Your community classroom

MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom in Stoddard County. We connect people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities. MU Extension in Stoddard County is your one-stop source for practical education and information on almost anything.

MU Extension partners with the Stoddard County Commission and other local organizations to provide education, information and services that meet people’s needs. The elected and appointed members of the Stoddard County Extension Council provide guidance in identifying those needs to ensure that our educational programs are relevant, reliable and responsive.

Whether it’s resources for yourself or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to explore our website, call or email to learn how we can help you.


Soil Testing

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status.  Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations.  Each sample should contain about 1 1/2 cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep.  Results are typically provided within two weeks.

Cost for regular analysis is $15 per sample.

For more information, please contact our Agronomy Specialist, Travis Jones, at 573-568-3344.


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 office for $12.

For more information, contact Travis Jones, Stoddard County Agronomy Specialist, at 573-568-3344, for training dates and times.


Bootheel Crop Outlook Program Report

The Bootheel Crop Outlook Program Newsletter is a weekly report covering insect trap catch reports and current issues in select rice, corn, soybean, and wheat fields in the region.  Contact Stoddard County Agronomist Travis Jones at 573-568-3344, to subscribe.

Bootheel Crop Outlook Program Newsletter June 14, 2019 (PDF)


4-H Monthly Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter has the latest Stoddard County 4-H information on clubs, programs, deadlines, and coming events to help keep you updated and informed about Stoddard County 4-H!

To have your Stoddard County club's latest news published in our monthly newsletter, contact Kelly Midkiff, 4-H Youth Program Associate, or Kristi Baker, 4-H Youth Development Specialist at the Stoddard County Extension Office at 573-568-3344.

4-H May 2019 Newsletter (PDF)


4-H Shooting Sports SPIN Club

The Stoddard Shooting Sports SPIN Club is now open.   To enroll, go to your 4-H online page and click on ADD A CLUB.  Then click on Stoddard Shooting Sports SPIN Club and you will be officially ready to be a part of this program.  There is no cost to current 4-H Members.  It is easy to become a 4-H member, if you are not, by enrolling in   For more information, contact Tera Engler at 270-205-6665,  Keith Baker at 573-625-3277, or Lora Baker at 573-421-6477.



"Stay Strong, Stay Healthy" is a program to help women and men learn the basic balance and strength training exercises used in research studies at Tufts University Center for the Study of Aging.

Classes have started and will run thru June 28, 2019.  Participants meet twice per week for 8 weeks.  Class time begins at 1:00 pm.  There is no cost to attend.

Classes are being held at The Lunch Box, 23 W. Stoddard, Dexter, MO  63841.

For addition information or to register, contact:  Maude Harris, University of Missouri Extension, Scott County, 573-545-3516.


Youth Mental Health First Aid

Sometimes first aid isn't a bandage, or CPR or calling 911.  Sometimes, first aid is YOU.

A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem.  Learn an action plan to help.

Anyone 18 or older can take Youth Mental Health First Aid, but it is recommended for those who regularly have contact with young people ages 12-18 - teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders and other caring citizens.

This class will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, at the MU Extension Office, 1723 W. Business 60, Ste 3, Dexter, MO  63841.

To register call:  573-568-3344. 

$10 Registration fee includes lunch and Participant Manual.

For more information, contact Mary Engram at 573-683-6129, or email her at