Meade County Extension Office
There are many sources of information but how do you know if it’s accurate, up to date or credible? The Meade County Extension office is your local source for current, research based, credible information. As an extension of USDA, the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University, we have access to the latest research and accurate sources of information related to families, nutrition, leadership development, agriculture and youth development. Meade County Extension Agents hold advanced degrees in their fields of expertise and participate in a variety of educational training hours to keep up to date with the rapid changes shaping our world. We present information through a variety of methods. Since you are reading this article, our weekly columns provide information and education on a variety of subjects. We also host a variety of classes, answer questions over the phone, through email, Facebook and in person. If we don’t know the answer, we will contact other reliable sources and get back to you.
Now more than ever, the extension service is needed as a trusted resource for credible information. Locally the service’s facilities a portion of salaries and support is funded with county tax dollars through a special taxing district which was implemented in 1989. Oversight of the funds is provided by the six members of the extension district board. The three program areas, family and consumer sciences, agriculture and natural resources, and 4H youth development each have two representatives on the board who serve a three year term. The members are recommended through program councils and approved by fiscal court. The board members and the majority of the local staff are Meade County property owners and we pay local taxes. Since the existing facility was paid off, ten years early, the tax has been lowered on six different occasions. Excess funds at the end of the year have been managed for future expansion. The future is now.
Over the past three years, 90% of our meeting rooms are used on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with 92% capacity. Wednesday and Friday has not been as heavily utilized due to lower attendance but usage has increased on these days as well. This tells us we have a lot of education going on. However, this also creates a problem when trying to schedule needed meetings and trainings. Many times if a program is cancelled due to weather or illness, it can take as long as three to six months to reschedule the program based on space and schedule availability. While we use our facility to conduct the majority of our programs, we are also hosting meetings and programs throughout the county, working with students in local schools and providing education in homes or on farms. Many other community non-profits and volunteers use our facilities for educational classes.
With this in mind and after examining finances, the extension district board voted to begin the process of adding on to our current facility. Over the next few weeks, plans will be developed and finalized to begin this process. Based on the great stewardship of our tax funds there should not be a need to increase taxes to build the addition or provide additional services.
When residents attend classes or use services at the extension service, they can feel confident the information they are being provided is coming from educated, research based sources. Extension is for all ages and stages of life. Contact us to find th