Glossary of AcronymsExtension: University of Missouri Extension; the local link between the resources of the four University of Missouri campuses and Lincoln University and people throughout the state.
AgEBB: Agricultural Electronic Bulletin Board; provides web access to agricultural-related resources from and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
AMR: Application Materials Review; review process conducted to identify employment applicants to be interviewed for regional specialist positions. A personnel team, comprised of the regional director, regional specialists, a county council member, program leader and human resource representative, conducts the review.
ANR: Agriculture and Natural Resources; programmatic unit that includes animal and plant sciences, food science and engineering, natural resources and social sciences.
ANREP: Association of Natural Resources Professionals; professional organization for extension faculty working in environmental education, fisheries, forestry, wood sciences, range management, recreation, waste management, water, wildlife and related disciplines.
APLU: Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; association of public universities, land-grant institutions and public university systems that advocates for higher education. The University of Missouri System is a member.
AREERA: Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998; formerly known as GPRA (Government Performance and Results Act of 1993), this federal legislation requires approved Plans of Work from Extension and Research to receive federal funding.
ATTRA: Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas; national sustainable farming information service.B&I : Business and Industry; area of specialization for regional faculty members. Commercial Agriculture program; educational program that supports family farms where a major portion of family income is derived from a farm operation and agribusinesses that support such operations. CAFNR: College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; located at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
COAD: Community Organizations Active in DisastersCDA: Community Development Academy; named program that helps individuals explore ideas and develop practical skills for involving and empowering local citizens and leaders.
CECH-UP: Citizen Education Clearing House
CEMP: Community Emergency Management Program
CEU: Continuing Education Unit; nationally recognized system to provide a standardized measure for accumulating, transferring and recognizing participation in continuing education programs. One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience.
CFSSA: Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture; a and CAFNR program that links farmers, consumers and researchers in alternative food and farming systems.CHART: Community Health Assistance Resource Team; Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services initiative to improve community health; partners with CHART across the state.
CM: Central Missouri; one of eight Administrative regions; includes 14 mid-Missouri counties
CLDC: Council Leadership Development Committee; Extension and Missouri Extension County Council Leadership Council group that supports the program, and governance and membership roles of county extension councils.CPAC: Community Policy Analysis Center; works with communities to develop tools to support sound local decision making. Communities can explore "what-if" questions as they plan for the future.
CPD: County Program Director; regional specialist responsible for coordinating the educational programming in a county.CSREES: Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service; U.S. Department of Agriculture unit that links USDA research and education programs with land-grant institutions; includes 9,600 extension agents working in 3,150 counties across the nation.
DED:Missouri Department of Economic Development DESE: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
DNR:Missouri Department of Natural Resources EC: East Central; one of eight Extension administrative regions, covering 10 counties and the city of St. Louis
E&G: Endowments and Gifts; private-giving program that supplements Extension's federal, state and county resources; gifts support educational programs, staff or equipment
EDEN: Extension Disaster Education Network; collaborative effort of state extension services to provide information and resources on natural and man-made disasters.
EQIP: Environmental Quality Incentive Program; U.S. Department of Agriculture voluntary conservation program to promote environmental quality.
ESP: Epsilon Sigma Phi-Missouri Alpha Tau Chapter; national honorary extension fraternity that promotes professionalism and professional development.ETCS: Extension Technology and Computer Services; Extension unit that provides technical support and training for county extension centers.
EXCEL:Experience in Community Enterprise and Leadership; Extension curriculum for local leadership development. Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute; Congressionally enacted institute whose mission is to provide objective analysis of food, agricultural, nutritional and environmental issues.
FCRP: Family and Community Resource Program; formerly MoCYF (Missouri Children, Youth and Families Project); Extension Named Program that provides holistic, high-quality educational experiences for low-income Missourians.FNEP: Family Nutrition Education Program; Extension Named Program that provides health, food safety and resource management education to low-income Missourians.
FTE: full-time equivalent; term used to describe portion of time allocated to an appointment, based on full-time employment; e.g.,, one half-time appointment and one quarter-time appointment equals 75 percent FTE, written as 0.75 FTE.FY: fiscal year; term used for accounting purposes; Extension's fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30; county fiscal year is Jan. 1-Dec.31; federal government, Oct. 1-Sept. 30. Human Environmental Extension Development Fund; Extension endowment that supports educational programming in human environmental sciences. HES: Human Environmental Sciences; Extension program unit that includes consumer and family economics, environmental design, human development and family studies, nutrition and health, and textile and apparel management.
IDP: Individualized Development Plan; part of the Extension performance evaluation process in which employees and their supervisors identify professional development goals, achievement plans and assistance needed.
IHD: Institute for Human Development; UMKC unit that assists Extension specialists with program evaluations.
ITV: interactive video; distance learning and communication technology that allows for two-way audio, video and data communication. Missouri TeleCenter Network sites provide ITV services.LU: Lincoln University; 1890 land-grant institution in Jefferson City; partner with the University of Missouri in extension
LUCE:Lincoln University Cooperative Extension; Extension partner in delivering local education with a specific mission to reach limited-resource audiences.
MAC: Missouri Alternatives Center; information referral and clearinghouse on alternative crops, livestock, small farm options and alternative rural opportunities.MAEP: Missouri Agricultural Extension Professionals
MAE4HYW: Missouri Association of Extension 4-H Youth Workers; professional association for extension employees working with youth programs.
MaGIC: Management of Genetically Improved Crops
MEAFCS: Missouri Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; professional association for Extension employees working in human environmental sciences
MELD:Missouri Extension Leadership Development Program; Extension program to increase leadership capacity within the organization and to increase the ability of specialists to provide effective education in a changing world.
MoFAST: Missouri Federal and State Technology Partnership; helps businesses and entrepreneurs seeking federal grants to research and development of technological innovations.
MONG: Missouri National Guard; partner in the Telecommunication Community Resource Center in Jefferson City.
MO PTAC: Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers: Assists small businesses in selling to federal, state and local governmentsMOREnet: Missouri Research and Education Network; provides Internet connectivity, technical support, videoconferencing services and training to Missouri's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public libraries, health care, state government and other affiliates, including some county extension centers.
MO SBTDC: Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers are part of a statewide network of business experts uniquely qualified to help small business develop and thrive. Every MO SBTDC location provides Missouri small businesses convenient access to this network.MoWIN: Missouri Watershed Information Network; Extension resource center; statewide clearinghouse for information on watersheds.
MPAC:Missouri Precision Agriculture Center; Extension resource center that coordinates and enhances University of Missouri research, teaching and outreach in site-specific crop management.
NACAA: National Association of County Agricultural Agents; professional association for extension specialists working in agriculture.
NEAFCS: National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; formerly NAEHE; organization that promotes the professional development of extension specialists who work with families and individuals.
NAEHE: National Association of Extension Home Economists; see NEAFCS - National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
NA4-HYW:National Association of 4-H Youth Workers; organization for professional who work with 4-H youth development programs.
NETC:National Extension Technology Conference; annual professional development conference for extension educators and technologists who want to improve their knowledge and skills in integrating technology into extension programming and support educators with appropriate technologies.
NE:Northeast Region; one of eight Extension administrative regions, covering 16 counties. NELD: National Extension Leadership Development Program; professional development experience designed to enhance leadership capacity within extension.
NPA: nutrition program assistant or nutrition program associate. Family Nutrition Education Program.
Region; one of
eight Extension administrative regions,
covering 15 counties.
NCRCRD:North Central Regional Center for Rural Development; multi-state project to coordinate research and education to improve social and economic well-being in rural areas.
PAT: Pesticide Applicator Training; Extension curriculum that trains individuals to become certified pesticide applicators.
PLC: Program Leadership Council; Extension leadership group that includes regional directors, program leaders and others who meet monthly.
director; Extension mid-management professional who
supervises faculty and staff and is
responsible for educational program
and resource development in one of
REAL:Remote Electronic Access for Libraries; project providing Internet access to Missouri's public libraries.
SBTDC: Small Business Technology & Development Centers
SC:South Central; one of eight Extension administrative regions, covering 16 counties.
SCS: Soil Conservation Service; see NRCS - Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Region; one of
eight Extension administrative regions,
covering 16 counties.
SW:Southwest Region; one of eight Extension administrative regions, covering 16 counties.
TCRC:Telecommunication Community Resource Center; distance education and information-sharing facility that is equipped to receive and transmit live, interactive video, sound and data to and from any similarly equipped facility; TCRCs are partnerships of the University of Missouri and the communities in which the facilities reside. Collectively, all the TCRCs are called the TeleCenter Network.
UM: University of Missouri; four-campus system, including campuses in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis; Extension is the link between the campuses and local people.
UMEA: University of Missouri Extension Association; professional organization of Extension faculty and staff, promoting leadership, achievement and professional ethics.UMKC: University of Missouri-Kansas City; one of four campuses.
UMR:University of Missouri-Rolla; former name of Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S & T), one of the four campuses of the University of Missouri, located in Rolla. UMSL: University of Missouri-St. Louis
USDA:U.S. Department of Agriculture; federal agency that is a financial and programmatic partner with state and local governments in cooperative extension. West Central Region; one of eight Extension administrative regions, covering 11 counties.