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Supporting UM ExtensionPosted Friday, February 22, 2013, at 12:07 PM
University of Missouri Extension services are available in every county in Missouri. I strongly believe in the work of the extension and the county councils that drive local programming. Because of this, I believe that each community should have the option of establishing single- or multi-county extension districts in order to offer better service to local citizens, as well as the choice to fund extension programs with a voter-approved property tax levy.
Senate Bill 9 passed the Senate this week with a vote of 23-7 and has been sent to the House for its consideration. The House companion bill, HB 202, was also passed this week. I was asked to carry this legislation by the University of Missouri Extension State Council.
The mission of the extension program is to provide Missourians with practical educational programs based on research and resources supplied by the University of Missouri system. The topics of these programs range from starting a small business to caring for live poultry to staying healthy. The curriculum of available programs is typically funded and provided by state-established local county extension councils. Patrons of extension programs come from all age, socioeconomic and ethnic groups by which Missouri is fortunate enough to be represented.
The extension program is a collaborative enterprise between the University of Missouri campuses, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, existing county extension councils, USDA's National Institute for Food and Agriculture, and in conjunction with participating partners and stakeholders across Missouri. Also, the extension works closely with 4-H membersand their activities.
The University of Missouri Extension is part of an important set of traditions in Missouri. Under the land-grant mission that served to establish the University of Missouri system, the extension program continues to provide land-and agricultural- based education opportunities. For more information on the extension, county councils, or any of the programs or classes available to you in the 21st District, or across the state, please visit the extension website at www.extension.missouri.edu.
As always, please feel free to contact me or my staff with any questions or concerns at any time. We look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions and trying to answer any questions you may have. You can reach us by phone at 866-277-0882 (toll-free) or 573-751-2272, or by fax at 573-526-7381.
Senator David Pearce serves Caldwell, Carroll, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Ray and Saline counties in the 21st State Senatorial District.
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Senator David Pearce, a Republican, represents District 21 in the Missouri Senate, which covers Caldwell, Carroll, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Ray and Saline counties. Due to redistricting, he was elected to serve the 21st District in 2012, after serving a previous term in the Missouri Senate representing District 31 in November 2008 after completing three, two-year terms in the Missouri House of Representatives. Pearce serves as chairman of the Senate Education Committee, chairman of the Joint Committee on Education, and was chairman of the Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee. Pearce was appointed to serve on the Missouri Veterans Commission in August 2009 and continues to serve in that capacity. He was also reappointed to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact in September 2010, and was honored to serve again as an Executive Committee member. In addition, Pearce serves as a member of several Senate Committees: Appropriations; Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections; and Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources. Capitol Office: 201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 227 Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 (573) 751-2272 FAX: (573) 526-7381