Welcome to Platte County


Please call the Platte County office, 816-270-2141, prior to visiting during the summer months. The staff will be traveling for work and taking personal leave and we would hate to miss you. The office will be closed May 28, 2018 and July 4, 2018.

Check out the 4-H page for news and happenings. The Fair book has arrived and can be found under upcoming events! June newsletter is posted with lots of important dates and events. Check it out!


2018 SUMMER DAY CAMP @ Platte Ridge Park

Come for a fun, hands on educational experience- Project in the Park.  Campers will explore STEAM, food, nature, animals, and service project opportunities.  Each day will be different activities.  Summer Day Camp at Platte Ridge Park will be held on June 19-22 8am-4pm dailyOpen to 4-H and non 4-H youth! Snacks included. Bring a sack lunch.  Camp is sponsored by Urban Region 4-H Jr. Leaders, MU Extension, Platte County Farm Bureau, and Platte County Park and Rec.   Cost $10 per day or $30 for all 4 days.  Register by June 1st$40 late registration (after June 1). Campers must register by link below, 4-H members may register by logging into their 4-H account on 4honline.com.  Non-members must complete a health form, which will be sent email to registered participants after June 1st.


Like our event Facebook Page-https://www.facebook.com/Summer-Day-Camp-at-Platte-Ridge-Park-138159033700387



Contact your local 4-H staff for more information.  Laura Evans, MU Extension Platte County 4-H Youth Development Specialist (816) 270-2141 or evansla@missouri.edu




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.  

2017 Platte County Extension Annual Report is here.

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. Note the price increase beginning March 19, 2018.  The office only takes cash or check at this time.


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 stage 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 Jackson County Center is already working with over 100 local entities through the free individualized counseling/coaching program.

The Jackson County Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is based within MU Extension’s offices at 1600 Coronado Drive in Blue Springs, Missouri.  (www.missouribusiness.net).

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 816-252-5051 or e-mail him 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.