The Land Grant Universities, like the University of Nebraska are unique in that they have three purposes. We all know about a University’s teaching and research purpose, but the third purpose is Extension. The Extension Division ‘extends’ the research based information of the land grant system out to the people of all 50 states. In Nebraska there are 81 Extension Units serving the 93 counties. In short, Extension provides information and education to make the lives of Nebraskans better.
The other unique aspect is that locally, we receive guidance from local citizens, selected by the County Board of Supervisors. This local Extension Board oversees office operation including making a local budget request, but more importantly, they provide input on programming.
This year MaryAnn Schreiber and Tony Woredemann are the Board members that are finishing their service to Platte County citizens. They have been on the board for the past six years having served two terms each. Both have been chair of the board and were regular attendees of meetings providing excellent advice and thought for Extension Programming in Platte County. If you see them, please thank them for their service.
Starting in January, John Pavlik and Daryl Schrunk start terms. The Extension Staff is excited work with them and we thank them for volunteering to help guide the future programming of the office.
The Extension Board meets on the second Tuesday of almost every month throughout the year. All citizens are invited to attend as it is a public meeting. If you’d like more information about the details, please contact the office.
Last week Chris Hoffman of Platte County Farm Service Agency and myself hosted over 400 for Farm Bill Training at Ag Park. If you missed that meeting, know that all upcoming meetings are listed at the farm bill web site at UNL. Go to farmbill.unl.edu for that listing. Also know that there will be an additional meeting held during the Farm Show at Ag Park in late January.
For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Extension in Platte County. Phone: 402-563-4901 or e-mail AVYHNALEK2@unl.edu