I recently had the pleasure of joining the board of our local Marshall County Extension.
Wait… what is “Extension” you ask?
All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities have a third, critical mission — extension. Through extension, land-grant colleges and universities bring vital, practical information to agricultural producers, small business owners, consumers, families, and young peoplehttps://nifa.usda.gov/extension
In Indiana, Purdue University is our land grant institution that administers Extension Services.
Their mission: We deliver practical, research-based information that enhances lives and livelihoods.
Their vision: We will be a leader in providing relevant, high-impact educational programs that transform the lives and livelihoods of individuals and communities in Indiana and the world.
Each county in Indiana has an extension office staffed with specialists. Typically this covers Agriculture and Natural Resources, Health & Human Science, Nutrition Education, and 4-H.
Extension helps local farmers adapt to changing diseases, pests, and markets. They also operate the Master Naturalist and Master Gardener programs, which I suspect many readers are familiar with. Last month, I shared with the Master Gardeners about invasive species in our county and how to address them.
Anyway… all that to say, Purdue Extension is currently conducting a statewide survey with two purposes:
To reflect on the Extension vision – delivering practical, research-based information that enhances lives and livelihoods, and on the Extension mission – leading in providing relevant, high-impact educational programs that transform the lives and livelihoods of individuals and communities in Indiana and the world.
To assess the Extension value and impact on Indiana families, businesses, operations, organizations, and communities.https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cSEznulWilf5GIu
This survey is valid for anyone who resides in the state of Indiana, not just Marshall County. I just took it… it doesn’t take too long. If you live in Indiana, please head on over and fill it out.