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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.

Ongoing Programs

Business programs for new businesses

Chris Thompson, Cole County business specialist, hosts classes, including Starting a Small Business: The First Steps and The Basics of Writing a Business Plan, for new businesses almost every month. Interested? Visit our Business programs page or email Chris at thompsoncv@missouri.edu

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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