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Why community?

Each year the annual report strives to illustrate how the different units of University of Missouri Extension work together to fulfill the land-grant mission and serve the public good. This year, we want to highlight a common thread that runs through every program, initiative, curriculum and daily interaction — community.

Our efforts in every corner of the state all boil down to one thing; they strengthen the communities they work with. Whether it’s a municipal government, a startup business or a livestock operation, our specialists draw on a wealth of knowledge and research to help communities grow and thrive. MU Extension’s development efforts in FY 2015 strengthened local economies across Missouri through a variety of counseling and advising efforts, as well as face-to-face consultation.


jobs created or retained


new organizations created

$6.43 million

in grant funding secured

$224 million

in increased sales

$166 million

in new financing secured


local, state and federal contracts won

$303 million

total in contracts