NEEC Director's Lunch & Learn

Juanita Springate will present a 2-hour workshop on the topic "Staff Evaluations: Creating a Climate for Growth" on Friday, October 23 at the NKC Hospital Pavilion Prairie View Room. The topic is geared toward early child care providers needing approved training to meet state continuing education credits. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 and the training begins at noon.  Pre-registration is required by Monday, October 19, to attend, and a fee of $20 must abe pre-paid.  For more information contact Diana Milne, University Extension specialist, at (816) 407-3490 or  FLYER    REGISTRATION FORM

Grow Your Farm

An extension educational program will help landowners who want to get into farming for the first time as well as current farmers who are interested in starting new enterprises.  Grow Your Farm, a program offered by University of Missouri Extension, will connect people considering a farm career with successful farm operators and business experts, says Randall Saner, MU Extension livestock specialist in southwest Missouri and one of the authors of the curriculum.

The curriculum includes eight group sessions that will begin October 6, 2015 in Smithville and continue Tuesday evenings through December 8th. Each session is 6-9 p.m.  FLYER.

Most sessions will focus on business planning and the process of selecting enterprises that can be profitable, based on an individual’s skills and resources. Planning is a big part of the program.  “With the continued growth of people moving into rural fringe areas around major cities, extension receives more questions from people who want to make a living, or at least create a profitable business, on their acreage,” says Crystal Weber, Community Development Specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Clay County. “Grow Your Farm is designed to answer those questions and help them start successful enterprises. It should also be valuable for producers looking for new ideas to make their existing farms more successful.”

“Farming takes a lot of work and family commitment,” says Weber. “Participants are likely to be more successful if both spouses, a partner or a parent and an adult child who will be involved in the operation, are both part of the learning process.”  Class size will be limited to 20 participants, with two decision-makers from each farm encouraged to participate. A fee of $300 per operation (for two participants) includes courses and one set of materials. For each additional person, there is a small extra charge. Fees include the cost of a course notebook and additional textbook, copies of the set of Grow Your Farm PowerPoint presentations, group sessions with guest speakers, farm tours and refreshments.

To register, contact the Clay County Extension office at 816-407-3490 or email  For more information, contact Crystal Weber, 816-407-3497, or visit your local Extension Center or

2015 Grandfamilies Conference

"We Are Better Together" is the theme for the 2015 Grandfamilies Conference to be held Friday, October 16 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty.  The conference is geared toward those raising a grandchild, niece or nephew and any others acting as a caregiver in a parenting role. Ten community partners have come together to sponsor exhibits and workshops, as well as complimentary morning refreshments and lunch. The conference itself is free, but registration by October 9th is required to attend.  Printable Flyer with detailed registration.  For more information contact Christina Brunkow or Diana Milne at (816) 407-3490 or email or

4-H Recruitment Time

September and October is the perfect time to join 4-H. Why? It's the beginning of the 4-H year, clubs are reorganizing for the new year and accepting and recruiting new members, projects haven't started yet or are just getting ready to start, volunteer leaders are just signing up for what they want to lead over the next year.  Do you need more reasons?  Contact the Extension office at 407-3490 or email Emily Reiersgaard at  Check out the Clay County 4-H website for other information at

Business Classes for 2015

Two classes to assist entrepreneurs in getting off to the right start are being offered by University Extension in cooperation with the Full Employment Council.  Classes are being offered in four locations. First Steps to Starting a Business is a 4-hour class that provides an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. Basics of Writing a Business Plan is a 2-hour session designed for those who want to know how to create a business plan that will be a useful management tool for their business. For more details or to see if you qualify as a Missouri Dislocated Worker, contact Richard Zarate; or 816-407-3496.  Information Flyer (PDF)

Northland Grandfamilies

 Are you raising a grandchild or other relative?  Need support, information or resources?  Clay County Extension, the Clay County Senior Services, and the Platte County Senior Fund have developed a partnership to help those in just such a situation. If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children, contact the Clay County Extension Center at 816-407-3490 for more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program.  View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates. For a current program flyer, contact 816-407-3490.

Master Gardeners answer questions

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City are available to answer your questions on lawn, flowers, trees, and gardening. Call 816-833-8733 (TREE) or email your question to  Questions will be answered as quickly as possible. Master Gardeners are present in the Clay County Extension office, 1901 NE 48th Street, KCMO on Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to Noon. Monday, Wednesday and Friday they are in Blue Springs (same phone number).