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Are you considering owning a dairy cow or starting a small herd for your family, but unsure of where to begin? Look no further!

Join the Small Dairy Herd Management Webinar starting on May 28 at noon to learn about various aspects of the dairy industry.

From housing and vaccination to breeding and milking, all the essentials will be covered in a convenient Zoom series.

Don't miss out on this valuable opportunity, register today!


Calling all Missouri residents! Are you ready to unleash your artistic talents? Get creative with what you already have at home and create art, such as yard sculptures, chalk art, painted stones and murals.

Join in on Show Me Neighborhood Art Week, beginning on June 1, and showcase your unique creations for all to see. This exciting event celebrates the creativity and public art of our fellow Missourians. Let's come together and contribute to our community's identity and the sense of belonging for our residents.

More info on how to get involved:


Visit to find and connect with people growing and selling locally produced food in your area. Farmers, growers and local suppliers enter their information about the food they sell, their hours, location, and contact info. Simply type in your location to see what options are available in your area.


As the vibrant blooms of daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths begin to fade, it is common for homeowners to trim them down. However, if you want these flowers to continue blooming year after year, it's best not to crop the tops just yet!

These bulbs rely on photosynthesis to grow and store energy for the next season so it's important to let their leaves remain for a while longer.

Get details on how to care for your spring flowers after their blooms fade:


The Missouri Training Institute provides custom-built training and consulting services designed to inform, involve, and inspire.

Whether you're in business, industry, a public or non-profit organization or professional associations - our team will collaborate with you to address your specific training requirements.

Stay updated on our latest training opportunities, podcasts, and more by visiting our website:

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Photos from MU Extension in Cass County's post 05/07/2024

We are excited to be joining Welcome Wellness at their Funesta resource event this Saturday! Cass County Extension will be there to assist with Senior Famers' Market Enrollment, SNAP applications, nutritional education, recipes, and more! But don't wait until Saturday to have fun, Welcome Wellness has a line up of FREE events all week!

If interested in enrolling for the Senior Farmers' Market please bring the required documents listed in the attached flyer.

Photos from MU Extension in Cass County's post 05/06/2024

Whole grains? Refined grains? Enriched grains? What do all these mean and which ones should I eat? Look no further! Below is a helpful guide that breaks down which grains you should be eating and how to look for them.


Join the online session Optimizing Fungicide Applications to learn about the situations when the use of fungicide is justified to control and minimize the impact of disease on our field crops.

Session is scheduled for May 8 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Register today:


Three-fourths of homes in Missouri were built before 2000. With older housing stock, there is a higher risk of decreased energy efficiency and other issues if the home is not properly maintained.

In Missouri, 21.1% of households reported having to reduce their spending on basic needs due to high energy bills.

For more information read the latest Missouri Economy Indicators brief:


Kentucky bluegrass is one of the earliest grasses to produce a seedhead in the spring. While it is a great addition to forage mixtures, having an excess of this perennial cool-season grass can actually limit production.

Get the pros and cons of Kentucky bluegrass:


Although lambing can take place at different times of the year spring lambing has been found to be a more profitable production system when compared to fall and winter lambing!

Spring lambing takes advantage of the spring and summer flush of grass, which lowers feed costs with processed feeds. It also coincides with natural mating seasons, is less labor-intensive and requires little equipment.
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Growing Vegetables in Containers 04/30/2024

Do you want access to fresh produce but lack the space for a large garden? Container gardening is for you!

Not only does this method save time and money, but plants grown in containers tend to perform better and are less susceptible to diseases and insects.

Check out our recent episode of Garden Hour for helpful tips on getting started.

Growing Vegetables in Containers Register to ask questions ahead of time and to participate via Zoom for the Garden Hour: to Integrated Pest Manage...


The Parkway-Rockwood Adventure Club afterschool program is more than just a place for kids to go after school - it's a close-knit community that values compassion, dedication and a shared commitment to shaping the next generation. At the core of the program are the exceptional individuals who pour their time, energy and passion into creating a safe and enriching environment for the children in their care.

From rookies to seasoned veterans, the afterschool staff members are more than just employees – they are mentors, role models and friends to the children they serve. With around 200 employees across the program, Parkway-Rockwood Adventure Club boasts a diverse team of enthusiastic professionals, many of whom have dedicated decades of service to the program.

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The Missouri AfterSchool Network builds systems across the state that improve, support, and sustain high quality afterschool programs.


Every day, MU Extension faculty, staff and elected council members dedicate themselves to addressing local interests, issues and needs in your community through tailored programs and resources.

Reach out to your local extension center to discover how we can serve you:


Farmers are needed for a grassland improvement project.

Participating operations will work with extension specialists to implement grassland management practices that are known to improve productivity and provide environmental benefits.

In addition to incentive payments, expected benefits include forage drought resilience, improved soil and water quality and wildlife habitat.

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Gardening is a popular activity in the US, with benefits beyond just food production and beautifying homes.

Not only is it a great way to cut down on grocery expenses, but is also great exercise through activities like digging, hoeing and raking.

Gardening has also been shown to have a positive impact on our mental well-being, uplifting our spirits and promoting self-esteem.

Ready to get started or have a gardening issue you need help solving? MU Extension has resources and classes to help:

Photos from MU Extension in Cass County's post 04/22/2024

Join us Tuesday April 30th 9:00am - 11:00am at the Harrisonville Community Center to enroll in the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. Please see the attached flyers for eligibility and what documents to bring.

2024 Periodical Cicadas 04/22/2024

Ready or not, the periodical cicadas will make their appearance soon! Research shows that the emergence corresponds to when soil temperatures reach 64.5 degrees F.

What are the different broods?

Are cicadas safe for trees and flowers?

Is it OK if pets eat them?

Watch this video to get all the answers to all these questions and more!

2024 Periodical Cicadas Register to ask questions ahead of time and to participate via Zoom for the Garden Hour: to Integrated Pest Manage...


Discover how Kansas City is engaging communities around the arts by creating an online arts inventory. By mapping out art assets, this project aims to foster collaboration and accessibility in the local arts community.

Gain insight into the project's methodology of utilizing data collection to unveil hidden gems and identify valuable local assets:

Photos from MU Extension in Cass County's post 04/17/2024

Our Human Development and Family Science Specialist Kyleigh visited with the Congressman Mark Alford DC office to share about the work of Extension across Missouri. Thank you Madelyn for taking the time to meet with MU Extension.

4-H in NE Missouri: Getting To Know Your County | MU Extension 04/17/2024

How well do you know the county in which you live?

All Things Missouri is a free, online platform designed to provide up-to-date, quality data across sectors. This info helps decision makers and community leaders better understand their local community's needs so they can effectively allocate resources.
Learn how Missouri 4-H specialists used this platform to collect demographic data for their region that will help them guide future growth, volunteer recruitment and program delivery needs.
Learn how you can utilize All Things Missouri to benefit your community:
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4-H in NE Missouri: Getting To Know Your County | MU Extension You can live and work somewhere your whole life and still not really know it, says Katie Hogan, a 4-H youth development specialist in MU Extension’s Northeast Region. That is why Hogan launched the Getting To Know Your County training with her team of youth development specialists and youth progra...


MU Extension horticulture specialists have spent three years researching how to successfully grow lavender in Missouri.

This versatile plant is gaining popularity in a variety of products like detergents, body soaps and is used in cooking and medicines. It also attracts pollinators and repels unwanted insects like fleas, flies and mosquitoes!

In the next phase of research, the plan is to explore ways to incorporate lavender into Missouri's agricultural economy through agritourism and value-added products.

A guide on growing lavender will be available soon.

Get details on what the research found:

The Warrensburg Adventure Club provides stability, support, and a sense of belonging 04/15/2024

β€œI think the cool thing about Adventure Club is that we are the largest program to serve school-aged children in every economic demographic in our community, so we really fight to make sure we can continue to offer services to all,” says Casey Conklin, program leader.

The Missouri AfterSchool Network is hosted by Missouri 4-H with national and state funding provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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The Warrensburg Adventure Club provides stability, support, and a sense of belonging Within the community of Warrensburg, Missouri, lies a sanctuary for young minds - the Warrensburg R6 Adventure Club. Led by the passionate and seasoned advocate for child enrichment, Casey Conklin, this program has blossomed into a haven where every child,…


Winter feed expenses are a major concern for cattle producers, with hay bales often being the most costly. Discover the advantages of utilizing milo grazing as an alternative feeding method and learn how to implement it effectively.

Read about a successful case of milo grazing and its impact in preserving the herd and saving money:

For further guidance, contact MU Extension Agronomist Rusty Lee at 573-564-3733.

Telling Your 4-H Story 04/12/2024

On March 9, 4-H'ers at the Northeast Regional Energizer in Palmyra, MO honed their storytelling skills under the guidance of Bella Baker, learning to articulate their unique 4-H experiences.

Listen to their stories!

Missouri 4-H offers youth, families and adult volunteers of all ages many ways to engage, grow and serve. It's about young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be future leaders - from both rural and urban areas.
Learn more about Missouri 4-H:

Telling Your 4-H Story On March 9, 4-H'ers at the Northeast Regional Energizer in Palmyra, MO honed their storytelling skills under the guidance of Bella Baker, learning to articul...


Are the popular fitness challenges seen online actually healthy and attainable?

In the latest Truth or Trend podcast, Kaylie Walker and Candace Rodman, specialists in nutrition and health education, explore the realm of functional fitness, the impact of social media and the latest trending challenges. πŸ’ͺ

Listen to episode:


Local Ag Specialists are teaming up for a Multi-Species Grazing Workshop


πŸŽ“ Interested in medical school? 🩺 Learn about the MU School of Medicine's PREP programl!

Tailored for Missouri rural college grads, it offers online courses, workshops, and a graduate certificate program to prepare and enhance medical school applications! Participants will also receive an annual stipend to assist with associated costs as long as they remain in good standing in the program.

Applications are due by April 30.

Learn more and apply today:

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