On February 28, nearly 100 extension council members, 4-H members and extension supporters met with their legislators at the annual Iowa Extension Council Association Legislative Day and 4-H Public Leadership Experience held at the Capitol in Des Moines. They shared how ISU Extension and Outreach connects the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources.
Participants were visited by Iowa State Auditor Mary Mosiman who shared about the importance of extension council members having proper oversight of tax dollars in their county and making sure that they are used for the public benefit. Four current 4-Hers who are pages to the Iowa Legislature spoke to the 4-H participants about opportunities for youth to serve as legislative pages.
The Iowa Extension Council Association represents 900 elected extension council members across the state. At the local level, county extension councils function as the legal body and are the local partners with Iowa State University (Extension and Outreach) and the USDA. They represent the diverse populations, issues, and concerns of their counties and identify needs related to public and private organizations, families, and communities.