Extension Council Conference 2024

On the Road: Connecting to Your Communities

Rural Iowa landscape with fields and blue sky. Signpost with towns of Emmetsbury, Sioux City, Greenfield, Nashua, Monticello, and Oskaloosa on it. Extension Council Conference on the Road 2024: Connecting to Your Communities

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The Iowa Extension Council Association is excited to announce that we are bringing the 2024 Extension Council Conference on the Road this year.  There will be six mini-conferences held throughout the state on a weekday evening from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

March 25 | Greenfield - Adair County Fairgrounds 4-H/FFA Center

March 26 | OskaloosaMahaska County Extension Office

April 1 | Monticello - The Great Jones County Fair Expo Hall

April 2 | Nashua - Borlaug Learning Center, Northeast Research Farm

April 10 | Emmetsburg - The Shores at Five Island

April 11 | Sioux City - Woodbury County Extension Office

Learn how you can affect the reach and impact of Extension and Outreach in your communities.

  • Activate your personal knowledge and skills to the council to benefit your community.
  • Explore partnership opportunities to extend the reach of Extension and Outreach in your county.
  • Discuss strategies with Extension and Outreach leadership to improve staff retention and skills.
  • Get answers to your questions from Vice President for Extension and Outreach Jason Henderson.

Each mini-conference will include dinner, practical workshop sessions, and time to network with Vice President Jason Henderson, Asst. Vice President Andrea Welchans, and fellow council members.


5:30 | Welcome and Dinner

6:00 | Setting the Stage

How can you as a council member make a difference in your county?

6:10 | Connecting to Your Communities

Public Trust Comes from Public Value

Public dollars should be spent for the public good.  As a tax-funded organization, your council ensures that the programming in your county provides value to all residents - even if they are not direct participants of the program.  How do you identify the public value in your programs and communicate that to build and maintain trust in your county extension program?  

Initiating Partnerships in Your Community

Partnerships help extend the reach and budget of our Extension and Outreach programs.  Hear about some successful partnerships in your part of the state and identify how you can help your staff make connections in your community.

Partnership Agreements

When partnering with other organizations within your community, it's important to be clear about expectations you have of one another in terms of resources, personnel, facilities, and program goals.  Learn what qualifies as a partnership, when a formal agreement is needed, and what should be included.

How to Talk about Extension and Outreach in Your Community

Have you ever heard that Extension and Outreach is the best-kept secret?  Well, the secret's out...we're ready to tell the world.  Hear how you can be a promoter of Extension and Outreach in your community!

7:30 | Extension and Outreach Strategic Vision and Direction: Improving Staff Retention and Skills 

The discussion will focus on Commitment #4 from the Strategic Vision and Direction: Invest in People and Partnerships. Council members will be asked to provide input on strategies to improve staff retention and skills.

8:00 | Q&A with Vice President Jason Henderson

Bring your questions and Dr. Henderson will do his best to answer them!

8:30 | Adjourn



The registration fee is $10 per person.  Registration is requested at least 3 days prior to the event to help plan for dinner.


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