Program Highlights

Upcoming Programs

Council Candidates Sought for Extension Council

Nominations are being accepted for the January 2017 election to the Taney County University of Missouri Extension Council.  County extension councils are the governing body for the local educational opportunities provided by the University of Missouri Extension.  Council member both elected and appointed work with the extension faculty in making decisions concerning extension programs, personnel, council elections and the local extension budget.  Council members are elected to serve a two-year term.  The Taney County Extension Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the evening. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in the district they would represent.  The districts coincide with the commission districts in Taney county.  The election will take place in January 2017 with on-line voting and the newly elected members take office March 1, 2017.

For more information on the role of county extension councils, and the Missouri state statues governing council elections, visit  For additional information about the Taney County University of Missouri Extension contact the office by email at or by calling (417)546-4431 or visiting the extension center at located at 122 Felkins Avenue, Forsyth, MO.  

Building Better Child Care Classes

Taney County human development specialist, Dr. Jim Wirth will be holding a 4-part series again this year to help area child care providers obtain the continuing education hours.  Classes will be held once a month for four months and are each three hours long beginning in August. Registration is $15 per session/per peson, handouts and refreshments will be provided.  Classes will be held in the White River Valley Electric Cooperative community room at 2449 East State Hwy 76, Branson from 6-9 p.m.  Class brochure and registration form attached.

Topics are:

  • Session 1 - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - "Is There a Vaccine to Cure Rudeness?  Empathy/Civility as an Antidote to Rudeness"  and "Teaching Children Respect & Tolerance"
  • Session 2 - Thursday, September 15, 2016 - "Five Key Factors for Strengthening Families: Building Strong Parents and Stable Children"
  • Session 3 - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - "Conflict Management" and "Learning Disabilities and Social Skills"
  • Session 4 - Thursday, November 17, 2016 - "Creating Special Moments with Infants and Toddlers" and Building Relationships with Children and Youth Who Challenge Us"


Employee Training Programs

If your business regularly offers programs for employees, as part of ongoing professional development or as an employee incentive plan, these local University of Missouri Extension specialists can offer affordable research-based educational programming as part of our Missouri Training Institute (MTI) program.  For more information or to schedule classes contact Nellie Lamers at 417-546-4431 or lamersn@missouri.eduRead more Video Program Brochure (PDF)


Key Facts About myRA

Many people want to save, but haven't found an easy way to get started.  According to a 2015 Federal Reserve Report, 31 percent of non-retired people said they have not retirement savings or pension whatsoever.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury developed myRA to make it easy for people to start saving for the future.  Visit or the attached myRA fact sheet for information on who is eligible, how it works, how to start saving.

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The faculty and staff of the Taney county extension center are available to assist you with research-based information on a variety of topics.  If you can't find what you are looking for on our website, give us a call at 417-546-4431 or send an email to