Show-Me Select Replacement Heifer Sale on November 15th at 7pm at the Joplin Regional Stockyards


The Show-Me-Select Heifer sale will be held Friday, November 15th starting at 7pm at the Joplin Regional Stockyards! Browse the Pre-Sale Catalog here!

The University of Missouri, McDonald County Extension Council is seeking nominees for positions on the 2020 Extension Council.

The Extension Council, consisting of elected and appointed residents of the county, serves as the link between the University of Missouri and the people of Missouri. They assist in planning educational programs, making recommendations to the local faculty and the University, oversee the finances of the local office, and employ office support staff.

Council members represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people of McDonald County. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and live in McDonald County. Terms for Council members are for two years, and begin officially on March 1st. Regular Council meetings are held the first Tuesday evening of most months. More information is available for prospective nominees at the McDonald County Extension office.

The University of Missouri is a land-grant university, meaning it is a part of a federally mandated mission to carry the benefits of university research beyond campus. Through locally-based offices, web-based services, and publications, extension faculty carry the benefits of the University’s research to the entire state.

Nominations will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019. You can email nominations to, stop by the office, or call us at 417-223-4775. The actual election will be held from January 20th to 24th, 2020.


Ag Lenders Seminar

Mt. Vernon Dec. 5th, 2019 10am - 3pm (Click here for registration)

West Plains Dec. 6th, 2019 10am - 3pm (Click her for registration)

This seminar will focus on key issues affecting your agricultural lending decisions.  No one has all the answers, but this seminar presents an opportunity to discuss and learn about current trends.  Commodity prices, government policies, the changing structure of agriculture, environmental concerns, and international trade all affect the success of your clients.  Like many facets of business, farm finance is becoming more complex and evaluating farm loan requests requires increased knowledge.

An Agricultural Economist from the University of Missouri, Joe Horner, will discuss commodity outlook and industrial hemps’ future in Missouri.  A MASBDA representative will talk about the many changes to their financial programs. Ag. Business Specialists, Jennifer Lutes and Taylor Young will provide a land and rental rates outlook, along with a detailed look at beginning farmers. 

The registration fee of $50.00 includes the Missouri Farm Financial Outlook 2019 book and lunch.  The publication contains current articles by MU faculty on agricultural outlook, management, and budgets for planning next year’s farm operations.

To register for the seminar, complete the above form for your desired location and send completed to the McDonald County Extension Center (PO Box 336 | Pineville, MO 64856).  Registration deadline is November 29th.  For more information, contact Jennifer Lutes at 417-223-4775 or

Press Release: Does your hay have enough nutrition to meet your cattle's needs this winter?

Click here to read the press release from Patrick Davis, a Regional Livestock Field Specialist with University of Missouri Extension, discussing the need for hay testing and how to test your cattle winter hay resources as well as different nutrient analyses that need to be conducted and how to use that information to develop winter feeding strategies to meet your cattle's needs.

Truman learns about Extension


Ever wonder why the University of Missouri Extension was established?

Don't guess . . . test!

Soil Testing

Soil tests are essential for productive gardens and fields.     

2 cups of soil is required for testing
Fee: $20.00 per soil sample


Hay Testing

Do you know the nutrient value of your hay or are you just guessing? Knowing the nutrient value of your hay supply allows producers to make informed decisions on how much supplemental feed is necessary to meet the nutritional needs of your animals.

Fee: begins at $25.00 per sample for basic hay test.



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