About the Department

MSU Extension

What is Extension?

All Universities engage in research and teaching, but land-grant universities like Montana State University have a third critical mission- Extension. Extension means reaching out and “extending” resources, solving public needs with university resources through a non-formal, non-credit program.

Montana State University Extension is an educational resource dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives by providing research-based knowledge to strengthen the social, economic, and environmental well-being of families, communities, and agricultural enterprises.

MSU Extension offers university resources for all Montanans to explore, even if they never set foot on campus. We provide access to useful information and expert knowledge via workshops, demonstrations, community meetings, publications, videos, and the Web. Extension links a network of MSU faculty, topic specialists on the MSU-Bozeman campus, and our Stillwater County agents, to the people.

Stillwater County Extension staff is proud to provide services in the following areas

  • 4-H and Youth Development
  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Natural Resources
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • And much more!!!

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  What is Extension and what can Extension offer?  What do Extension Agents do?
Answer:  Visit MSU Extension’s official website for all the answers you are looking for.

Question:  What is 4-H and how do I enroll?
Answer:   The 4-H and Youth Development program consists of school enrichment programs and youth-related community boards and events. 4-H in our county remains close to 200 youth members and 50 volunteer leaders in 12 organized clubs. There is a wide variety of projects available to members. Whether you are interested in livestock, foods, crafting, sewing, building, shooting sports or the other 50+ projects and activities, 4-H has something for you! If you are not a member already, we would love to make you part of our 4-H family in Stillwater County.  Click here to learn about enrolling in 4-H and the cost involved with enrollment.

Question:  What 4-H Clubs are available in Stillwater?
Answer:  Click here to view Stillwater’s Clubs.

Featured Links


South Annex
17 N 4th St
P.O. Box 807
Columbus, MT 59019
(406) 322-8007


Lee Schmelzer Agriculture & Natural Resources, 4-H Agent

Haley Barker Family & Consumer Science, 4-H Agent

Sarah Brewer Administrative Support