The process to fill five seats on the Buena Vista County extension council will begin shortly, says Rhonda K. Christensen, Buena Vista County extension education director.
The council, like the hundreds of other extension councils across the country, is the grass roots governing body for the nation's Cooperative Extension System. Candidates for the council will appear on the general election ballot in November.
In Iowa, extension programming is a cooperative effort involving local citizens, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ISU Extension has 105 field offices, providing local access to extension programs in all 99 counties.
"If you would like to help with Buena Vista County's extension program, we're beginning the nomination process soon," says Christensen. The duties of a council member include hiring county staff, managing the county extension budget and helping select programming.
The first step in the nomination process is the appointment of a four-member nominating committee. By law, the current council appoints two men and two women to the committee and it cannot include any current members of the council. The committee must be appointed by Aug. 7, 2002.