Program Highlights

Upcoming Programs

Taney County Livestock & Forage Conference

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 we will be holding our Livestock & Forage Conference.  There is a $5.00 registration fee per person.  A dinner will be provided by Branson Bank, First Community Bank and Southern Bank.  The registration form is on the flyer.

Program topics are:

  • Assisting the Cow and Calf during Calving Time, presented by Dr. Scott Poock, State Extension Veterinarian, Columbia
  • Weaning Calves - Tips for Success, presented by Randy Wiedmeier, Regional Livestock Specialist, Gainesville
  • Johnsongrass - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, presented by Will Knuckles, Agronomy Program Assistant, Forsyth

For further information or to register please call the extension office at 417-546-4431.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Sites Open in Taney County

The volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) sites will be opening in Taney county on Monday, January 30, 2017 and will run through April 12, 2017.   To qualify for free tax preparation you must make under $54,000.  Our volunteers are not trained to do business taxes, itemized deductions or capital gains and losses.  If you have these we recommend you see a paid preparer.  To make an appointment or for more information call the extension office at 417-546-4431.  Attached is the flyer showing locations, times and what you need to bring with you.

There are three sites in Taney County:

  • Mondays & Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Taney County OACAC office at 610 S. Sixth Street, Branson 
  • Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Ozark Technical College, Hollister
  • Wednesdays - 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Taney County Extension Center, Forsyth

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Tim Schnakenberg, regional agronomy specialist will be holding a "Private Pesticide Applicator" training on Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Taneyville Municipal Building in Taneyville at 1:00 p.m.  This training provides certification to obtain a Missouri Private Pesticide Applicators license for agriculture producers and will also count for recertification requirements by the state. You must be 18 years or older, and the training will last 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  There is a $15 charge to cover the cost of the Missouri Private Pesticide Applicator reference manual (M87) and handouts.  If you already own this manual there please bring it with you and there will be a $12 reduction of the fee.  See attached flyer for other classes being held in neighboring counties if this date will not work for you.  

Gearing Up For Gardening

The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will hold their annual Spring gardening workshop on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Branson, MO.  Session will run from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Advance registration is required.  Cost per person for all sessions and lunch is $20. .  Registration may be sent in or on-line at  Attached flyer has registration form.

Workshop topics:

  • Tips & Tricks to Maximize Your Vegetable Garden Production - Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator, MU Extension
  • Incorporating Permaculture into Your Garden- Alyssa & Riley Hughes, Sustainable by Nature, Springfield
  • Plant Disease Diagnostics and Prevention - Tim Schnakenberg, regional agronomy specialist, MU Extension
  • No More Aching Backs - Ashley Goddard, Professional Personal Trainer, Springfield
  • The Monarch Butterfly: It's Life Cycle, Migration, and How You Can Get Involved - Tom Riley, Entomologist & Master Gardener

For more information contact the Stone County Extension Center at 417-357-6812. 

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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