Extension Council Election

The Clay County Extension Council took place January 19 to January 23. Two new members, Debbie Blakely and Christine Veach, both of Liberty, were elected to a first term, as well as one candidate, Amanda Riesselman, was re-elected to a 2nd term. The Extension Council is responsible for guiding and directing the outreach programs of the University of Missouri and extending these resources toward meeting objectives and solving problems of individuals, communities and organizations within the county. To find out more about University Extension, or how you can become involved, check out the website at http://extension.missouri.edu/about/home.aspx or contact the Clay County office at (816) 407-3490.

Small Farm & Land Entrepreneur Conference

The 2nd annual SALE (Small Farm & Land Entrepreneur) conference will be held March 7th in St. Joseph, MO.  The conference was a big success last year and we are hoping for it to grow again this year.  We are hoping that we can get the word out around the state about this exciting conference.  There will be a wide variety of topics offered.  Some of the topics include mushroom growing, organic insect & weed control, small scale beef/sheep/goats, alternative energy, backyard poultry, beginning beekeeping, raising rabbits, growing tomatoes & tree fruits, grants for small farms, saving seeds in your garden, high tunnel production, marketing strategies, food preservation, and many more.  The conference website can be found at  http://extension.missouri.edu/nodaway/SALEconference2015.aspx.

Business Classes for 2015

Two classes to assist entrepreneurs in getting off to the right start are being offered by University Extension in cooperation with the Full Employment Council.  Classes are being offered in four locations. First Steps to Starting a Business is a 4-hour class that provides an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. Basics of Writing a Business Plan is a 2-hour session designed for those who want to know how to create a business plan that will be a useful management tool for their business. For more details or to see if you qualify as a Missouri Dislocated Worker, contact Richard Zarate;  zarater@missouri.edu or 816-407-3496.  Information Flyer (PDF)

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. Master Gardeners are on winter hours. Please leave a message so a Master Gardener can return the call. Calls will be returned as quickly as possible. Call 816-833-8733 (TREE) or you can email your question to mggkc.hotline@gmail.com.