Council resource toolbox

As you are an elected or appointed council member and dedicated advocate for MU Extension, we want to arm you with the most accurate and timely information possible. We have designed a resource "toolbox" to have at your disposal the educational information, guidelines, by-laws and tools you need to be an advocate for and be informed about extension.

The council resource toolbox is designed to assist council members and officers to best carry out your office duties and serve the constituents that you represent.

Missouri extension councils

County, regional and state extension council members serve as the interface between MU Extension and elected representatives in local and state government. Council members have many opportunities to be key communicators and advocates  for the valuable programs and work that extension does in communities across the state.

County extension councils

In all 114 Missouri counties, an MU county extension council, of elected and appointed citizens, guides local educational programming. County council members are partners in the entire educational process, from needs assessment through program implementation and evaluation of outcomes.

Regional extension councils

MU Regional Extension Councils include representatives from each county extension council within the region. Each county council selects its representatives. Regional extension councils  are the forums through which county councils cooperate in providing effective, educational programs through:

  • Discussion and exchange of information on regional issues;
  • Recommendations on topics and issues related to regional and county concerns;
  • Assistance in the training of county extension councils;
  • Promotion of and support for multicounty planning and programming;
  • Fostering of the partnership of MU Extension, UMESC and the county councils; and
  • Support for the policies and procedures jointly adopted by MU Extension and UMESC.

State extension council

The University of Missouri Extension State Council promotes the common interest of county councils through:

  • Support for research and extension programs of MU and Lincoln University at all levels of government, and
  • Dissemination of information on the need for, and advantage of, research and extension.

The MU Extension state council is comprised of individuals who currently serve, or have served, on a county extension council and who are elected by regional extension councils.

The council meets the second Friday of each month.

Legislative Day — March 2, 2016

The 2016 Legislative Day at the State Capital will be held on March 2, 2016. Ed Mobley, MU Extension State Council recruitment chair, says the annual event “affords extension councils, volunteers and supporters from across the state with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their elected officials to share examples of how MU Extension is impacting Missouri lives while driving the economy. MU Extension Councils make up more than 1,800 elected and appointed volunteer constituents from across all 114 counties, as well as representing their respective constituents. That enables them to have their finger on the pulse of their own communities and to speak from experience how Extension is impacting and improving the lives of upwards of 2.3 million Missourian’s a year.”

Legislative day graphic containing registration information listed below.

For more information or to register online, visit

For questions about Legislative Day, contact Tracy Feller at or 573-882-4134.

Images from Legislative Day 2015

Legislative Day awards
State Extension Council Secretary Ronda Elfrink, at left, was honored as one of four, statewide volunteers for her dedicated service representing MU.

Missouri capitol rotunda
The Missouri State Capitol Rotunda was the site for the 2015 Legislative Day Rally.

4-H student delegates at Legislative Day
4-H Student delegates demonstrated the poise, confidence and public speaking abilities they have gained through 4-H as they met and impressed our legislators.

Mary Leuci
Mary Leuci, Community Development Program Director for MU Extension, shares programming information with legislators and attendees who may not be aware of what we offer through our 114 county network in extension. In her role, she provides state leadership from programming related to community development.

2015 Council to Campus

The 2015 Council to Campus conference convened on the Mizzou campus in Columbia June 18 and 19. For the past ten years, this event has connected county council members with research and program development at the University of Missouri’s flagship campus. This year’s event theme, It’s More Than Your Grandparents' Extension, reminded all of us that we are working to meet the needs of Missourians for the next 100 years of MU Extension. Council to Campus is an opportunity for the University of Missouri, MU Extension and the county extension councils (made up of elected and appointed delegates) to forge new partnerships. Attendees from each county and region have the opportunity to learn more about what extension does and how we work to implement extension programs across the state.

Tours were offered of Bradford and South Farm, Conservation Hall, the MU Nuclear Reactor and other places attendees might have heard about but never had an opportunity to see.

Missouri Farm Bureau president Dan Cassidy was our keynote luncheon speaker. For more than 100 years, Cooperative Extension has partnered with the Missouri Farm Bureau, and Cassidy discussed why it is imperative for that partnership to continue in order to meet farming demands in the next 100 years.
Plans are underway for the 2016 event and promise to reflect some of the great feedback we received following this year’s event.

Council to campus discussion
The opening pre-session moderated by David Baker, assistant dean and program director for Agriculture & Natural Resources, was on The Food & Environmental Challenges of Feeding our Grandchildren in 2050. Panelists included Sara Parker-Pauley, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Richard Fordyce, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Council to Campus speaker Dan Cassidy
Keynote luncheon speaker, Dan Cassidy, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, spoke on our 100-year partnership and why it is imperative to strengthen it in the future.