South Central Missouri AG News

Sarah Kenyon, Howell County agronomy specialist and Randy Wiedmeier, Ozark County livestock specialist,along with Ted Probert, Wright County Dairy Specialist and Bob Schultheis, Webster County Natural Resourse Engineer will be publishing an online newsletter monthly. If there is a topic that you would like information on contact, Sarah at We hope you enjoy the current newsletter(PDF) South Central Missouri AG News. Past newsletters may be accessed through the livestock page.


Master Beekeeping Level One Class

A level one Master Beekeeping class will be held on May 6 at the Howell County Extension Center.  The course fee is $61, which includes a beekeeping book. This is a pre-paid registration class.  Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. with the class ending at noon. 
"Basic Beekeeping for Beginners" will focus on the principles of beekeeping. Those principles include the history of beekeeping, honeybee biology, plant and pollinator relationship, and essential equipment and requirements.

To register for this class contact the Howell County Extension Center at 417-256-2391.  All paid registrations due by April 28.  


4-H/FFA Sheep, Goat and Swine weigh-in May 6th

Weigh-in is from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds.  All male animals MUST be castrated priot to weigh-in.  A veterinary will not be on sight day of weigh-in.

Sheep beginning weights 40 lbs with ending weight 80-150 lbs.
Goat beginning weights 30 lbs with ending weight 50-120 lbs.
Swine beginning weights 75 lbs. with ending weight 220-290 lbs.

Sheep and Goat must have baby teeth and must have scrapie tag at the July weigh-in.


2017 4-H Day with the Springfield Cardinals

Tuesday, May 30th is 4-H members, alumni, families and friends 4-H Day with the Springfield Cardinals.  Tickets are $12 which a hat. Order forms with FULL payment must be sent to Howell County Extension Center by May 12.  NO late payments will be accepted. Order Form


Forms for 2017 Heart of the Ozarks Fair

Auction Business signs

Buyers signature form

Certificate and Statement of Disclosure

Feed Record (no formulas)

Feed Record (with formulas)

Medicine Vaccination Records

Project Record form


4-H Day at Silver Dollar City Saturday, September 30,2017

4-H day will be held the Saturday before National 4-H Week ad during the Silver Dollar City National Crafts and Cowboy festival.  Tickets cost is $50 which includes entry meal voucher, and t-shirt (season pass holders can purchase a t-shirt and use their pass).

Contact the Howell County Extension Center at 417-256-2391 for further information.


Missouri Century Farm 

The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 as a result of the Missouri Committee for Agriculture that was co-chaired by James B. Boillot, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Elmer R. Kiehl, Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Missouri. The committee's purpose was to organize the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration in Missouri. One activity that was initiated by the committee was the "Centennial Farm" project, which awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. Interest in the program continued after 1976. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. This program has been sustained as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.

For a 2017 application and information go to:


2016 Howell County Annual Report

The 2016 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  2016 Annual Report



Extension Expert Guides

To view the specialists that are located in the Southwest region use the link below.



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4-H Corner

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Sign up for 4-H today!!!

We are excited to announce Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development is transitioning enrollment to Missouri 4HOnline.  Please log on at  A link to the detailed, step-by-step instructions ( is included on the login screen, but we think you will find the system very easy to navigate.


Master Beekeeping 



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