Clay County Family Honored During State Fair

L-R: Angela Viebrock; Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension & Engagement, MU Extension; Sherry Jones,  State Fair Commissioner; Mark Wolfe, Missouri State Fair Director; Lowell Mohler, State Fair Commissioner; Lincoln Viebrock; Richard Fordyce,  Director of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau; Larson Viebrock; and Johnny Viebrock.

Johnny and Angela Viebrock and family of Smithville were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair. The Viebrock family was selected as the Clay County Missouri Farm Family by the Clay County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.  The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.

The Viebrock family, which includes sons Larson and Lincoln, operate a diversified farm operation which includes sheep, vegetables, and agri-tourism. They work with other local agriculture producers to identify expanded market opportunities.  The family has been active in Clay County agriculture for a number of years, have participated in Extension outreach education programs, and supported the delivery of Extension outreach programs in the Smithville area. In addition, Johnny is a local agriculture education instructor at Smithville High School and he is the local FFA sponsor, Angela is an elementary school educator. 

The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of our state. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities, and are active participants in local outreach and extension,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.” This was the first year in its 58-year history that all 114 Missouri counties participated by nominating a family.

For more information, contact Crystal Weber, (816) 407-3490, webercd@missouri.edu or visit your local Extension Center or extension.missouri.edu.

Urban Homesteading Series Will Fill Up Fast

Are you a do-it-yourselfer and like clean living? Do you want to grow your own food, but feel restricted by your urban environment? Come join University of Missouri Extension for our first-ever Urban Homesteading Series. Classes will have hands-on learning to help you develop the skills and confidence needed to start up your very own urban homestead. Print brochure for details on this 8-week series. Pre-registration for the entire series is due by September 15. You can register for one or all sessions. Enrollment is limited due to room size. Limited scholarships are available, ask about them. For more information contact the Jackson County Extension, (816) 482-5850.

Northland Early Education Council After Work Seminar

"Make & Take Craft Session for Teachers and Staff" is the theme of the September 1st After Work Seminar for day care providers. Continuing with the Conscious Discipline program principles, Cathy Lancelotta will teach participants how to make and use some of the classroom structures introduced in Dr. Becky Bailey's curriculum. The program will be held at North Kansas City Hospital Health Services Pavilion, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bring 1 bottle of water, 1 pair scissors and 1 bottle of Elmer's glue to the seminar. Register by August 26th. Questions, contact Diana Milne, Human Development Specialist with University of Missouri Extension, (816) 407-3490 or milned@missouri.edu.  FLYER   REGISTRATION FORM

Northland Grandfamilies Upcoming Annual Conference

The Northland Grandfamilies is again co-sponsoring the Grandfamilies Conference to be held Friday, October 14 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The event is free to grandparents, aunts, uncles, anyone raising children 18 or younger that are not their biological children. Speakers and agencies from the Kansas City area will share resources and information to assist in their role as caregiver. For more information contact Christine or Diana at (816) 407-3490.

4-H SPIN Clubs New Option For Young People

A 4-H SPIN Club is a special interest club where five or more young people learn about a topic of interest. Topics vary and include interests such as nature, heritage arts, science, photography, gardening, shooting sports, and more. SPIN clubs are led by volunteers who have a passion and want to share their knowledge with young people. We are looking for adults that have a talent or interest that they are willing to teach to young people in local communities. We are planning now for SPIN clubs that will meet in the next 3-6 months. SPIN clubs are planned around the volunteers availability. Have a positive impact on the next generation of young people in your community by sharing your experience and knowledge in a subject area you are passionate about. Contact Emily Reiersgaard, Clay County 4-H Youth Development Specialist, at (816) 407-3490 or email reiersgaarde@missouri.eduSPIN Club flyer (PDF)

Business Classes Held at Four Locations in Kansas City Area

"The Basics of Writing a Business Plan" and "The First Steps to Starting a Business" are the topics business classes being held at four local Full Employment Council locations. Scholarships are available for dislocated workers. Print this flyer (PDF) for all locations, times and dates.  For more information contact Richard Zarate, Business Counselor with University of Missouri Extension and Small Business & Technology Development Center. Phone (816) 407-3496 or Email zarater@missouri.edu

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 mggkc.hotline@gmail.com.