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Webster County Extension Center
800 S. Marshall St. (South Highway A)
Marshfield, MO 65706
Phone: 417-859-2044      E-mail:
Hours: Monday-Friday   8 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 12:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Services offered through the Webster County Extension Center 

MoSBTDCBusiness Development Program Services
MU Extension business specialists provide assistance to those wanting to start, maintain or expand a business through the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC), and via Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC), which guide firms interested in doing contract business with federal, state and local governments. MoFAST (technology development and commercialization), helps researchers and technology-based firms to develop products and services and to pursue R&D funding through such sources as SBIR and STTR government agency awards.


 Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services
Crop producers, commercial horticultural growers and home gardeners can receive diagnoses for plant diseases or pest infestations, and have soil analyzed. Soil testing provides analysis of pH, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, organic matter percent, neutralizable acidity, cation exchange capacity and effective neutralizing material (EMN). Customers will receive recommendations for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and liming (or acidifying). Tests for nitrate, boron, zinc, sulfur, iron, manganese and copper also are available at additional cost. For information on sampling methods, see G9215 Soil Sampling Pastures and G9217 Soil Sampling Hayfields and Row Crops.

For information on test results, see G9112, "Interpreting Missouri Soil Test Reports". Regional specialists also can assist you with additional information and recommendations. Contact us for more information.

  • Plant Diagnostic Clinic The MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic identifies insects, diseases and weeds, and provides management solutions for these problems.
  • Plant Nematology Laboratory This laboratory examines soil and plant samples qualitatively and quantitatively for the presence of plant parasitic nematodes. Recommendations are provided for management strategies to reduce the effect of nematodes on plant growth and yield.
  • Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory The MU Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory provides fertilizer recommendations based on soil or plant analysis to farmers, home owners, vegetable and fruit growers, golf course superintendents, and lawn and landscape specialists.

Family Nutrition Education Program
The Family Nutrition Education Program helps limited-resource families and individuals improve their health and fitness. Education focuses on teaching healthier eating habits, understanding of food safety and better management of food dollars. FNEP is available to individuals, groups and school at no cost. Contact us for more information on FNEP.

Center for Distance and Independent Study
Pick up your copy of the University of Missouri Center for Distance and Independent Study catalog. The center offers university-level credit and non-credit courses. Check out MU High School, a fully-accredited program, offering individual courses or a complete curriculum, as well as core-subject curriculums for grades 3-8. CDIS course tests may be taken at the extension center; contact us for more information.

MU Direct: Continuing and Distance Education
MU Direct: Continuing and Distance Education offers online degrees in education, journalism and several health-care fields, including nursing, management, informatics and respiratory therapy. These are available to students across Missouri and beyond. Mid-Missourians can pursue a bachelor of general studies or master of public administration by attending MU In The Evening classes.

Canner Gauge Tests
Bring your dial-type pressure canner lid to extension center for testing and examination. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.) Testing is offered for a nominal fee.

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University Outreach and Extension Web Manager:  Bob Schultheis
Webster County Extension Center
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Updated 10/27/13
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