Annie's Project (PDF)



Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.


Annie’s Project is a six-week course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. There's plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants.

Annie’s Project courses have successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states.  The next one in your area begins on February 6, 2018 in Cuba, Missouri. The cost for the course is $75 per person, which includes a workbook and support materials for all sessions. Refreshments and snacks will be served during each class. Course size is limited, so please register soon.  


For more information contact or to register Rachel Hopkins, MU Extension Ag Business Specialist at (573) 438-2671 or



Private Pesticide Training

Your private pesticide applicators license is due to expire sometime in 2018. University of Missouri Extension will be holding three training sessions this winter for farmers who wish to renew their license or obtain a new license. Sessions will last about 2.5 hours. The sessions will be held on Monday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 8 at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. All sessions will be held at the Franklin County Extension Council Foundation meeting room located at 102 Union Plaza Drive in Union. To prepare materials, and the meeting room for these trainings, it is requested that you pre-register by calling the University of Missouri Extension Center at (636) 583-5141 or emailing Reserve your spot soon. Seating is limited.
In late 2006, the Missouri legislature authorized the recovery of costs for an educational training reference manual associated with certification, or recertification. Each person participating in the training is required to purchase, or bring a copy of the Private Pesticide Applicator Manual. Participants from the same farm may share a manual. There is a charge of $12 to cover the cost of the manual and you may purchase it at the University of Missouri Extension Center at 116 West Main in Union, or at the training. Cash or checks will be accepted. If you choose to purchase at the training you are encouraged to arrive 20-30 minutes early so that the transaction can be accomplished before training begins.

After the training you can make application for a license renewal or new license. Your license will renew from the date of the training and will be good for five years. If you know someone who would be interested in taking part in the training please encourage them to attend. The only requirements for the license is that the person be at least 18 years old and that they understand the license is for agricultural production and for private use.

If these training sessions do not work in your schedule, you can take the training in our office by watching a 2.5 hour private pesticide applicator training video. To schedule a time to take the training in our office please call (636) 583-5141.

Special Note: Dicamba has been made a restricted use herbicide. Farmers who wish to purchase or apply this herbicide will need to participate in specific training for dicamba users. You can learn more about this training at and search for dicamba. Training will be offered both in person and on-line.




Missouri Land Grant Q&A PDF


USDA Hog Trappers

Washington and Iron Counties - Eli Holmes (573)778-6864

Crawford County - Wesley Persicke (573)263-0529


2017 Farmer's Tax Guides -- Now Available at University of Missouri Extension Offices

With the new year upon us, 'tis the season for taxes. To help farmer's navigate tax preparation, the IRS publishes a "Farmer;s Tax Guide". The publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming and serves as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your 2016 farm tax return. Also included in the publication are administrative and law changes for 2016. To obtain a copy of "Farmer's Tax Guide -- Publication 225". visit your local University of Missouri Extension Office.



Upcoming Events in Washington County


  • January 1 -- Extension Office Closed
  • January 15 -- Extension Office Closed
  • January 18 -- Extension Council Meeting, Washington County Library 6:30 p.m.


  • February 6,12,19 -- Annie's Project in Cuba, MO
  • February 12 -- Extension Office Closed
  • February 15 -- Extension Council Annual Dinner
  • February 19 -- Extension Office Closed


  • March 6,13 -- Annie's Project in Cuba, MO
  • March 30-- Extension Office Closes at Noon