Local input needed for OSU Extension’s future plans

POSTED JUNE 14, 2019

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is asking for your input in order to plan for the future and continue to meet the needs of Oklahomans. Local Extension educators throughout the state will host community forums in May and June, and all forums are free and open to the public.

“These forums will allow people throughout Oklahoma to share their visions for OSU Extension and help identify the initiatives in which we can help lead the way,” said Damona Doye, associate vice president, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

Those attending the forums will take part in small-group discussions about ways in which OSU Extension can further strengthen Oklahoma communities, families, farms, youth, leaders and businesses. Feedback will help determine future programs, services and funding priorities.

“We’ve called them community forums for a reason. We want to hear from a diverse representation of those who call Oklahoma home, especially those who may be less familiar with what Extension can offer. Nobody knows the issues that affect communities better than the people who live in them,” Doye said.

A staple in Oklahoma for more than a century, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has a presence in all 77 counties and is a cooperative effort among federal, state and local governments. The goal of its dedicated county educators, along with area, district and state specialists, is to develop and share research-based programs that help all Oklahomans solve local issues and concerns, promote leadership and manage resources.

Programming includes increasing opportunities for agricultural enterprises; natural resources and environmental management; food, nutrition, health and safety education; and youth, family and community development.

Each forum will last about three hours, with meals or light refreshments provided. It is important that Garvin County be represented. Those interested in attending should contact the Garvin County Extension office at 405-238-6681 or email nanette.shultz@okstate.edu.

June 17, Pontotoc County, Pontotoc County Cooperative Extension Office, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
June 17, Stephens County, Stephens County Fairgrounds Conference Center, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
June 25, Cleveland County, Cleveland County OSU Extension Center, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
June 25, Pittsburg County, Kiamichi Tech Center, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m

The Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. OCES provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.