Leadership Training Program

Register anytime for our EXCEL leadership development program for residents of Greene County. Register to learn more about this award-winning leadership program that is offered to county residents free-of-charge. Brochure outlining program (PDF) | Program Scorecard (PDF) | Online ScorecardApplication/Registration Form (PDF) | Register online for EXCEL program.

Leadership Book Discussion: "O Great One" on Jan. 9, 2019

These book discussions are all part of the EXCEL Leadership program. Our first book will be “O Great One: Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition” by David Novack at noon, January 9, 2019 in the community room at the Republic Branch Library, 921 N. Lindsey Ave., Republic, MO 65738. Invest in yourself by borrowing or purchasing a copy and get started reading! Book Discussion Flyer (PDF).

Leadership Book Discussion: "Taking People With You" on Jan. 24, 2019

A special four-part series will begin on Jan. 24 focused on Novack's other book, "Taking People With You." See the whole schedule for 2019 on our Book Discussion Flyer (PDF).

Hay School in Greene County Dec. 4, 11 and 13

University of Missouri Extension will conduct a regional hay school in Greene County during December. The three-session program will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 4, 11 and 13 inside the Missouri State University Bond Learning Center at the Darr Agricultural Center, 2401 S Kansas Expy, Springfield. Dinner at the beginning of each session followed by presentations. The course is specifically designed for livestock producers who may already have their hay equipment or have hay custom harvested on their land. The goal is to give attendees the fundamental knowledge needed to improve their hay operation. Registration brochure | Register online

Sign-Up for Regional News Service

Our award-winning Southwest Region News Service is available by email to the public and you can register online.

Spring Calving Workshop Jan. 22, 2019

A hands-on spring calving workshop is going to be held in Pinegar Arena at the Darr Agriculture Center on January 22. Due to the expected high demand for this program, there will be a two sessions (both with the same information) offering from 9 a.m to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The calving workshop will address techniques to assist livestock through difficult birth, care for a newborn calf, and care for the mother after a difficult birth. informational flyer and registration form (PDF) | Register online

Matter of Balance

University of Missouri Extension is offering a free series of classes designed to help adults ages 60 and over learn how to prevent falls and get over the fear of falling. “Matter of Balance” classes will be offered in Greene County from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursdays, Nov. 1 to Dec. 27 at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 Scenic Ave, Springfield. Pre-registration for the free class is required by Oct. 27. The class size is limited. Call 417-881-8909 to register or for more information. See news story for more information.

Blueberry School 2019

The 2019 Blueberry School will take place Feb. 22-23 at the Darr Center, Springfield, Mo.   Dr. Gary Pavlis with Rutgers University will be the keynote speaker and we will also be collaborating with and including two extension agents from Arkansas who specialize in berry production. Registration details coming soon.  

My Hometown: Do I Leave Home or Do I Stay?

Presented at Missouri Community Betterment “Rural Rally” Annual Conference, Columbia, MO: John Gulick and Dr. Amy Patillo are facilitating engaging youth and adults in a dynamic discussion focusing on why youth alumni return to their hometown for a career or not. Groups will address attitudes and actions that encourage and discourage alumni from returning to their home community to live, work, and play. Takeaways will give communities resources to make big changes that create hometown opportunities for alumni to build lifelong careers. Handouts to download: CATCH Resource (PDF) | Inventory of Youth Workforce (PDF) | MCB Session Handout (PDF) | Talent Wars 2017 (PDF) | More information at

Our Office Goal and Vision

Greene County MU Extension will help county businesses create or save 5,000 jobs, individually educate 500,000 county residents on topics improving their families, farms, and nutrition, and train 1,500 new community leaders and volunteers by 2030.

Help with Your Lawn and Garden

Master Gardeners of Greene County hotline at 417-874-2963.

Planting Guide: Vegetable Planting Calendar.

Do not waste money on your lawn, garden or field. See "Soil Test Central."

Order New Book on Missouri Historic Schools

The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" is now available for purchase on or at the Greene County MU Extension office in Springfield. The book details over 60 of the very best historic and one-room schools in Missouri and was recently named the "Bound Book of the Year" by the North Central Region of the North American County Agriculture Extension Agents. The book costs $15.50 and all proceeds benefit the administration of the Greene County Extension office. Order link

Who Can Help Me with Program or Program?

This document provides an overview of the specialists and staff serving Greene County along with ways to contact each person. County Contact List 2018 (PDF)

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Employee Training Programs

If your business regularly offers programs for employees, as part of ongoing professional development or as an employee incentive plan, these local University of Missouri Extension specialists can offer affordable research-based educational programming. Read more | VideoProgram Brochure (PDF)

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Greene County Extension's monthly newsletter is known as the "Reaching Out Report." Subscribe here to receive a monthly email letting you know when the newsletter is published and available to read online.


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