Candidates Sought for Warren County Extension Council

Nominations are being accepted for the January 2017 election to the University of Missouri Extension Council of Warren County. Council members assist in planning and carrying out Extension educational programs to improve people’s lives. As public officials, council members administer a local budget of over $50,000 to support education that meets people’s highest priorities. Extension council members represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of the people of Warren County.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in the district they would represent. Nominations for the Warren County Extension council must be made by December 5, 2016. Individuals interested in serving on the council may contact  the MU  Extension Center at, 636-456-3444 or MU Extension Council of Warren  County meets on the fourth Monday of each month. University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or status as a Vietnam-era veteran in employment or programs.


It's a great time to join 4-H!

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Contact our office at 636-456-3444 to learn how to join 4-H. Clover Kid groups for 5 to 7 year olds will be forming soon.

4-H newsletters

You can click here to access the 4-H newsletters for Warren County.

Services Available

At Warren County Extension Office

  • Meeting room rental
  • Canner gauge tests
  • Soil testing
  • Plant and insect identification
  • Private pesticide applicator training
  • Publications
  • Distance education test proctoring?

For more information please click here.

Train online to be a Missouri Master Gardener

For more information regarding registration and Master Gardener events please Click Here.


December Gardening Calendar



  • Weeks 1-4: Water houseplants with tepid water. Cold tap water may shock plants.
  • Weeks 1-4: Be sure newly purchased indoor plants are well protected for the trip home. Exposure to icy temperatures for even a few moments may cause injury.
  • Weeks 1-4: Overwintering geraniums like bright light and cool temperatures. Keep soils on the dry side.
  • Weeks 1-4: On cold nights, move houseplants back from icy windows to prevent chilling injury.
  • Weeks 1-4: Hairspray works well to keep seed heads and dried flowers intact on wreaths and arrangements.
  • Weeks 1-4: If you plan to have a live Christmas tree, dig the planting hole before the ground freezes. Mulch and cover the backfill soil and the planting hole to keep them dry and unfrozen. When you get the tree, store it outdoors in a cool, shady, windless area until the last minute and mulch the roots to prevent cold injury. Don't allow the tree's roots to become dry and spray the needles with an anti-transpirant to reduce moisture loss. Set the tree up in your coolest room. Don't keep the tree indoors for more than one week and plant outdoors promptly.
  • Weeks 1-4: Be sure the root zones of azaleas and rhododendrons are thoroughly mulched. Any organic material will do, but mulches made from oak leaves, shredded oak bark, or pine needles are preferred.
  • Weeks 2-4: Holiday poinsettia plants do best with sun for at least half the day and night temperatures in the 50's or 60's. Keep plants away from drafts, registers and radiators and let the soil should dry only slightly between thorough waterings. Be sure to punch holes in decorative foil wraps to prevent soggy soil conditions.
  • Weeks 1-3: Christmas trees hold needles longer if you make a clean, fresh cut at the base and always keep the trunk standing in water.
  • Weeks 1-3: Only female holly trees bear the colorful berries. There must be a male tree growing nearby for pollination, if fruits are desired.
  • Weeks 1-3: Hollies may be trimmed now and the prunings used in holiday decorations.


  • Week 1: Apply mulches to bulbs, perennials and other small plants once the ground freezes.
  • Week 1: All power equipment should be winterized before storage. Change the oil and lubricate moving parts. Either drain fuel systems or mix a gas stabilizing additive into the tank.
  • Week 1: Clean and oil all garden hand tools before storing for winter.
  • Week 1: If you feed rabbits corn or alfalfa, they may leave fruit tree bark unharmed.

Gardening Calendar supplied by the staff of the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening located at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri.(


Office Closings 

The MU Extension Office in Warren County is closed on the following dates for 2016

  • Monday, Dec. 26 -- Christmas


Missouri Farm Family Recognized

Darrell and Joyce Dothage and family of Warrenton were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair. The Dothage Family was selected as the Warren County Missouri Farm Family by the Warren County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Darrell,Joyce, Danny Dothage (grandson) and Donna Sherman (daughter). Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

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