MU Animal Sciences

Youth Leadership Academy

May 30 – June 2, 2018

The four-day event will focus on increasing knowledge of Missouri’s diverse and dynamic livestock industry, as well as building participant’s leadership skills.  Students will be welcomed to the Division of Animal Sciences at MIZZOU, with on-campus housing provided for a “college life” experience. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their leadership development, discuss current issues regarding livestock production (all species), tour industry leading operations and businesses, and interact with University of Missouri faculty and staff; while networking with other young leaders from across the State.

Click on the following links for more information.

MU Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy Flyer (PDF)

MU Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy Application (PDF)



Annie's Project Training

Empowering farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Newton County Class Beginning

March 4, 2018 - April 12, 2018

Thursday evenings from 6-9pm

Informational Flyer (PDF)


Master Gardener Classes in El Dorado Springs

March 6, 2018 - May 8, 2018

STOCKTON, Mo. -- Opportunities to gain and share horticultural knowledge is available through University of Missouri Extension’s Master Gardener program in Cedar County.

The Master Gardener Program is an intensive horticulture course offered statewide by University of Missouri Extension.  The 30 hours of classroom training provided by area horticulture and agricultural specialists set Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners and programs. 

The Master Gardener class sessions will be held every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting March 6th and running through May 8th at the Cedar County Library (808 South Main Street., El Dorado Springs, Mo. 64744) in El Dorado Springs, Mo.

A total of 10 three-hour sessions taught by trained professionals will cover horticulture principles and practices. Course topics are:

  • Woody Ornamentals & Trees
  • Irrigation, Hobby Greenhouses & Tool Care
  • Plant Growth & Development
  • Plant Diseases
  • Soils & Composting
  • Entomology
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Flower Gardening
  • Growing Fruit Crops
  • Turfgrass

Master Gardeners are volunteers who assist with horticulture education in the community.  Thirty volunteer hours from participants are required the first year after training.  Following that, 20 volunteer service hours are required each year to remain an active Master Gardener. Volunteer service hours are usually acquired by serving in a county master gardeners organization.  Activities might include serving as an advisor for a community garden, or helping to maintain a demonstration garden.  Enrollment for the class is limited and there is a fee of $150 per person or $250 per couple (with one set of materials). Registration and payment are due by February 27th.  To register for the course or to request more information please contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313 or by email at   If you are attending please contact us immediately if you need accommodations because of a disability, need to relay emergency medical information or need special arrangements if the building is evacuated.

The Master Gardener Program is a popular and successful statewide volunteer community-service organization administered through University of Missouri Extension. Go to to learn more information about the Master Gardener program.


Additional Master Gardener Training is planned for February and March around the Southwest Region

Information Here (PDF)


Barry County Master Gardeners Host "Let's Get
Growing Workshop" March 10 in Cassville

CASSVILLE, Mo. — Planting time will soon be here and the Second Annual Barry County Master Gardeners' workshop can help local gardeners prepare for a successful year.

This year's "Let's Get Growing Workshop" will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 10 at Crowder College in Cassville.

Speakers will address varied topics providing useful information to home gardeners, whether novice or expert.

Dr. Tom Riley, entomologist and Master Gardener, will discuss our local butterflies, their biology and plant preferences.

Linda Stuart and Zeta VanWye, members of Barry County Master Gardeners, will show us how to grow mushrooms on a log.

A Monsanto representative will provide information concerning GMOs and what the home gardener should know about them.

Shon Bishop, a small farms expert from Lincoln University, will share hints on growing greens and tomatoes.

"After each presentation there will be time for participants to ask questions. Not only will the workshop be informative, but it will include some tasty snacks and great door prizes," said Reagan Bluel, dairy specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

Persons wanting to attend the workshop must register through the Barry County Extension office. Early registration is $10 per person and registration at the door is $12 per person. Call the extension office at 417-847-3161 or email to obtain registration information.





Scholarship Information Here (PDF)


FLOOD AND DISASTER INFORMATION from the University of Missouri Extension can be accessed by the following link:

Emergencies and Disasters - Floods 

Resources for Your Flooded Home (PDF)


Soil Testing

Whether you are planting a garden, an orchard or thinking of hay and pasture, a soil test can help you know what you will need to amend your soil for the best results possible. Call our office for more information at 417-455-9500. The cost is $23.00 per sample.

Soil testing provides an estimate of the plant-available nutrients in the soil and is an essential tool for a sound fertilization program. Periodic soil testing will help to correct nutrient deficiencies, avoid excess fertilizer applications and maintain a healthy lawn, garden or cropland.
related information: Lawn and garden

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