Canner gauge tests
Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids is available. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.)
Please contact our office at 314-400-2115 to schedule an appointment. Service offered for free.
Consultation for community groups
MU Extension provides assistance to community organizations in obtaining federal 501(c)3 nonprofit status, strategic planning, board and resource development, organizational management, working with volunteers and enhancing teamwork.
Distance education test proctoring
MU Extension proctors tests for students enrolled in Missouri Online courses.
Single- and multi-session educational programs cover topics in agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, and emergency management. Fees vary by program. Customized training is available.
Exam proctoring is available at our office Monday through Friday. Exams may be scheduled between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. You must call and reserve a time.
Exams are free for all UM System students — either college-level or K-12 online students. There is a $15 per exam fee for all other educational institutions.
Proctor info: Janie Lewis, Office Support Staff, 132 E. Monroe Ave., Kirkwood, MO 63122, email: [email protected], phone: 314-400-2115
Group process moderation
MU Extension faculty can assist communities and organizations in facilitating group and community discussions to plan for the future and address local issues.
Meeting room rental
Meeting space at the MU Extension office is available to local community groups.
Plant and insect identification
Plant and insect samples may be brought to the extension office for identification or disease diagnosis. Recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases are provided.
Plant disease diagnosis
Plant disease, insect and weed diagnosis is available for field crops, ornamentals, vegetables, fruits and turfs.
Private pesticide applicator training
MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training.
See the private pesticide applicator training page or contact the field specialist in your county for details on training being offered via Zoom teleconference or in person.
Faculty experts are available to answer specific questions and provide professional advice for individual situations. Fees may be charged for some consultation services. Call our office to speak to a faculty member or make an appointment.
Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult the Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory website for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.
Download our soil testing flyer (PDF) for more information.