ShowMe Healthy Relationships

Free Classes coming to Columbia!!

COUPLES - learn how to strengthen and nurture current relationships.

SINGLES - learn what to look for in potential relationships and how to choose the right partner.

Tuesday Evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.  Oct 22nd, 29th, November 5th, 12th, and 19th

Contact Allison @1-573-443-8706 Ext 1989or text 913-957-6813 or email


Show-Me Better Health!

Do you or someone you care for have diabetes, heart disease, asthma, arthritis, or any other ongoing health condition? The Show-Me Better Health program may be for you! Participants will gain skills to help you plan exercise and nutrition, increase social interaction, manage pain and fatigue, manage medications and make treatment decisions, and more. Show-Me Better Health will be offered Thursdays, September 26 to October 31, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Campus Lutheran Church, 304 S. College, Columbia MO. For more information or to register, call (573) 442-5942 or email Liz Harrison at:

Master Gardener Class Underway September 11

Become a Master Gardener by signing up for the 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday evening class starting September 11 through November 20, at the Boone County Extension Center, 1012 North Hwy UU, Columbia. The cost of the class is $150. Registration deadline is September 4. You are eligible for the class if you have some knowledge or experience in gardening, and if you want to learn and provide research based horticulture information to the public. An application to signup can be downloaded at (HERE) or contact Kent Shannon by email at  For more information, please call 573-445-9792.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

This program is for farmers that need to apply Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) and are in need of certification or recertification. After going through this training, a farmer is "certified". Certified applicators can legally buy RUPs by showing pesticide dealers their license. Licensed certified applicators renew or recertify their training every 5 years. The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA), the lead agency for pesticides in Missouri, informs certified applicators in each county when their certification is about to expire. The extension offices help by facilitating the training programs. The fee is $12 to cover materials.

Please call the office if you have any questions or make an appointment, please contact our office at 573-445-9792 or email at

Need Help with Your Lawn and Garden, Trees, or Bushes?

 You can email your question(s) and pictures at any time to If you need immediate help, feel free to contact the Greene County Master Gardener hotline directly at 417- 874-2963. The hours are Monday - Friday 10 AM - 4 PM,  March 1 thru Oct. 31.  Or you can leave a message and they will return your call.  During the winter months Nov 1 thru Feb 28 they check the phone lines weekly and will return your call.  The website is

Planting Guide: First time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide. Read story.

Soil Test: Bring in your soil and make sure you don't waste money on your lawn, garden or field. Soil Test Brochure (PDF). For more information, including a video on how to collect a sample, see "Soil Test Central."

Support Local Extension Programming With Your Gift

For over 60 years, Boone County Extension has served its community by offering programs that help its citizens create a better life. These programs include but are not limited to: agriculture, health and nutrition, community and leadership development, natural resources, business development, family finances, horticulture, even housing and energy management. Our current ongoing programs include 4-H, Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners.

Over the past several years, our funding has been dramatically reduced. The MCES Endowment is designed to provide program support for all Boone County Extension Specialists by way of office support, supplies and equipment, so they can continue delivering quality education. Now you can give directly to this endowment by following the MCES Endowment link below.

The Boone County Extension office is housed on the former Schotte Farm, a gift of the late Frank Graham. Now you can give directly to the Frank Graham Endowment, which will go towards the upkeep of the building and grounds. Click on our "donate" button on the left, or follow the Frank Graham Building Endowment link below.

MCES Endowment

Frank Graham Building Endowment