2nd Annual Mid-Mo Expo
Small Farm to Backyard Garden

The 2nd Annual Mid-Missouri Expo - Small Farm to Backyard Garden will be held on Saturday, February 24 at Battle High School (east side of Columbia). This is an educational event where you can learn about and enjoy topics such as: growing mushrooms, raising tomatoes, small animals, pruning, lawn/garden care, and elderberry production. There will be food, vendors, demos, raffles, auctions, and more! The event runs 9am - 3pm. Preregistration is $7 online, or pay $10 at the door. For more information, registration,a d a detailed program with speakers, go to     {Flyer}

Missouri Master Gardener Class
Begins February 27th

Become a Master Gardener by signing up for the 6pm-9pm Tuesday evening class, starting February 27 and running through April 5. Classes will be held at the Boone Electric Community Room, 1413 Rangeline Street, Columbia. The cost of the class is $150. Registration deadline is February 20. You are eligible for the class if you have some knowledge or experience in gardening, and if you want to learn mand provide research based horticulture information to the public. An application to sign up can be downloaded at (HERE) or contact Kent Shannon by email at For more information, please call 573-445-9792.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

This program is for farmers that need to apply Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) and are in need of certification or recertification. After going through this training, a farmer is "certified". Certified applicators can legally buy RUPs by showing pesticide dealers their license. Licensed certified applicators renew or recertify their training every 5 years. The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA), the lead agency for pesticides in Missouri, informs certified applicators in each county when their certification is about to expire. The extension offices help by facilitating the training programs. The fee is $12 to cover materials.

Please call the office if you have any questions or make an appointment, please contact our office at 573-445-9792 or email at

Youth Mental Health First Aid

A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. You can help!

You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, student, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a five-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone can take the eight-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course, but it is designed for adults who work with young people, between 12 and 18 years old — teachers, coaches, leaders of faith communities, social workers, and other caring citizens.

Sometimes the best first aid is you. Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community. Cost is $25 for adults. High School Juniors/Seniors and college students can attend for free!!

For more information, or to register for the March 3rd training, contact Sarah Traub at or call 660-882-5661.
{Click here for the flyer and registration form}

Need Help with Your Lawn and Garden, Trees, or Bushes?

The Master Gardeners of Cole County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling the hotline at 573-634-2824, Tuesday and Friday afternoons, 12:30-4:30, or you can email your question(s) and pictures at any time to If you need immediate help, feel free to contact the Greene County Master Gardener hotline directly at 417- 874-2963.

Planting Guide: First time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide. Read story.

Soil Test: Bring in your soil and make sure you don't waste money on your lawn, garden or field. Soil Test Brochure (PDF). For more information, including a video on how to collect a sample, see "Soil Test Central."

Support Local Extension Programming With Your Gift

For over 60 years, Boone County Extension has served its community by offering programs that help its citizens create a better life. These programs include but are not limited to: agriculture, health and nutrition, community and leadership development, natural resources, business development, family finances, horticulture, even housing and energy management. Our current ongoing programs include 4-H, Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners.

Over the past several years, our funding has been dramatically reduced. The MCES Endowment is designed to provide program support for all Boone County Extension Specialists by way of office support, supplies and equipment, so they can continue delivering quality education. Now you can give directly to this endowment by following the MCES Endowment link below.

The Boone County Extension office is housed on the former Schotte Farm, a gift of the late Frank Graham. Now you can give directly to the Frank Graham Endowment, which will go towards the upkeep of the building and grounds. Click on our "donate" button on the left, or follow the Frank Graham Building Endowment link below.

MCES Endowment

Frank Graham Building Endowment