Educational contacts cooperative extension — FY 2014
||Direct contact total
||Indirect contact total
|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
|Human Environmental Sciences
|4-H Youth Development
Missouri pork producers stepped up biosecurity measures this year to keep the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) from spreading. University of Missouri Extension Swine Nutrition Specialist Marcia Shannon said these efforts have kept Missouri numbers lower than national figures.
Missouri had 96 cases of PEDV compared to 1,646 in neighboring Iowa, 407 in Illinois, 214 in Kansas and 331 in Oklahoma. The disease has been reported in 27 states. Shannon credits improved biosecurity measures taken by pork producers such as Two Mile Pork, a family-owned operation near Monroe City. Their operation has taken several safety precautions against spreading PEDV.
The farm is closed to tours and delivery trucks. Deliveries are made to an off-site office, fumigated with a disinfectant and taken to the farm in a vehicle that has been washed and dried thoroughly before entering the farm. Employees wear clean disposable booties that have not touched the ground to create a line of separation.
|Continuing Education Unit
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
** Two other MU Conference Office activities with attendance totaling 1,927 have been distributed among their related academic areas and are represented in the MU Extension unit totals in this table.
|Continuing Medical Education
|Fire and Rescue Training Institute
|Law Enforcement Training Institute
|Missouri Training Institute
|MU Nursing Outreach
|Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
|MU Conference Office**
|Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
|Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Extension
|4-H Youth Development
|Human Environmental Sciences Extension
|Conference Office totals
The Mizzou Mobile Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab is a laboratory on wheels that can respond to turf problems on golf courses and sports fields quickly and effectively. Many turf diseases can spin out of control if not treated in a timely fashion.
“The lab is outfitted with lab tools, microscopes and a workbench that allow me to take a close look at the sample and identify the disease-causing agent,” said Lee Miller, turfgrass pathologist for University of Missouri Extension. “With the lab, turfgrass managers don’t have to wait while samples are shipped back and forth to a plant diagnostic lab.”
Miller said the response to the Mizzou Mobile Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab has been overwhelmingly positive. The lab has been able to provide fast diagnosis and treatment, helping to keep golf courses and sports fields in tip-top shape.
Extension district option law passes
On July 2, 2013, Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 542 into law, giving county extension councils the option to work with one or more other county councils to form extension districts.
“The main purpose of the district option is to help counties increase efficiencies and reduce costs by working together,” said Michael Ouart, MU vice provost and director of extension.
Ouart noted that the legislation does not require councils to form districts.
“This is an option and nothing more,” he said. “But it’s an important option for many counties that struggle to maintain extension services during times of limited funding.”
Similar legislation exists in 26 other states, including Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. In these states, Ouart said, districting has helped extension offices remain open and continue to provide residents with extension services they rely on.
“This legislation allows for local solutions,” said H.C. Russell, then-chair of the University of Missouri Extension State Council. “It provides county councils greater control over how they manage their costs and gives communities more flexibility to dedicate resources to extension programs that best meet their needs.”
This legislation also allows districts to ask voters to approve a property tax to fund local programs. A majority of voters in each county of a district must approve the proposed tax for it to take effect.
“Again, this is an option available to districts and not a requirement. Any proposed tax levies must be approved by voters,” Ouart said. “Missourians realize the value of extension, but councils also understand that for some communities, a new tax may not be an appropriate or feasible solution to funding challenges.”
County councils that chose to form an extension district would appoint representatives to a governing board.
“Forming an extension district would not diminish the role of the county councils,” said Russell. “District boards will report to the councils, not the other way around.”