MU Extension statistical data

Photo: Steve Ball
Steve Ball, MU Extension state fitness specialist, works at his treadmill desk. Recent studies suggest that sitting at a desk all day can cancel out the health benefits of regular exercise. Treadmill desks let workers walk at 1-2 mph, burning as many as 100 calories per hour. The benefits for employees, Ball said, include weight loss, improved posture, less back stress, better focus, reduced mental stress and anxiety, and enhanced job satisfaction. “Active employees are healthy employees,” he said. “We’ve got to get people up and moving.”

Table: Summary of continuing education  noncredit activities — FY 2013

Continuing Education Unit Number of Activities Attendance Total Individual Hours of Instruction Student FTE*
This table includes noncredit activities reported through MU continuing education units and does not include contacts by cooperative extension specialists.

*Student FTE = Student Full-time Equivalent

**6 other MU Conference office activities with attendance totaling 2,306 have been distributed among their related academic areas and are represented in the MU Extension unit totals in this table.
Continuing Medical Education 1,714 29,407 2,814 239.4
Fire and Rescue Training Institute 597 13,868 10,057 618.4
Labor Education 27 798 343 24.8
Law Enforcement Training Institute 59 978 2,919 262.1
Missouri Training Institute 518 12,937 1,887 126.6
Nursing Outreach 111 2,816 686 61.7
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 58 770 515 24.4
Veterinary Medical Extension
and Continuing Education
1 3 1 0.0
MU Conference Office**
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 17 4,695 368 275.5
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Extension 1 118 10 5.2
Business 1 21 23 2.2
Education 2 391 23 24.3
Engineering 4 510 106 33.0
4-H Youth Development 2 406 45 26.3
Human Environmental Sciences Extension 1 127 16 8.8
Journalism 3 177 45 11.0
Medicine 3 358 68 32.6
MU Administration 17 2,752 250 152.5
MU Extension 5 997 67 80.3
Veterinary Medicine 1 81 12 3.5
Conference Office-hosted 16 8,413 350 750.2
Conference Office totals 73 19,046 1,382 1,405.4
Totals 3,158 80,623 20,604 2,763


photo: soil erosion in Shelbina, Missouri
MU Extension plant scientist Peter Scharf is concerned about increased topsoil erosion resulting from heavy rains. Across much of northern Missouri, an inch of soil loss in a corn-soybean rotation translates into an annual financial loss of $14 per acre at today’s prices. Scharf and other MU Extension specialists work with producers to promote terracing, no-till practices and planting of properly managed cover crops to help reduce soil erosion.

Table: Educational contacts cooperative extension — FY 2013

Program Area Direct Contact Total Indirect Contact Total Total Contacts
This chart includes both direct and indirect educational contacts. Direct contact occurs when participants are actively engaged in a learning process, whether in a group or individual setting, that promotes awareness and understanding of research-based knowledge and adoption of research-based practices. Indirect contact occurs when the distribution of information and resources does not meet the above definition of direct contact. This can include public events and dissemination of printed materials that deliver educational content.
Agriculture and Natural Resources 112,966 293,861 406,827
Human Environmental Sciences 1,022,280 354,041 1,376,321
Business Development 33,362 1,362 34,724
Community Development 13,752 171,233 184,985
4-H Youth Development 143,186 147,176 290,362
Totals 1,325,546 967,673 2,293,219

photo: Community members from Morgan County, Missouri
A course offered through MU Extension’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute helped to soothe cultural and religious differences in rural Morgan County. The eight-week course compared history and culture of different religions. Brought to the community by instructional TV and widely attended, the course helped community members learn about different religious practices. Understanding religious and cultural differences of groups, such as the Mennonites in Morgan County, helps communities better value and embrace cultural uniquenesses. Photo courtesy of Rural Missouri magazine.

Success breeds confidence

photo: Participants of the Kids in the Kitchen program

Mark Ohrenberg shares a joke with volunteer Natalie Cheng and two participants in MU Extension’s Kids in the Kitchen program.

…and confidence breeds success. This philosophy is at the heart of MU Extension’s Kids in the Kitchen program.

Kids in the Kitchen is a statewide program, developed by MU Extension’s Human Environmental Sciences program that gives young people hands-on cooking experiences and healthy living and lifestyle information, said Jim Ronald, 4-H youth specialist for MU Extension. “It’s about kids becoming more independent.”

In a class in Columbia, children with disabilities learned cooking skills like reading recipes, and using kitchen tools such as mixers, knives and choppers. While cooking is an important life skill, the kids also learn self-assurance.

“The goal of this program is to help the kids learn independent living skills,” said Natalie Cheng, Mizzou student. “We encourage the students to take the recipes home and cook with their families.”

Independent living is important for everyone, but it’s very important for these kids. This particular class is led by Mark Ohrenberg, youth advocate and community service specialist for Services for Independent Living, a Columbia-based nonprofit.

“Everyone does a task in different ways. Giving young people an opportunity to make recipes builds confidence,” Ohrenberg said.