Are You the Biggest Mizzou Tiger Fan in Greene County?

If so, we want you to become an official MU Athletic Ambassador for Greene County. We need someone who is enthusiastic about MU and its teams, and who has the desire to be a source of information where they live. In return the selected Tiger Ambassador will enjoy a unique experience that comes with some insider perks! Enter our contest here: Biggest Mizzou Fan!

Register for EXCCEL Orientation

Planning is underway for the EXCCEL 2018-19 class and it all begins with an orientation in August. Sign-up now to be on our list to learn more about this leadership development program for residents of western Greene County. I want to know more.

Have a Lot to Develop in Ash Grove?

Individuals with land in or near the city of Ash Grove can add their information to a list being maintained by Greene County MU Extension and an EXCCEL volunteer. Answering a few questions in  will get your properties added to the list. Leaders in Ash Grove are working to further develop the properties list and that information will be shared with members of the Home Builders Association. Enter property information here:

Our Presenting Sponsors

Sponsorships keep our office open and our outreach programs going! Learn more about how your business could become a "Presenting Sponsor." Current presenting sponsors include Integrity Home Care and Hospice, Greene County Commission, Greene County Farm Bureau, Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

Around the Botanical Center

Lots of good things happening at the Springfield Botanical Gardens and the partners in that facility invite you to participate. Botanical Center February Flyer (PDF)

Women in Dairy: "Alphabet Soup of USDA" on Feb 14

"Understanding the Alphabet Soup of USDA Programs" is the topic of the regional Women in Dairy meeting being held from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo. Speakers will review resources offered to farmers and ranchers at the Farm Service Agency and explain funding options available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service, said Reagan Bluel, MU Extension dairy specialist. Pre-registration is needed since a free lunch is being served. Doing registration online is preferred but can also be done by contacting Reagan Bluel by telephone at 417-847-3161 or email | Register online

RESCHEDULED - 2018 Farm Bill: How it Benefits Sustainable and Small-Scale Farmers Feb. 18

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, noon to 2 p.m. at Farmers Gastropub, 2620 S. Glenstone Avenue, Springfield. The 2018 Farm Bill includes programs that foster the next generation of farmers; foster inclusion and equity; spur economic development, regional food systems, and food access; support farmers to expand the organic market; and protect farmers' soil and water resources. Learn how you can benefit. Registration Flyer (PDF)

Ozarks Press Association Conference Feb. 23

University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Press Association will host the Ozarks Press Association Conference 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Feb. 23 at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield. Missouri Press Association Hotline Attorney Jean Maneke will be the featured speaker. Missouri Press Service Advertising Director Ted Lawrence will present a session on selling your core product. Other panelists and presenters include Missouri’s 2018 National Newspaper Association state chair Jacob Brower, publisher at the Cassville Democrat and Monett Times; Ozark County Times’ owner/publisher Norene Prososki; Christian County Headliner-News general manager Tricia Chapman; and Carthage Press publisher Jamey Honeycutt. Register by Jan. 26 and receive a free t-shirt. Event includes refreshments and a lunch catered by Maggie Maes. Registration form

Greene County Annual Meeting and Dinner Feb. 26

The 2018 annual meeting of the Greene County Extension Council begins at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26 at the Springfield Botanical Center. This is a potluck dinner (chicken provided) but pre-registration is required. Dinner is followed by the swearing in of ten new council members by Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor for extension and engagement at the University of Missouri. Jon Emery, University of Missouri admissions representative for southwest Missouri will also give an update report. Two individuals – Katie Keith and Lane McConnell -- will be presented the Leaders “Honor Roll” Award. | Register Online

95th Ag Production Conference March 20

The 95th Ag Production Conference in Greene County will be held from 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, 6821 West Independence , Springfield. Speakers and topics will be announced soon. The event is free and includes a meal but pre-registration is required. Register Online

Class Fee Data for 2017

During 2017, our team emphasis for the Great Game of Business is increasing attendance in fee-based classes and improving our profit margin by reducing expenses and increasing sponsorships, This report shows the fee data for every class that required registration is one way to have that discussion and to build accountability. Registration Fees and Data (PDF)

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

Sign up for Our Weekly Email Newsletter

Informative articles and announcements of MU Extension programs in southwest Missouri are sent by email once a week. To subscribe, use this online form or text MUEXTENSION417 to 22828.

Pay for Soil Tests Online

Soil testing is available at the Greene County Extension office located in the Botanical Center. As a convenience, the fee can be paid online and the soil sample and contact information can be left with parks staff at the Botanical Center. | Pay online for soil test

Great Game of Business

LEARN THE RULES: Read our rules and guiding documents that impact how Greene County Extension plays the Great Game of Business with our overview document (PDF).

KEEPING SCORE: See our monthly financial scorecard is online so you can see exactly how we are doing financially for the month and the year.

GET IN THE GAME: Read how Greene County Extension is playing the Great Game of Business online here. Our staff conducts a huddle every week.For more information contact David Burton.

Our Monthly Newsletter

Learn what is coming up and what has happened with Greene County Extension programs by reading our monthly newsletter online. Online newsletter

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)

Hire a Speaker for Your Program

Need a speaker for your program, seminar or training. Greene County Extension specialists are available for hire on a variety of topics. See Course List

Parks and Extension Partnership

Since the beginning of the Springfield Botanical Gardens, Greene County MU Extension has been a vital partner with Springfield-Greene County Parks. Learn more about that partnership and what Greene County Extension offers that makes the Botanical Center such an active and vital location to Springfield and the surrounding area. Parks & Extension Partnership (PDF)

Help with Your Lawn and Garden

Assistance: Master Gardeners of Greene County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling the hotline directly at 417- 874-2963..

Planting Guide: First time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide. Read story.

Soil Test: Bring in your soil and make sure you don't waste money on your lawn, garden or field. Soil Test Brochure (PDF). For more information, including a video on how to collect a sample, see "Soil Test Central."

PAY ONLINE IN ADVANCE: Pay in advance for your soil test and then drop your soil off at the Botanical Center any time the facility is open (even weekends). Online advance payment.

Subscribe to Our County Extension Newsletter

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.

Thank our Partners

Contributions from these organizations have helped to maintain MU Extension programs in Greene County during:

Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112,

Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515,



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