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The Mississippi State University Extension Service - Who We Are

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Publication Number: M0706
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Our Mission

The Mississippi State University Extension Service provides research-based information, educational programs, and technology transfer focused on issues and needs of the people of Mississippi, enabling them to make informed decisions about their economic, social, and cultural well-being.

Our Foundation

The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension System, a publicly funded, informal educational system that links the United States Department of Agriculture, the land-grant university system, and individual counties. As the off-campus educational arm of Mississippi State University, Extension provides current research and educational information to individuals in all 82 counties. Mississippi State University Extension Service is also a cooperating partner with Alcorn State University, the 1890 land-grant institution in Mississippi.

Agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer education, enterprise and community resource development, and 4-H youth development are Extension’s ongoing priorities or “base programs.” From these base programs, specific subjects or efforts emerge to receive emphasis for a period of time.

Our Vision and Beliefs

Extension’s overall purpose is education - education that will empower people to make intelligent decisions relating to their vocations, their families, and their environment. Extension’s unique interdisciplinary perspective enables the organization to make a real difference in the lives of Mississippians.

Mississippi State University Extension Service is, and will continue to be, a leader for positive change for individuals, families, and communities through the following ways: by providing research and education in a practical and applicable way; by using the latest technology and teaching techniques to serve clients; by developing and using volunteers to help disseminate programs and information; by cooperating with other groups and agencies; and by maintaining a culturally diverse staff responsive to the needs of various audiences at all socioeconomic levels.

We believe that agriculture and its related enterprises are of major economic importance in Mississippi, and we will direct programs and resources to reflect this importance. We also believe that quality of life is affected by the reciprocal relationship between people and their environment and will continue to emphasize environmental issues. We recognize the critical need for human resource development and will continue to search for ways to help families and youth cope with an everchanging society.

Our Goals

To fulfill our mission and to achieve our vision for the future, Mississippi State University Extension Service must meet the following goals:

  • Focus on quality services and programs that are client driven.
  • Instill a future-oriented perspective in staff members, advisors, partners, and clients.
  • Be responsive to new or different needs by maintaining flexibility in programming efforts.
  • Develop a level of alternative resources to allow for adjustments to changing demands or critical needs.
  • Expand efforts to help clients compete in a global economy.
  • Foster an environment that will enable staff members and volunteers achieve their full potential.
  • Project a positive image that will broaden public understanding of Extension's mission, goals, programs, and accomplishments.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

M0706 Extension Service of Mississippi State University, cooperating with U.S. Department of Agriculture. Published in furtherance of Acts of Congress, May 8 and June 30, 1914. GARY B. JACKSON, Director

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