Get Ready for Spring!

Help with Your Lawn and Garden

Master Gardeners of Greene County hotline at 417-874-2963.

Planting Guide: Vegetable Planting Calendar. | Do not waste money on your lawn, garden or field. See "Soil Test Central."

First Swine Camp Set for April 20

Youth interested in the swine project should check out the new one-day camp scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Brian Anderson of Carney, Kansas will be at the camp to share his expertise on selection, feeding, fitting, showmanship and more. Bring your own animal for practice! Camp is $20 per member and includes lunch. Parents are encouraged to stay but are asked to pay $5 toward lunch. For more information, download the registration flyer(PDF) or email Justin Kastning.

4-H Personal Presentations Day 

Application for presentation day. We also need judges! 4-H Personal Presentations Day is being held in Karls Hall on the campus of Missouri State University. Parking available on the south side of Grand (use tunnel to cross the street to Karl' Hall). Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and presentations continue until 4 p.m. Information and Registration packet (PDF)

Brown Bag University: Spring Leadership Series

Register now for our spring Brown Bag University series. Four noon-time programs that will grow your leadership skills and help make you a better business owner or employee. Take the time to invest in your professional development (or have your employer make the investment)! | Informational brochure (PDF)

April 30 (seated class) - "Choosing Workplace Stability Over Exhausting Drama." May 8 (online class) - "Hello, I'm Busy" or "Sure, I'd Love to Do That, I have Nothing Else To Do." May 14 (seated class) - "Made to Stick," book discussion. May 22 (seated class) - "Building Gossip Free Zones By Communicating with Professionalism." Register for the series online

Missouri Garlic School

Garlic is an emerging specialty crop in Missouri. Commercial production is increasing as  consumer demand increases. Whether you already grow garlic commercially, are interested in learning more or are a backyard garlic grower, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from a nationally known expert, as well as regional experts and growers. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, May 17 at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield. Cost is $20 per person. Registration form (PDF) | Register online

Free Leadership Training Program; Register Now

Register anytime for our free award-winning leadership development program for residents of Greene County (known as EXCEL). Brochure outlining program (PDF) | Program Scorecard (PDF) | Online Scorecard 

Free - Register online for EXCEL program.

Registered members of EXCEL receive discounts to other MU Extension programs.

Leadership Book Discussions

Free leadership book discussions are scheduled for 2019. Next discussion is on "Make it Stick," on May 14 at the public library in Republic. See the schedule for 2019: Book Discussion Flyer (PDF).

Regional Extension Photos

Extension is doing great work in southwest Missouri and having a positive impact on lives. She our photo library for interesting examples. Photo library

Grazing Schools Statewide

Learn to grow better grass for the health of your livestock and the improvement of your farm operations. We have a statewide map showing available trainings. State map (PDF)

Apply for a Free Energy Audit

In over ten years of operation, one University of Missouri program has saved Missouri industries nearly $65 million or on the average of about $50,000 per year in energy costs. The Midwest Industrial Assessment Center (IAC), located in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Missouri, provides a free opportunity for an energy assessment or audit of companies. Learn More and Apply (PDF)

Regional Media Releases

MU Extension's Southwest Region News Service provides articles on timely topics to journalists and residents relevant to southwest Missouri. Read those media releases online as part of the Southwest Missouri News

Sign up for a Newsletter for 2019

Now is a great time to start receiving one of our award-winning emailed newsletters. Best of all you can enroll online for free. Get our weekly emailed newsletter known as the Southwest Region News Service or our monthly Reaching Out Report.

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Volunteer to Lead a 4-H SPIN Club

4-H SPIN clubs allow youth ages 5 to 18 with common interests or hobbies to meet as a club and share and learn more about their special interest. Whatever their passion is, youth can gain knowledge and enhance their skills through a positive group experience. A 4-H SPIN club can be started with a minimum of one adult volunteer and five young people with an interest in a particular topic. The adult(s) provide expertise and guidance. They are a great way to introduce young people to a specific topic or interest they might not otherwise have a chance to develop within a group setting built around the principles of Positive Youth Development (PYD). 4-H SPIN Clubs are truly a short-term involvement (couple of weeks or couple of months) with a specific focus. Five or more sessions, over a period of 6 to 8 weeks. Help Greene County youth by starting and leading a SPIN Club. Explanation video and forms

Employee Training Programs

If your business regularly offers programs for employees, as part of ongoing professional development or as an employee incentive plan, these local University of Missouri Extension specialists can offer affordable research-based educational programming. Read more | VideoProgram Brochure (PDF)

Our Office Goal and Vision

Greene County MU Extension will help county businesses create or save 5,000 jobs, individually educate 500,000 county residents on topics improving their families, farms, and nutrition, and train 1,500 new community leaders and volunteers by 2030.


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