Livestock Forage and Weed Seminar - November 12, 2015

6:00 pm at the Howell County Extension Center, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd. West Plains, MO.  Cost of the seminar is $5/person.  Handouts will be provided.  
Speakers Dr Randy Wiedmeier and Sarah Kenyon will discuss low quality forage utilization by livestock and seven deadliest plants to livestock.  
Pre-paid registration is requested. Call today to pre-register or complete the registration form and return to the Howell County Extension Center.


Grow Your Farm New Farm Enterprises

Eight group sessions and farm tours will focus on business planning and enterprise development.  Grow Your Farm is designed to help people evaluate and plan their farm enterprise.  The 8 session course cost $300/farm business for 2 people.  Each additional person is $50/person.  Fee includes seminar materials, speakers, farm tour fee, refreshments.  For further information view our Grow Your Farm flier.


Marketing Local Foods - December 4th  9:00 am - 3:30 pm

For people who are interested in local foods; farmers, consumers and educators, can be thinking about local foods from their own perspective - growing, eating and investing.
Join us to discuss the benefits of local food systems, policy needs, incentives, marketing, handling and packaging products, and improving access to local foods. 
Fee: $10 per person to cover the cost of lunch.

For more information or to register:  417-256-2391. View the Marketing Local Foods flier for additional information.

The meeting will be held at the Howell County Extension Center, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd., West Plains, MO  65775

2014 Howell County Annual Report

The 2014 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  2014 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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4-H Corner

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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.


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.