Budget reductions across the state have also impacted the University of Missouri Extension program.  Click to hear KMU’s Sarah Scott talk with Regional Director for the Northwest, Karma Metzgar.

Karma Metzgar

Changes include the realignment of Extension Regions and how the funds are used. Regional Director for the Northwest, Karma Metzgar says the Extension is striving for program access. “So when a client or producer, or a 4-H family wants to access a program, where are those access points? So, we’ve tried to blur region lines,” Metzgar said. “…by that we mean, we may have some faculty that are delivering programs and they may actually program in more than one region, based upon the counties that they are assigned to cover.”

Also with the realignment some new services will be offered in communities that previously were not. Director Metzgar says business development could be coming to an Extension Office near you. “We’ve not had business development…we’ve had Ag Business. And you’ve had a small business development technology center counselor in Chillicothe,” Metzgar said. “But there has not been real good business development coverage in Lafayette, Saline, Carroll, (and) Ray other than what was coming in from the Blue Springs Office or coming out of Warrensburg. So that would be a change.”

For more info about the project and other services offered by the University of Missouri Extension, go to their website.