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Board Excellence Newsletter - Winter 2016

Information for Local K-State Research and Extension Board Members
Volume VI, Issue 1 — Winter 2016

From the Associate Director
Happy New Year! I look forward to meeting with board and program development committee members at the upcoming K-State Research and Extension Partnership Meetings. These annual meetings provide a forum to discuss continuous improvement and increased public value across the extension system.
The five meetings will be:

  • January 20 – Lawrence
  • January 21 – Parsons
  • January 26 – Garden City
  • January 27 – Russell
  • January 28 – Pratt

This year’s theme is “Leading in a Changing World.” We will review the roles and responsibilities of the local Extension Board and K-State Research and Extension to assure delivery of the best possible extension programs built on the foundations of research and knowledge sources through Kansas State University. We also will highlight teamwork and partnering as we aim to strengthen program delivery and outcomes.

Each meeting will begin with coffee at 9 a.m. and opening comments at 9:30 a.m. Adjournment will be at approximately 3:30 p.m. Registration is due by January 11. Contact your local office for more information and to register.

— Daryl D. Buchholz, dbuchhol@ksu.edu


Focus on Outcomes: Water
Last spring, K-State Research and Extension was called upon to share their public facilitation resources as the Kansas Water Office and the Kansas Department of Agriculture prepared to embark on a public conversation to gain local input to inform the regional goals of the governor’s 50-year water plan.

Approximately 75 extension agents served as discussion facilitators for more than 20 regional meetings. These meetings involved more than 1,200 local people. In addition, K-State Research and Extension provided a lead facilitation team for each regional meeting.

As the Kansas Water Plan Goal Team shared at each of the meetings, “these local goals set by local people have the best chance of succeeding in managing our water supply in Kansas.” In August, the Kansas Water Authority accepted the regional goals for the state of Kansas.

Their leadership and service in these meetings increased awareness of the skills and capacity for K-State Research and Extension agents to facilitate community conversations related to the grand challenges. Many extension agents expressed gratitude for the opportunity to improve facilitation skills and are now more confident facilitating future community conversations.

Orientation Available for New Program Development Committee (PDC) Members
For counties, January is a great month to provide information to newly elected PDC members about the responsibilities of their role. Districts can plan for orientation to be provided later in the year.

The board leadership module “Program Development Committee Orientation” focuses on the responsibilities of program development committee members by reviewing:

  • extension law,
  • expectations of PDCs,
  • roles of expanded PDCs, and
  • effective meeting planning

This orientation module is one of 15 items listed in “Best Practices for Agents Working with PDCs” — a go-to resource for agents and PDC members that leads to effective collaboration. To look at this and other PDC resources, go to: www.ksre.ksu.edu/programming/pdc

Value of Extension Family and Consumer Sciences
Extension in the North Central Region, which includes Kansas, issued a new study that highlights the importance of family and consumer sciences (FCS) Extension and its prevention education. The study shows how extension educators help Americans develop skills to live healthier and more productive lives.

In Kansas, about 400,000 people live in poverty; more than 800,000 are obese; and about 700,000 have a chronic disease. The study explores FCS efforts in three broad areas that address many of these issues: Food, Nutrition and Health; Family and Human Development; and Family Resource Management.

Results indicate that K-State Research and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences programs have huge economic impacts in the state. Some examples include:

  • The Kansas Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program results in savings in food expenditures and future health-care costs of at least $4 million each year.
  • Kansas SNAP-Ed (Family Nutrition Program) results in savings of at least $27 million each year.
  • Kansans Optimizing Health Program provides $4 in health-care savings for every $1 spent on the program.
  • ServSafe reduces the incidence of foodborne illness and results in savings in associated health-care costs.
  • Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansans resulted in $20.69 in savings on medical and prescription costs for each $1 spent in 2014 (a total of over $3 million saved).

In addition to economic impact, the influence Kansas FCS Extension has on health and well-being of Kansans is enormous. Ask your family and consumer sciences agent to get more details.

Shawnee County was recently recognized as the Outstanding Local Extension Unit at the 2015 K-State Research and Extension Annual Conference. This was the second year for the award that is designed to recognize excellence in educational programming and personnel and budget management. In addition to a recognition plaque, the county received $1,000 for program expansion.

During the past year, the Shawnee County Program Development Committees and agents hosted four community forums to identify issues related to K-State Research and Extension’s grand challenges. The information gained from the forums was used to develop local action plans.

Programming is often conducted in previously underserved communities. Planned, proactive efforts have been implemented to build relationships with commissioners, county department heads, and news media. Volunteers are an important component of the local program with volunteers contributing an estimated value of $302,300 to the program.

All Shawnee County agents are or have served in leadership roles in professional associations and are frequent recipients of professional recognition. Current and past board members have served on the State Extension Advisory Council.

Grants, contracts, in-kind and financial support from local organizations, and earnings from the Shawnee County Extension Foundation help supplement the local budget.

Extension Professionals Recognized
Recognition of outstanding programming and contributions by faculty and staff is one of the objectives of K-State Research and Extension’s Annual Conference. Extension agents and staff recognized recently included:

  • Diane Burnett, Marais des Cygnes District – Outstanding Local Unit Professional

  • Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Program Focus Team – Outstanding PFT

  • Barbara Ames, Wildcat District – Outstanding Mentor

  • Deb Andres, Geary County – Outstanding Mentor

  • Bertha Lovelle, Wildcat District – Outstanding Office Professional

  • David Key, Meadowlark District – Kansas PRIDE Partner Award

  • Rebecca McFarland, Frontier District – Katey Walker Extension Development Fund

  • Farm Bill Education Team - Outstanding Team Award

  • Program Development Committee Task Force – Outstanding Team Award


Volume VI, Issue 1 – Winter 2016

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