VITA Taxes

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a free service provided in Stone, Christian and Taney Counties. We will begin taking appointments on January 16, 2018. Guidelines: Taxpayers with an AGI of $57,000 or less can get Free Tax Preparation. Families meeting additional requirements are eligible for a credit of up to $6,318. (Volunteers are not trained to do business taxes, the long forms or capital gains and losses. If you have any of these you should see a paid preparer.) 

 Items you MUST have with you: 

(1). Social Security cards for you, your spouse, and each of your dependent children; Form W-2 for every job you or your spouse worked in 2017; (2). A personal check (for your checking account and routing number) if you want your refund direct deposited; (3). If you have Marketplace granted health coverage exemption, bring your exemption certificate number; if you have insurance through the marketplace, bring form 1095A; (4). Your 2016 tax return (optional)

In 2017, did you....   

(1). Receive unemployment compensation? Bring your Form 1099G; (2). Pay for child care? Bring the total paid for child care expenses and the name, address, and Tax ID/Social Security Number of the child care provider. (3). Pay student loan interest? Bring the total of the student loan interest you paid. (4). Pay for tuition? Bring Form 1098 for you, your spouse, and/or dependent children.

Locations for VITA Taxes: Appointments are REQUIRED! (they will not do your taxes without an appointment)

Stone County  - call the Stone County Extension Center 417-357-6812 to make an appointment at their two sites

Christian County - call the Christian County Extension Center 417-581-3558 to make an appointment at their site

Taney County - call the Taney County Extension Center 417-546-4431 to make an appointment at their three sites.

Upcoming Meeting Highlights

Winter Dairy Day

Monett Dairy Day

February 8th at the Monett Armory in Monett MO. Topics are: How to make the most of your DHIA records by Reagan Bluel, MU Extension Dairy Specialist; Cost analysis of feeding raw milk to calves during spring flush by Stacey Hamilton, MU Extension Dairy Specialist, Columbia MO; How to contract milk and feed for more consistent budgeting by Joe Horner, University of Missouri Agriculture Economist, Columbia MO; Dry cow rations, Big bang for your buck. Workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. and cost is $5.00 at the door and includes a catered lunch. For more information and to RSVP call the Barry County Extension Center, 417-847-3161 or email:

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

The training provides certification to obtain a Missouri Private Pesticide Applicators License for agricultural producers and will also count for recertification requirements by the state. The training will not certify for commercial applicators licenses. Must be 18 years old or older. The training will last 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Cost for the training is $25.00 for all who attend. (unlike the past, you do not need to bring your copy of the Private Applicator Reference Manual M87). Training is conducted by Tim Schnakenberg, Regional Agronomy Specialist (417-357-6812). If weather is an issue, please call either 417-357-6812 or 417-838-8405 to confirm the program will proceed.

Stone County - Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Stone County Annex, 106 E. 5th Street, South side of the square, Galena MO (information - 417-357-6812)

Barry County - Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 1:00 p.m. at the Barry County Courthouse Commission Room, 700 Main Street OR at 5:30 p.m. at the Cassville High School Vo-Ag Department at 1501 Main Street/ Hwy Y - take Main/Hwy Y to Partridge Street and turn East, then turn left at the first drive going behind the Intermediate School. Light meal provided for the 5:30 program only (compliments of the Vo-Ag Department, Cassville MO. Preregistration Required - 417-847-3161.

Taney County - Friday, February 16, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Taneyville Municipal Building, 227 Central Avenue, Taneyville MO (information - 417-546-4431)

Christian County - Thursday, March 22, 2018, 8:30 a.m., First Baptist Church, 105 Kennedy Avenue, Clever MO (information - 417-581-3558)

Stone County Livestock and Forage Conference

February 15, 2018, 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 30 Hallelujah Avenue, 2/10 mile south of Crane. Cost is $5.00 per person and that includes a ribeye steak dinner grilled by SW Missouri Cattlemen's Association. Topics for tonight will be: If it Wasn't Lightning or Pneumonia, What Killed the Cow? by Dr. Tim Evans, Associate Professor, MU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Columbia; and Vaccination Strategies for Your Cow-Calf Operation by Dr. Craig Payne, State Extension Veterinarian, Columbia. Reports will also be given by Dennis Wood, Mark Maples and Hank Smythe, Stone County Commission, Galena; Steve Wilson, NRCS, Ozark and Melissa White, Stone County Soil and Water Conservation District, Crane. Please mail a check for $5.00 per person to Stone County Extension Center, PO Box 345, Galena MO 65656. Make check payable to Stone County Extension Center or come by the office on the 2nd floor of the Stone County Courthouse and pay in person. Deadline to register is February 12. Please call 417-357-6812 if you need more information. 


Master Gardeners of the Ozarks

Spring Garden Workshop, March 3 at the Faith Lutheran Church, 221 Malone Street,  in Branson MO. Registration with shopping and continental breakfast opens at 8:00 AM. Sessions 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Advanced registration is required. Cost per person for all sessions and a catered lunch is $25. Topics are: Amazing Plants for Your Garden by Oscar Cross, Hilltop Farms, Ash Grove; The Right Size Garden, by Kathryn Kufahl, Master Gardener, Reeds Spring; Successfully Growing Microgreens, by Cheri Hamilton, C&H Plants, Republic; Composting Tips, by Mark & Renae Burnskoetter, Master Gardener, Springfield; and Yoga and Gardening, by Marie Friedlander, Master Gardener, Hollister. Online registration is available at  . Vendors will offer plants and horticulture related merchandise for sale. There will also be raffle items. Please mail your check to Stone County Extension Center, PO Box 345, Galena MO 65656. Please call 417-357-6812 if you need more information.

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks State Conference

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will host the 2018 Missouri Master Gardener State Conference on September 28, 29, & 30, 2018.  This conference will be held at the Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Conference Center, Branson Missouri. More information will be posted when available.