Agriculture Offerings


2017 Small Acreage and Land Entrepreneurs (SALE) Conference

The 4th Annual Small Acreage and Land Entrepreneurs Conference was held March 4, 2017, at Spratt Hall on Missouri Western Campus.  

Proceedings from the conference will be published soon.

Extension Seeks 2017 Century Farms

COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1917, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. 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 farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

University of Missouri Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Marshall Stewart said, “Family farms have been among our most vital partners since the founding of extension more than 100 years ago. The century farm program is one way we express our gratitude to those who have contributed so much to Missouri agriculture.”

In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau joined MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a program sponsor.

“Missouri Farm Bureau is a proud partner in the recognition of century farms,” said Blake Hurst, president. “We applaud the hard-working farm families that have kept us fed and clothed for generations. They represent an important part of our heritage and laid a foundation for the bounty Americans enjoy every day.”

Applicants certified as owners of a 2017 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the MU Extension center in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.

Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.

For applications received by May 1, a $55 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. If the application is received between May 1 and May 15, the cost is $65. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2017, to be considered.

For application forms and information, call Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension center, or visit the program website at


Northwest Missouri Regional Newsletter

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


Upcoming Events and Training for Spring 2017

Fair Dates 

Many counties are in the process of updating fair schedules for the summer. You can check the MU Extension Daviess County office website for more info where you can also find the dates for the Missouri State Fair. 


Small Acreage and Land Entrepreneurs (SALE) Conference Proceedings

Information and handouts from our presenters at the 3rd annual Small Acreage and Land Entrepreneurs Conference are posted on the SALE website


Check Out the Seasonal and Simple App

Seasonal and simple is a guide to help you find, select, store, and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes use simple preparations and seasonings, so you can taste the goodness of a fruit or vegetable at the peak of its flavor. The great variety of colors, flavors and textures of fruits and vegetables makes eating them a pleasure.


Training for supervisors to be offered by MU Extension in Northwest Missouri

It makes sense for businesses to promote employees as their skills and work habits are known.  However, technical skills that make employees great on the frontline are not the same skills needed to be a good supervisor. Looking to help employees promote or become better supervisors?  Want to improve your own leadership skills and improve your career opportunities? The University of Missouri Extension in the Northwest Region has an opportunity to help businesses and employees enhance the supervisory and leadership skills within their organizations.

Beginning in February, the Supervisory Certificate Series, a series of six sessions, will be offered in Maryville at the NW Technical School.  Session titles include Building Effective Relationships, Your Legal Responsibilities, Communicating Successfully, Leading High Performance Teams, Guiding Conflict Resolution, and Coaching Employees. Sessions may be completed individually or participants may register for the entire series.  Sessions begin on February 1st and continue every Wednesday until February 22nd.  Please contact the NW Technical School or the Nodaway County Extension Office for times.

This series is designed by MU Extension’s Missouri Training Institute to give supervisors the skills needed to effectively lead others and enhance existing supervisory skills.  Careful consideration has been given to the design of this series to ensure participants will be engaged in their learning and fully participate through skills practice, mini-assignments, and interactive group exercises. Once all six sessions of the series are completed, at any location, participants will be awarded a supervisory certificate through the Missouri Training Institute.