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).
County Council Roles and Responsibilities
The county extension councils were established by state statue and have a unique set of roles and responsibilities in assisting in the delivery of Extension Programs throughout the State of Missouri.
As an elected or appointed council leader and dedicated advocate for MU Extension in our state, we want to arm you with the most accurate and timely information possible. We have designed this course so you have the educational information, guidelines, by-laws and tools you need to carry out your duties and serve the constituents you represent as a council leader.
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Effective county extension councils are a prerequisite for an effective local extension program that meets the high-priority needs of people in the county. This training module explores the characteristics of effectiveness. As a result of completing this module, council members will identify characteristics of an effective extension council member, understand the responsibilities, and identify needs and available resources.
Module 3: Recruiting candidates for effective county councils
Any citizen who is of voting age may be nominated for the office of county extension council member. This module will help county extension councils comply with statutes, identify potential candidates, and develop a consistent message.
The Extension Council Youth Leadership (ECYL) module is a seven-part training for Extension councils seeking to formalize a role for young people on the council. Training topics include the benefits of councils partnering with young people, exploring assets of various generations, planning for youth involvement, revising bylaws, recruiting and selecting youth to serve, and supporting youth members through adult mentorship. Councils completing the module will emerge with an action plan for expanding youth and/or young adult involvement.
The module is designed to be a fun and interactive planning process, which councils can complete at a weekend retreat, in two evening sessions, or at monthly meetings over several months. Module activities are designed for a mixed group of adults and young people who councils invite to join in the process. A county program director, council chair, or combination of staff and members may facilitate module sessions.
An outline of state statutes governing the county extension council's fiscal obligations, as well as fiscal management and reporting requirements.
Funding for University of Missouri Extension is a shared responsibility among the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Missouri and county extension councils. As a council member, you and your council have responsibility to oversee and account for all funds received and used by the local office for its operation and program expenses.
This module will help you understand: Sources of funding for extension work; your role in fiscal accountability; reports the council is required to provide.
Three modules exploring how the council participates in setting priorities, program implementation, and evaluating programs and reporting outcomes..
As representatives of their communities, county extension council members are knowledgeable about local educational needs. This module will help you understands your role in setting priorities; implementing outcomes; and evaluating and reporting outcomes.