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The Cooper County Extension Center can provide you with research-based information in the areas of agriculture, business and the workforce, children and teens, community development, environmental quality, family life, farm management, financial education, home and garden, horticulture and nutrition and health.



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Soil Testing

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 our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.  Click here to view current testing fees.

State Fair Farm Family

Congratulations to Robert and Pat Bail and family, who were named the Cooper County Farm Family for 2017.  

Also in the picture with the family are (left to right):  Mark Wolfe - Missouri State Fair Director, Sherry Jones - Missouri State Fair Commissioner, Garrett Hawkins - Deputy Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Barbara Hayden - Missouri State Fair Commissioner, Marshall Stewart - Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement, Lowell Mohler - Missouri State Fair Commissioner, Christopher Daubert - Vice Chancellor and Dean of MU CAFNR, Blake Hurst - President of Missouri Farm Bureau


Cooper County Volunteers Inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame

Trudy and Earl Twenter of Pilot Grove were  inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on August 19, 2017, at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.  

Trudy and Earl have served the Cooper County 4-H program for more than 30 years.  Trudy was club leader and project leader for foods, breads, clothing and child development.  

She also taught First Aid classes.  Earl was a project leader for beef, forestry and gardening, and was a beef superintendent at the Cooper County Fair.  Earl and Trudy have also been very involved with 4-H exchange programs and Citizenship Washington Focus.

Included in the picture are Missouri 4-H Foundation Chair Dr. Marla Tobin (left) with Cooper County 4-H volunteers Trudy and Earl Twenter and State 4-H Council member Ashlyn Peterson (right). Photo by Amanda Stapp.

J. Milton Turner, An American Hero

Readers of all ages will enjoy J. Milton Turner, An American Hero.  This 8 1/2 x 11, well written, beautifully illustrated, four color, hard cover book covers the life of James Milton Turner, a towering figure in advancing human rights, especially in the state of Missouri.  Dedicating his entire life to freedom, equality and the value of a good education, It also pays homage to Turner, a man who founded  22 schools in Missouri and who fought tirelessly his entire life for freedom and equality.  At the end of the book, the author has added a series of questions meant to encourage additional learning and discussions about and the time in which he lived.  The book also includes a glossary of terms for students to refer to as they read the book.  Click here to view video news report.

The book is available for sale at the Cooper County University of Missouri Extension Center.  If you have any questions, please contact Todd Lorenz at 660-882-5661 or by email at lorenzt@missouri.edu.