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AFRI: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative is nation’s leading competitive grants program for agricultural sciences.

AHEC: Area Health Education Centers

ADM: Academic Directors Meeting

ALM: Administrative Leadership Meeting

AgEBB: Agricultural Electronic Bulletin Board; provides web access to agricultural-related resources from the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.  This will transition to the NEXUS/CAFNR website over time

AMR: Application Materials Review; review process conducted to identify employment applicants to be interviewed for regional specialist positions. A personnel team, comprised of the regional director, education director, regional field and county engagement specialist, a county council member, program leader and human resource representative, conducts the review.

ANR: Agriculture and Natural Resources; programmatic unit that includes animal and plant sciences, food science and agriculture engineering, natural resources and social sciences.

ANREP: Association of Natural Resources Professionals; professional organization for extension faculty working in environmental education, fisheries, forestry, wood sciences, range management, recreation, waste management, water, wildlife and related disciplines.

APLU: Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; association of public universities, land-grant institutions and public university systems that advocates for higher education. The University of Missouri System is a member.

AREERA: Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998; formerly known as GPRA (Government Performance and Results Act of 1993), this federal legislation requires approved Plans of Work from Extension and Research to receive federal funding.

ATTRA: Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas; national sustainable farming information service.


B&I: Business and Industry; area of specialization for regional faculty members.

BERM: Business Environmental Risk Management


CAFNR: College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; located at the University of Missouri.

CARES: Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems; aids interested public and private parties in learning about and managing our resources.

CDA:Community Development Academy; named program that helps individuals explore ideas and develop practical skills for involving and empowering local citizens and leaders.

CECH-UP: Citizen Education Clearing House

CEHP: Continuing Education for Health Professionals

CEMP: Community Emergency Management Program

CES: County Engagement Specialist; replaced the County Program Director, but has an emphasis on stronger engagement and outcomes at the county level. Connect the community with a greater range of information and resources of the University of Missouri.

CEU: Continuing Education Unit; nationally recognized system to provide a standardized measure for accumulating, transferring and recognizing participation in continuing education programs. One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience.

CHART: Community Health Assistance Resource Team; Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services initiative to improve community health; partners with CHART across the state. 

CHEO: Community Health, Engagement and Outreach

CHP: Center for Health Policy

CLDC: Council Leadership Development Committee; extension and Missouri Extension County Council Leadership Council group that supports the program, and governance and membership roles of county extension councils.

COAD: Community Organizations Active in Disasters

CPD: County Program Director; regional specialist who was responsible for coordinating the educational programming in a county. Replaced by the County Engagement Specialist (CES).

CSREES: Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service; Former U.S. Department of Agriculture unit that links USDA research and education programs with land-grant institutions. When congress created the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, it replaced the former Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), which had been in existence since 1994.


E&G: Endowments and Gifts; private-giving program that supplements extension's federal, state and county resources; gifts support educational programs, staff or equipment

EC: East Central; one of seven extension administrative regions, covering 17 counties

ECHO: Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes

ED: Education Director

EDEN: Extension Disaster Education Network; collaborative effort of state extension services to provide information and resources on natural and man-made disasters.

EDIC: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council

EQIP: Environmental Quality Incentive Program; U.S. Department of Agriculture voluntary conservation program to promote environmental quality.

ESP: Epsilon Sigma Phi-Missouri Alpha Tau Chapter; national honorary extension fraternity that promotes professionalism and professional development.

ETCS: extension unit that provides technical support and training for county extension centers.

EXCEL: Experience in Community Enterprise and Leadership; extension curriculum for local leadership development.


FAPRI: Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute; congressionally enacted institute whose mission is to provide objective analysis of food, agricultural, nutritional and environmental issues.

FNEP: Family Nutrition Education Program; extension Named Program that provides health, food safety and resource management education to low-income Missourians.

FRTI: Fire and Rescue Training Institute

FTE: full-time equivalent; term used to describe portion of time allocated to an appointment, based on full-time employment; e.g.,, one half-time appointment and one quarter-time appointment equals 75 percent FTE, written as 0.75 FTE.

FY: fiscal year; term used for accounting purposes; extension's fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30; county fiscal year is Jan. 1-Dec.31; federal government, Oct. 1-Sept. 30.

G - None available


HEED: Human Environmental Extension Development Fund; extension endowment that supports educational programming in human environmental sciences.

HES: Human Environmental Sciences; extension program unit that includes consumer and family economics, environmental design, human development and family studies, nutrition and health, and textile and apparel management.

HOPE: Office of Health Outreach Policy Education


IDP: Individualized Development Plan; part of the extension performance evaluation process in which employees and their supervisors identify professional development goals, achievement plans and assistance needed.

IHD: Institute for Human Development; UMKC unit that assists extension specialists with program evaluations.

K - None available


LETI: Law Enforcement Training Institute

LU: Lincoln University; 1890 land-grant institution in Jefferson City; partner with the University of Missouri in extension

LUCE: Lincoln University Cooperative Extension; extension partner in delivering local education with a specific mission to reach limited-resource audiences.


MACEDEP: Missouri Association of Community and Economic Development Extension Professionals

MAE4HYW: Missouri Association of Extension 4-H Youth Workers; professional association for extension employees working with youth programs.

MAEP: Missouri Agricultural Extension Professionals

MaGIC: Mid-America Geographical Information Consortium

MaGIC: Management of Genetically Improved Crops

MCAC: Missouri College Advising Corps. A college-access advising program that empowers Missouri high school students to go to college.

MDA: Missouri Department of Agriculture.

MDC: Missouri Department of Conservation.

MDI: Missouri Department of Insurance

MEAFCS: Missouri Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; professional association for extension employees working in human environmental sciences 

MELD: Missouri Extension Leadership Development; extension program to increase leadership capacity within the organization and to increase the ability of specialists to provide effective education in a changing world.

MG: Master Gardener

MOMGA: Missouri Master Gardener Association

MoDOT: Missouri Department of Transportation

MO PTAC: Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers; assists small businesses in selling to federal, state and local governments

MOREnet: Missouri Research and Education Network; provides Internet connectivity, technical support, videoconferencing services and training to Missouri's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public libraries, health care, state government and other affiliates, including some county extension centers.

MO SBDC: Missouri Small Business Development Centers are part of a statewide network of business experts uniquely qualified to help small business develop and thrive. Every MO SBDC location provides Missouri small businesses convenient access to this network.

MoWIN: Missouri Watershed Information Network; extension resource center; statewide clearinghouse for information on watersheds.

MPAC: Missouri Precision Agriculture Center; extension resource center that coordinates and enhances University of Missouri research, teaching and outreach in site-specific crop management.

MU: University of Missouri; one of the four campuses of the UM System

MTI: Missouri Training Institute

MTN: Missouri Telehealth Network


NACAA: National Association of County Agricultural Agents; professional association for extension specialists working in agriculture.

NACDEP: National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals

NEAFCS: National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; formerly NAEHE; organization that promotes the professional development of extension specialists who work with families and individuals.

NA4-HYW: National Association 4-H Youth Workers; organization for professional who work with 4-H youth development programs.

NAEHE: National Association of Extension Home Economists; see NEAFCS - National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

NCRCRD: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development; multi-state project to coordinate research and education to improve social and economic well-being in rural areas.

NE: Northeast Region; one of seven extension administrative regions, covering 20 counties.

NELD: National Extension Leadership Development Program; professional development experience designed to enhance leadership capacity within extension.

NETC: National Extension Technology Conference; annual professional development conference for extension educators and technologists who want to improve their knowledge and skills in integrating technology into extension programming and support educators with appropriate technologies.

NIFA: National Institute of Food and Agriculture U.S. Department of Agriculture unit that links USDA research and education programs with land-grant institutions. When congress created the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, it replaced the former Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), which had been in existence since 1994.

NPA: nutrition program assistant or nutrition program associate. Family Nutrition Education Program.

NRCS: Natural Resources Conservation Service; formerly SCS — Soil Conservation Service; U.S. Department of Agriculture agency.

NUEL: National Urban Extension Leaders

NW: Northwest Region; one of seven extension administrative regions, covering 19 counties.


OSEDA: Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis; extension resource center providing demographic and economic data to public and private organizations.


PAT: Pesticide Applicator Training; extension curriculum that trains individuals to become certified pesticide applicators.

PPAT: Private Pesticide Applicator Training

PD: Senior Program Director

PILD: Public Issues Leadership Development

Q - None available


RD: regional director; supervises faculty and staff and is responsible for educational program and resource development in one of eight regions

REAL: Remote Electronic Access for Libraries - project providing Internet access to Missouri's public libraries. 

RUPRI: Rural Policy Research Institute; university center that conducts research and facilitates public dialogue to assist policymakers in understanding the rural impacts of public policies and programs.


SARE: Sustainable Agriculture Research Education

SBDC: Small Business Development Center

SCS: Soil Conservation Service; see NRCS - Natural Resources Conservation Service.

SE: Southeast Region; one of seven extension administrative regions, covering 18 counties.

SW: Southwest Region; one of seven extension administrative regions, covering 17 counties.

T - None available


UE: Urban East Region

UME: University of Missouri Extension; the local link between the resources of the four University of Missouri campuses and Lincoln University and people throughout the state.

UM System: University of Missouri; four-campus system, including campuses in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis; extension is the link between the campuses and local people.

UMEA: University of Missouri Extension Association; professional organization of extension faculty and staff, promoting leadership, achievement and professional ethics.

UMKC: University of Missouri-Kansas City; one of four campuses.

UMR: University of Missouri-Rolla; former name of Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S & T), one of the four campuses of the University of Missouri, located in Rolla.

UMSL: University of Missouri-St. Louis

UW: Urban West Region One of 8 Extension administrative regions covering three large Urban counties.

USDA: U.S. Department of Agriculture; federal agency that is a financial and programmatic partner with state and local governments in cooperative extension.

V - None available


WC: West Central Region; one of seven extension administrative regions, covering 17 counties.

X - None available


YEA: youth education assistant; extension paraprofessional who provides education and support for county 4-H youth development programs. Now YPA

YPA: Youth Program Associate

Z - None available