well-researched, documented and demonstrated powerfully positive impact for vulnerable audiences.

Platte Pet Power volunteers, an outreach of MU Extension in Platte County, report over 4,500 annual contacts/interactions with residents of group settings.

Over 20 years ago, the program was initiated by Platte County 4-H Youth Specialist Sharen Hunt, nursing home directors, local Veterinarian, Dr. Billie Deam, and Tom Stacey, a pet owner and Extension Council volunteer. 

The next series for new and returning volunteers is September, 2019.   New, first time volunteers need to attend September 10 orientation as well as provide pet health forms, followed by a September 24th temperament testing of both new and returning pets.  

Registration for the September 10th New PPP Volunteer Training is required, but free.  The testing session will be at one of the cooperating sites: Garden Valley Nursing and Rehab.

Both sessions begin at 6:30 pm.

Approved volunteers and their pet will be covered by MU Extension insurance, will get contact information on cooperating sites, photo name tags (of people and pets) business cards, and logos for use by people and pets.

For more information or to register, volunteer coordinator Sharen Hunt, hunts@missouri.edu; 816-587-1865 or Platte County MU Extension at 816-270-2141, extension.missouri.edu/platte.



Master Gardeners answer questions

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City are available to answer your questions on lawn, flowers, trees, and gardening. Call 816-833-8733 (TREE) or email your question to mggkc.hotline@gmail.com

Soil Testing

University of Missouri Extension Platte County will send out soil samples to the Soil and Testing Laboratory at MU. This is done on Wednesday of each week. Approximately 2 cups of soil is needed and can be brought in any container. Samples are $20.00 each. The office only takes cash or check at this time.

Platte Pet Power

This program begins its 19th year of serving area group facilities with pets and their partners. The mission is to enhance communications and relationships between generations and with those in facilities or in group settings. For more information go to Platte Pet Power under local programing in sidebar and also "like" Platte Pet Power on Facebook.

Nutrition and Health Workshops

MU Extension in Jackson County offers a variety of free nutrition and health programs to benefit you and your organization. CLICK HERE to review an informational flyer or for more information contact Lydia Kaume, PhD.,RDN. LD or Denise Sullivan, MS, CWP at 816-482-5850.

Skillup 101 -

Helping those looking for jobs or trying to get back to school! Questions? Call 855.278.0354

New Services for Area Businesses Now Available

Missouri's Small Business and Technology Development Centers (SBTDC) are transforming Missouri businesses by providing the right resources at the right time. Missouri's pipeline of entrepreneurs creates different needs as businesses advance through various stages of growth. Therefore, a full range of advisory services and educational programs have been put into place to boost virtually any business to its next level of growth.

The SBTDC is part of a statewide network of service centers known as the Missouri Business Development Program working in conjunction with the US Small Business Administration. For more information including potential scholarships that may be available, call Jeff Samborski at 816-770-7100 or e-mail at samborskij@missouri.edu


Check Out the Seasonal and Simple App

Seasonal and simple is a guide to help you find, select, store, and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes use simple preparations and seasonings, so you can taste the goodness of a fruit or vegetable at the peak of its flavor. The great variety of colors, flavors and textures of fruits and vegetables makes eating them a pleasure.



Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information. http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/mapregions/UrbanWest.htm

Northland Grandfamilies

Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren?  Based on the most recent census data, over 4,000 grandparents in the Northland are living with grandchildren under the age of 18.

If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children get information and more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program.  View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates.