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.

 2019 Ozark County Extension Council Elections

Elections are scheduled for January 12th-19th

Ozark County

Citizens of voting age in Ozark County, pursuant to the provisions of Sec. 262-577, R.S. Mo. 1969, will have an opportunity to vote and elect members to the University of Missouri Extension Council in January. The elected and appointed members of the extension council will guide and direct extension work within the county. Two people have been nominated for each of the elective positions in their respective districts. The nominees and their districts are as follows:

District name: District 1 - WEST
District description: West of Highway 5 including Gainesville
Term length: 2 years

Bill Cockrum
Renee Hambelton
Daniel Noah
Glen Plaster
Russell “Tate” Stehle
Scot Young

District name: District 2 - EAST
District description: West of Highway 5
Term length: 2 years

Joe Corbin
Allen Douglas
Kenneth Ericksen
Amelia Lamair
T. J. Lewis
Joe Uchtman

Additional nominations may be made by petition of 25 or more qualified voters residing within the district, filed with the council within 20 days after the publication of this notice of election. Forms for nominations are available in your county extension office located at:

526 3rd Street, PO Box 187

Gainesville, MO  65655


                                                                                                               The Ozark County
                                                                                                               University Extension Council
                                                                                                               Marty Morrison, Chair


Ag Day in the Ozarks 2018

Sponsored By:
            University of Missouri Extension of Ozark County AND


Willard Lemaster Head Beef Nutritionist at Furst-McNess Company

            Nutrition Strategies for the Ozarks (pdf)


Sarah Kenyon -
Field Specialist in Agronomy at
University of Missouri Extension Howell County

             Grazing Heights & Pasture Management (pdf)


Nahshon Bishop - Small Farm Specialist & David Middleton - Farm Outreach Worker at Lincoln University Cooperative Extension
          Missouri AgrAbility (weblink)


Dr. Mike Peters -
Veterinarian, Owner at
Animal Clinic of Ava
Vaccination Strategies for Cattle (pdf)


Ozark County 2018 Century Farm

(photo credit: Sue Ann Jones of the Ozark County Times)

Awarded to- Scott and Wanda Brown of Theodosia 

The Brown Family Farm was established August 27th, 1898 by Scotts Great- Great Grandfather, Clate Brown. Over the past 120 years the farm has produced cattle, hay fields and pastures for grazing, cultivated countless kitchen gardens, hosted wealthy tourists as premium fox hunting territory and is the setting of a published memoir named “Son of Pioneers” where Scotts Great-Uncle Omer describes what it was like growing up at the turn of the century in the Township of Lutie. Several of the “pioneers” portrayed in that memoir have been traced back to some of the original gravesites in the Old Lutie Cemetery. Remnants of the original homestead, built by Clate who was described as “a pretty fair stone mason,” can still be found where a long-standing stone foundation, fireplace and part of a chimney are weathered away abandoned. Scott can recall a time when his Grandma’s dogs and chickens would peck and wander through the old leaning structure coming in and out through the open windows. In 2013- Scott, a retired steam fitter/welder, and Wanda, a retired RN, have taken guardianship of the Brown Family Farm. They arrived to find that the 40 acre parcel had been sitting idle for ages and have spent the past five years restoring, rejuvenating and enhancing the property. Presently they have established 24 head of cattle, surrendered a handful of laying hens to some typical Ozarkian predators and this will be the first year they will get to harvest some apples and pears from their fruit trees. Scott and Wanda are delighted that their property has been recognized as a Missouri Century Farm and hope that any one of their six children will continue safeguarding the Brown Family Farm for generations to come.


Ozark County 2018 State Fair Farm Family

Jarrett (9), Jenna (13), Jackson (10), Joe and Jaime Uchtman
Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement;
Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau;
State Fair Queen 2018
Samantha Nelson,
State Fair Commissioners,
Nikki Whitehead and Ted Sheppard;
Christine Chin, Director of Missouri Dept. of Agriculture;
and Christopher Daubert, Dean of MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

The Uchtman family of Gainesville were honored during the 60th Annual Missouri Farm Family Day at the Missouri State Fair. 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/or who participate in local outreach and extension programs. The Uchtman family was selected as the Ozark County’s Farm Family by the Ozark County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. 

And with the support of these local Sponsors:  
       Gainesville Ag Supply, 
       Gainesville Building Supply,
       Gainesville Livestock,
       Theodosia Hardware,
       Foster Feed, 
       Morrison Fertilizer,
       Century Bank Gainesville,
       Diamond T Farms,
       First Home Savings and
       WMC Cattle Co.





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