Northland Early Education Council Continues Conscious Discipline After-Work Seminars

The Northland Early Education Council workshop on Thursday, November 17 at North Kansas City Hospital Pavilion will continue with Dr. Becky Bailey's Conscious Discipline program with the topic "Transform Resistance into Cooperation". Presenter Cathy Lancelotta will discuss how offering choices to children helps build positive self-esteem and encourages them to direct their willpower in helpful ways. Registration is due by Monday, November 14. Questions: contact Diana Milne, (816) 407-3490 or  Information flyer.   Registration Form

Clay County Family Honored During State Fair

L-R: Angela Viebrock; Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension & Engagement, MU Extension; Sherry Jones,  State Fair Commissioner; Mark Wolfe, Missouri State Fair Director; Lowell Mohler, State Fair Commissioner; Lincoln Viebrock; Richard Fordyce,  Director of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau; Larson Viebrock; and Johnny Viebrock.

Johnny and Angela Viebrock and family of Smithville were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair. The Viebrock family was selected as the Clay County Missouri Farm Family by the Clay County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.  The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.

The Viebrock family, which includes sons Larson and Lincoln, operate a diversified farm operation which includes sheep, vegetables, and agri-tourism. They work with other local agriculture producers to identify expanded market opportunities.  The family has been active in Clay County agriculture for a number of years, have participated in Extension outreach education programs, and supported the delivery of Extension outreach programs in the Smithville area. In addition, Johnny is a local agriculture education instructor at Smithville High School and he is the local FFA sponsor, Angela is an elementary school educator. 

The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of our state. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities, and are active participants in local outreach and extension,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.” This was the first year in its 58-year history that all 114 Missouri counties participated by nominating a family.

For more information, contact Crystal Weber, (816) 407-3490, or visit your local Extension Center or

4-H SPIN Clubs New Option For Young People

A 4-H SPIN Club is a special interest club where five or more young people learn about a topic of interest. Topics vary and include interests such as nature, heritage arts, science, photography, gardening, shooting sports, and more. SPIN clubs are led by volunteers who have a passion and want to share their knowledge with young people. We are looking for adults that have a talent or interest that they are willing to teach to young people in local communities. We are planning now for SPIN clubs that will meet in the next 3-6 months. SPIN clubs are planned around the volunteers availability. Have a positive impact on the next generation of young people in your community by sharing your experience and knowledge in a subject area you are passionate about. Contact Emily Reiersgaard, Clay County 4-H Youth Development Specialist, at (816) 407-3490 or email reiersgaarde@missouri.eduSPIN Club flyer (PDF)

Business Classes Held at Four Locations in Kansas City Area

"The Basics of Writing a Business Plan" and "The First Steps to Starting a Business" are the topics business classes being held at four local Full Employment Council locations. Scholarships are available for dislocated workers. Print this flyer (PDF) for all locations, times and dates.  For more information contact Richard Zarate, Business Counselor with University of Missouri Extension and Small Business & Technology Development Center. Phone (816) 407-3496 or Email

Northland Grandfamilies

Are you raising a grandchild or other relative?  Need support, information or resources?  Clay County Extension, the Clay County Senior Services, and the Platte County Senior Fund have developed a partnership to help those in just such a situation. If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children, contact the Clay County Extension Center at 816-407-3490 for more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program. View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates. For a current program flyer, contact 816-407-3490.

Master Gardeners answer questions

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City are available to answer your questions on lawn, flowers, trees, and gardening. Call 816-833-8733 (TREE) or email your question to