A Message From The Vice Provost's Office

Posted on: 9 February 2011

In these difficult economic times, jobs are on everyone's mind. Fortunately, MU Extension is part of the solution to job growth and economic recovery in Missouri.

Every program area – agriculture and natural resources, community development, human environmental sciences, 4-H, business development and continuing education – contributes to job development and to making people and communities healthier. Community leaders reach out with confidence to MU Extension for expertise in developing local leaders, in advancing economic development plans and strategies, in creating new business opportunities, and in helping people make wise finance, food and lifestyle choices.

The 2010 MU Extension annual report highlights some of our programs that help create and sustain jobs, including:

  • FastTrac NewVenture for those who want to start a business
  • Pasture-based dairying, which has added 1,100 jobs to the state's economy
  • 4-H aerospace camp and related science, engineering and technology activities, which are shifting 1,500 Missouri youth annually into science-related jobs
  • Family financial education, which helped 11,250 wage-earners make better use of dollars earned through improved money management, saving and investing
  • Urban workforce development projects, such as one in Springfield, which is partnering with local organizations to enhance the quality and quantity of health-care employees in the workforce.

This year's annual report also emphasizes programs delivered in the South Central Region, such as the Healthy Dent County Initiative, connecting children and adults with the food they eat through community gardens. In a cost-saving measure, this report is brought to you via technology at:

Please take a moment to view our statewide annual report on the Web, and enjoy the embedded video clips. Be sure to share what you learn in this year's report with local stakeholders and friends.


Michael D. Ouart 
Vice Provoist and Director
University of Missouri Extension