Agriculture Programs in SW Mo

Download our updated list of University of Missouri Extension agriculture and horticulture programs planned for this winter and spring. Ag Program List (PDF)

Register for Community Conversations

University of Missouri Extension is hosting community conversations to collect the insights about needed educational programs. Input will help chart the future direction of MU Extension. Attend any community conversation: March 1, 7:30 to 11 a.m. in West Plains; March 7, 7:30 to 11 a.m. in Neosho; or March 10, 7:30 to 11 a.m. in Ozark. MU Extension will provide breakfast. Pre-register at

Register for Annual Meeting of Council

The Annual Meeting of the Greene County Extension Council starts at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 27 at the Botanical Center. See program (PDF). Potluck meal! Guest speaker: Officials with Greene County explain how they have used the Great Game of Business to make government more efficient. Recognize: three new Honor Roll inductees. Swearing in: 8 new county extension council members! Register Online here

Apple Grafting Class March 3

Join University of Missouri Extension horticulturists in a hands-on workshop focused on apple grafting. Learn the techniques of the whip/tongue graft. Try your hand at chip budding and take home two budded apple trees. $15 per person. Register Online.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training March 15

Persons needing to get or renew a Private Pesticide Applicator License can do so at the Greene County Extension office during this in-person class from 1 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 at the Botanical Center. Registration

Beef ReproGene Workshop March 16

The Beef ReproGene Workshop will provide information on reproduction and genetics for making advances in cow-calf operations. The workshop will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 in the second-floor room at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center and will include a meal. Registration is required by March 13.  The registration fee is $20 per person if registered in advance.  The late fee at the door will be $25 per person. Contact the University of Missouri Extension Center, Mt. Vernon at (417) 466-3102 or find the registration form online.

Mo Blueberry School March 17-18

Held in Springfield, March 17-18 at the Darr Agriculture Center. The Missouri Blueberry School will offer educational sessions and a tour of innovative blueberry farms. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Bill Cline of North Carolina State University. Register online here

94th Ag Production Conference March 21

The 94th Annual Agriculture Production Conference and Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting will begin with a free dinner at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 in the 2nd-floor banquet room at Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, 6821 West Independence, Springfield, Mo. Pre-registration is needed by March 17 to aid in meal planning. Registration can be done on the Greene County Extension website or by calling 417-881-8909. Online registration | Informational brochure (PDF)

Order New Book on Missouri Historic Schools

The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" has been published and is now available for purchase on, or at the Greene County MU Extension office in Springfield. The book details over 60 of the very best historic and one-room schools in Missouri. The book costs $15.50 and all proceeds benefit the administration of the Greene County Extension office. Order link

Plant Sale April 29

The Master Gardeners of Greene County will host their 20th Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Botanical Center. Flyer (PDF)

Food Preservation Classes

Greene County Extension is hosting three different food preservation classes in partnership with our sponsor, Metro Appliances. Get the information you need here online or register. Event Flyer (PDF) | Register online

County Budget for 2017

Here is a copy of the recommended budget for Greene County Extension in 2017. Budget (PDF)

How Are We Doing Financially?

Great Game of Business

LEARN THE RULES: Read our rules and guiding documents that impact how Greene County Extension plays the Great Game of Business with our overview document (PDF).

KEEPING SCORE: See our monthly financial scorecard is online so you can see exactly how we are doing financially for the month and the year.

GET IN THE GAME: Read how Greene County Extension is playing the Great Game of Business online here. Our staff conducts a huddle every week.For more information contact David Burton.

Our Monthly Newsletter

Learn what is coming up and what has happened with Greene County Extension programs by reading our monthly newsletter online. Online newsletter

Pay for Soil Tests Online

Soil testing is available at the Greene County Extension office located in the Botanical Center. As a convenience, the fee can be paid online and the soil sample and contact information can be left in a box at the office any time the Botanical Center is open, including weekends.   Pay online for soil test

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)

Media Releases for the Week

Our weekly media releases about programs and local events can be found online.

Hire a Speaker for Your Program

Need a speaker for your program, seminar or training. Greene County Extension specialists are available for hire on a variety of topics. See Course List

Sign up for Our Weekly Email Newsletter

Informative articles and announcements of MU Extension programs in southwest Missouri are sent to your by email once a week. To subscribe, use this online form or subscribe by texting MUEXTENSION417 to 22828.

Parks and Extension Partnership

Since the beginning of the Springfield Botanical Gardens, Greene County MU Extension has been a vital partner with Springfield-Greene County Parks. Learn more about that partnership and what Greene County Extension offers that makes the Botanical Center such an active and vital location to Springfield and the surrounding area. Parks & Extension Partnership (PDF)

Help with Your Lawn and Garden

Assistance: Master Gardeners of Greene County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling the hotline directly at 417- 874-2963..

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."

PAY ONLINE IN ADVANCE: Pay in advance for your soil test and then drop your soil off at the Botanical Center any time the facility is open (even weekends). Online advance payment.

Subscribe to Our County Extension Newsletter

Greene County Extension's monthly newsletter is known as the "Reaching Out Report." Subscribe here to receive a monthly email letting you know when the newsletter is published and available to read online.


Call Local Staff Direct

The main office of Greene County Extension is located inside the Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene Park. In addition to our main phone line of 881-8909, the following telephone numbers can be used for direct access.

Maggie Black, Office Manager -- 874-2953

David Burton, Civic Communication Specialist -- 874-2954

Jeff Barber, Housing & Environmental Design Specialist -- 874-2955

Patrick Byers, Horticulture Specialist --  874-2956

Dr. Pam Duitsman, Nutrition Specialist --  874-2957

Master Gardeners Lawn and Gardening Hotline -- 874-2963

Kelly McGowan, Horticulture Educator --  874-2965

Renette Wardlow, Human Development --  874-2966

The Family Nutrition Education Program is located at 2160 W. Chesterfield Blvd. Suite F200, Springfield; phone: 417-886-2059.

How do I volunteer?

Lots of Opportunities

These are volunteer opportunities that provide a learning experience and a wonderful  opportunity to do something that will benefit the residents of Greene County. Intern and Volunteer project list (PDF)

Any New and Local Publications?

Updated Expert Guide

Our regional "Expert Guide" has been updated for members of the news media and others who are looking for an expert to conduct a program or serve as an expert. Expert Guide (PDF)

Using Social Media in Disaster Recovery

An updated 30-page publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster is available for purchase on Amazon.

Newswriting for Community Leaders

"Newswriting for the Non-Journalist" is a guide to help community leaders and volunteers with media releases and media relations. This popular book from Greene County Extension is now available for purchase online.

Thank our Partners

Contributions from theseorganizations have helped to maintain MU Extension programs in Greene County during:

Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112,

Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515,



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