Leadership Training Program (EXCEL)

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 Scorecard

Register online for EXCEL program.

Leadership Book Discussions

These book discussions are all part of the EXCEL Leadership program.

Begins Jan. 24: A special four-part series will begin on Jan. 24 focused on Novack's other book, "Taking People With You." Worksheets available at the book discussion event.

See the whole schedule for 2019 on our Book Discussion Flyer (PDF).

Held Jan. 9: “O Great One: Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition” by David Novack | Discussion Guide for O Great One! (PDF)

Extension Council Election Third Week in January

Citizens of voting age in Greene County, pursuant to the provisions of Sec. 262-577, R. S. Mo. 1969, will have an opportunity to vote and elect eight new members to the University of Missouri Extension Council for Greene County. The following persons are candidates for seats, all of which carry two year terms: Tony Ahart, Springfield; Lisa Bakerink, Springfield; Ben Clutter, Springfield; Chad Courtney, Springfield; Alex Greiwe, Springfield; Tyler Gunlock, Ash Grove; Marissa Hayward, Springfield; Scott Smith, Springfield; Jason Whitesell, Ash Grove. Candidate bios can be found HERE. An online ballot will be available starting Jan. 21 on that same website or can be picked up at the offices of Greene County Extension or requested by mail by calling (417) 881-8909.

Mizzou Founders Day and Extension Council Annual Meeting

Join us for an exciting evening with guest speakers, Mizzou updates, a silent auction and more! This special event is in partnership with MU Extension, the Mizzou Alumni Association and Mizzou Athletics. Thanks to our generous sponsors, this event is free of charge! Guest Speakers: Dr. Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement; Todd McCubbin, director of alumni and a Special Guest from Mizzou Athletics. Mizzou Founder's Day is set for 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Feb. 11 at Relics Event Center, 2015 Battlefield Road, Springfield, Mo. Registration is required. Register online.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

This 3-hour class is needed to obtain or renew a license for the private purchase and use of restricted pesticides. There is a charge of $25 per person. In Greene County the training is on Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. and advanced registration is required. Register Online

Ag Production Conference

The Greene County Ag Production Conference is set for March 7 at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center. This is a free event. Details coming soon.

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.

Register for Master Gardener Core Training

The Master Gardener core training sessions will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday afternoons, Feb. 12 and through April 11. Classes will be held at the Botanical Center, 2400 South Scenic, Springfield. A total of 12 three-hour sessions taught. The cost to attend the classes is $160 per person or $275 for couples sharing a textbook.Contact Kelly McGowan at 874-2965 or by email at

Blueberry School 2019

The 2019 Missouri Blueberry School will take place Friday, February 22 (8 am - 5 pm) and Saturday, February 23 (8 am - 5 pm) at Missouri State University's Darr Agricultural Center in Springfield. Friday will consist of educational classroom sessions for both beginning and seasoned blueberry growers. Dr. Gary Pavlis from Rutgers University will be the keynote speaker. Saturday feature blueberry farm tours in the Joplin and Northwest Arkansas area. The cost to attend is $90 per person and $70 for each additional person from the same farm.  This includes handouts, lunch for both days, and farm tour transportation. 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.

Grow Your Community Garden

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.

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)

Spring Calving Workshop Jan. 22, 2019 (Full)

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

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, Jan. 21: Amy Patillo, Workforce Stability No Cost Options for Businesses, ph. 417-331-1086
  • 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."

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

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)

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.


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