Welcome to MU Extension-Platte County


Check out the 4-H page for news and happenings. February newsletter is posted with lots of important dates and events. Check it out! New information added to the 4-H Events page including summer camp opportunities!

Due to the inclement weather Platte County has been experiencing, please call the MU Extension, Platte County Office prior to visiting.The phone number is 816-270-2141. The office has been closing early or closed for the day for staff safety. Be safe and stay warm and call before coming!


2018 MU Extension Platte County Annual Report is here.


Soil Testing

University of Missouri Extension Platte County will send out soil samples to the Soil and Testing Laboratory at MU. This is done on Wednesday of each week. Approximately 2 cups of soil is needed and can be brought in any container. Samples are $20.00 each. The office only takes cash or check at this time.


It's time to water your trees!

In case you haven't noticed, it's dry out there-really dry. This lack of rain is clearly having an effect on the grass and plants in your yard, as well as your trees. We recommend watering established trees every two weeks during dry periods with 10 gallons of water per diameter-inch of a tree's trunk (measured at 4.5 feet above the ground). Try to water as much of the root zone as possible. For trees less that 3 years old, consider watering them every 7-10 days. Be careful when watering evergreens in heavy clay soil as it is easy to damage their sensitive roots with too much water. Consider applying a 3-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around a tree's root zone to help moderate soil temperatures and moisture levels. Water your trees!


Nutrition and Health Workshops

MU Extension in Jackson County offers a variety of free nutrition and health programs to benefit you and your organization. CLICK HERE to review an informational flyer or for more information contact Lydia Kaume, PhD.,RDN. LD or Denise Sullivan, MS, CWP at 816-482-5850.

Skillup 101 -

Helping those looking for jobs or trying to get back to school! Questions? Call 855.278.0354

New Services for Area Businesses Now Available

Missouri's Small Business and Technology Development Centers (SBTDC) are transforming Missouri businesses by providing the right resources at the right time. Missouri's pipeline of entrepreneurs creates different needs as businesses advance through various stages of growth. Therefore, a full range of advisory services and educational programs have been put into place to boost virtually any business to its next level of growth.

The SBTDC is part of a statewide network of service centers known as the Missouri Business Development Program working in conjunction with the US Small Business Administration. For more information including potential scholarships that may be available, call Jeff Samborski at 816-770-7100 or e-mail at samborskij@missouri.edu


Check Out the Seasonal and Simple App

Seasonal and simple is a guide to help you find, select, store, and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes use simple preparations and seasonings, so you can taste the goodness of a fruit or vegetable at the peak of its flavor. The great variety of colors, flavors and textures of fruits and vegetables makes eating them a pleasure.



Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information. http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/mapregions/UrbanWest.htm

Northland Grandfamilies

Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren?  Based on the most recent census data, over 4,000 grandparents in the Northland are living with grandchildren under the age of 18.

If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children get information and more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program.  View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates.