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EXCEL Leadership Training Program

Register anytime for our free award-winning leadership development program for residents of Greene County. Brochure outlining program (PDF) | Program Scorecard (PDF) | Online Scorecard | Register online for EXCEL program.

Leadership Book Discussions

Free leadership book discussions are scheduled for 2019. "Win in the Locker room" is March 11 and  "Power of Habits" is April 11. Register by emailing David Burton. See the schedule for 2019: Book Discussion Flyer (PDF).

Ag Production Conference March 7

The 96th annual Greene County Ag Production Conference is set for March 7 at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center. This is a free event with dinner included. Our featured speakers this year will cover farm succession planning and increase profits off the farm with local food sales. For details see our Event program (PDF) | Registration is required and can be done online.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training March 8

This 3-hour class is needed to obtain or renew a license for the private purchase and use of restricted pesticides. Training is on March 8 at 1 p.m. and advanced registration is required. $25 per person. Register Online

Growing Local Food Economies Feb. 21

"Growing Local Food Economies: Good Food, Good Business" will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Springfield Greene County Botanical Center. Find details and registration link online. 

Missouri Blueberry School Feb. 22-23

The 2019 Missouri Blueberry School is for both beginning and seasoned blueberry growers. Great speakers and a farm tour. If you have any additional questions, please contact Kelly McGowan at /phone # 417-874-2965 or Patrick Byers at /phone # 417-859-2044. Online registration.

Woodland Management Webinar Feb 21 and 28

A free series of live webinars on basic woodland management will be offered by University of Missouri Extension from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 21 and Thursday, Feb. 28. In Greene County call Kelly McGowan at (417) 881-8909 to register. Informational Flyer (PDF)

Grow Your Community Garden March 1

Join us on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 8:45 am to 3 pm at the Springfield Botanical Center for the "Grow Your Community Garden Workshop."  This event is designed to support area nonprofit organizations  involved with community garden projects and activities.  This is a free event sponsored by Great Southern Bank and Friends of the Garden.  For more information, call 417-891-1515 or visit  to register.

2018 Annual Report

Our 2018 Annual Report is available to read online. See an overview of our financials, our programs and our impact in this annual report.

Sign up for a Newsletter for 2019

Now is a great time to start receiving one of our award-winning emailed newsletters. Best of all you can enroll online for free. Get our weekly emailed newsletter known as the Southwest Region News Service or our monthly Reaching Out Report.

Potting Shed University

Back by popular demand, the 2019 Potting Shed University will begin on Monday, Feb. 4 from 6 pm – 7 pm at the Springfield Botanical Center.  Registration begins at 5:30 and the fee to attend is $5, payable at the door (no pre-registration required).  Class topics include Starting your own Kitchen Garden, Culinary Herbs for Health, Plant Propagation, Frugal Gardening, Blueberries, Landscaping with Native Plants, Great Perennials – Heuchera and Heucherella, and Daffodils.  Visit for more information and a complete schedule. 

Apply for a Free Energy Audit

In over ten years of operation, one University of Missouri program has saved Missouri industries nearly $65 million or on the average of about $50,000 per year in energy costs. The Midwest Industrial Assessment Center (IAC), located in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Missouri, provides a free opportunity for an energy assessment or audit of companies. Learn More and Apply (PDF)

Read Our 2018 Annual report



Catch us on KOLR-TV10 Mid-day

For decades, local University of Missouri Extension specialists have appeared on KOLR-TV10 mid-day show to discuss new research, current trends and upcoming programs. Every Thursday, our Horticulture Specialist Kelly McGowan provides content related to lawns, gardens and everything green. Every other Monday, we have other specialists appear on a variety of topics. These are the interviews scheduled in early 2019:

  • Monday, Feb. 4: Patrick Byers, Missouri Blueberry School, ph. 417-859-2044
  • Monday, Feb. 18: David Burton, “You Win in the Locker Room: Leadership Book Discussion, ph. 417-881-8909
  • Monday, March 4: Eldon Cole, Current trends in Beef
  • Monday, March 18: Amy Patillo, Workforce Development Trends

Volunteer to Create and Lead a 4-H SPIN Club

4-H SPIN clubs allow youth ages 5 to 18 with common interests or hobbies to meet as a club and share and learn more about their special interest. Whatever their passion is, youth can gain knowledge and enhance their skills through a positive group experience. A 4-H SPIN club can be started with a minimum of one adult volunteer and five young people with an interest in a particular topic. The adult(s) provide expertise and guidance. They are a great way to introduce young people to a specific topic or interest they might not otherwise have a chance to develop within a group setting built around the principles of Positive Youth Development (PYD). 4-H SPIN Clubs are truly a short-term involvement (couple of weeks or couple of months) with a specific focus. Five or more sessions, over a period of 6 to 8 weeks. Help Greene County youth by starting and leading a SPIN Club. Explanation video and forms

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."

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)

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.


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