Lawrence County

We bring Mizzou to Lawrence County.

Missouri map with Lawrence county highlighted

Through a network of county offices, the University of Missouri solves problems and engages with communities across all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis.

MU faculty, staff and elected council members, who live in your community, work with you to identify local interests and issues and then offer relevant programming and resources to meet the unique needs of you and your community.

Our job is to partner with communities to find solutions with credible, science-based information that will help you:

  • Grow safe and healthy food
  • Build and grow profitable businesses
  • Improve your health and relationships
  • Increase agricultural production
  • Update professional training in business, health and safety
  • Engage youth as valued, contributing citizens

Explore the MU Extension website and Lawrence County pages to discover how MU Extension can enhance your life.

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Eldon Cole giving a presentation
Donate to the Eldon Cole Memorial Fund

For 58 years, Eldon Cole put the best ideals of MU Extension into daily practice. Through his deep knowledge of the industry and his ability to communicate and listen to his agriculture clients, he became one of the most well-regarded livestock specialists in the state. In honor of Eldon’s legacy, a new state-of-the-art livestock handling facility under construction at the Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center in Mount Vernon has been officially named the Eldon Cole MU Livestock Facility. Contributions will go toward the endowment to sustain operations and provide programming.

1 E. Courthouse Sq.
Mt. Vernon, MO 65712

Office hours

8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday


Enter on the southwest corner of the Lawrence County Courthouse. We are on the basement level. Mailing address: PO Box 388.