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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.

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.

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.

Soil samples are accepted at three St. Louis locations. See our Soil test flyer (PDF) for details.

The fee for soil sample analysis is $22 per sample.

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.

Contact Nathan Brandt, horticulture specialist, at 314-400-7388.

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.

Contact Kara Lubischer, community development specialist, at 314-400-2115, ext. 101 or LubischerK@umsl.edu; or StLouisCo@missouri.edu.

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.

Contact Kara Lubischer, community development specialist, at 314-400-2115, ext. 101 or LubischerK@umsl.edu; or StLouisCo@missouri.edu.

Meeting room rental

Meeting space at the MU Extension office is available to local community groups.

Contact us for pricing and availability at StLouisCo@missouri.edu or 314-400-2115.

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.

Call 314-400-2115, ext. 101 or email StLouisCo@missouri.edu to make an appointment to watch a training video at the St. Louis County extension center.

Canner gauge tests

Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids is available. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.)

Contact Nutrition and Health Education Specialists Mary Wissmann, 314-400-7287, WissmannM@missouri.edu; or Damaris Karanja, 314-400-7298, KaranjaD@missouri.edu.