Welcome to Ste. Genevieve County Extension


Current Newsletters

  • Livestock Ledger: Upcoming programs and sales.
  • Quality for Keeps:  The September 2014 is now available.  This month's issue focuses on drying foods:  how to's, storage tips, and recipes for fruit leather and dried apples.  Yum!
  • Garden Spade: The January issue of The Garden Spade (PDF) newsletter is now online. Articles include: Try Something New for the New Year, Organic Practice: Soil Health, January Garden Calendar, Top Performing Native Plants for Landscaping, Damping Off, Horticulture Term: GMO, Watering House Plants, and Upcoming Events.


  • Calving Difficulty Workshop--February 2, 6:30 pm, North College Center, Mineral Area College.  RSVP to 573-756-4539
  • Private Pesticide Applicators Training--February 3, two sections offered, 9 to noon or 6 to 9 pm, Patke Room, Ste. Genevieve Co. Extension Office.  Cost is $12 for pesticide manual if you do not already have one.  RSVP to 573-883-3548 in case of bad weather.
  • Perryville Garden Symposium--February 7, 8-noon, Perryville Higher Education Center.  For more info, contact the Perry Co. Extension Office 573-547-4504.
  • Raising Backyard Poultry--February 19, Mineral Area College Continuing Education
  • Farmer's Market Workshop--February 20, 9 to 3 pm, North College Center, Mineral Area College, Park Hills
  • Grow Your Farm--Mondays for 8 weeks starting February 23, 6 to 9 pm, Ironton
  • Soils and Crops Conference--March 3, 5:30 to 8 pm, Ste. Genevieve VFW Hall--Topic: Beef Heifer Development.  Call 573-883-3548 to reserve a spot.
  • Parkland Garden Symposium--March 7, 8 to 3 pm, Mineral Area College, Park Hills
  • Native Plant & Garden Seminar--March 14, 8 to 2:30 pm, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
  • Making Hay and Meeting Livestock Nutritrional Needs--March 16, 6:30 pm, Methodist Church Parlor Room, Farmington.  Contact 573-756-4539 for more info.
  • SEMO Bull Sale--March 27, 7 pm, Farmington Livestock Auction Barn.  For more info www.semobeef.com.
  • Mushrooms and Herbs--April 16, Mineral Area College Continuing Education
  • What's Wrong with My Plant?--May 14, Mineral Area College Continuing Education
  • Food Preservation Workshops--Mondays, June 15 to 29, Mineral Area College Continuing Education

Also check out the schedule of area programs, to the right

Missouri Department of Conservation books are available to purchase in the office! 


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Flood and Severe Weather Resources

MU Extension flood resources page, includes information for flooded basements, flooded cropland, dealing with propane tanks, sandbagging, and more.
MU Extension guidesheets for dealing with severe storms, such as generator safety, controlling snakes, first-aid for storm-damaged trees, and more.
River stage at Chester IL, National Weather Service

Annual events

Garden Walk — May, the weekend after Mother's Day
4-H Achievement Night — Contact the Extension office for date and time
Ste. Genevieve County Fair — second full weekend in July
4-H Chicken Fry — July, Thursday night of County Fair week, at the VFW Hall
Rural Heritage Day — last Saturday in October

Fun Facts

  • On Oct. 1, 2012, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Missouri Territory.  Ste. Genevieve County was one of the original five counties -- though at that time it's western border reached all the way to Kansas!
  • That funny looking chunk out of the SE corner of the county map?  That's 14,000 acres of the State of Illinois, left on this side of the river after the Mississippi changed course.
  • This is the 200th anniversary year for our farmer's market!  The first farmers market in began in 1814 on the SE corner of the public square.  It moved to Second and Washington in 1851, to Third and Washington in 1989, and to its current location at the Knights of Columbus in 2011 (thank you to Bob Mueller for this info).
  • The Ste. Genevieve County Extension office opened around 1933, part of the University of Missouri's response to the Great Depression.
  • The first brewery in Ste. Genevieve was established in 1780.  
  • Ste. Genevieve County may be known for it's high-quality lime, but did you know we used to produce marble?  Ste. Genevieve marble was used on Lincoln's tomb, the St. Louis Cathedral, the Missouri State Capitol, the Library of Congress, the National Art Gallery, and the National Archives, housing the originals of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
  • The City of Ste. Genevieve is the oldest city west of the Mississippi River.  The founding date is generally listed as 1735, though some sources date it back as far as 1720.
  • The Ste. Genevieve County Extension office is less than 1% of the County budget.  County funds pay for our secretary, local travel, and office supplies.  The University of Missouri supplies the faculty, computers and network, publications, and more.  For every $1 contributed by the County to the Extension office the University contributes over $4 in faculty and resources to benefit the people of Ste. Genevieve County.