Ozark County's Community Classroom

MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom in Ozark County. We connect people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities.

MU Extension partners with the Ozark County Commission and other local organizations to provide education, information and services that meet people's needs. The elected and appointed members of the Ozark County extension council provide guidance in identifying those needs to ensure that our educational programs are relevant, reliable and responsive.

Whether it's resources for yourself or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to explore our website, call or email to learn how we can help you.


Can You Help?


A call on Friday from a southwest Missouri farmer who had some hay carryover he would donate resulted in finding details you might be interested in.


On Friday, the Nebraska Dept. of Ag said the greatest hay need was in the Grand Island, NE area. 

The contacts there are Greg Harder, 612-289-1961 or Lori Cox 406-570-6807.


Eldon Cole

Livestock Specialist

University of Missouri Extension

Courthouse, P.O. Box 388

Mt. Vernon, MO  65712

(417) 466-3102


Applications for the recognition of the

         2019 Century Farms in
   Ozark County are now available


The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years or more as of Dec. 31, 2019.
The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews and nieces, including through marriage or adoption.
The present farm shall consist of no less than 40 acres of the original land and shall make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

Applications are available from February 1st through May 1st at the Ozark County Extension office. A fee of $75 to cover processing costs, one certificate, a booklet and one two-sided, 2-foot by 2-foot metal sign (includes MU and Missouri Farm Bureau logos) for each approved farm.


Call 679-3525 for more details


2019 Ozark County Extension Council Elections

Ozark County Extension Council elections were held January 12th through January 19th 2019 at 15 locations throughout Ozark County. There was a large turnout for the election again this year. A total of 159 ballots were cast, 55 from the West District, 90 from the East District, 6 digital and 8 spoiled ballots. Digital polling was launched this year here in Ozark County and it was quite convenient to cast your vote and also to collect the electronic ballots.

A total of 12 candidates’ were willing to donate their valuable time and expertise to serve. Ultimately, there are only four newly elected (and two re-elected) members to join the Ozark County Extension Council:


District 1 – West: Bill Cockrum, Dan Noah, Tate Stehle

             District 2 – East: Allen Douglas, Joe Uchtman, T.J. Lewis


Bill Cockrum and Joe Uchtman have both been re-elected for their second, two year term. Allen Douglas, Dan Noah, Tate Stehle and T.J. Lewis have been elected to serve through February 2021. T.J. Lewis is returning to the Extension Council after a seven year intermission when he served as an Appointed Member from the Ozark County Commissioners Office in 2012.


Robert Edwards, Stacy Hambelton, Lindsay Collins, Marlin Wallace, RJ Moyers, Noel Luna, Randy Riffey, Gary Collins, faculty and staff welcome you to the Ozark County Extension Council and we look forward to working with you.


In all 114 Missouri counties, an MU county extension council, of elected and appointed citizens, guides local educational programming. County council members are partners in the entire educational process, from needs assessment through program implementation and evaluation of outcomes. County council members are University of Missouri Extension's link to the people in their communities.


Council members

-Work with regional specialists to provide the county educational program,

-Manage finances of local extension operations,

-Provide personnel to carry out extension activities, and

-Elect and organize the local extension council.

-Be knowledgeable about the educational needs of the community and local extension educational programs.
-Work with faculty and staff to develop educational programs that meet local education needs.
-Help neighbors, business associates and friends connect with Extension.



University of Missouri Extension provides equal opportunity to all participants in extension programs and activities, and for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color,  national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.