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Extension Council Elections

All Cole County residents, 18 years and older will have an opportunity to vote for extension council candidates in their district. The elections will be open online Jan. 1-11 or pick up a ballot at the extension center Jan. 2-11. All ballots must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 11. 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 573-634-2824 to learn more.

Testing Pressure Canning Lids

Cole County Extension Center can only test 4 brands of dial pressure canner gages.
They are: Presto; National; Maid of Honor and Magic Seal.
We are unable to test All American

please contact the extension center if you have further questions.


Join 4-H

There are several active 4-H Clubs in Cole County. 4-H is about more than plows, sows, and cows. Shooting Sports is the fastest growing project but with so many projects choices everyone can find something to meet their goals. 4-H is open to all youth ages 5-18. Go to our Cole County 4-H Home Page or contact the office at coleco@missouri.edu for more information.

The 4-H year begins October 1st but we accept enrollment year round. Steps to become a 4-H member:

  1. Choose a club. Feel free to visit a club that meets near your or at a convenient day of the week.
  2. Select at least one project. Pick up a booklet from your club leader or go to the Missouri 4-H website for a list of opportunities. Or feel free to design your own project!
  3. Enroll online.
    • Dues are currently $25 payable online at time of enrollment (by December 31); $30 January 1 through August 31. Clubs may have additional dues payable to the club's Treasurer.
    • Parents do not need to register unless you wish to become a volunteer.  Find the steps to volunteer here.

Contact us with any additional questions.

Master Gardeners

Central Missouri Master Gardeners meet most months at McClung Park on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. except in January and December. Most of these meetings are open to all.

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