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2019 Jackson County Extension Council Election

Election: January 14 - February 4, 2019

The University of Missouri Extension Council for Jackson County helps determine the programs that meet the needs of citizens of Jackson County, approves personnel headquartered in the county, secures funding from Jackson County Legislature, determines annual operation budget and maintains the Extension Centers with funds provided by the Jackson County Legislature. The Jackson County Extension Council is comprised of representatives from three districts within Jackson County of the State of Missouri, and a representative from the cities of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Grandview, Independence, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit and Raytown, and a representative from the farm group, Farm Bureau, and other appointed members to the council stated as follows per RSMO. 262.563. Being no less than 10 elected members and not more than 20 elected members. Each member serves a 2-year term (unless otherwise noted) and can serve for two consecutive terms.

Missouri state statutes create county extension councils to work with the University of Missouri Extension. The publicly elected (and appointed) council members assist in planning and carrying out extensions programs in their county, providing local extension governance and representing the diversity of the county's changing population.

The University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs addressing high­priority areas like agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, consumer and family economics, business and industry, community development and youth development (4­H).

Any person age 18 or older who resides in Jackson County (Missouri) may cast one vote in the Jackson County Extension Council election. You can only vote for the candidate in the district where you live.

CLICK HERE to review the candidate bios & view the District Map to discern which district you live in for this specific election.


Nutrition and Health Workshops

MU Extension in Jackson County offers a variety of free nutrition and health programs to benefit you and your organization. CLICK HERE to review an informational flyer and CLICK HERE for the registration form. For more information contact Lydia Kaume, PhD.,RDN. LD or Denise Sullivan, MS, CWP at 816-482-5850 or email at kaumel@missouri.edu or sullivand@missouri.edu 

The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) program is designed to increase independent living older adults’ access to a safe, structured, and effective strength-training program. Participants learn exercises to improve strength, flexibility and balance. The class meets twice weekly and all equipment is provided. 

Upcoming Classes:

First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs

Address: 301 SW Woods Chapel Rd, Blue Springs, Mo 64015

Phone: (816) 229-8108

Dates: March 5, 2019 - May 2, 2019 - Class meets for one-hour - Twice a week - Tuesdays/Thursday 9:30 am - 10:30 am


Master Gardener Speaker's Bureau

The Master Gardener Speaker's Bureau offers a wide variety of topics to garden clubs, plant societies, adult education programs, and community groups. For more information please visit Master Gardener Speaker's Bureau

Flood-related resources from MU Extension

CLICK HERE to view the main resource page from MU Extension.  This link includes a variety of key resources that deal with flooding and water-damage.

A special Facebook page has been created to provide informative information for those affected by the flooding. Missouri Flood Info, http://www.facebook.com/MoFloodInfo, is a collaboration of state, federal and local agencies and organizations involved addressing flooding in Missouri, including the Partnership for Disaster Recovery. Managed by MU Extension.

Moisture, Mold, and Your Home

With all the rain affecting so many Missourians, water damage is, unfortunately, a reality from leaking roofs to flooding basements. If there are water issues, there may be mold in your home. Now with increased temperatures, humidity levels may also foster mold growth. Please consider these resources if you are affected by water or mold. For questions contact Dan Cash, Community Development Specialist at cashdr@missouri.edu or 816-482-5850.

Resources for Your Flooded Home: http://extension.missouri.edu/explorepdf/miscpubs/mp0904.pdf

EPA information on Mold and Moisture: http://www.epa.gov/mold/

Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information. http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/mapregions/UrbanWest.htm