Welcome to MU Extension-Platte County

2018 MU Extension Platte County Annual Report is here.

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

Platte County Fairbook can be found under Platte County Livestock Show and Fair Information!

MU Extension and Platte County 4-H is happy to announce a new position opening. 

Workshop: Native Plants for Row Crop Agriculture, Pollinator Enhancement, and Livestock Production

This informative workshop is intended for row crop farmers, livestock producers, recreational landowners, and anyone else interested in the many benefits that native plants offer farms and recreational land. It will be held Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Hundley-Whaley Research Center in Albany, MO. For more information go here.


Interested in growing blackberries?  

Announcing Overview of Blackberry Production on June 25, 2019
from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Platte County MO Extension Office 
located at 11724 NW Plaza Circle, Ste 300, Kansas City, MO  64153 
Overview of blackberry production, blackberry cultivars, and blackberry trellising. Tasting of blackberry cultivars,and Farm Tour.
Cost: $10 registration per attendee.
Contact the Extension Office at 816-270-2141.

More information: Growing Blackberry Production and Sales in Missouri

Check out the new Missouri Master Gardener Program in Platte County.

The Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” The Master Gardener program provides in depth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities to learn about gardening and the environment. Through activities such as workshops, demonstration projects, speaker’s bureaus, and garden show booths Master Gardeners provide gardening information to thousands of Missourians each year.

The newly forming Platte County Master Gardeners will be holding their inaugural training session this fall and would love for you to consider joining.    The training will run Tuesdays from August 13th – November 5th from 6:00PM-8:30PM at the Platte County Resource center, located near the KCI airport and the KCI Expo Center.  

Cost to attend is $175 for the total program, scholarships are available if costs will be prohibitive, but you are passionate about plants.

Topics covered will include:  introductory botany, starting and propagating plants, improving soils and plant nutrition, fruit and vegetable gardening, lawn maintenance, landscaping, and the lovely pests and diseases which come along with trying to grow things here in Missouri.

If this interests you or you have any questions, please contact Cory Creed, horticulture specialist for Platte County, at CREEDCA@MISSOURI.EDU, call our office at 816-270-2141, or drop in and pay us a visit if you are in the area.

We look forward to meeting you soon!


2019 Master Gardener Training

Please join us for 2019 Master Gardener Training. Learn more about gardening, volunteer in your community, and help others learn to grow.

 For more information call Cathy Bylinowski, Horticulture Educator, 816-252-5051 or for the application please click on the picture below


  Garden 'N' Grow classes coming soon! Summer Fun in the Garden 

Insect Identification: Good Bug? Bad Bug?

Saturday, June 15th, 9 a.m.-noon

Spend the morning with Tamra Reall, Field Specialist in Horticulture, University of Missouri Extension, Jackson County, who will present in-depth information about identifying insects in the garden (both good and bad bugs!). Tamra has a PhD in entomology and a BS in horticulture will share her scientific expertise during this class. Part of the morning will be spent in the classroom and the rest in the field, so dress appropriately to explore outdoors, locate insects in the garden, and identify them. An advanced education certificate is available for Master Gardeners who participate. Consider pairing this experience with the Integrated Pest Control workshop, scheduled with Cory Creed, June 15th from 1-4 p.m. REGISTER HERE

Integrated Pest Management

Saturday, June 15th, 1-4 p.m.

Need some ideas for handling pest problems in your garden? Spend the afternoon with Cory Creed, Field Specialist in Horticulture, University of Missouri Extension, Platte County, who will present in-depth information about developing a plan for monitoring and controlling insects in your garden. Gather ideas for dealing with insects such as Japanese beetles and learn techniques to keep overall pest populations low. An advanced education certificate is available for Master Gardeners who participate. Consider pairing this experience with the Insect Identification workshop, scheduled with Tamra Real, June 15th from 9 a.m.-noon and make it a day of insects at Powell Gardens. REGISTER HERE


Master Gardeners answer questions

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City are available to answer your questions on lawn, flowers, trees, and gardening. Call 816-833-8733 (TREE) or email your question to mggkc.hotline@gmail.com

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.

Platte Pet Power

This program begins its 19th year of serving area group facilities with pets and their partners. The mission is to enhance communications and relationships between generations and with those in facilities or in group settings. For more information go to Platte Pet Power under local programing in sidebar and also "like" Platte Pet Power on Facebook.

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.