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. April 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!

Flooding Emergency in our area.

Many parts of Platte County and surrounding areas may be experiencing flooding challenges. If you are in a low lying area that is prone to flooding or know of others who may be, please insure that you keep apprised of changing weather conditions and water levels that may impact your property and personal safety. The resource links below provide some helpful information.

This is the EDEN website specifically targeting floods      https://eden.lsu.edu/educate/resources?search=floods

Information on food safety. https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/keeping_food_safe_before_and_after_a_flood_e3366

Information on flood damage in crops. https://extension.psu.edu/managing-flood-damaged-crops

Food Preservation Jams & Jellies

Interest in home food preservation has increased with the farm to table movement. MU Extension provides up-to-date, research-based procedural recommendations, tested recipes, and hands on workshops that assist the consumer in safely preserving produce and other products. Workshops focus on pressure and boiling water-canning basics. There are County extension centers that also provide pressure gauge testing. Call your local extension to determine if this is a service they provide.

Join us in making White Balsamic and Chocolate Cherry jams:

Date:        April 25, 2019 (Revised date)

Time:       6 – 8 p.m. 

Location:  University of Missouri Extension

                 Platte County

                11724 NW Plaza Circle, Ste 300

                Kansas City MO 64153

Register:   816-407-3490 by April 23, 2019

Cost:        $30


NOTE:    FREE Pressure Canner Testing will be held On May 14, 2019 At the Platte County Extension office. Bring your whole canner. Time: 11 am-3 pm 

Call 816 270-2141 for more information 


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


The Clovers for Kids campaign kicks off in 865 JOANN stores nationwide March 1 and will extend through April 31. Supporters will have a chance to show their support by purchasing $1 and $4 Paper Clovers to equip local 4-H Clubs with resources to reach more kids in need. 

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.