If you have wondered about the workings of the University of Minnesota Extension, now is a good time to consider gaining an inside edge and helping shape Extension's future.
Nominations are currently open for positions on Extension's statewide Citizen's Advisory Committee. The CAC meets twice yearly, during State Fair week and in mid-winter. After the State Fair meeting, committee members have the option of attending the fair in the evening and watching the current 4-H Arts show. The mid-winter meeting offers a chance to hear U-M's annual legislative briefing, given by President Kaler. If the timing is right, the CAC stays in the Twin Cities another day and visits legislators.
Other contacts with Extension are through conference calls, small group meetings, and one-on-one conversations with Dean Bev Durgan and members of her leadership team.
I'm on the CAC now and have enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about Extension's work and goals, as well as give some feedback on a few issues.
When you are on the committee, you also receive emails from Extension when important topics come up. Depending on what is happening, you may be asked to contact your U.S. Congressman or woman, along with your state lawmakers.
Most farmers and rural residents would have the qualifications to be a good committee member. Potential candidates should have knowledge of or experience with some part of Extension, and that includes 4-H.
Past and current members include county commissioners, master gardeners, farmers/producers, county Extension committee members, and agency and community leaders.
Bottomline, if you have an interest in Extension education and research and the future of Extension in Minnesota, apply!
For further information or to complete the on-line nomination/application form, please go online.