Vetted public value messages

Community development

Community Emergency Management
When you support MU Extension's Community Emergency Management Program, communities, businesses, schools and residents reduce a community's disaster recovery period. This action saves lives and countless dollars in emergency recovery operations and avoids job loss. Additionally, the whole community builds a greater sense of cohesion.

Community Planning
When you support MU Extension community planning programs, citizens determine what is best for their community. The planning process results in buy-in from the community, adoption of policies, implementation of plans, sound proposals put before voters, and increased economic activity. Communities benefit from wise use of public and private resources.

Business development

Small Business and Technology Development Centers
When you support MU Extension’s Small Business and Technology Development Centers, small technology-oriented, research-based firms focus on innovative development and commercialization of new products and services. This program strengthens the technological competitiveness of Missouri's businesses for the betterment of our state and nation.

Business Development Program
When you support MU Extension’s Business Development Program, enterprising Missourians receive information and training to successfully start, run and expand businesses. This increased business activity creates jobs, increases consumer demand, promotes economic development and generates tax revenue for the public’s welfare.

Agriculture and natural resources

Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program
When you support MU Extension’s Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program beef cattle producers successfully adopt research-proven reporductive and genetic technologies developed at the University of Missouri which add value to heifers in beef herds across the state. This leads to improved profitability and sustainability of family-owned operations, positively benefitting Missouri's economy by over $60 million since its inception in 1997.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

When you support the community Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, participants will increase the use of IPM, increase use of personal protective equipment, and read the label contributing to correct pesticide application practices, which leads to reduced use of pesticides, decreased pesticide exposure, and increased IPM practices. This will benefit the community by reducing cost to consumers, increasing health and safety, and protecting the environment and non-targets.

No-Till Program

When you support MU Extension’s No-till program, participants produce crops profitably without using tillage which leads to reduced erosion of the soil into our rivers, streams and lakes, which benefits other community members by keeping soil, chemicals and other contaminants out of our water quality for both humans and wildlife.

Watershed Festivals
When you support MU Extension’s Watershed Festival program, Missouri citizens recognize the value of water protection and learn how they can make a difference in water quality and quantity. Participants become more active in litter prevention, stream clean-up and water conservation. The local community and everyone downstream benefits from a clean, healthy and adequate drinking water supply.

Value-Added Agriculture
When you support MU Extension’s Value Added Agriculture program, participants form producer-owned businesses, which allows them to create something new or compete in an existing agricultural sector business. Producers then enjoy increased commodity prices, and other community members benefit from an increased flow of money in the community.

Continuing education

MU High School
When you support MU High School, fewer Missouri students drop out of school and more qualify to apply for colleges. As a result, Missouri’s high schools enjoy a higher student graduation rate. Increases in graduation rates benefit Missouri communities by broadening young people’s career and educational alternatives and their subsequent chances for success.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program
When you support MU Extension’s Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree program -- offered through MU’s Center for Distance and Independent Study -- place-bound adults seek an undergraduate degree that increases their capacities for advancement and leadership. Communities benefit because these adults put their degrees to work in their home communities.

Human environmental sciences

Family Financial Education
When you support MU Extension’s Financial Education Programs, participants spend and borrow responsibly, save more and gain control over their financial health. These behaviors benefit other community members by reducing predatory lending, reliance on public assistance programs and crime.

Family Financial Education
The Family Financial Education group has developed an innovative “mix and match” public value statement development process for named programs FFE specialists program in.  Each named program has a list of choices for each part of a public value statement – participant changes, outcomes and public value. 
Family Financial Education Extension Public Value Statements (PDF) (updated Dec. 2011)

Matter of Balance

When you support University of Missouri Extension’s Matter of Balance program, participants will set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and use basic exercises to increase strength and balance. The program results in fewer falls, and increases the likelihood of participants being able to remain in their own homes. This benefits the community by
  •  allowing more members of the community to live independent lives in their own homes, work, shop and contribute to community life.
  • reducing the burden on the local health care system.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “In 2000, falls among older adults cost the U.S. health care system over $19 billion dollars or $28.2 billion in 2010 dollars. With the population aging , both the number of falls and the costs to treat fall injuries are likely to increase.”
  • providing more discretionary income within the community.
  • reducing the burden on the local health care system, since the program decreases the likelihood of entering a nursing home. Nursing home care currently costs over $70,000 per year for each patient.  

Homebuyer Education

When you support University of Missouri Extension’s Home Buyer Education programs, participants are better prepared to secure loans and select and maintain their homes. This leads to lower interest rate loans and their ability to make mortgage payments, thus avoiding foreclosure. Other community members benefit as well by:

  • increased home ownership within local communities.
  • increased financial stability of local residents.
  • reduction of debt discharged in bankruptcy.
  • Increased stability of tax base

Childcare Providing Training

When you support University of Missouri Extension’s Childcare Provider training program, participants will increase the knowledge and skills with working with children of different ages and stages of development in multiple competency areas, which leads to increased access to safe, healthy and nurturing environments for the community’s children and families. Communities benefit when young children are well cared for, reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect.

Building Strong Families            
Building Strong Families Public Value Statements (DOCX)

When you support MU Extension’s Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program, participants increase their physical activity. This behavior change leads to reduced risk of falls, heart disease and osteoporosis; decreased stress; and improved weight control and overall quality of life. These health benefits decrease the likelihood of a participant entering a nursing home, which costs on average $24,455 per year in Missouri. The money saved benefits others by providing more discretionary income to keep in circulation within the community.

Food and Nutrition Education Programs

1. University of Missouri Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provided $1,562, 706 in Federal funds to the state of Missouri.  These funds were used to provide nutrition education to ___ limited resource families in Missouri.   _________ of these participants reside in ______ County.  It also funds _________ full-time job (or jobs depending on the number) with quality benefits plus expenses for making the programming available to reach the underserved in the county.

Participants who graduate from EFNEP improve how they managed their food dollars; demonstrate acceptable food safety practices and make healthier food choices.  Those who practice both healthy eating and physical activity are more likely to enjoy a high quality of life as an adult and into old age.  A healthy labor force is critical to attracting and keeping jobs in Missouri.  This important programming reduces healthcare costs over the participant’s lifetime, saving taxpayers money in reduced public healthcare benefits and insurance premiums. 
(Approved 12/12/11  Candy Gabel)  

2.  University of Missouri Extension’s Family Nutrition Program (FNP) brought $8,951,100 in Federal funds to the state of Missouri.  These funds were used to provide nutrition education to 433,152 food stamp recipients and food stamp eligible citizens of Missouri.  ___________ of these participants reside in ___________ County.  It also funds ____ full-time job (or jobs depending on the number) with quality benefits plus expenses for making the programming available to qualified schools and agencies in the county.

Participants in the Family Nutrition Program become more aware of nutrition, make healthier meal and snack choices, eat breakfast more often, are more willing to try new foods, increase both their physical activity and make healthier food choices.  Those who practice healthy eating and physical activity are more likely to enjoy a high quality of life as adults and in to old age.  A healthy labor force is critical to attracting and keeping jobs in Missouri.  This important programming reduces healthcare costs over the participant’s lifetime, saving taxpayers money in reduced public healthcare benefits and insurance premiums.
(Approved 12/12/11 Candy Gabel)

4-H Youth Development

4-H grows future scientists
4-H project work helps youth explore interests from animal science to aerospace, resulting in increased interest in science at a rate three times that of non-4-H peers. Interest in science is a predictor for young people to choose science-related careers. This interest in science, along with 4-H members’ 70 percent greater likelihood to go to college than youth participating in other out-of-school programs, is helping grow future scientists. Future scientists are critical to our state, national and global economy; three-quarters of Missouri’s $10.6 billion in products and services exported in 2005 were science, engineering and technology-based industries (Lerner and Lerner, Wave 6; MERIC).

4-H LIFE
By supporting University of Missouri Extension’s 4-H LIFE program, children of offenders make healthier choices and get along better with others, thus saving taxpayers $56,885* per child by breaking the tough cycle of intergenerational incarceration. The 4-H LIFE Program served 326 youth and their families in 2008 for a projected savings of $18,544,510.

* Includes $16,690 in juvenile delinquency costs and $40,195 adult crime costs. Source: Small and O’Connor, 2007.

Contact
Karma Metzgar, metzgark@missouri.edu
Nellie Lamers, lamersn@missouri.edu