Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Winners Announced in 2013 Taney County Extension Council Election

Chrystal Irons, country program director for the Taney County Extension Center, has announced the winners in the 2013 Taney County Extension Council election.

Eastern District: Dan Boone-Branson, Donna Lynn Craft-Powersite, Sally LeBoeuf-Bull Creek, Cassandra Nabena-Branson

Western District: Bryan Cizek-Hollister, Josh Franks-Hollister, Peggy Hartley- Branson, Jeff Holder-Point Lookout

A county Extension council guides local programming and are partners in the entire educational process from needs assessment through program implementation and evaluation of outcomes.

Council members are responsible for carrying out four main duties: working with extension specialist to provide educational programs to county residents, overseeing the finances of local extension operations, providing personnel to carry out extension activities, electing and organizing the local extension council.

MU Extension’s distinct land grant mission is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies that enhance access to the resources and research of the University of Missouri.

The first meeting for the new council is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010 class offered Feb. 1

University of Missouri Extension's class "Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010," will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1 at the Taney County Courthouse, 16317 U.S. Hwy. 160 Suite C, Forsyth.

Program participants will learn the basics of Excel, how to work with formulas and functions, how to format worksheets and work with charts.

“Participants will learn how to set up a worksheet and create formulas from scratch,” said Nellie Lamers, a family financial education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The cost to attend the workshop is $60. Advanced registration is required by Wednesday, Jan. 30. For more information on the class or to register, call MU Extension at (417) 546-4431 or go online to

“Taney County Extension is excited to partner with the Taney County Commissioners to bring computer classes to Forsyth, and to Taney County employees in particular. We truly appreciate the use of the computer classroom at the Taney County Courthouse,” said Nellie Lamers, family financial education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Red Ink All Over the 2012 Feedout Cattle

If you’ve been following the cattle feeding business the last year, you know there’s been a lot of red-ink closeouts. That point hit home in late December when the June-placed, Missouri Steer Feedout cattle ended up losing $225 per head.

That loss was the greatest for the feedouts dating back to 1981. The previous worst was in 2008 when the average loss was $154 per head according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“We’ve had 19 Missouri feedouts in Iowa with the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity since 2001 and six have ended up in the red. This year’s $225 loss set a record. Usually there’s at least one owner’s cattle that makes money, but not this year,” said Cole.

Only one steer out of the 69 head that completed the carcass phase showed a profit after the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity folks analyzed all the data on an individual basis. That steer came from the 10-head entry of Weaver L. Forest, Verona and he had a profit of $30.87.

The profitable steer was born on Aug. 18, 2011 out of a Simmental cross cow and a Simbrah bull. The bull was Hollywood Oscar and the semen was frozen in 1985. The steer weighed 585 lbs., June 6 on arrival. He was graded by Missouri Department of Agriculture Market grader Rick Huffman as a Large frame, 260 Muscle. Rick placed a market price on him at $156 per hundred. He gained 3.73 lbs. per day and finished at 1313 lbs. on Dec. 17. He hung an 837 lb. carcass that graded low Choice. His Yield Grade was 2.57.

The 10 Forest steers showed the least loss, $152.64 in spite of only having one steer make the Choice grade. Close behind those steers were entries from Kunkel Farms, Neosho, Shiloh Land and Cattle Co., Mt. Vernon and Garton Angus Ranch, Nevada. Those four herds consistently enter steers in the program. Garton’s steers were the only group that achieved the 70 percent Choice – 70 percent Yield Grade 1 & 2 – 0 outs target. His 7 steers were 86-71-0.

Shiloh had the distinction of having the steer with the top Retail Value per Day on Feed as well as the top Retail Value per Day of Age. He was sired by the Angus bull Werner War Party 2417 and out of a SimAngus cow.

Cole says the biggest puzzle was why only 36 percent of the steers graded Choice.

“As a rule, the Missouri fall-borns tend to quality grade lower than their late winter-early spring mates. The last seven fall-born steer groups averaged 52 percent Choice. The heat during the summer of 2012 could have been a factor or going back one year, the heat and feed supply of 2011 could have affected the potential marbling ability of the developing calf before it was born,” said Cole.

The latter phenomenon is referred as fetal programing.

“Even though the profit was not here for this feedout, the cow-calf producers who entered learned valuable information on the genetic makeup of their herd. This will help them build a more productive herd in the future,” said Cole.

The next Missouri Steer Feedout begins on June 4. Entries are due May 10. For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Mt. Vernon, (417) 466-3102, Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551, Dona Goede in Cedar County, (417) 276-3313 or Logan Wallace in Howell County at (417) 256-2391.

Stone County Dairy Day Scheduled for Feb. 8 in Crane

The Stone County Extension Center will host the tenth annual Stone County Dairy Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 8 at the Crane Christian Church Community Center in Crane, Mo.

“The meeting will focus on topics relevant to today’s dairy farmer,” said Tim Schnakenberg, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Dr. Darren Loula, veterinarian from Billings, will discuss key things to remember when managing a baby calf. He also will discuss the common issue of hairy heel warts in the dairy herd.

Also planned is a panel of farmers who will discuss their tactics for managing cows during the summer heat.

Schnakenberg will provide a discussion on ways to rebuild the forage base following the drought.

Stacey Hamilton, dairy specialist, will provide an overview of activities at the Southwest Center grazing dairy project in Mt. Vernon.

“Dairy farmers will benefit from this meeting because we plan to cover a wide array of current topics in a short time-frame.” said Schnakenberg.

A lunch is provided by the program sponsors: Kendrick Dairy Supply and Land O’Lakes Purina Feed.

There is no charge to attend but pre-registration is necessary to make adequate arrangements.

Contact the MU Extension Center in Galena at (417) 357-6812 to preregister by Feb. 5.

Stone County Livestock and Forage Conference Scheduled for Feb. 11 in Hurley; Registration Needed by Feb. 6

Farmers in southwest Missouri are invited to this year’s Stone County Livestock and Forage Conference held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 at the Hurley Baptist Church, located on Hwy. A 1.5 miles east of Hurley.

“This long-running conference still continues to equip livestock producers to better manage their operations and provide quality beef products for consumers,” said Tim Schnakenberg, says a University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist based in Galena.

The program will focus this year on drought-related issues, alternative forages and cattle theft.

Dr. Ron Plain, state agriculture business specialist with the University of Missouri, will discuss issues related to rebuilding the beef herd and provide a market outlook for the beef industry.

A panel of farm producers will discuss their experiences with alternative forages such as turnips and the use of wrapped baleage.

Stone County Sherriff Doug Rader will discuss the concern of cattle theft that has plagued Southwest Missouri, offering tips for farmers to prevent this problem on their farms.

Schnakenberg will discuss pasture weed control concerns that have come out of the dry weather in recent years.

This annual extension program began in the county in 1931 and is provided by the Stone County University of Missouri Extension Center. Formerly known as the Soils and Crops Conference, this event marks its 83rd year in Stone County.

There is no charge to attend but participants must preregister by Feb. 6. A ribeye steak sandwich meal will be provided courtesy of the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Stone County Soil and Water Conservation District, Liberty Bank, First Home Savings Bank, FCS Financial, Joplin Regional Stockyards, V-Mar Farm Store and Hamilton Ford.

It is important that attendees call the Stone County Extension Center at 417-357-6812 to pre-register by Feb. 6.

MU Extension Offering “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy” Program in Kimberling City Starting Feb. 12

University of Missouri Extension will be offering the popular, “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy” exercise program designed for older adults starting Feb. 12 at the Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City.

The first and last class will start at 10 a.m. and continue until about noon to allow time for a brief orientation to the program and health assessments. The remaining classes start at 10 a.m. and last about an hour.

The program, developed by Tufts University, is designed to help older adults improve strength, flexibility and balance. According to research conducted by Tufts, strength training improves bone density, can help reduce falls, improve arthritis symptoms, increase flexibility in older adults and can lead to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

The exercises are low-impact/low weight. All needed equipment is provided during the class.

“If you have been thinking about signing up for an exercise program this class is a great way for older adults to learn some basics and get develop a routine. Past participants reported that they noted a definite change in their strength, balance and flexibility”, said Renette Wardlow, human development specialist with MU Extension and instructor for the course.

The program is limited to 15 participants and the fee for the 10 session program is $25. The registration deadline is Feb 8. Some participants may have to obtain their physician’s permission before taking part in the class.

For more details or to register, contact JoEtta Bowling at the University of Missouri Extension Center, 417-357-6812 or call Renette Wardlow, course instructor at 417-581-3558.

“Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes” in Polk County Starting Feb. 13; Required Pre-Registration Deadline is Feb. 8

“Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes,” a 4-class series designed for adults with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, will be held 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 13 to March 6 at the Polk County Senior Center, 1850 W. Broadway, in Bolivar, Mo.

The program will be facilitated by Christeena Haynes, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The cost of the program is $30 and pre-registration is required. Contact Polk County Extension by calling (417) 326-4916 for more information and to pre-register by Friday Feb. 8. Checks made payable to Polk County Extension can be mailed to 451 South Albany, Bolivar, MO 65613. Number of participants is limited, so sign up early.

“Spouses and other family members of those with diabetes will also benefit from the classes,” said Haynes, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

“Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes” provides participants with practical information and skills needed to self-manage diabetes and promote optimal health. The series teaches the many aspects of diabetes self-care with a strong focus on nutrition.

The program includes demonstration and tasting of easy recipes as well as hands-on activities to encourage discussion and sharing among all participants. Participants also will receive copies of all recipes used in class plus many more for home use.

Beekeeping for Beginners Class Offered in Mansfield Starting Feb. 12; Pre-Registration by Phone Required

“To Bee or not to Bee” is the question that will be answered during a three week short course for beginning beekeepers being offered by University of Missouri Extension in Wright County.

The course will begin at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 12 and will be held on Tuesdays through Feb. 26 at the Christian Church, 851 W. Commercial St., Mansfield. Pre-registration by calling the Wright County Extension Center at 417-741-6134 is required.

Registration fees are $50 per person or $75 per farm.

The course instructor is Larry Tucker, a retired small farm family program education assistant from University of Missouri Extension. He has many years of experience with his own beekeeping operation in Ozark County. Larry has also spent many years teaching other producers how to begin management of bees on their own property.

Larry and this workshop will feature the video series, “A Year in the Life of an Apiary” by Dr. Keith Delaplane, an entomologist and honeybee specialist at the University of Georgia.

Each class will have video presentations with open discussion. Topics to be covered in the class include how to get started and managing and maintaining productive honeybee colonies through an entire year.

“This class would be helpful to anyone starting an operation or cultivating a natural bee habitat,” said Ted Probert, county program director for MU Extension in Wright County.

For more information and to register, contact the Wright County Extension office at 417-741-6134 or

2013 Organic and Green Energy Farming Conference February 7-9 in Springfield

The Missouri Organic Association (MOA) will hold its annual conference Feb. 7 – 9 at the University Plaza Hotel, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway Springfield.

The MOA Conference is one of the largest gatherings of organic producers and consumers in the region; featuring more than 70 informative workshops and 70 trade show exhibitors; nationally known keynote speakers; and local, organic food.

This year, for the first time, the conference will also be hosting speakers on alternative energy sources: solar, wind turbines, and bio-fuel production.

Highlights of the conference include: Keynote speakers: Jeff Moyer from Rodale Institute as he presents the biology of the soils; Stephen Scott from Terrior Seeds as he explains marketing the “terrior” of your bioregion based on the “Soil to the Seed to the Food You Eat”; and Patty Cantrell from Regional Food Solutions LLC as she talks about establishing regional food systems.

Several conference speakers are from the Springfield area including Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Evening entertainment is also planned.

For more information and full workshop schedule, go to: To register for the full conference or these special educational events, go to

Get Registered and Make Plans to Attend “Midwest Winter Vegetable Production Conference” in Joplin Feb. 4 -5

“The Midwest Winter Vegetable Production Conference,” a workshop designed for anyone interested in winter vegetable production in high tunnels and other structures, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., from Monday Feb. 4 to Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Continental Banquet Center, 2728 North Rangeline, Joplin, Mo.

A registration fee of $30 will be charged to cover the cost of materials and expenses for the guest speakers. Contact Eileen at Webb City Farmers Market, P.O. Box 1, Webb City, MO 64870 or by telephone (417) 483-8139 for more information and to pre-register.

“A huge potential market exists for winter vegetable production in southwest Missouri. This conference brings together nationally recognized experts and Missouri farmers who have realized the value of the winter market” said Patrick Byers, regional horticulture specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

Topics at the conference include protective structures (high tunnels, low tunnels, row covers), choosing vegetables, succession plantings, vegetable storage, economics of winter production, and farmers experiences. Keynote speakers are Adam Montri, hoophouse specialist with Michigan State University, and Michael Kilpatrick, successful four season vegetable grower from New York.

Conference registration includes two days of presentations, a farm tour on the second day, two lunches and a breakfast with the trade show vendors, and educational materials including three winter production handbooks.

Sponsors of the Midwest Winter Vegetable Production Conference include University of Missouri Extension and the Greene County Commission, Webb City Farmers Market, Lincoln University, and Missouri State University. The project is funded in part by a grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Missouri Farmers Market Conference in Springfield Jan. 25-26; Greene County Extension Specialists Leading Pre-Conference Training Jan. 24 and Nutrition Panel Jan. 26

The 2013 Missouri Farmers Market Association Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held in Springfield, Mo. at the Howard Johnson’s Conference Center at 3333 S. Glenstone Ave., on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26.

In addition, specialists from University of Missouri Extension and the Greene County Health Department are offering a free pre-conference bonus day course, “Food Safety – From Field to Market,” on Jan. 24.

“This course is a comprehensive workshop about food safety on the farm and at the market and it comes complete with certification,” said Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist at the Greene County Extension Center who will be co-teaching the pre-conference class.

Dr. Pam Duitsman, a nutrition and health education specialist with MU Extension in Greene County, will give a presentation on Saturday, Jan. 26 as part of a panel discussion entitled: “Emphasizing Nutrition and Health Benefits at the Market and Beyond.”

“Substantial, real health benefits can be associated with eating locally grown foods,” said Duitsman. “Health is more than just what you put in your body but it is also about the air and water and land that you live on, a resilient community that you can support, and which can support you.”

The conference this year will provide a great variety of farming and farmers market related workshops and discussion groups. There will also be off-site tours, meals from foods produced by our local growers, gift bags, prizes, education, fellowship and entertainment from legendary entertainer Bob Mabe, the original Branson Baldknobber.

Participants in the conference tours will visit Flintrock Bison Ranch, Murphy’s Orchard cider operation, Golden City Meat, Wilson Farm, a local high tunnel in winter production, and a local market bakery and coffee roasting operation.

The trade show will feature companies representing horticulture, agriculture, seeds, plants, machinery, tools, hardware, tractors, meat production, finances, research, development, health, fertilizers, methodology, and pick-up trucks.

To participate in workshops, take tours or enjoy meals, pre-registration is required. Registration can be done online at or by calling 417-483-8139.

To make reservations at Howard Johnson’s 1-800-756-7318 and ask for the special MFMA Conference Rate of $59.

This year’s conference is hosted by the Greater Springfield Farmers’ Market located at Battlefield Mall in Springfield.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Health Management Class Starting in Lamar Feb. 5 Teaches Participants to Focus Less on Disease and More on Life

A “Health Management Class” will meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. once a week for six weeks from Tuesday, Feb. 5 to March 12 in the Master Gardener room at the Barton County Extension Center, Lamar, Mo.

This class is an evidence-based program developed by Stanford University by the Patient Education Research Center for adults living with a chronic condition and their family members. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success builds confidence in participants’ ability to manage their health while maintaining active and fulfilling lives.

Persons living with the pain and anxiety of a chronic health condition do not need to feel like they are alone. With this class participants are able to join other people, just like themselves, who want to focus less on their disease and more life,” said Dr. Lydia Kaume, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension and instructor for the course.

Classes are free but pre-registration is required before Tuesday, Jan. 29 and can be made by calling (417) 682-3579. A minimum number of eight participants are needed to hold the class.

Participants will also receive a 381 page book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions”.

The class helps participants with: living a healthy life with a chronic condition, developing a long-term exercise plan, managing fatigue and stress, finding ways to deal with anger, fear, frustration and depression, and exploring the role of nutrition in disease management.

“In the past, people who have taken this class have reported increased confidence in their ability to manage their conditions, an increase in physical activity, and improved communication with their physician. Past class participants have also reported less fatigue and reduced disability,” said Kaume.

This program is sponsored by the Missouri Foundation for Health, Barton County Health Department, and University of Missouri Extension.

Hay Auction Gives Glimpse of What Hay is Worth in 2013

One way to gauge the potential market for hay bales is to attend a hay auction. According to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, a recent area sale of 650 large bays of assorted hay drew a large crowd.

“There were 50 or so farmers who attended, but I’m pretty sure most were there for social reasons while a few probably had hay at home and thought they’d see what the potential market was like,” said Cole. “I attended out of curiosity because we take several calls a week from folks wanting to know the price for hay.”

Cole says the sale was similar to other hay marketing where buyers get hay bales that they know very little about. One lot of 30 bales had a posted bale weight of 1425 pounds for the 4 by 5.5 foot, net wrapped fall-cut orchard grass hay.

“This hay did run 19.9 percent crude protein on a dry basis. I suspect it had a good bit of moisture in it and it carried 0.50 percent nitrate. The final bid was $90 per bale,” said Cole.

Some decent, fall-cut fescue in 4 x 5.5 foot bales sold in various sized lots ranging from 10 to 100 bales brought bids from $47.50 to $55 per bale.

Around 50, 5 x 5.5 foot, net wrapped, fall-cut fescue sold for $55 to $62.50 but once again, no weights and no idea of the moisture level.

Forages at the sale that did not even attract a bid were: net wrapped corn stalks, wheat straw and corn silage. A small lot of plastic wrapped, wheat-grass silage received a bid of $25 per bag.

A few bales of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) hay weighing an estimated 1,000 down to 900 pounds or less were bid at $35 to $40 per bale, but apparently did not sell.

MU Extension’s Missouri hay directory at and the weekly hay markets report from the Missouri Department of Agriculture does not have much activity it seems this year according to Cole.

“Some farmers are tentative about offering hay for sale due to prospects for another dry year in 2013. Those who have sold hay seem to be having luck using internet methods,” said Cole.

As with most commodities, Cole says if you intend to market hay effectively, it needs to have numbers on it like percent moisture, nutrients and weight. Any other description about the hay or forage can help establish a fair market value.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training in Anderson and Neosho Feb. 7

Private pesticide applicator training will be offered at 6 p.m., Feb. 7, in the Anderson New Mac Community room. It will also be offered in Neosho at the Newton County Extension Center on the Crowder College Campus Feb. 7 at 1 p.m.

A $14 fee will be required and participants will receive a Pesticide Manual.

Missouri law requires all purchasers and users of restricted-use pesticides to attend a training session to be certified for a private applicators license. This training is also open to producers of agricultural commodities who have not been certified or have let their license expire.

At the current time, commercial applicators are re-licensed on a three-year cycle and private applicators recertify on a five-year cycle. New applicators need up-to-date training and training materials prior to becoming certified and licensed.

This training program will allow individuals to recertify or receive initial training to be licensed to purchase or use restricted-use pesticides. Pest identification, application methods and other pertinent information to use pesticides safely will be covered in this training program.

John Hobbs, agriculture and rural development specialist, University of Missouri Extension says pesticide applicators should be looking at their licenses for the expiration date to see if they need to re-certify or attend a training session if it has expired.

If an applicator has moved in the last five years or has a new address, there is a possibility the reminder cards from the state to re-certify did not make it to them.

Any person needing to renew their private pesticide applicators license, or retake the course because their license has expired, should contact the nearest county extension office and make an appointment at 223-4775 or 455-9500.

“If you need your license immediately Extension staff can contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture after you complete the course and get your number,” said Hobbs.

Since the inception of the pesticide training program, some 6,000 commercial and 40,000 private pesticide applicators have received at least initial training. In addition to initial training, these applicators must be recertified by training programs conducted by University of Missouri Extension as mandated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Pesticide Control.

4-H Alumni Needed to Help Grow Youth Opportunities in Barry County

Past 4-H members are needed to serve as volunteers for 4-H clubs that are starting in Purdy and Washburn. 4-H is about youth and adults working together to learn, volunteer and have fun.

As the largest out-of-school youth organization in the world, 4-H is open to all boys and girls, ages 5 to18. Children who are five to seven years old (by Dec. 2010) are eligible for 4-H Clover Kids, an introductory program.

Youths who are 5 to 18 years of age (by Dec. 31, 2012) can select from a variety of 4-H projects and activities that stress social and life skills in areas such as decision making, communication, social interaction, civic responsibility and physical skills.

“You do not have to live on a farm to join 4-H,” said Jeremy Elliott-Engel, regional 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Project opportunities include computers, robotics, foods and nutrition, horticulture, large and small animals and much more.”

“4-H alumni are some of the best volunteers because they understand how 4-H works and they know the impact 4-H has made in their lives” he continued “they want to give back and help young people be the best they can be,” said Elliott-Engel.

Currently there is only one 4-H club in Newton County (Exeter) that is growing. A new program this year is Shotgun in the Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports Program.

Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. The program is designed to help to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community.

4-H members are less likely than their non-4-H peers to participate in risky behaviors and are more likely to go to college and return to their local communities according to a study done by Tufts University.

To learn more about 4-H and how to get involved locally go online to or visit the Barry County University of Missouri Extension Center in the County Courthouse, Cassville. Enrollment fees are $10 per youth member.

For information on volunteering or starting a new 4-H club contact Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500 or the Barry County MU Extension Office at (417)-847-3161.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training in Webster County Jan. 29

A private pesticide applicator training session will be offered at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Webster County Extension Center in Marshfield.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, Jan. 28. Persons interested in attending should call (417) 859-2044 to reserve a space or to make arrangements due to a disability.

Missouri law requires all purchasers and users of restricted-use pesticides to attend a training session to be certified for a private applicators license.

“This three-hour training program will allow individuals to recertify or receive initial training to be licensed to purchase or use restricted-use pesticides for five years,” said Brie Menjoulet, agronomy specialist with the University of Missouri Extension who will be teaching the class.

This training is open to producers of agricultural commodities, 18 years of age or older.

“Participants will be required to purchase the Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual,” said Menjoulet.

The manual is $12 and must be purchased at the time of training.

“The reference manual can be shared among members of the same household or close family so if a current edition (2007) of the reference manual is already available to you, please bring it with you when you recertify,” said Menjoulet

Training session may also be offered in surrounding counties. Contact your local MU Extension office to find the program nearest you.

Public Election of Greene County Extension Council Online from Jan. 21 to Jan. 25

Greene County residents may choose from 8 candidates to fill seats on the county’s University of Missouri Extension Council during the public election held Jan. 21 – 25, 2013. Anyone who is age 18 or older and a Greene County resident is eligible to vote.

Ballots and candidate biographies can be found online at The online ballot is the preferred method of casting a ballot since it is open 24-hours a day, Jan. 12 - 25. A ballot can also be printed out and returned to the office by mail. Completed and mailed ballots must be postmarked by Jan. 25, in order to be counted.

Those without access to the Internet can vote by printed ballot between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Greene County’s MU Extension Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo. (Extension offices are closed Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King’s birthday).

The following persons are candidates for seats, all of which carry two year terms: Sharon DeRubis, Springfield, Mo.; Mary Frances DiGirolamo, Springfield, Mo.; Mary “Susie” Joplin, Springfield, Mo.; Geri B. Olmstead, Republic, Mo.; Lisa Bakerink, Springfield, Mo.; Matthew Simpson, Springfield, Mo.; Dewayne Long, Springfield, Mo.; George Deatz, Springfield, Mo.

For years, a mailed ballot was used in the county extension council election, but due to budget cuts, the balloting process was moved in 2010 to a secure online using system developed by MU Extension.

Every county in Missouri has a publicly elected extension council. Council members are elected to two-year terms to represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in Greene County. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in the district they represent.

County extension councils (mandated by state statutes) are the governing body for local educational opportunities provided by University of Missouri Extension. Council members work with extension faculty in making decisions concerning extension programs, personnel, council elections and the local extension budget.

Signup now for Youth Steer Project in Lawrence County; Program Teaches “Real-World” Aspects of Beef Production

Lawrence county youth who aspire to learn more about the “real-world” of raising a steer from weaning to slaughter are invited to sign up in the next month at the University of Missouri Extension Center, Mt. Vernon.

The project runs from late January until late summer following the slaughter of the steers. During this time the 4-H or FFA members in the program will feed and care for a steer about 180 days. If they wish, they may exhibit the steer at youth fairs in the area.

“The steers will be officially weighed in early February. At that time a starting value will be placed on them and they will be evaluated for feeder cattle frame, muscle score and body condition,” said Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

At the conclusion of the project, the steers will be weighed to determine their average daily gain from start to finish. The steers will all be slaughtered and processed at Cloud’s Plant, Carthage. Quality and yield grades will be given to each carcass to determine the true value.

Each participant and their family are responsible for marketing the beef from the steer. The youth may show the steers at the Lawrence County Youth Fair in Freistatt on June 1 which would them eligible for the youth premium auction.

The steer project began in 2012 with six participants. They met several times during the year to learn about beef production, breeding, feeding and Beef Quality Assurance.

“Past participants have agreed during the wrap-up evaluation that a lot was learned about beef production from this program. They also learned that it’s not always a profitable venture,” said Cole. “Most of the steers last year were home-raised rather than purchased. This increased the usefulness of the project as they knew the age and genetic make-up of their project animal.”

At this time, eight youth have expressed interest in the 2013 project. Anyone wishing to join should contact the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3012.

Jay Chism Named Southwest Missouri Regional Director for MU Extension

University of Missouri Extension announced the appointment of five regional directors as part of its ongoing realignment on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The new regional directors join two existing regional directors as MU Extension adopts a structure that includes six geographic regions and an urban region focused on the St. Louis and Kansas City metro areas.

Appointments are as follows:

• Southwest Regional Director, Jay Chism

• Northeast Regional Director, Shelley Bush-Rowe

• East Central Regional Director, Mark Stewart

• West Central Regional Director, Wayne Prewitt

• Urban Regional Director, Cynthia Zluticky

“I have great confidence in our regional leadership, as we focus on high-priority local programs and becoming nimble to meet increasing demands for educational programs and service,” said Vice Provost and Director of Cooperative Extension Michael Ouart. “Our regional directors understand we must adjust to uncertain public funding and meet the challenge of generating additional revenue.”

The newly appointed regional directors join Karma Metzgar, Northwest regional director, and Janet Kline, Southeast regional director, as part of a regional realignment announced on Sept. 11, 2012. The realignment process recognizes changes in the economic development needs of Missouri, population demographics, societal changes and funding constraints, according to Ouart. Regions have been reorganized taking into consideration the number of faculty and staff to be supervised, geographic distances for travel, and factors specific to each region.


Chism joined MU Extension in 2004 as an agronomy specialist for Polk and Barton Counties. For the past three years, he also served as interim director for the Southwest Region.

Additional leadership experience with MU Extension includes serving as a county program director, County Program Director Revitalization Committee, Fee’s Committee, Council Leadership Development, National Extension Leadership Development, and Agriculture Leadership of Tomorrow. Prior to joining MU Extension, Chism owned a farm/greenhouse business.

Chism received a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Missouri.

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything.

Additional information on this topic is available online at or on the national Extension website

Terri Fossett Named New Director of Extension’s Regional FNEP Headquartered in Springfield, Mo.

This profile of a University of Missouri Extension specialist is part of an on-going series designed to inform the news media and the general public about the wide range of program expertise that exists among extension specialists in southwest Missouri.

Name/title: Theresa (Terri) Fossett

Headquartered: Nutrition Program Annex in Springfield, Mo.

Education Background: Graduate of Drury University

Relevant past experience: Seven years as nutrition program associate, 5 years FNEP manager in another extension region

Job Responsibilities: Plan and direct the daily operational activities of the Family Nutrition Program in southwest Missouri. This includes commitment to nutrition education and organizations in the region; hiring, training, coaching, motivation and evaluating of staff; in-service training including nutrition, health, technology, communication and team work.

What are some goals you have for the coming year? “To give quality service to our clients,” said Theresa Fossett.

Is there a group you are targeting for your services? “The goal of FNEP is to assist Missourians with limited resources in achieving lifelong health and fitness. In southwest Missouri, programs for youth and adults provide nutrition, food safety and tasting opportunities that allow participants to learn about healthy food choices and regular physical activity. Partnering with other agencies -- like schools, after-school programs, summer youth programs, WIC, Head Start, county health departments and local food pantries,” said Fossett.

Where are residents of southwest Missouri most likely to see you? “We provide services to 17 counties with 27 nutrition educators and three support staff,” said Fossett.

Contact Information: Terri Fossett , Family Nutrition Education Program Project Director, University of MO Extension, 2160 W Chesterfield Blvd. Suite 200 Springfield Mo 65807

Introducing Jill Scheidt: New MU Extension Specialist in Barton County Focuses on Agronomy

This profile of a University of Missouri Extension specialist is part of an on-going series designed to inform the news media and the general public about the wide range of program expertise that exists among extension specialists in southwest Missouri.

Name/title: Jill (Hankins) Scheidt, agronomy specialist

Headquartered: Barton County

Education Background: Missouri State University- bachelors and masters degrees in agronomy.

Relevant past experience: NeCo Seed Crop Consultant, Barton County Extension Agronomy Assistant, Servi Tech Crop Consultant- Hill City KS

Job Responsibilities: Create and promote agriculture programs and improve agricultural business of any kind in her assigned counties, but also part of regional teams.

What are some goals you have for the coming year? “I would like to improve the crop scouting program and increase the number of participants,” said Scheidt. “I also want to continue the grain bin tour.”

Is there a group you are targeting for your services? “Farmers, gardeners, and anyone with any plant or soil related questions,” said Scheidt.

Where are residents of southwest Missouri most likely to see you? “Folks can find me at the Barton County Extension Office, in local running races, or on our farm in Arcola doing work,” said Scheidt.

Contact Information: office: 417-682-3579; email:

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Schedule of MU Extension Agriculture Trainings and Events this Winter Continues to Grow, Available Online

Agriculture specialists in southwest Missouri with University of Missouri Extension are planning a large number of winter trainings and conferences covering a variety of timely topics.

The following list provides a comprehensive list of each event, the dates, times and locations for those events, and registration information.

*Preregistration is required on many of these meetings.


Jan. 3 - Lawrence County Soils & Crops, 6 PM, contact Tim Schnakenberg 417-357-6812

Jan. 8 - SW MO Cattlemen’s Association, Southwest Center, Mt. Vernon, contact Eldon Cole 417-466-3102

Jan. 15 - Polk Co. Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 6:00 PM, Polk Co. Fairgrounds, Bolivar

Jan. 22 - Barton County Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 6:30 PM, First Baptist Church @ 1301 E. 6th

Jan. 24 - Hickory Co. Annual Agriculture Conference, 5:45 PM, McCarty Senior Center, Wheatland

Jan. 24 - 88th Annual Soils & Crops Conference, 6:00 PM, American Legion Hall, Lockwood

Jan. 26 - Webster Co. Diversified Agriculture Conference, 8:30 AM, Faith Baptist Church, Marshfield

Jan. 29 - Webster Co. Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 6:00 PM, MU Extension Office, Marshfield

Jan. 29 - Barry County Soils & Crops, 6 PM, Butterfield Community Center, contact Tony Rickard 417-847-3161


Feb. 7 - Dade County Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 6 PM, location TBA

Feb. 7 - Newton Co. Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 1 PM, Newton Co. Ext. Office, Crowder College, call 417-455-9500 for information

Feb. 7 - McDonald Co. Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 6 PM, New-Mac (REA) Community Room, Anderson call 417-223-4775 for information

Feb. 8 - Stone County Dairy Day, 11 AM, Crane Community Center, call 417-357-6812 to preregister by Feb. 5

Feb. 11- Stone Co. Livestock & Forage Conf., Hurley Baptist Church, call 417-357-6812 to preregister by Feb. 6

Feb. 11 - Dallas Co. Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 6:00 PM, location TBA

Feb. 12, 19, 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 - Annie’s Project, Farm Management for Women, CMH, Bolivar, contact Wesley Tucker 417-326-4916

Feb. 12 - Forage Conf.-“The Drought Aftermath”, 6 PM, Crowder College Ag Bldg., preregister 417-223-4775

Feb. 19 - Dairy Profit Seminar, Springfield, contact Tony Rickard 417-847-3161

Feb. 21 - Greene Co. Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 6:00 PM, Botanical Center, Springfield

Feb. 21 - Private Applicator Training, 1:30 PM, Cassville, call Barry Co. Ext. 417-847-3161 to preregister

Private applicator Training, 6 PM, Cassville, call Barry Co. Ext. 417-847-3161 to preregister

Feb. 22 - Stone Co. Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 1 PM, Stone Co. Library, Galena, call 417-357-6812 to preregister

Feb. 26 - Barton County Soils & Crops Conference, 9:30 AM, Thiebaud Auditorium, Lamar

Feb. 25 & 26 - Heart of the Ozarks Forage Conference and Spring Forage Conf., Univ. Plaza Hotel, Springfield

Feb. 28 - Cedar Co. Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 6:00 PM, Cedar Co. Health Complex, Stockton

Feb. 28 – Taney Co. Livestock & Forage Conf., 6 PM, Forsyth High School Panther Pit, call 417-546-4431 to preregister by Feb. 25


Mar. 2 - Spring Gardening Workshop, 9 AM, Faith Lutheran Church, Branson

Mar. 5 - 90th Annual Greene County Soils & Crops Conf., 6:30 PM, Springfield Livestock Market

Mar. 5 - Monett Dairy Day & Monett Beef Conf., contact Tony Richard 417-847-3161 or Eldon Cole 417-466-3102

Mar. 14 - Taney Co. Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 1 PM, Taneyville Municipal Bldg., call 417-546-4431 for information

Mar. 21 - Alfalfa Tour, Brown Branch (eastern Taney County) contact Tim Schnakenberg 417-357-6812

Mar. 25 - Tested Bull Sale, 7 PM, Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, contact Eldon Cole 417-466-3102

Farm Management Course for Women Starts Feb. 12 in Bolivar; Pre-Registration Needed for Annie’s Project

University of Missouri Extension and Polk County Commissioners are offering a series of farm management courses designed just for women – known as Annie’s Project –starting Feb. 12.

“The course should be of particular interest to women who want to learn how to run a farm as a business,” said Wesley Tucker, an agriculture business specialist with MU Extension. “But it is also good for those that want to do a better job of marketing or need to learn how to pass the farm on to the next generation.”

The Annie’s Project course includes seven evening classes, each on Tuesdays (Feb. 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19 and 26). The classes will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Citizens Memorial Hospital Community Rooms in Bolivar, MO.

Class size will be limited to the first 20 women who register to ensure sufficient group interaction and one-on-one assistance. For more information or to request a brochure, call or stop by the Polk County Extension Center at 417-326-4916 or


Annie’s Project began with a farm wife who grew up in northern Illinois. She spent her life learning how to be an involved business partner with her husband. This course takes Annie’s experience and shares it with farm women so they can be better business partners.

According to Wesley Tucker, agriculture business specialist with University of Missouri Extension, the course provides mentoring for farm women with varying levels of business skills.

“Women who are new to a farm business may be afraid to ask questions. Women who are accustomed to the farm business may feel helpless with new technologies. A program like this gets those two groups together and collectively finds solutions,” said Tucker.

The goal is to empower farm women and help them make better management decisions through networking and by using critical financial information. The course is to provide mentoring for farm women with varying levels of business skills.


Course topics will include: learning to communicate and work with each of the four basic personality types, economics of land ownership, farm record keeping and taxes, business plans, pasture rental contracts, how property is titled, insurance needs, financial statements, retirement and estate planning, farm succession planning for the next generation, using computers and the internet on the farm, understanding Missouri fence laws, livestock marketing and risk management, keys to being a profitable livestock producer, and more.

The course will be taught by MU Extension specialists and special guest speakers.

The class is being partially funded by a grant from the North Central Risk Management Center.

Speakers at Jan. 26 Agriculture Conference in Marshfield to Address Spring Seeding, Weeds, Hay Feeding, Cattle Grading, and Insect Control

Members of the public are invited to attend the 89th Annual Webster County Diversified Agriculture Conference, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Faith Southern Baptist Church, 1002 S. Marshall St. (Highway A), south of the Webster County Extension Center, in Marshfield.

“The educational nature of the conference is adjusted each year to reflect current issues of interest and concern in Webster County and southwest Missouri,” said Bob Schultheis, a natural resource engineering specialist with University of Missouri Extension, based in Marshfield.

Schultheis says the conference will again be on a Saturday this year, because that day proved to be very popular with attendees last year.

“The planning committee has put together a timely program that will appeal to those people interested in revitalizing drought-damaged fields, saving money on hay feeding, understanding cattle grading, and controlling crop insects,” said Schultheis.

Topics to be discussed include: “Spring Seeding and Weed Control Options,” by Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist; “Improving Hay Feeding Efficiency,” by Bob Schultheis, MU Extension natural resource engineering specialist; “Feeder Cattle Grading and Livestock Market News,” by Rick Huffman, Missouri Department of Agriculture market reporter; and “Insect Management in Agricultural Crops,” by Wayne Bailey, MU Extension state entomologist.

Lunch and some conference costs are covered by sponsors, and participants are asked to contact the Webster County Extension Center at 417-859-2044 by Tuesday, Jan. 22, to make their meal reservation so enough food can be prepared.

Donations are being accepted to help with the remainder of the conference costs. Participants are also invited to bring a non-perishable food item or cash contribution to be donated to the Webster County Food Pantry.

For more information or a program agenda, or to make special accommodations because of a disability, contact the Webster County Extension Center in Marshfield at 417-859-2044, by e-mail at, or go online to

Register by Jan. 22 for “Introduction to QuickBooks” Class Being Held in Forsyth on Jan. 24

“Introduction to QuickBooks,” a hands-on workshop covering this popular computerized bookkeeping system will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday Jan. 24 at the Taney County Courthouse, 16317 U.S. Hwy. 160, Ste C, Forsyth Mo.

The cost to attend the workshop is $99 and advanced registration is required by Tuesday, Jan. 22. For more information on the class or to register, call MU Extension at (417) 546-4431 or email:

This workshop is being offered in co-sponsorship by University of Missouri Extension and the Taney County Commissioners to bring computer classes to Forsyth, and to Taney County employees. A limited number of county employees may attend the workshop at no charge.

“QuickBooks boosts the accuracy of your small business accounting. In addition to keeping more accurate business records, the QuickBooks reports help owners and managers make better business decisions.” said Chrystal Irons, business development specialist and workshop instructor with University of Missouri Extension.

Attendees will learn how to navigate in the program and how to set up a new company. Irons will guide participants through setting up a company file, writing checks and understanding asset and liability accounts.

In addition the class will cover basic bookkeeping functions including: Sales/Invoicing; Customer Receipts; Paying Bills; Generating Standard Reports; and Bank Reconciliation.

“We’ll also cover the reports, charts, and graphs QuickBooks® creates for you, and review how you can customize reports for your specific business and managers, and how to customize invoices and statements to include your logo and messages to customers,” said Irons.

This class is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For more information or assistance related to a current or future business, contact either of the MU Extension business specialists in the Ozarks: Chrystal Irons at (417) 546-4431, Kathy Macomber at (417) 682-3579 or one of the two Small Business and Technology Development Centers in southwest Missouri: Missouri State University in Springfield at (417) 836-5685 or Missouri Southern University in Joplin at (417) 625-3128.

Free “A Home of Your Own” Workshop Series Coming to Joplin Starting January 15

"A Home of Your Own!" is a series of six workshops that will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 15 and running through Feb. 19 at the South Joplin Christian Church, 1901 Pearl Street, Joplin.

The workshops are being provided by the Joplin Area Long-Term Recovery’s Unmet Needs Committee, the Joplin Area Fuller Center for Housing and the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity.

These free workshops are open to the public. The classes are designed to share information helpful to those interested in becoming first-time homeowners. Classes will also qualify for sweat equity hours for various organizations working to provide new homes in the Joplin area.

“This series is being offered to help new homeowners better understand what’s involved when owning a home,” said Janet LaFon, a family financial education specialist with University of Missouri Extension and a member of the Joplin Area Long-Term Recovery Committee (LTRC).

Class topics will include making the most of your money, home maintenance, home ownership, pride in owning a home, protecting your family and improving credit.

Participants can choose to attend one, two or up to all six of the workshops at no cost. Advanced registration is needed within one week prior to the workshop a participant wants to attend. For more information or to register, call the Joplin Area Fuller Center for Housing, 417-553-5383.

“We’re excited to be able to partner with the Joplin Area Long Term Recovery Committee and the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity to provide these workshops in the Joplin area. We feel they will be a huge benefit for many of the new homeowners,” said Dixie Starmer, Joplin Area Fuller Center for Housing.

"Stay Strong, Stay Healthy" MU Extension Program Offered in Greenfield Starting Feb. 7, Register by Jan. 31

University of Missouri Extension will offer "Stay Strong, Stay Healthy," a 10-week exercise program designed for men and women over age 40, starting Thursday, Feb. 7 at St. Patrick’s Church in Greenfield, Mo.

The classes will begin at 10 a.m. The first class is 90 minutes (to allow time for orientation) and other classes will be 60 minutes. All classes will be on Thursdays from Feb. 7 to April 11.

The program is requires a minimum of 15 registered participants. Registration is required by Thursday, Jan. 31 and the cost to the program is $30 per person or $ 55 per couple. For more information or to enroll, contact the Dade County MU Extension at (417) 637-2112.

The "Stay Strong, Stay Healthy" program was developed by Tufts University and is designed to help middle-aged and older adults improve strength, flexibility, and balance.

According to research conducted by Tufts, strength training improves bone density, can help reduce falls, improves arthritis symptoms, increases flexibility in middle-aged and older adults and can lead to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

“The class is a great way for middle-aged and older adults to begin exercising, or improve their strength, balance and flexibility and can lead to a healthier, more active lifestyle," said Lydia Kaume, a nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension and instructor for the class. “The exercises are low-impact/low weight and all the necessary equipment is provided.”

Register by Feb. 1 for Extension Master Gardener Classes in McDonald and Newton Counties

University of Missouri Extension will hold Master Gardener classes on Mondays and Thursdays from Feb. 26 (first class is a Tuesday) to April 1 at the University of Missouri Extension office at Crowder College in Neosho.

Individuals completely these trainings become members of the Hill and Hollow Master Gardener chapter which is comprised of gardeners from McDonald and Newton counties.

The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener program is “Helping Others Learn to Grow.” As part of MU Extension, master gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life and enhancing the economy and environment through horticultural education, applied research and the resources of the University of Missouri.

“Master gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening. They are members of the local community who are interested in lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, gardens, and the environment and want to learn more,” said John Hobbs, an agriculture and rural development specialist with MU Extension in McDonald County.

The primary responsibility of the master gardener is to help find sound solutions to gardening and landscape problems and help answer questions about home horticulture.

Other opportunities include:

• Gardening exhibits at home and garden shows and fairs.

• Organizing community gardening projects.

• Assisting in senior gardening projects.

The registration deadline for the Newton County Master Gardeners classes is Feb. 1. For more information on the program, or to register, contact John Hobbs at the McDonald County Extension Center, by calling at 417- 2234775 or by email at

Online Extension Poultry Webinars Begin Jan. 15

In the 1980s and 1990s small-scale poultry and egg production made a comeback in the United States when more Americans decided they wanted a direct connection to their food. In recent years, raising chickens in the back yard became popular and in the case of Springfield residents, legal.

The Small and Backyard Flock resource on has information on getting started as well as poultry anatomy, behavior, biology and management. The site includes more than 250 frequently asked questions and more than 350 terms in a glossary.

This same national resource is using local Extension professionals to provide educational seminars this winter on poultry.

Three Webinars for the Public

January 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Winter care of small and backyard flocks

February 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, So you want to raise turkeys

March 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Producing poultry meat on pastures

The class on Jan. 15 will focus on keeping poultry productive during cold winter weather. Most poultry can handle cold weather very well as long as they are sheltered from wind and kept dry. To keep hens laying, however, requires light supplementation.

To connect to the webinar go to just before 7 p.m. (Eastern) on Jan. 15, 2013.

The poultry resource area on eXtension is led by Jacquie Jacob, Poultry Extension Associate at the University of Kentucky; Anne Fanatico, Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University in North Carolina; Jesse Lyons, Poultry Extension Associate at the University of Missouri; and Brigid McCrea, Assistant Professor at Delaware State University. University researchers and educators from 18 states contributed and reviewed information for

Extension Regional Council for New Southwest Region Meeting Jan. 22 in Springfield

The Southwest Region Extension Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Greene County Extension Center, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue in Springfield.

This is the regional extension council’s regular quarterly business meeting. However, this meeting is the first time representatives from the extension counties in Douglas, Howell, Ozark, Texas and Wright counties have attended since being added to the Southwest Region.

“We’re excited about new faculty and staff we’ll be working within these areas. The new alignment also changes the Southwest Regional Council. I am looking forward to working with the new staff and council members as we restructure the Southwest Region,” said Jay Chism, interim director of Southwest Region, University of Missouri Extension.

Council reorganization, committee selection, officer and state council delegate selection will be the main focus of the meeting.

Regional Extension Council meetings are open to the public; but due to limited space, advance registration is necessary by calling the regional extension office at (417) 865-0707.

The regional extension council for southwest Missouri is comprised of representatives from each of the 18 extension county councils in the Southwest Region. Each county council, whose members are elected by a public vote, selects its own representatives to the regional council where each county has one vote.

The purpose of regional extension councils is to be a forum through which member county councils cooperate in providing effective educational programs for the region.

Taney County Extension Council Election Online and Open to the Public Until Jan. 22

Taney County residents have the opportunity to vote for 10 new University of Missouri Extension Council candidates until Jan. 22.

The Taney County Extension Council functions much like a school board. Elected members provide budget oversight, assist in developing programming, review policies and evaluate the professional staff, among other duties. The newly elected council members will assume their duties in March 2013.

“The annual council election is mandated by Missouri State Statutes. This will be the fourth year county residents will be able to vote online instead of using a paper ballot,” said Chrystal Irons, county program director for the University of Missouri Extension office in Taney County.

Any Taney County resident 18 or older can vote by logging on to the Taney County Extension web site at and clicking on the 2013 Council Election link. The election link will only be active until the end of Jan. 22.

Voters will be asked to select an Eastern or Western district ballot based on their past voting in county elections. Once there, residents will be asked to vote for four council candidates for the eastern district and five on the west.

Residents without internet access or those who would prefer a paper ballot can request one by calling 1-417-546-4431 (toll free1-888-504-0443) or visiting the Taney County Extension Office at 122 Felkins Avenue in Forsyth from Jan. 12 through Jan. 22.

Paper ballots must be postmarked and returned to the Taney County Extension office no later than January 22. Biographies of the candidates are available on the web site or can be requested by calling or stopping by the Taney County Extension office.

Candidates for the 2013 Taney County Extension Council are: Western District: Bryan Cizek – Hollister, Josh Franks – Hollister, Peggy Hartley – Branson, Jeff Holder – Point Lookout; Eastern District: Dan Boone – Branson, Donna Lynn Craft – Powersite, Sally LeBoeuf – Bull Creek, Cassandra Nabena – Branson.

Webster County Extension Council Election Goes Online and Voting Takes Place Until Jan. 18

The annual election of members to the University of Missouri Extension Council of Webster County runs from Jan. 7 at 12 a.m. through Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

For many years, a mailed ballot was used in Webster County for this election, but due to the unavailability of funds in 2013, the balloting process will be done online through the website at

All persons age 18 and over in Webster County are eligible to participate. Those without access to the Internet can vote by printed ballot at the Webster County Extension Center on South Highway A (next to City Hall) in Marshfield. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon, and 12:45 to 4:30 p.m.

Council members are elected from three districts in the county. Two seats per district will be elected. Terms are for two years. Following is a list of council nominees and their home towns.

In District I (Jackson, Grant, Benton, Fordland, and Diggins Townships), candidates are: Charlotte A. Dickerson of Marshfield, Harry H. Harmes of Rogersville, and Don Roe of Elkland.

In District II (Washington, Union, Niangua, High Prairie, Hazelwood and Finley Townships), candidates are: Greg Cook of Seymour, Judy Craig of Niangua, Jane Gunter of Conway, Richard L. Mann, Jr. of Marshfield, and Caleb Sabo of Niangua.

In District III (Northview, East Ozark, Marshfield West, and Marshfield East Townships), candidates are: Phillip M. Ragsdale of Marshfield, Jane Robertson of Marshfield, Angela Van Giesen of Marshfield, and Laura Vinehout of Marshfield.

The Extension Council is the state-mandated body that oversees the operations of the University of Missouri Extension Center in Webster County. Council members have legal authority in decisions regarding extension educational programs, personnel, and fiscal matters.

For more information about the election, go to the website at and click on the election link, or contact Extension Council Chair Jane Gunter, or any staff member at the Webster County Extension Center at 417-859-2044.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

“Small Business Tax Workshop” in Branson Jan. 16

University of Missouri Extension, Taney County SBTDC, Branson Chamber of Commerce, the Taney County Business Development Partnership and the Whitlock Company are offering a “Small Business Tax Workshop,” 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Hawthorn Bank at 4675 Gretna Road, Branson, Mo.

The cost to attend the workshop is $15 and advanced registration is requested (and lunch is included). For more information call (417) 546-4431 or email Participants can register for the workshop by contacting the Branson Chamber of Commerce at 417-334-4084 or

This workshop is geared toward small business owners, office managers, and entrepreneurs. Certified public accountant, Patti Stoner, with the Whitlock Company will be facilitating this information packed small business tax workshop.

A broad range of small business tax issues will be discussed including: the Health Care Reform Act, tax cuts and extenders, depreciations changes and many other important 2012 tax updates, and ample time for a question and answer session.

"This workshop is a great opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn about important tax issues and updates as we prepare for year-end taxes. They will also have the opportunity to ask specific tax questions pertaining to their business situation from an experienced and knowledgeable CPA" said Chrystal Irons, a business development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

For more information or assistance related to a current or future business, contact either of the MU Extension business specialists in the Ozarks: Chrystal Irons at (417) 546-4431, Kathy Macomber at (417) 682-3579 or one of the two Small Business and Technology Development Centers in southwest Missouri: Missouri State University in Springfield at (417) 836-5685 or Missouri Southern University in Joplin at (417) 625-3128.