Kent Office Services
Financial transactions by cash or check only. The Extension Office does not accept credit cards.
Educational Bulletins & Publications
Extension Educational bulletins and publications are sold in the Kent County Extension Office, however, it is best to call ahead for availability of the bulletin you are looking for. You can also research and order bulletins at MSUE Bookstore Publications
Home, Lawn and Garden
Toll Free Lawn and Garden Hotline: 1-888-678-3464 (1-888-MSUE-4MI)
Staffed by MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educators and Master Gardener volunteers.
When calling the 1-888-678-3464 number, please make sure to choose Option #1 (during growing season) and Option #2 (during off season) for the Lawn and Garden Hotline.
Option #1 - Growing Season (April – September): The Hotline is open on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. in Kent County.
Option #2 - Off Season (October – March): The Hotline is open on Tuesdays only from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Kent County.
The Kent County Extension office charges a $5 diagnostic fee for analyzing a specimen.
Pesticide Applicator Program: Certification, Training, Exams & Manuals
Certification and Training
- MSU Extension Pesticide Training & Certification
- Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD)
To schedule exam or for questions contact Michigan Department of Ag (MDA) at 1-800-292-3939.
Manuals for Certification Training
- Manuals can be purchased at the office, however, it is suggest that you call ahead to make sure they are in stock.
- Manuals can also be purchased online with a credit card at the National Pesticide Safety Education Center.
Homeowner Soil Test Kit
Kits are available at the Kent County Extension Office to purchase for $25 or order online from MSUE Bookstore – Bulletin E-3154. If you order online through the MSUE Bookstore, you can use a credit card, but if you choose to make a purchase through the Kent County Extension Office, you must pay with cash or check.
Commercial Soil Testing
Soil boxes for sample collection cannot be ordered online, but can be purchased at the office for $12 each. You will receive a soil sample information form to complete and send with your samples to the MSU Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory. To understand your soil test results, visit MSU Soil Test.com, contact the MSU Soil Lab or contact the Kent County Extension Office.