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Council Leadership Training

The mission of University of Missouri Extension is to: improve Missourians' lives by addressing their highest priorities through the application of research-based knowledge and resources. As an integral part of the land-grant mission, University of Missouri Extension is a joint venture of University of Missouri campuses; Lincoln University Cooperative Extension; the people of Missouri through county extension councils: National Institute for Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and other stakeholders and partners.

As a county extension council member, you play a vital role in meeting these educational needs. County extension councils are statutorily created to work with the University in carrying out the local extension program (Sections 262:550 to 262:620, Revised Statutes of Missouri). This module will assist new council members in understanding:

  • Their role as a county extension council member
  • The county extension council's relationship with the university.

Module 4 Credits

Information in this module is used with permission from:
The Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development,
Youth on Board, Inc.
National 4-H Council
Campaign Consultation, Inc.
Marston Communications

Authors and contributors


  • Steve Henness, Project Coordinator, 4-H Center for Youth Development
  • Tony Delong, County Extension Council Coordinator
  • Leanna Baumer, Youth Project Coordinator
  • Melissa Scheer, MU Graduate Student

Steering Committee

  • Bud Reber, East Central Region Director, University of Missouri Extension
  • Ina Linville, Program Leader, 4-H Youth Development
  • L. Jo Turner, Interim Vice Provost, University of Missouri Extension
  • Bev Coberly, Program Director, Off-Campus Relations
  • Sam Hawkins, Chair, Missouri State Extension Council


  • Sherri Kempf, Cooper County Extension Council
  • Deanna Crocker, Boone County Extension Council

Module Development

  • Jana Thies, MU Graduate Student

2011 Module updates

  • Steve Henness, Project Coordinator, 4-H Center for Youth Development
  • Mary Jo Moncheski, MU Graduate Student
  • Leah Stotts, MU Student/ State 4-H Council

Special thanks

  • National 4-H Council and Surdna Foundation
  • Missouri 4-H Foundation
  • Carole MacNeil, National 4-H Youth in Governance Initiative
  • Shep Zeldin, Dept. of Child and Family Studies, UW-Madison