Message from the Vice Provost

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Michael D. Ouart, vice provost and director

For 100 years, University of Missouri Extension has extended university-based knowledge beyond the campus into all 114 counties of the state. In doing so, extension has strengthened families, businesses and communities. This local presence, combined with input from nearly 2,000 local county council members, demonstrates a level of local commitment, reach and accomplishment that is unmatched by any other university in Missouri.

Extension programs provide Missouri-specific answers that are research-based and non-biased. In the age of the Internet, when anyone can claim to be an expert, it’s clear that extension’s role as a trusted resource is vital.

Looking back on FY 2013, I am proud to note that MU Extension faculty made nearly 2.3 million personal contacts with those they serve. Professionals in business, public safety, health, government, labor, education and agriculture routinely turned to extension for solutions. Extension’s 4-H youth program reached more than 276,000 young people ages 5 to 18 in every corner of the state. Senior adults improved their lives with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and thousands of additional daily contacts took place through our comprehensive website.

May 8, 2014 marks extension’s centennial celebration. MU Extension will recognize the milestone with a centennial event in early May. Additionally, throughout the year, there will be a variety of local centennial events across the state. If you are interested in centennial celebrations, you can learn more by visiting extension.missouri.edu/centennial. We look forward to seeing you.

Please be assured that while your extension family will celebrate this milestone, we are keenly focused on building for the future and delivering solutions that represent our five thematic areas of expertise and delivery:

  • Educational attainment
  • Environmental concerns
  • Community, economic, business and workforce development
  • Global food systems
  • Health systems

This year’s annual report highlights our work in these five thematic areas, which represent the individual and societal challenges of the 21st century. As you read through the pages, you will learn how MU Extension is successfully helping transform Missouri lives, businesses and communities.

Thank you for your support of MU Extension. We look forward to our continuing relationship with you and our partners across the state.