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Glossary of Acronyms


Extension: 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.

CA or CommAg: 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 Disasters

CDA: 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

CEED: Community Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Development

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.

: 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

DOC: Missouri Department of Conservation

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.

FAPRI: 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.

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.

HEED: 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.

ISTS: Ike Skelton Training Site; facility at the Missouri National Guard headquarters in Jefferson City where the Telecommunication Community Resource Center is located.

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: Mid-America Geographical Information Consortium

MaGIC: Management of Genetically Improved Crops

MDA: Missouri Department of Agriculture.

MDC: Missouri Department of Conservation.

MDI: Missouri Department of Insurance

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.

MoDOT: Missouri Department of Transportation

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 governments

MOREnet: 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.

MU: University of Missouri-Columbia; one of the four campuses; also see UMC.

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.

NW: Northwest 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.

NRCS: Natural Resources Conservation Service; formerly SCS - Soil Conservation Service; U.S. Department of Agriculture agency.

OSEDA: Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis; Extension resource center providing demographic and economic data to public and private organizations.

PAM: Precision Agriculture Masters program; Extension curriculum that trains Missouri producers in designing, implementing and analyzing on-farm, site-specific crop management experiments.

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.

RD: regional director; Extension mid-management professional who supervises faculty and staff and is responsible for educational program and resource development in one of eight regions

REAL: Remote Electronic Access for Libraries; project providing Internet access to Missouri's public libraries.

RUPRI: Rural Policy Research Institute; University center that conducts research and facilitates public dialogue to assist policymakers in understanding the rural impacts of public policies and programs.

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.

SE: Southeast 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.

UECRDA: University Extension Community Resource Development Association;

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.

UMC: University of Missouri-Columbia; one of four campuses; also see MU.

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.

WC: West Central Region; one of eight Extension administrative regions, covering 11 counties.

YEA: youth education assistant; Extension paraprofessional who provides education and support for county 4-H youth development programs.