MU Extension Facts and Figures for Elected Officials

For nearly 100 years, University of Missouri Extension has been an innovator in helping people make their lives better.

As an elected official, you need fast, accurate information. The following links to research-based resources may assist you in answering constituent questions or in collecting background information for important policy decisions. Additional links provide information about MU Extension services and programs.

Please contact Tracy Feller, if you need assistance in finding additional University of Missouri resources.

University of Missouri District Impact Sheets from UM System Government Relations Office

Discover county-by-county trends in business, housing, education, health, agriculture and other population factors.

More than 30 public and private organizations across the state collaborate to chart the well-being of children. The KidsCount data base profiles contain information by county on school dropout rates, births to mothers with less than 12 years of education and more.

OSEDA,, also provides demographic trend reports and many other useful publications and data.  

Community Commons: A place where data, tools and stories come together to inspire change and improve communities. Community Commons provides public access to thousands of meaningful data layers with mapping and reporting capabilities that allow users to thoroughly explore community health.

Statewide Community Development faculty and others involved in local government (PDF) (updated 8/12)

University of Missouri Extension, in collaboration with partners, is a reliable source of research and experience-based information and facilitation for local government. Extension's assistance focuses on smaller governmental units:

  • Education about government and governance
  • Policy analysis and policy information
  • Facilitation for planning, citizen engagement, community deliberation of difficult issues
  • Individualized assistance and analysis.

Contact the Community Development Extension Faculty in your region or county extension office for assistance or referral on local government issues. Some services and training are fee-based.
Community development programs

Community Policy Analysis Center:
The Community Policy Analysis Center conducts community research studies and analyses on local, state and national levels. See reports on such topics as rural entrepreneurship, cost of community services and local food products as an economic development strategy.

University of Missouri Extension
Sources of Funds

The cooperative extension mission is carried out through funding partnerships from federal, state and local sources. MU Extension’s statewide programs are made possible through support from a variety of partnerships. Funds are appropriated from federal, state and local governments. The organization also generates revenue from contracts, grants, recovery of facilities and administrative costs from grants, fees, gifts, sales and services.

While levels of appropriated funds have remained relatively flat, MU Extension continues to steadily increase the amount of revenue generated from other sources. In FY 2007, for the first time, generated funds exceeded appropriations as a percentage of overall revenue.

All MU Extension funds are leveraged to maximize the impact of high-priority programming delivered to Missourians. Appropriated funds provide a base for matching grants and help build faculty infrastructure on campus and throughout the state. MU Extension faculty, in turn, identify and secure additional resources to further their educational efforts.

MU Extension summary budget reports

Summary of current MU Extension grants and contracts