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.

Produce Safety Training Jan. 29

This program is for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. Class is being held Jan 29 in Springfield. Informational flyer (PDF) | Register Online

Private Pesticide Applicator Training Feb. 2

Under Missouri law, this training provides certification to obtain a Private Pesticide Applicators License for Missouri agricultural producers and will also count for recertification requirements by the state.  The training will not certify for commercial application licenses. The training in Greene County will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, at the Greene County Extension Center. There is a charge of $25 per person for the certification program. Pre-registration online is preferred but can also be done by calling 417-881-8909 or mailing a check.

Master Gardener Core Training Begins Feb. 6

Core Training for new Master Gardeners will begin Feb. 6, 2018 in Greene County. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. -9 p.m. at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. Classes will continue through early April. Two orientation dates have been scheduled for Jan. 23 and Jan. 30 from 6-8 pm. Attendance of an orientation session is mandatory prior to participating in training. The cost of the program is $160 per person or $275 per couple, sharing a training manual. The program fee covers a training manual, class handouts, speaker fees and other expenses related to the class. For more information or to register for an orientation session, contact Kelly McGowan at or call 417-874-2965.

2018 Farm Bill: How it Benefits Sustainable and Small-Scale Farmers

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

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

Follow Our EXCCEL Team

Keep up with the writings and findings of our EXCCEL Team in the Greene County Commonwealth and online here.

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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