Beef and Forage Conference February 23, 2016

The annual Beef and Forage meeting will be help on February 23 at the Howell County Extension Center, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd., West Plains, MO. Registration will begin at 5:30 with the meal following at 6:00 p.m.  Guest  speakers this year are Craig Payne, Associate Professor, Extension Veterinary Medicine and Mark Kennedy - Kennedy Grassland Services, LLC.  

Pre-paid registration is required.  Registration deadline is February 19, 2016.  See the attached flier or contact our office at 417-256-2391 to register.  


Beginning Beekeeping February - April

Beginning Beekeeping classes will be held at Hirsch Farm and Feed,West Plains.  There are 7 classes being offered, classes held 6-7:30 pm. Pre-paid registration is required. Class cost is $10/class.  Beekeeping books will be available for purchase at each class. 

Class schedule and topic:
February 11:  Who Lives in the Hive 
February 22:  Hive Inspection, What is in the Hive
February 23:  Buying Bees and Bee Equipment
February 25:  Installing New Bees
March 23:  Queen Rearing
March 30:  Small Hive Beetle Management
April 14:  Spring Hive Management

For further information or to register, call Howell County Extension at 417-256-2391.


Farm to School Meeting  Opaa! Food Management March 8th
It Takes a Community

Farm to School program connects schools and local farms in an effort to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias, improve students nutrition, increase farm and gardening educational opportunities while enhancing the local farm income.

Community Kick Off Meeting - Howell County Extension 11:00 a.m.  To register call 417-256-2391.


Funding for Food and Agriculture Enterprises - February 16

Wanting to Start a Farm Business?

Dr. Van Ayers, Community Development Specialist will discuss Federal and State Funds for Food Enterprise Development.  Dr. Ayers has assisted farmers and farm groups in obtaining funding for their food enterprises.

This free of charge class will be held at the Howell County Extension Center, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd., West Plains, MO  65775.  To register call 417-256-2391.


Steer Weigh-in Set for Saturday, February 13, 2016

The 4-H and FFA steer weigh-in for the 2016 Heart of the Ozarks Fair will be Saturday, February 13, 2016.  The weigh-in will be held at the Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds in West Plains, will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m.  All steers will be weighed, tattooed, and ear tagged at this time.  Exhibitors wanting to enter steers in the Missouri State Fair will need to attend this weigh-in to have their steers’ nose printed.  In order for steers to qualify for the Heart of the Ozarks Fair they need to weigh at least 500 lbs. at weigh –in.   All calves MUST be castrated prior to the weigh-in; there will not be a vet on the premises. Youth wanting to weigh-in livestock for the Heart of the Ozarks Fair must be a member in good standing with the Missouri 4-H club program or a paid member in good standing with a local FFA Chapter.   Each exhibitor must pay $10.00 at weigh-in to support the sale dinner at the fair.


4-H  FFA Forms for fair


2015 Howell County Annual Report

The 2015 Annual Report for Howell County Extension showcases the impact of extension programs and why it is important to residents of Howell County. Download a copy to read today  2015 Annual Report


South Central Missouri AG News

Randy Wiedmeier, Howell County livestock specialist and Sarah Kenyon, Texas County agronomy specialist will be publishing an online newsletter monthly. If there is a topic that you would like information on contact,Randy at or Sarah at We hope you enjoy the current newsletter(PDF) South Central Missouri AG News. Past newsletters may be accessed through the livestock page.


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Youth Biz

Youth Biz, a partnership between Ozark Heritage Region economic development group, University of Missouri Extension, Ozark Action, and Missouri State University Small Business Development Center, has been offered in Howell County since Spring 2007. The mission of Youth Biz is develop entrepreneurial skills in area youth in hopes that they will stay in our area after attending high school or college and start a business.

The vision for the Youth Biz is for students graduating from high schools in the South Central Region to have the opportunity to learn how to start a business. This program is designed to teach “hands-on” entrepreneurship to high school seniors. The Youth Biz program teaches the basics of entrepreneurship and small business development as well as provides funding to each high school work group for the purpose of developing a business idea or model.

Program coordinators work with high school business teachers in order to provide school time to work on a business plan and project; and also provide mentors to the students, as well as guest speakers to the classroom. This program is designed for the 24 school districts within the seven-county Ozark Heritage Region.



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