Your community classroom

MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom for residents of Caldwell County. We connect people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities. MU Extension is your one-stop source for practical education and information on almost anything.

The Caldwell and Daviess county commissions have combined funding to better serve the educational needs of their constituents. MU Extension, the elected and appointed members of the Daviess and Caldwell County extension councils, and local organizations work together to provide education, information and services that are are relevant, reliable and responsive.

Whether it’s resources for yourself or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to learn how we can help you. Contact the Daviess/Caldwell Extension Center in Gallatin at 660-663-3232.

The Caldwell and Daviess county commissions have combined funding for extension to better serve the residents. The extension office is located in the Daviess County Courthouse, 102 N. Main, Gallatin. Reach the extension office at 660-663-3232.

Family Estate Planning Workshop

What can estate planning do for you and how can you do it?  Family Financial Educational Specialist Drs. Meridith Berry and Cynthia Crawford will discuss plain talk about Family Estate Planning.  The two-session workshop will be at the Hamilton Federated Church, 210 South Davis, January 11 and January 25, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Particpants will need to attend both sessions.

Learn plain answers for the questions many people ask in navigating through the issues related to estate planning.  Typical qustions are:  What is my default estate plan?  What if someone asks me to be his or her personal representative?  What can I do for myself?  What do I need to hire others to do?  I already know the vultures in my family. What do I do?  How do I direct where non-titled property goes?  Bring your questions.

In addition, participants will receive: Probate Law Resource Guide by the Missouri Bar online link;  Estate planning self-assesment; Durabel power of attorney and advanced directive for healthcare forms and calculating your estate form.

Registration fees for the two-session workshop are $20 for an individual, $30 for a couple and will close January 5, 2018.  Registration forms may be obtained at the Caldwell/Daviess Extension Office, Courthouse, Gallatin, MO.  1-660-663-3232 or at:  Additional information, please contact Meridith Berry, 660-359-4040, ext 8 or  Enrollment form for Family Estate Planning Workshop Registration.   Print it out, fill it out and mail it to Daviess/Caldwell Extension office, 102 N Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640, include your payment with your form.

Barn Quilt Workshop

Create your 2' x2' Barn Quilt, Thursday, January 18, 2018, 5:30 pm-9pm, $15/participant payable at the door, Joni Loxterman's Shed, 8380 N Davis, Hamilton, MO (One mile north of Hamilton on Hwy 13).  Each participant needs to bring a roll of Froq Tape (approximatley 1/2" wide), a paint shirt and a hair dryer.  Youth younger than 12 typically need to be partnered with an adult for best expericence.  Registration Debbie Davis, or 816-539-3765. Space is limited, register early.

Why are barn quilt trails created?  How does a barn quilt trail impact a community or county?  How is a barn quilt trail created?  Answers to these and other questions related to the folk art of Barn Quilt Trails will be shared during the evening by GK Calahan, MU Extension Fine Arts Specialist; a board member of the Highway 6 Alliance, and a member of the Booneslick Quilt Trail.

Private Pesticide Applicators Training

Individuals needing to obtain or renew their Private Pesticide Applicator certification for the purchase of restricted use pesticides may come into the Daviess-Caldwell University of Missouri Extension office and watch a 2 to 3 hour training video. The training is free, except for $12 for the Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, if you already have the manual, then you will need to bring it to the training. Family members can share one manual. 

Private Pesticide Applicator certification is valid for 5 years, at which time the individual may renew their certification by attending another Private Pesticide Applicator Training session. If you already have an Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, you must bring the manual with you to the training.

Missouri Century Farms

Applications for the 2018 Missouri Century Farms will be available  February 1, 2018. Application are available from approximately February 1 through May 15, 2018 from the MU Extension Office in your county or from University of Missouri-Century Farms, Extension Publications, 2800 Maguire Blvd, Room E1, Columbia, MO 65211.  

Guidelines for 2018 program are: The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years or more as of Dec. 31, 2017. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The present farm shall consist of no less than 40 acres of the original land and shall make a financial contribution to the overall farm income. For more information go to Missouri Century Farms

Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

This monthly newsletter provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region. Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

Frequently requested publications

MU Extension publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Service in Missouri

MU Extension publication G427, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri

Any time is a good time to join 4-H

Enrollment in 4-H is open to young people year round. 4-H members attend camps, display their work at fairs, travel the world, host youth from other countries, and much more. 4-H prepares young people for the future, while making new friends, learning new skills, and making great memories. 4-H welcomes all youth ages 5-18.

Call the extension office in Gallatin at 660-663-3232; or contact Steven Steiner, youth program associate, 816-539-3765 or

The Caldwell and Daviess county commissions have combined funding for extension to better serve the residents. The extension office is located in the Daviess County Courthouse, 102 N. Main, Gallatin. Reach the extension office at 660-663-3232.