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Educational opportunities

Single- and multi-session educational programs cover topics in agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, and emergency management. Fees vary by program. Customized training is available.

Plant disease diagnosis

Plant disease, insect and weed diagnosis is available for field crops, ornamentals, vegetables, fruits and turfs.

We now have a Plant Doctor Service! We will have Master Gardeners in our office every Monday and Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to answer all of your plant questions. Please stop by, or call us at 314-400-7657 to speak to a Master Gardener during those times. You can also email at any time with your plant questions. They will respond to your email on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Professional consultation

Faculty experts are available to answer specific questions and provide professional advice for individual situations. Fees may be charged for some consultation services. Call our office to speak to a faculty member or make an appointment.

Soil testing

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.

Soil samples are accepted at three St. Louis locations. See our Soil test flyer (PDF) for details.

The fee for soil sample analysis is $25 per sample.

Plant and insect identification

Plant and insect samples may be brought to the extension office for identification or disease diagnosis. Recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases are provided.

Contact Justin Keay, Horticulture Specialist, at 314-400-7388.

Consultation for community groups

MU Extension provides assistance to community organizations in obtaining federal 501(c)3 nonprofit status, strategic planning, board and resource development, organizational management, working with volunteers and enhancing teamwork.

Contact Clair Wolff-Rippel, community development specialist, at 314-400-2115, ext. 101 or; or

Group process moderation

MU Extension faculty can assist communities and organizations in facilitating group and community discussions to plan for the future and address local issues.

Contact Claire Wolff-Rippel, community development specialist, at 314-400-2115, ext. 101 or; or

Meeting room rental

Meeting space at the MU Extension office is available to local community groups.

Contact us for pricing and availability at or 314-400-2115.

Private pesticide applicator training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must purchase or bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training. Manuals may be purchased at the extension center.

Call 314-400-2115, ext. 101 or email to make an appointment to watch a training video at the St. Louis County extension center.

Canner gauge tests

Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids is available. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.)

Contact Nutrition and Health Education Specialists Leslie Bertsch, 314-400-7397,; or Damaris Karanja, 314-400-7298,

Distance education test proctoring

MU Extension proctors tests for students enrolled in Mizzou Online courses.

Exam proctoring available at our office, Mon-Fri. Exams may be scheduled between the hours of 9:00am and 2:30pm. You must call and reserve a time. Exams are free for all UM System students either college level or K-12 online students. There is a $15.00 per exam fee for all other educational institutions. Proctor info: Janie Lewis, Office Support Staff, 132 E. Monroe Ave., Kirkwood MO 63122, Phone: 314-400-2115