Boone County Extension Council Elections

All Boone County residents, 18 years and older will have an opportunity to vote for extension council candidates. The elections are open online Jan. 8-23 or pick up a ballot at the extension center. All ballots must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Jan. 23 to be counted. Online ballots can be found at the link to the left of this page, but only during the time listed above.

Contact the extension center at 573-445-9792 to learn more.

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Missouri's Complex Fence Law

Pre-registration is required. $15 per person to attend then $5 for each additional family member. Missouri continues to have a very complicated fence law, in arge part due to the fact that two separate laws cover the state. Topics will include: State law changes, comparison of both laws, defining a legal fence, which landowner(s) pay for construction and repairs, who is responsible for what portion of the fence, disputes, and much, much more. To register, call 660-269-9656. (PDF Flyer) Class is Tuesday, January 23, 2018, starting at 6:30pm at the Randolph County Extension Center.

2018 Soils & Crops Conference
(Randolph County but open to all)

This free class will be held Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 8:30am - 2:00pm at the Lion's Den in Cairo. To register, please call 660-269-9656.
To receive lunch, you must register by January 22nd. (PDF Flyer)

9th Annual UMCA Agroforestry Symposium
"Soil Health in Diverse Cropping Systems"

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Wayne Honeycutt of the Soil Health Institute. For detailed information and symposium agenda, please see program flyer or visit:


The Agroforestry Symposium will be held at the MU Bond Life Sciences Center on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, MO (map).


The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Please register at


Unable to attend in-person? Please join us via livestream. Details are at


Please feel free to post this invitation on social media or share throughout your networks with others who might be interested to participate.

Exceptional Extension

Extension can be so much more than expected! The link below will take you to an article in Successful Farming that will highlight 10 exceptional extension specialists, including our very own Kent Shannon. In this article, we find many different ways extension has helped the agriculture community in exceptional ways, from offering an Academy of Math and Science to the tribal communities in Minnesota to flying drones over crops to gather pertinent information for crop yields, and everything in between. Check out the article below and find out more about what's happening in the world of agriculture. 

Mid-Missouri Grazing Conference

Saturday, January 27, 2018
8:30 am -3 pm

St Martins Knight of Columbus
537 Route T
Jefferson City, MO 

Morning Break-out Topics:

  • Herbicide Options for Pasture Weed Control
  • Rotational Grazing 101
  • Fescue and Herd Management 
  • Small Ruminants 101
  • Grazing Livestock on Native Grasses

Keynote Speaker: Ashley McCarty
Topic: "Agriculture Advocacy"
1-2 pm

Come SEE the Trade Show Beginning at 8:30 am

Advanced registration due by January 19, 2018
            $30 individual (non-refundable)
            $40 at the door
            (Includes lunch and refreshments)

For more information: Ed Gillmore ( or
Peggy Lemons ( at 573-893-5188 ext 3.

(Flyer & registration form in pdf format)

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."

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Farmers and ranchers who need to use "restricted use" pesticides in their operations need to have a license to purchase those products. The Boone County Extension Center offers you the opportunity to obtain or renew your private pesticide applicator license for only $12. To schedule your training, please contact us at (573) 445-9792 or by email at

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