Welcome to Platte County

Check out the Platte County 4-H November/December Newsletter located on the 4-H page.

Platte County Extension Council Election

Platte County University of Missouri Extension Council invites residents to join the 2016-2018 group of volunteers that make Platte County a better place to live through Extension programs. Representatives will be elected in a non-partisan election January, 2016.

 Applications are available at the Platte County Extension at 11724 NW Plaza Circle, #300, KCMO 64153, or by calling 816 270 2141, or email at platteco@missouri.edu or downloading from Extension.missouri.edu/platte.

Designated by state statute as the official body to cooperate with the University of Missouri in delivery of Extension programs, the council has roles in programming, fiscal and personnel.

Responsibilities include attending monthly meetings (1st Monday), identify concerns of the community to connect citizens with Extension resources, administer the county budget & assist in planning, promoting, and carrying out Extension efforts.

 Current council members will be happy to answer questions and provide more information about Extension and serving on the council.  Some programs unique to Platte County Extension are Platte Pet Power, Character Council, 4-H Holiday Fair, & Northland Ethnic Festival

Representative are: North Platte & Smithville school districts:  Julie Scott  & Barbara Stubbs;  West Platte: Shana Sharp & Karen Tarnow; Platte County R3: Jacquie Sieveking & Drew Meyerwich; Park Hill: Del Anderson, Sandy Massock, Don Bonjour, Eli Eber, Jen Garringer, Donna Taylor, Debbie Hopkins, Tarra McGee

Extension programs are open to all

4-H Day with the Chiefs

4-H Day with the Chiefs on January 3rd against the Oakland Raiders – order form.  These tickets are priced at $35.   Tickets available until sold out.  Last year we sold out early, so please order early (and often!).

A Matter of Balance

This is an eight week, two-hour session program taught by University of Missouri Extension Specialists. The sessions help participants learn how to view falls and the fear of falling as something controllable. For complete information click here.

Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information. http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/mapregions/UrbanWest.htm

Saving Energy, Saving Money with Free Energy Products for Your Home

As a resident of Clay, Platte, or Jackson County, you are invited to a forthcoming workshop to focus on energy management strategies that can lead to monthly utility cost savings.  Each workshop participant will receive a free kit of energy saving products that can be used in their home to reduce energy loss. Each kit is estimated to be worth approximately $50.00.  During the workshop the products will be explained in detail as to how to best use them.  For example, the kits will include two energy efficient light bulbs that can easily replace more energy wasting lamps.  One of the questions consumers often ask is the anticipated energy savings of incandescent lamps versus compact fluorescent, and LED bulbs? This workshop will answer those questions and more. 

Our energy bills can be a large monthly expense.  Often a significant portion of that energy is wasted due to excessive infiltration, inadequate insulation, and poor product choices.  The good news is there are many strategies that can be implemented inside and outside a home to improve energy efficiency.  Learn more about your options to save home energy and reduce monthly utility costs.  For details on forthcoming workshops contact Marsha Alexander, Urban West Region Housing and Environmental Design Specialist at alexanderm@missouri.edu or 816-482-5850. 

Northland Grandfamilies

Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren?  Based on the most recent census data, over 4,000 grandparents in the Northland are living with grandchildren under the age of 18.

If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children get information and more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program.  View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates.