Counties and University of Minnesota Extension have maintained a strong and valued relationship for over 100 years. Thanks to the support of county commissioners across the state, in 2014, Minnesota counties contracted for nearly 120 full time equivalent (FTE) of Extension program staff through their Memorandums of Agreements (MOA). The majority, 94 FTE, are 4-H program coordinator positions, with another 24 local agriculture educator and Master Gardener coordinator positions, and two family development positions.
In the coming months, counties will have an opportunity to renew their three-year 2016-2018 contracts with Extension for the county-funded positions. The current three-year contracts expire in December and regional directors will be working with each county to renew the MOAs before the end of the year.
The new MOA contracts will reflect a new price structure for positions in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The price structure was proposed by a subcommittee of county commissioners and was unanimously approved at the Association of Minnesota Counties-Extension Committee meeting in March.
We greatly appreciate county investments in county Extension staff and programs, and look forward to continuing these important county partnerships.
If you would like to learn more about our county relationship, please take a few minutes to watch the County-Extension partnership video, Succeeding together, which was recently created for new county commissioners.