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The staff of the Carter County Extension Center is available to assist county residents with research-based information on a variety of topics. If you can't find what you are looking for on the MU Extension website, please call our office at 573-323-4418 or send us an email at

Office operating hours are Monday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, Tuesday and Thursday 8am to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday and Friday Noon to 4:30 p.m.


A Unique Opportunity 
We extend this invitation to you to become a nominee for the University of Missouri Extension Council of Carter County because we feel you are in tune with your community, have your community’s best interests at heart and are willing to open the doors of opportunity for Carter County residents through University of Missouri Extension. 
As a member of the Carter County Extension Council, you can put any issue, interest or concern on the county’s educational agenda. State laws confer this right to extension councils. 
County extension council members and MU Extension faculty act as educational brokers, putting the interests and concerns of local people together with the resources of our land-grant university so people can obtain their goals. Throughout Missouri, extension councils and MU Extension professionals have identified an array of issues and have found ways University facilities and people can help.  
Because extension councils, through federal and state laws, have a legal foundation for operation and a working partnership with MU Extension, the variety and scope of educational programs are nearly unlimited.
Current MU Extension Programs:  
? Wildlife Food Plots ? Landscaping for Special Needs ? Family Care Giving ? Landscaping in Containers & Raised Beds ? Bob White Quail Habitat ? Using Quicken for Keeping Farm Records ? Estate Planning ? Water Quality
Why Partnership? 
As representatives of all Carter County residents, extension council members are in the best position to discover what local people want and need from Missouri’s land-grant university. MU Extension professionals and council members, acting as the front door to every unit in the University, put residents in touch with those who can help. Together, faculty and local citizens shape MU Extension programs to enhance the local quality of life. 
We believe in what we do, and it shows in our history, in our programs, and most importantly,  in the people we serve.
MU Extension faculty and council members have access to a wide range of expertise through collaboration with state agencies and other organizations and groups. As members of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System, MU Extension faculty can draw from research and knowledge centers across the nation and the world. 
Your Responsibilities 
If you choose to be nominated for this partnership and are elected, you will be expected to:  
? Understand and advocate for the goals, aspirations and concerns of people of Carter County. 
? Provide regular, thoughtful participation in developing educational programs to assist people in reaching their goals. 
? Be an advocate for access to education that empowers people. 
? Learn about the wealth of resources provided by MU and the University of Missouri System. 
? Assist with council elections. 
? Work with MU Extension faculty and others to generate support from outside sources.
? Secure and administer the county’s share of funding for MU Extension programming in collaboration with the county commission. 
? Advise and consult with University administration concerning the assignment of MU Extension faculty to Carter County. 
? Attend council meetings regularly and participate in training opportunities.  
Your Rewards 
Many people gain great satisfaction as an MU Extension council member.  
First, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a positive difference in the lives of people in your community. 
Second, you will enjoy the friendship and camaraderie of other knowledgeable leaders.  
Here is what you, as an extension council member, can expect from MU Extension: 
? A continuous flow of information about University and council programs, resources and activities.
? Social and economic data that outline trends and conditions in Carter County and surrounding area. 
? Opportunities to learn about your role, responsibilities and opportunities through county, regional and state training and other experiences. 
? A network that connects you with people in other counties and states.  
MU Extension cannot fulfill its mission of extending the educational resources and knowledge base of the University of Missouri to people without a full partnership with local residents. 
We Need Each Other 
You have been identified as someone who could fulfill the partnership role well. We invite you to fill out and return the nomination form. You can call an MU Extension faculty member or Carter County council member for further details.
To: The Nominating Committee of the University of Missouri Extension Council of Carter County 
I hereby submit my name in nomination as a member of the University of Missouri Extension Council of Carter County. I understand that if I am nominated, I will stand for election in January 2009. If elected, I agree to serve. 
___________________________________ Name  ___________________________________ Phone  ___________________________________ Street Address  ___________________________________ City, State, ZIP  ___________________________________ E-mail
PO Box 459 Van Buren, MO 63965 Phone: 573-323-4418 Fax: 573-323-4037 E-mail:

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4-H Schedule of Activities

November 2018




Horsemanship – Horsemanship meets regularly on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month  from 6pm-8pm at the Harvey Reynolds arena (Take 21 south, turn Rt on Co. Rd. 229, then Lt on 227, the indoor arena is on the Rt)     


4-H Explore and Sure Shot Archery – Meet the 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday each month from 3:30 – 4:45 after school

Archery at Ellsinore – Thursday Nov 8th from 3:30-5:00 we will shoot archery at the Ellsinore softball field located by the school


4-H Night at Van Buren - Tuesday Nov. 13th from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Carter County Nutrition Center in VanBuren.


 Ellsinore 4-H Meeting - Thursday Nov. 15th from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Ellsinore FEMA Bldg


Shooting Sports - Shooting Sports Day with Oregon County 4H at the Rover Gun Club

                                Saturday, December 1st from 10am-12noon 

We will meet at the VB Nutrition Center at 8:00am to organize rides (We will be car-pooling if you do not have a ride).  There will be the opportunity to shoot air pistols or rifles (8yrs or older), archery (8yrs or older), trap shooting (12 yrs or older), and .22 pistols (13 yrs or older).  Lunch will be provided.  Everything is free of charge.

Agriculture - For those wishing to participate in agricultural projects, several animal species can be raised for a project.  Some such include calves, goats, rabbits, dogs and chickens to name a few.  Check with Diane Oesch or Sue Miller (323-4418) if you have any questions about your animal.


For information about local 4-H clubs and activities, contact MU Extension in Carter County at 573/323-4418.