Carroll County MU Extension Annual Meeting - Thursday, March 5, 2015

Carroll County MU Extension's annual meeting will be held at the Carrollton Public Library on Thursday, March 5, 2015.  A light meal of soup and chili will be served at 6:00 p.m. with a short program to follow.  This year's speakers are Mizuki Fukuda and Kara Berrey and their topic is "$-H on Global Education."  Stella Patton will receive this year's MU Extension Leaders Honor Roll during the program.  RSVP encouraged by March 2, 2015 by calling Carroll County MU Extension at (660) 542-1792.

Current career opportunity in Carroll County

Business Development Specialist and County Program Director headquartered in Carroll County
(primarily serves Carroll, Ray, Lafayette and Saline counties in the Northwest region with additional coverage as needed)

Among other things, the Regional Specialist provides educational opportunities that enable businesses, farms, families and communities to strengthen the economy and enhance quality of life. The Business Development Specialist will help transform Missouri business and industry through education, technical service and collaboration by working with small to medium size companies to improve bottom-line performance. You can see a much more complete description of this great opportunity in the document below.
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Go to for more information regarding the application process.

Mission: To improve lives, communities and economies by providing relevant, responsive and reliable educational solutions.
Values: Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence and Engagement.
An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled and Veteran Employer


Project Strength being offered in Carroll County

Harvesters, FNEP and MU Carroll County will hold Project Strength again this year.  Project Strength is an eight-week course that meets once a week for two hours.  During the class you will learn about important nutrition basics and food safety.  You will prepare a meal in a friendly and relaxed setting for FREE.

Dates:  March 13 through May, 2015 from 1:00 pm. - 3:00 p.m.

Location:  Carroll Public Library (downstairs), 1 North Folger Street, Carrollton Mo.

Requirements:  All Participants must be 18 years or older (no children).   Minimum class size is 10 participants. 
Participants will receive:
     vital nutrition and health information;
     helpful hints and money saving tips to use a the grocery story;
     hands-on cooking instruction; and
     A bag of groceries at no cost!
Contact Sarah Oser, N.P.A. to register by calling (660) 542-1792 or by email
Don't wait!  Sign up today. 

12th Annual Women in Agriculture Regional Conference - March 13, 2015

Theme:  It's a Jungle Out There
Location:  Martin Community Center, 1985 S. Odell, Marshall, Mo
Cost:  $25 per person (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.)
Speaker:  Jolene Brown
Topics:  "It's A Jungle Out There" and "If We Huff and Puff, Will We Blow Your House Down?"

How to Register (registration is not secured until payment is received): 
1,  Mail registration form and payment to the Saline County SWCD, 704 N. Miami Avenue, Marshall, MO 65340
2.  Call 660-886-7447 Ext. 3 and register by phone
3.  Visit the Saline County USDA Service Center, 704 N. Miami Avenue, Marshall, Mo
Registration closes once maximum capacity is reached.  If maximum capacity is reached prior to the event, registrations will not be accepted at the door.  Submit requests for special accommodations when registering.

Two MU Extension Livestock Programs in Carroll County
Facilitated by Wendy Flatt, MU Extension Specialist of Howard County in February

Livestock Producers Program - This meeting highlighted beef programs that will help producers make beef herds more profitable and of higher quality.

Speaker David Patterson discussed the Show-Me Select program and updated breeding protocols.
Speaker Mike Kasten discussed the Quality Beef program and how it can help producers increase the quality of cattle they produce.
Speaker Darrell Busby spoke about MO Steer Feed Out, lessons learned from 32 years of retained ownership and the cooperative BRD research project between Tri County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative and the University of Missouri Veterinary School.

Sheep and Goats Workshop - Speaker Dr. Jodie Pennington discussed forages, kidding and lambing, as well as other topics of interest for sheep and goat producers.


Fourth Annual Tweedie Agri-Business Forum

     Tommy and Garnet Tweedie were avid supporters of University of Missouri Extension. They have continued this support by providing annual funding to Carroll County MU Extension through their estates.

The fourth annual Tweedie Agri-Business forum was held at the Rupe Center in November 2014.  Almost 200 people attended this event.  Peter Zimmel and Whitney Wiegel were both very knowledgeable and presented information regarding "Landowner and Producer Decisions in the 2014 Farm Bill."  Chuck Riley with Farm Service Agency was also available to answer questions.

Brochure (PDF)


MU Extension Offers Farm Bill Educational Meetings

The 2014 Farm Bill contains several provisions that enable farmers and landowners to make decisions regarding their involvement in federal farm programs.  Landowners will have the opportunity to reallocate base acres on individual farms as well as update yield information that is used to determine some farm program payments.  Additionally, farmers will have the opportunity to elect to participate in the new commodity programs—Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC).  To provide information on the new farm bill that assisted landowners and farmers in making program decisions, University of Missouri Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) hosted several free educational meetings across the state.


Build Uour Board: An online program created for nonprofit board members

Build Your Board is a convenient training program designed specifically for board members of non-profit organizations. Created by University of Missouri Extension community development specialists with over 50 years of combined experience in the field, the information presented is reliable and resourceful.

Online training offers convenience and flexibility. Participants can log in at any time and can take all 16 lessons at once or can break the training up in 15-minute intervals. No meetings to attend and no travel expenses mean both time and money will be saved.

Five Modules. Sixteen Lessons.

Board Basics:

  • What is a board?
  • Be an effective board member
  • Structure and development
  • Understanding paperwork
  • Avoiding crises

Dollars and Sense:

  • Acquiring the money
  • Managing the money
  • Reporting funds


  • Understanding fellow board members
  • Group dynamics
  • Managing conflict

Productive Meetings:

  • Preparation
  • Conducting effective meetings
  • Parliamentary procedure

Moving Forward:

  • Future planning
  • Promoting the organization

Each lesson includes handouts, online instruction and access to instructors. The course is accessible via Internet-connected computer, tablet or smartphone. Non-profit board members must be effective and informed. This training ensures they are.

Printable information sheet about the Build Your Board online course (PDF)

Register for this course: $80 per person

Opportunities Offered in 2014

MU State Tax Schools - Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Tax School Brochure (PDF)

2014 Fall Tax Schools    (6 hrs Federal Tax Law and 2 hrs Federal Tax Update)

Optional Day 2 School    (6 hrs Federal Tax Law and 2 hrs Ethics)

The 2014 MU Extension Tax School is an IRS approved Continuing Education (CE) provider. 

2014 Summer Tax School

Tax School Brochure

Uncorked in the Country:  A Woman's Agriculture Discovery Tour

“Uncorked in the Country: A Women’s Agricultural Discovery Tour” will be held Thursday, June 5. The event will start with sign-in at 2 p.m. at Fahrmeier Farms (9300 Mitchell Trail, Lexington). At 2:30 participants will begin their tours. During the High Tunnels-High Potential Tour participants will discover the benefits of growing vegetables and fruits in high tunnel structures.  They will learn how to extend the growing season and modify the plant environment and learn what it takes to build and maintain a high tunnel for use in specialty crop production.  On the Uncorking the Sun’s Potential Tour participants will learn the ins and outs of a solar panel system and discover how farm-scale renewable energy and conservation can reduce farm energy costs and help the environment.  During the Matchmaking 101 Tour participants will discover how to match the best wine to serve with different foods. After the Fahrmeier Farms Tours, participants will travel to La Bella Winery (11644 Flournoy School Rd, Wellington) to enjoy The Corner of Sunshine and Vine Tour to discover the essential elements of running a successful vineyard. The Vine to Wine Tour is where participants will get an overview of the management-intensive wine-making process from start to finish. After the tours there will be a short presentation from Custom Ag Solutions followed by a catered dinner from Nadler’s Catering. After dinner our Keynote Presentation “Cooking and Life Lessons with the Chicks from the Sticks,” will be presented by Jill Schwalbe-Means.

Participation in the tour is limited to 140 people, so please register as soon as possible through the Lafayette County Extension office. The early-registration fee for the tour is $20/person. The late-registration fee is $25/person.  The cuttoff for early-registration is May 28.  The following payment methods are accepted: cash, check (made payable to University Extension), or credit card.  If you wish to pay by credit card please email to request an electronic invoice that can be paid securely online using your card.  For questions, please contact the Lafayette County Extension office at 660-584-3658.

Brochure (PDF)

2014 Carroll County University of Missouri Extension Council Annual Meeting

Date:  Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Cost:   Free
Social Hour with 4-H working demonstrations begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner and Program at 6 p.m.
Keynote Speaker:  Gay Lynn Korff - "Medical Missions in Haiti"
This year our program includes recognition of the recipients of the Carroll County Extension Leaders Honor Roll and the Distinguished Service Award.
RSVP by Feb. 20, 2014 by calling 660-542-1792

Women in Agriculture Regional Conference

Eleventh Annual Women in Agriculture Regional Conference is scheduled for March 14, 2014 in Marshall, Missouri.  Come join us as we are "Stompin' On" into our second decade!

 Brochure (PDF)

Registration opens Jan. 6, 2014 and will be accepted until capacity is reached. 

Private Pesticide Applicator Training (PPAT)

Wyatt Miller offered PPAT classes during February.  If you need to obtain a restricted use pesticide license but were unable to attend one of his classes, contact Carroll County Extension Office to make an appointment to get the training necessary to obtain or renew your license.

Build Wealth Not Debt — Become An American Saver and Northwest Missouri Saver

Achieve your financial goals and have peace of mind by working towards a savings goal such as home ownership, school tuition, retirement or debt repayment.  Enroll in the American and Northwest Missouri Savers (pdf) program by completing the "fill-in-the-blank" section on the brochure (pdf) and send it to: Northwest Missouri Saves, Andrew County Extension Center, P.O. Box 32, Savannah, MO 64485 or deliver it to the Andrew County Courthouse, 2nd Floor.  Information on how to become an American Saver and Northwest Missouri Saver can be found at


Farm Tax Update and Strategies


Flier (PDF)

Date and location:
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Carrollton Public Library
Cost:  $10 per person
     Estate Planning Overview and Update
     Income Tax Update and Strategies
     Retired Farmers — Are you a farmer in the eyes of the IRS
     Minimizing tax on liquidation of corporations (C and S)
     Maximizing your social security retirement


NW Regional News and Information


Regional newsletter for the Northwest Region
August 2014 (PDF)
June 2014 (PDF)
April/May  2014 (PDF)
March 2014 (PDF)
February 2014 (PDF)
December 2013/January 2014 (PDF)
November 2013 (PDF)
October 2013 (PDF)
August/September 2013 (PDF)
July 2013 (PDF)
June 2013 (PDF)

Frequently requested MU Extension publications

MU Extension publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
MU Extension publication G427, 2011 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri

Current Extension Council minutes and agenda

Monthly extension council 2015 meeting schedule:
January 15, 2015 — Agenda (PDF)
| Minutes (PDF)
February 19, 2015 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
March 5, 2015 (Annual Meeting)

2014 Agenda and Minutes:

December 18, 2014 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
November 20, 2014 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
Oct. 20, 2014 Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
Sept. 18, 2014 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
Aug. 21, 2014 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
July 17, 2014 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
June 19, 2014 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
May 15, 2014 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
April 17, 2014 — Agenda (PDF) l Minutes (PDF)
March 20, 2014 — Agenda (PDF) l Minutes (PDF)
Feb. 27, 2014 Annual Meeting — Agenda (PDF) l Minutes (PDF)
Jan. 16, 2014 — Agenda (PDF) l Minutes (PDF)

2013 Agenda and Minutes:
Jan. 17, 2013 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
Feb. 21, 2013 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
March 21, 2013 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
April 18, 2013 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
May 16, 2013 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
June 20, 2013 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
July 18, 2013 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
Aug. 15, 2013 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
Sept. 19, 2013 — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
Oct. 17, 2013 — Agenda (PDF) |  Minutes (PDF)
Nov. 20, 2013  — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)
Dec. 19, 2013  — Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)