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.
Position description (PDF)<
Position Announcement (PDF)<
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


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.

Date:   Nov. 20, 2014
Time:   6 p.m. (meal served at 6 p.m. with program immediately following)
Cost:   Meal and seminar are free-of-charge but registration is required.
Location:    Carrollton Public Library (Conference Room - Lower Level)
Speakers:  Peter Zimmel and Whitney Wiegel
Topic:  Landowner and Producer Decisions in the 2014 Farm Bill
Registration Deadline:  Nov. 14, 2014

Brochure (PDF)
Registration Form (PDF)

Speaker Peter Zimmel is the Program Director of the Representative Farms Project for the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI).  Speaker Whitney Wiegel is a current member of the MU Extension Farm Bill Task Force which educates Missouri farmers about the commodity programs contained in the 2014 Farm Bill. Chuck RIley with Farm Service Agency will also be available to answer questions.


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 will assist landowners and farmers in making program decisions, University of Missouri Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host free educational meetings across the state.  To see a list of meetings in Northwest Missouri click here.  You can also view a map of meeting locations.  

One meeting is currently scheduled for Carroll County; it will be held Thursday, November 20th from 6 p.m. 9:00 p.m. at the Rupe Community Center in Carrollton (710 Harvest Hills Drive).  If you would like to attend the Carrollton meeting, please call the Carroll County Extension Center at 660-542-1792 to register.  Registration deadline is November 14, 2014.



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

Another career opportunity

Regional 4-H Youth Development Specialist and Co-County Program Director headquarter in Marshall, Missouri
(primarily serving Carroll County and Saline County with additional coverage as needed)
Position Description (PDF)
Position Announcement (PDF)
Go to for more information regarding the on-line application process.

Previous opportunities

MU State Tax Schools - Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Tax School Brochure (PDF)

Registration form:  Legal Size (PDF)       letter size (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)

Hotel Information:  Springfield - both Oct. 28 & Oct. 29th will be held at the same hotel Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 2720 N. Glenstone, Springfield.  There are room available at a discounted rate of $83+ (regular price is $139+).  To get that rate you must mention you are with MU Tax School when you call 417-865-8600 .  The hotel is guaranteeing that price until Sept. 28.

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

Registration form:  Legal Size (PDF)

Registration form - letter size (PDF)

2014 Summer Tax School

Tax School Brochure
Tax School Registration Form

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)
Registration Form (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

Private Pesticide Applicator Training (PPAT) and Ag Updates for 2014

The PPAT and Ag Updates session are being offer by Wyatt Miller, Agronomy Specialist, Mu Extension.  Each session provides all the necessary requirements for initial certification and recertification for restricted use pesticide license.  Ag updates will include private applicator training in addition to presentations by Livestock and Ag Business specialists.  New applicants should be producers of agricultural commodities and at least 18 years of age.  Pre-registration is encouraged, as space is limited. 

Dates and locations:
Carroll County - PPAT
     - Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 from 9 a.m.
        Carrollton Public Library, 1 North Folger Street, Carrollton, MO
        Phone:  660-542-1792
Ray County - Ag Update and PPAT
     - Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 from 1-4 p.m.
        FFA amd 4-H building (Richmond fairgrounds), Richmond, MO
        Phone:  816-776-6961
Caldwell County - Ag Update and PPAT
     - Monday, February 10, 2014 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
        Braymer Sandwich Shop, 103 N. Main, Braymer, MO
        Phone:  660-663-3232
Lafayette County - PPAT
     - Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon
        Lafayette Extension Center, Higginsville, MO
        Phone:  660-584-3648
Cost:  $12 for Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual (MU Extension publication M87); no charge for class

Ag Land Lease Seminars

(cancelled due to inclement weather)

Whitney Wiegel, Agricultural Business Specialist with MU Extension will make presentations and answer questions related to agricultural land leases.  Participants will receive informative publications, lease templates and other resources that will help them manage their leases.

Date and location:
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Carrollton Public Library
Cost:  $10 early registration
                  (early registration closes Friday, January 31, 2014)
             $15 late registration (after January 31)
To Register:  Call Carroll County Extension Office (660) 542-1792

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

2013 MU Extension Third Annual Tweedie Agri-Business Forum

Date and time:  Nov. 20, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location:            Carrollton Public Library,  Lower Level Conf. Room
Speakers:           Dr. Pat Guinan - MU Climatologist
                            Whitney Wiegel - MU Ext. Ag-Bus. Mgmt. Specialist
Deadline:            Nov. 15, 2013

Brochure (PDF)

The Carroll County Extension Office is excited to have the opportunity to sponsor this event. This seminar is offered at no cost but you do need to pre-register. A meal will be served at 6 p.m. Speaker Dr. Pat Guinan will be presenting information on the unusual weather patterns. Speaker Whitney Wiegel will be discussing the pros and cons of flexible cash farm leases. Also five new Century Farms will be recognized and presented with signs. 

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 2014 meeting schedule:
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)

Monthly extension council 2013 meeting schedule:
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)