Meeting Highlights

Please watch for information on Winter Meetings as soon as they are finalized.

Livestock & Forage Conference: DATE CHANGED TO MARCH 5. Same time and place.

Livestock & Forage Conference: Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Crane First Baptist Church, Crane MO. Cost for the evening is $5.00, if paid by the registration deadline of March 3. After that the fee is $10.00. You may register by sending a check to the Stone County Extension Center, PO Box 345, Galena MO 65656. The program will begin with a ribeye steak dinner, a report from the Stone County Commission, Supplementing lower Quality Hay / Minimal Hay Waste when Feeding, Livestock Rental Agreements, and Grazing Systems Farmer Panel. For more information call the Stone County Extension Center 417-357-6812.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training: Thursday, February 26, at 1:00 p.m. in the Stone County Annex, Galena MO. The training provides certification to obtain a Private Pestifide Applicators License for agricultural producers and will also count for recertification requirements by the state. The training will not certify for commercial application licenses. Must be 18 years or older. There will be a charge of $15.00 to cover cost of materials. If you already own and can bring with you the Missouri Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual (M87 - printed 2007 with blue lettering on the front) there will be a reduction in cost to $12.00. This training will last 2 1/2 to 3 hours. To register please call the Stone County Extension Center 417-357-6812.

Free Tax Preparation - Stone County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 

University of Missouri Extension will once again be assisting with Income Tax preparation for those who qualify. Beginning January 15, you may call the Stone County Extension Center 417-357-6812 to make appointments. Stone will have two sites available:

Wednesday's, Stone County Annex, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 106 East 5th Street, Galena, MO 65656

Thursday's, Stone County Neighborhood Center (OACAC), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Stoneridge Center, 15060 Bus. Hwy. 13, Suite 11, Branson West MO 65737

Click on this link VITA for more information, guidelines for qualifying for this service and to see what you need to bring with you.

Prefer to File Your Own Tax Return for FREE


Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Spring Garden Workshop

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Spring Garden Workshop will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Branson, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.. Registration and vendor booths will open at 8:00 a.m. Topics are: Vegetables to Plant and How to Preserve Them by Alice Greenfield, Springfield Botanical Gardens; Gardening to Attract Butterflies by Linda Bauer, Springfield Botanical Gardens; Landscaping and Pruning by Robert Balek, Regional Extension Horticulture Specialist; and Terrariums, Russell Aldredge, Wickman Gardens. Vendors that will have booths set up are: Hilltop Nursery, Cedar Brook Garden Center, Cedar Creek, Bee Creek Creations, Wickman Gardens (terrarium items), and Garden Adventures. Cost for all sessions (including breakfast goodies and lunch) will be $20.00.  Register online at by printing off a registration form and mailing your check and registration to Stone County Extension Center, PO Box 345, Galena MO. Make checks payable to Master Gardeners of the Ozarks. The registration deadline is March 10.

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks 2015 Garden Tour

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks 2015 Garden Tour will be on Saturday, May 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be a driving tour ending at Bonniebrook for lunch between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. The registration fee of $25.00 includes the driving tour, lunch, and a tour of Bonniebrook's home and gardens. Gardens on the driving part of this tour are: Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Demonstration Garden at the Taney County Extension Center in Forsyth, Forsythia Place Park in Forsyth, Tom & Kathy Riley's Garden in Forsyth, Sid and Jerra Cardwell's Garden in Rockaway Beach, McKenna Family Farm in Branson, Still Waters International Ministries in Walnut Shade, Erick and Tracy Walker's Garden in Walnut Shade and ending at Bonniebrook in Walnut Shade. Your afternoon will be filled at Bonniebrook with lunch, a tour of Bonniebrook grounds and homestead, a Historical Society presentation "Tales of Taney County Inhabitants and Their Love of the Land, Flora, and Fauna", Musical performances by Larkin Sanders with her clarinet, and you can also sign up for Papercrete classes at an additional charge of $15.00 (these classes are limited to first 100 people that sign up).  Mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend this great tour of Ozarks Gardens. Registration information will be posted here closer to the tour date.

Kimberling Area Garden Programs

Garden programs are presented by Master Gardeners of the Ozarks at the Kimberling Area Library, 45 Kimberling Blvd, Kimberling City, MO. These classes are held on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.  All classes are free and open to the public as a part of community education sponsored jointly by Master Gardeners of the Ozarks, who volunteer with the University of Missouri Extension.

March 11      Cool Season Gardening with MG Josie Roetto

April 8           Soil Amendments with MG Halina Beal

May 13         Growing Microgreens for salads with MG Norma Ross

June 10         Drop Irrigation with MG Bill Greet

July 8            Growing Herbs for Good Health with MG Monica Spittler

August 12     Lasagna Gardening with MG Sharon Nance

Sept. 9          What I Grow (Successfully) in the Ozarks with MG Jerry Rulon