Services

Educational opportunities

Single- and multi-session educational programs cover topics in agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, and emergency management. Fees vary by program. Customized training is available.

Please phone the Randolph County Extension Center at 660-269-9656 for more information.

Professional consultation

Faculty experts are available to answer specific questions and provide professional advice for individual situations. Fees may be charged for some consultation services. Call our office to speak to a faculty member or make an appointment.

Consultation for community groups

MU Extension provides assistance to community organizations in obtaining federal 501(c)3 nonprofit status, strategic planning, board and resource development, organizational management, working with volunteers and enhancing teamwork.

Group process moderation

MU Extension faculty can assist communities and organizations in facilitating group and community discussions to plan for the future and address local issues.

Publications

MU Extension has publications on agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, emergency management and other topics. Prices vary by publication. 

Resource library

A variety of print, video and audio materials are available for check out to local residents.

Soil testing

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.

Plant and insect identification

Plant and insect samples may be brought to the extension office for identification or disease diagnosis. Recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases are provided.

Private pesticide applicator training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must purchase or bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training. Manuals may be purchased at the extension center.

Plant disease diagnosis

Plant disease, insect and weed diagnosis is available for field crops, ornamentals, vegetables, fruits and turfs.

Distance education test proctoring

MU Extension proctors tests for students enrolled in Mizzou Online courses.