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					                                        1999-2003 STONE COUNTY EXTENSION
                                                  PROGRAM PLAN
                                                  VISIONS 2000


INTRODUCTION

         The Stone County University Outreach and Extension Center is the front door to the four campuses of
the University of Missouri, Lincoln University, and their resources. University Extension maintains a unique
partnership among federal, state, and local governments that provide access to the University's research based
resources. These resources are needed to provide high quality educational programs on issues of highest
priority to meet the needs of the citizens of Missouri. The Stone County Extension Council, as established by
state statute, is a partner with University Outreach and Extension and the United States Department of
Agriculture Cooperative States Research, Education, and Extension Service (USDA-CSREES) in the
development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs.

         This program plan is part of a process to lead the Stone County University Outreach and Extension
Council programs to the turn of the century. This began with a Stone County futuring event where we worked
to identify what people in Stone County want our county and communities to become. We focused on the
resources that exist or can be created to attain our vision of the future.

       Based on the futuring event, a survey was developed and sent to over 200 households in the county.
More than 150 Stone County residents responded. Information from the futuring event, the survey, socio-
economic information and trends, and reviews of past programs were used to write this plan.

                "No other country has focused such attention on the practical (applied)
        dimension of education by extending and applying the knowledge base of our land-grant
        universities to the laboratories of real life where people live and work, develop and lead.
         Extension has been copied by many countries, but is yet to be duplicated." -- Wayne D.
        Rasmussen

         Wayne D. Rasmussen, retired chief, Agricultural History Branch, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
celebrated the seventy-five year history of Cooperative Extension Service and briefly outlined its potential role
and continuing significance for the twenty-first century.

          Beginning with the Morrill Act of 1862 creating the system of land-grant universities and followed by
the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 establishing the Cooperative Extension System, Rasmussen delineated the
process by which Extension provided "quality information, education, and problem-solving programs on real
concerns," particularly in agriculture and home economics. The relevance of Extension Services in coping
with national emergencies brought on by World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II was
thoughtfully examined. Its goals and plans for the coming decades were contemplated, and modifications of
purpose and changes brought about by the technical and electronic revolutions of the past twenty years were
taken into account. Its mission was and is to educate people for a productive agriculture, an improved quality
of life, and a revitalization of rural America, and working with youth, to provide future leaders and better
citizens in urban as well as rural America.




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RATIONALE FOR THE PROGRAM PLAN

        The Stone County Program Plan is a document jointly written by the council and staff to identify and
address needs in broad areas of public concern.

         Of historical significance, Stone County, named after Judge W.T. Stone, was organized on Feb. 10,
1851. The town of Galena was adopted as the county seat and sits on the banks of the James River. The
beautiful surroundings, crystal waters and plentiful hunting made Stone County and the Ozark Mountains an
ideal place for trappers, traders and farmers to settle in the late 1700's and early 1800's. Explorers such as
Ponce De Leon and De Soto have passed through Stone County. Indians have lived in the area include the
Osage until 1808 and the Delaware Tribes until 1829.

        During the Civil War years, growth was halted by guerilla raids. Even though reconstruction after the
Civil War was hard for rugged Stone County, growth included the White River Railroad, Wilderness Road and
the Butterfield Mail Route.

       The scenic beauty of the hills, fertile valleys, rivers and lakes, including Table Rock Lake, has helped
make Stone County one of the fastest growing counties in the state.

        Stone County citizens envision a future that includes a vibrant rural economy based on the economic
impact of travel (tourism), transfer payments, agriculture and manufacturing. Such a future has an economic
base that provides full employment opportunities at an income level which will support a safe, ecologically
sound, healthy rural lifestyle. The future we will strive to attain will include educational opportunities to meet
the needs of the changing global work force, comprehensive affordable health care, strong community
commitment to support individual and family needs, and a responsive government.

       Stone County's economic impact of travel (tourism) in 1991 was $209,764,470.00 in expenditures and
 wages of $60,530,705.00 for a total of $270,295,175.00. This provided 5,237 jobs. Transfer payments
accounted for $52,737,000.00 in 1993, market value of agriculture products sold in 1998 was $22,692,000 and
manufacturing income was $13,815,000.00 in 1993.

PROGRAM THEME #1. Education: Stone County will maintain a strong educational base.
    Theme Monitors: Fred M. Hall, Robert Brim and M.L. Buz Morris.

          Program Focus Area #1.       Our staff will work with schools to enhance programs that reduce high
          school dropouts and encourage family communication through 2003.

                  Measurable Objectives:

                  A. Five schools in Stone County will participate in a program to reduce high school dropouts
                     by January 2001.

.                 B. Reduce dropout percentage in schools by 10% by December 31, 2002.




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         Program Focus Area #2. Our council will support the Tri-Lakes Telecommunication Community
         Resource Center (TCRC) with six community branches. Focus Monitor: M.L. (Buz) Morris,
         Robert Brim and Chris Dean.


          Program Focus Area #3. Our council will encourage participation in 4-H Programs. Focus
Monitors: Mary Gandy, Mike McCullough, Fred M. Hall, Bill Atchison and Lee Young.

               Measurable Objectives:
               A. Initial planning to identify resources and specific areas to address within six months.

               B. Have five (5) active clubs, 200 non-traditional participants and sixty (60) traditional club
                  members by January 3, 2001.

          4-H Youth Development-School Enrichment-Comminity Collaboration

                1. Embryology
           The 4-H Incubation and Embryology project is one of the most popular enrichment programs in
       the        schools today. This unit is an excellent way to discuss conception, development and birth
       of animals
          and people. It helps children relate what they have learned in other curriculum areas.

          Measureable Objectives:
          95% of class will observe development of the chick in the egg using the candling method.
          95% of class will experience the hatch of a chick.
          95% of class will experience the death of a chick, if hatch is not 100%.
          80% of the incubated eggs to hatch live chicks.

          Baseline Data
          Data will be obtained by an Evaluation of the 4-H school enrichment curriculum on Incubation and
          Embryology. This data will include information about the impact on other school curriculum. Blue
          Ribbon data will furnish the number of participants in this progam.

         Indicators
         *Observation of the development of the chick within the egg
         *Experience the hatch and possible death of a chick
         *Evaluation survey to be completed at end of the program to provide impact on school curriculum.
         *Compare current year data with previous year data on the Embryology project.

               2. 4-H Club Program
          One of the strong parts of the 4-H Club Program continues to be the Leadership Development for
          volunteers and youth.

         The Stone County 4-H Leadership Development themes for this plan of work are establishing and
         nurturing 4-H clubs and building strong Leaders and Community Involvement.

              3. Volunteer leadership Development
         Volunteer leadership development includes programs, events, curricula, etc. that prepare youth

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          and/or adult volunteers to carry out leadership responsibilities. There are plans being made to

          encourage youth and adults to become 4-H club volunteers; volunteers are needed to plan and
         implement youth development programs in the county. With a high percentage of single-parent
         families and/or working parents, new strategies are needed to reach out to families and youth that
         have not traditionally been served. Recruitment, training, supervision and recognition of volunteers
         are essential to support youth development programs.

         Measurable Objectives:
         *The number of volunteers who are working with 4-H or other youth development programs will
          increase by 10%.
         *There will be an increase in personal satisfaction with leadership roles.

          Baseline Data:
          Currently, there are 4 volunteers working with 10 youth in Stone County in 1 4-H club.
          There are also 4 paid staff working with approximately 120 youth in after-school 4-H programs.

         Indicators:
         A. On-going 4-H volunteer recruitment, training, supervision and recognition efforts will be
                 increased. A program to pair new volunteers with an experienced volunteer mentor will be
imp-
               lemented, to provide training and support for new volunteers.
          B.    Training and support will be provided for other youth-serving organizations to improve
                volunteer recruitment and retention.

         The Expansion and Review committee will identify under-served communities and audiences in
         the county and help start new 4-H clubs in those communities.

         4.         Youth Leadership Development

          Leadership development programs are a key to preparing youth for leadership roles in life. These
         programs are a long term process of involement that result in development and/or enhancement of
         leadership skills. Leadership development continues to be an intergral part of the 4-H youth devel-
         opment program of UO/E.

         Measurable Objective:
         *Increase by 20% the number of school-age youth in rural and urban communities who participate
           in leadership development activities (serve as camp counselors, on community planning
committees,
          fair boards, Safe Night committees, Youth Excel, County 4-H Councils, Regional Teen Councils,
          youth, community and the like).
         *The number of young people involved in 4-H Clubs will increase by 10%
         *Increase by 20% the number of youth enrolled in leadership positions such as: committee member,
           club officer, project group officer, leader helper, youth leader or the like.
         *80% of classrooms using school enrichment projects will select students to serve in leadership
           positions such as project group leader, project assistant or reporter.

         Baseline Data:
         Data eill be obtained from the National 4-H Impact Assessment project, county 4-H Impact


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Assesment
         Survey and from the local Blue Ribbon Enrollment Programs. In addition, the report of the UOE
        1998 deliberative group sessions will be used.


          Indicators:
         *On-going 4-H member recruitment, training, supervision and recognition efforts will be contin-
          ued or increased.
          *Opportunities to pair new youth leaders with an experienced teen mentor will be developed.
         (Junior/Senior camp counselors for example)
         *Training and support will be made available to other youth-serving boards, organizations and
          committees, to show them how to, and encourage them to, involve youth as full partners in their
         decision making efforts.
         *The 4-H Expansion and Review committee will identify under-served communities and audiences
          in the county and help start new 4-H clubs in those communities.

         5.     Community Involvement
         Activities and events which engage youth and adults in meaningful ways can be envisioned as a base
         upon which strong communities can be built. For this base to be built, young people can no longer
         be kept on the fringes of community life.

         The views and creativity of youth has many times been witheld from a community because youth are
         often seen only in terms of thier lack of maturity and life experiences. Too many times the dreams
and
         aspirations of youth are viewed as the thoughts of childish minds and are therefore ignored by the
older,
         more experienced members of society.

         Youth must be looked to for their real potentials rather than their perceived weaknesses. For too long
         youth have been described on the basis for their problems, which makes it difficult for these
         individuals to become constructive community members.

         Given the opportunity, youth can always make meaningful contributuions to the well being and
devel-
         opment to the community in which they live. What must occur are projects which connect youth with
         the community. These programs will serve to increase self-esteem and a level of competency while
         improving the community as a whole.

         By rejecting the pessimistic labels that have been attributed to youth, we must look for the positive
         contributions these community members have to offer.

         A variety of youth development programs that encourage citizenship will be made available to comm-
         unities. Extension staff at the state, regional and local levels will partner with other agencies in order
         to plan and carry out the most sucessful programs based on communtiy needs.

         Measurable Objectives:
         Youth participation in community service and citizenship programs will increase by 20%.
         20% of participants will report increased knowledge of local, state and federal government.



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           Baseline Data:
           Data will be obtained through the State 4-H Office, county Blue Ribbon Enrollment System, National
           4-H Impact Assesment Project, County 4-H Impact Assesment Survey and Local Surveys. In
addition
           the report if the UOE 1998 deliberative group sessions will be used.



           Indicators:
           *Surveys of community leaders will assess youth involement in community service activities.
           *Compare current year data with previous year community service data to show trend.
           *Program evaluations will be completed at the end of every session to assess the level of acquired
            knowledge in the area of local, state and federal government.

           The third strategy of the Comprehensive 4-H Youth Development Plan is Community Partnerships.
           The Community Partnerships contain various partners which help children, youth and families meet
           their high priority needs.

            Measurable Objectives:
           *Attend 80% of the meetings for the following partners: Learn & Serve America Advisory Board,
            Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board and Community 2000 Advisory Board.
           *Participate in 80% of the committee meetings of these partnerships that address high priority
            needs in the community.
           *Be involed in 80% of the data gathering determining the assets and needs in Stone County.
           *Participate in grant writing teams (as time permits) that address the high priority needs in each
            community.


            Baseline Data:
            To use various data such as Kids Count, Community Health Resource Assessment Team (CHART)
            and various other community serveys to help determine the high priority needs for the county. To
            refer to the issues of the UOE deliberative groups that relate to children, youth and families.

            Indicators:
            *Be actively involved in the community partnerships and committees mentioned above.
            *Actively gather data that relates to assets and needs as determined by various community partners
             and UOE deliberative groups.
            *Be involved with the various grant writing trams in applying for grants that address the issues
             as identified by each group.
            *Participate in grant writing team implementation of grants accquired.

             Program Focus Area #4. Educate citizens to support buying American whenever possible.
             Focus Monitors: Fred M. Hall, Nel Howard and Esther Hollars.

             Program Focus Area #5. Support Stone County continuing education of adults and youth.
             Focus Monitors: M.L. Buz Morris.

             Program Focus Area #6. Provide Investment Education to county citizens.
             Focus Monitor: Michael Kaup.

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           The deliberative group process in Stone County identified a concern that citizens make wise
financial               decisions for their families. A recent Womens Financial Information Program
evaluation also                identified a strong interest in both the area of saving and investment and in
estate planning.                programs will be coordinated on both topics by University Extension Staff.

            Measurable Objectives:
             * 70% of the participants will be able to evaluate saving and investment options.
            * 20% of participants will begin to make changes to current savings and investment plans.
            *15% of participants will make estate plans.
            * 40% will make changes to update current estate plans.
            *20% will increase their net worth.


            Baseline Data:
            This is a follow up area to the Womens Financial Information Program. Financial education is a
life              long process. Financial planning can help clientele be more independent both before and
during                  retirement. Wise decision making can alleviate family disagreement when estates are
settled.

            Indicators:
            *Number of participants who can evaluate savings and investment options.
            *Number who begins or make changes to current savings and investment plans.
            *Number who increase their net worth.
            *Individuals or families who make estate plans.
            *Numbers who change or update current estate plans.

            Program Focus Area #7. Encourage citizen and Stone County elected official involvement in
county            and local government issues. Focus Monitors: Tony DeLong and Joe Lantz.

            PROGRAM THEME #2. Economic Development: Stone County will maintain and improve
            a strong economic base for county citizens.
            Focu Monitors: Micheal Kaup, Sue Chase, Merle Olson and John R. Johnson.

           Program Focus Area #1. There are 683 businesses in Stone County and 96.4% of the businesses
          employ less than 20 people. Stone businesses provide over 4,396 jobs in the county with an annual
            payroll of over 86,602,000 dollars. The largest number of requests for business information is in
the               area of business start-up information. Second most requests are for expansion of existing
businesses.            County planning deliberative groups identified that individual business counseling and
job                     development along with classes in business related subjects were a county need. It is
important for            the economic well being of workers, business and industry owners and the citizens of
Stone County             that educational programs for new and existing businesses be available. There is also
a need to                 provide training for improving the skill levels of the work force and to promote year
round employ-               ment.
          Among the educational programs that will be offered in the county are the following: individual
           business counseling, business start-up and home based business start-up counseling, customer
           relations,business financial assistance, business management training, and workforce preparedness
           training.

           Small Business Development. Of the 96.4% of the businesses in Stone County that employ less

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than             20 people, a real need is created to assist these businesses. UOEs business and industry
program is               designed to help people who wish to start a new business or improve existing small
businesses through             direct interaction, mutually beneficial partnerships and innovation to transfer
skills, knowledge and             services that improve management performance. Training and educational
counseling activities relate           to Starting a New Business will be conducted specifically for small
businesses. Programs will be                      provided in partnership with local banks, area educational
institutions, Division of Employment                             Security, Missouri Department of Economic
Development and other State/Federal agencies and local               organizations

         Measurable Objectives:
         *Thirteen of the countys small businesses will develop or update their business plan.
         *Ten new businesses will be started with the assistance and counseling by the business and industry
          specialist.
         *At least three specialized programs will be presented to Home Based Businesses by the business and
           industry specialist assisted with consumer and family economic specialist.
         *Fifteen individuals will start a new business within the county.
         *Forty-five percent of the participants attending the program(s) How To Start A Small Business will
         go into business.

         Baseline Data:
         Through clientele survey with small business owners and managers who participate in the business
and         industry programs, information will be gathered that captures the change among clientele in one
         or more of the following area:

        Indicators:
        *Number of individuals identifying new business opportunities.
        *Client satisfaction
        *Number of new businesses formed, including licenses issued.
        *Number of recommended practices adopted.
        *Number of resources clients use.
        *Number of individuals choosing not to enter new businesses based on counseling and training
         information.
        *Business plans developed as a result of counseling and training intervention.
        *Amount of new clientele business loans secured. Sales generated in first year of business.
        *Taxes paid by new business start-ups.
        *Number of new jobs created by clientele.

         Program Focus Area #2. Agricultural producers will attend educational programs to assist their
        decision-making skills and sustain their economic base in an environmentally sound manner.
         Focus Monitors: Fred M. Hall, John R. Johnson, Chris Tarter, Robert Brim, Mike McCullough
         and Curtis Burton.

         Measurable Objectives:
         *Three hundred twenty (320) people will obtain information to improve productivity of their field and
           lawn soils by July 15, 2003.
         *Twenty people will participate in forage conferences by December 19, 2001.
         *Fifteen people will participate in livestock and dairy seminars by December 20, 2002.
         *Seventy people will increase their knowledge of home horticulture by improving their lawns, gardens
          and flower beds through home-idea assistance programs and landscape training by April 1,2003.

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        Program Focus Area #3. Businesses related to the tourism industry have a tremendous impact on
the            overall economic impact in Stone County. While this growth may be leveling off, tourism
continues to            play a growing and vital role in the county, a trend that preliminary data suggests will
continue well into            the future. While tourism isnt the whole industry within the county, there are
needs to be addressed              coupled with training in customer relations, marketing and imaging.
        While the numbers of tourist continue to seek the services of local businesses, businesses need to be
        prepared to greet them and meet their individual needs by skilled and talented employees. In fact the
         world of work today demands workers who can learn on their own, and in teams to make decisions
and           communicate effectively. New jobs need to be created to encourage year round employment.
Programs           will empower individuals with knowledge and skills to explore, enter and compete in the
workplace.          Resources for these programs may include hands on activities, role-playing and speakers
from local             businesses as well as the business and industry specialist.

       Measurable Objectives:
       *Twenty tourist related businesses will employ at least three additional employees.
       *At least twenty-five individuals will attend programs co-sponsored with the Small Business
        Administration.
       *Thirty percent of those businesses attending tourist related programs would request individual
        counseling for support with human resource procedure.

         Baseline Data: Data will be generated by an occupational profile of the county using employment
figures,               percentage of unemployed people and other guidelines provided by the Division of
Employment
         Security. Follow-up surveys went to program participants by SBDC and SBA questionnaires will
         assist with individual satisfaction of counseling. Additional data from the Departments of Tourism,
         Revenue (Sales Taxes collected), and Labor.

        Indicators:
        Total number of individuals making a career change.
         A. Tracking and comparing unemployment figures with previous years.
         B. Interviews with a sampling of employers in coordination wit SBDC and SBA.
         C. Traffic counts comparison with previous years.
         D. Number of new business licenses for the county and individual cities.

        Program Focus Area #4. Affordable housing for workers and senior citizens will be addressed.
        Focus Monitors: Nel Howard, Sue Chase, Barbara Booth, Dorothy Shamblin and Mary Gandy.

        Statistics from 1990 show that 14.6 percent of households in Stone County were cost burdened. Cost
        burdened identified households with less than $20,000 annual income who are paying 30 percent or
        more of their income in housing costs. Currently only 1 housing unit for low-income families
        exists in northern Stone County. Figures from 1990 show 7,885 occupied housing units in Stone
        County of which 19.8% are mobile homes and 13.3 percent are housing units built before 1950.

        Measurable Objectives:
        *Consumers will enroll in the Home Works educational program.
        *Fifty percent of participants will report increased knowledge of basic home care and preventative
         maintenance and financial matters related to home ownership.
        *Fifty percent of participants will report adoption of one or more home maintenance and financial

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         management practices recommended in the course.
        *One additional housing unit will be built for qualifying low-income clientele.

         Baseline Data:
           The Home Works educational program can help families get through the initial months of home
owner-            ship. Homeowners must provide necessary maintenance to prevent serious deterioration to
their home.             Falling behind in house payments or overextending themselves through home equity
loans are also real          possibilities for new homeowners.


        Indicators:
        *Number of participants who attend the HomeWorks sessions.
        *Number of participants showing increased knowledge through the evaluation process.
        *Number of participants reporting the adoption of one or more recommended practices.
        *Housing unit built for low-income clientele.


          Program Focus Area #5. Existing Businesses Assistance/Support. A strong economic base is
essential           to strong committees and community-life to stimulate full-time manufacturing and other
businesses.           Supporting existing businesses help develop this strong, essential economic base. There
are 683                      existing businesses in Stone County. Failing to support the business sector, the
community will not only             overlook a tremendous source of job creation (over 67% of net jobs created
annually in the U.S. are from             the small business sector), it will also be generally less successful in
efforts to retain new businesses.          Stone County deliberative group participants identified an increase in
new markets and workforce                   preparedness, as major business needs. A major business/employer
need in Stone County for the years                 2000-2003 is having a skilled, prepared work force. The
unemployment rate as of December 1998 in                 Stone County was 7.1% with 862 of the civilian labor
workforce listed as unemployed. The year average               unemployment rate was 12.1%. Unfortunately
Stone County still experiences variant unemploy-
         ment cycles, especially during the months of January, February and March. To help businesses meet
the              changing work force requirements and environment, employee skills need to constantly be
updated. New              jobs need to be created. Continued attempts to encourage local businesses to develop
year round employ-             ment will be a major thrust.

      Measurable Objectives:
      *At least five of the existing manufacturing businesses in the county will expand their business.
      *At least twenty individuals attending financial planning programs will implement new book-
         keeping systems.
      *Seventy-five percent of those businesses attending business workshops will employ two
        or more individuals.
         *Thirty-five percent of those businesses attending business workshops will request individual
counseling          for support with human resource procedures.

       Baseline Data:

       Through clientele survey and individual reports from small business owners and managers and
        government and nonprofit organizational leaders who participate in the business and industry programs,
        information will be gathered that captures the change among clientele in one or more of the following
       area:

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       Indicators:
       *Adoption of recommended practices
       *Increase in business profits
       *Increased participation in business networks
       *Increased use of business resources
       *Client satisfaction
       *Number of business plans developed as a result of counseling and training intervention
       *Amount of new clientele business loans secured
       *Sales generated by businesses
       *Taxes paid by businesses
       *Number of new jobs created by clientele.
       *Increased potential advance and career opportunities.

        Program Focus Area #6. Family values are an integral part of family strengths. Supporting
educational    programs will be implemented. Focus Monitors: Joe E. Lantz and all council members who
are elected     and appointed.

     KIDS COUNT for 1998 has identified Stone County trends which have changed for the worse as:
enrollees          in free/reduced school lunches, mothers without high school diplomas, low birth weight
infants, high school       dropouts and teen violent deaths. Trends for the better are: infant mortality, child
deaths, probable causes       of child abuse, out-of-home placement and births to teens. The Building Strong
Families Program is a            thirteen module program designed to assist working parents with dependents
identify strengths of their own        families and learn skills to build upon those strengths to help improve
family life.

     Measurable Objectives:
     *At least 50 parents will enroll in the program; at least 40 will complete the program.
     *Eight or more community agencies/organizations will join University Extension in planning and
        implementing the Building Strong Familys program in Stone County.
      *Thirty participants will report increased knowledge in seven of the thirteen educational modules
included         in the program
     *Thirty participants will report an increased confidence and practices of parenting.
     * Thirty participants will adopt at least three new practices recommended in the program.
       *Thirty participants will indicate through a needs assessment survey their needs in other educational
areas.

     Baseline Data:
     The Building Strong Families program has not been offered in Stone County. A pretest survey of the
     participants will be used to determine current family practices. Experience from other sites indicates that
     75%-85% of the participants will adopt at least two to the recommended practices.

     Indicators:
     *Total number of agencies/organizations participating in the community coalition to plan and implement
       the program.
     *Total number of participants completing the total course.
     *Total number of participants showing increased knowledge through the Building Strong
      Families evaluation process.
     *Total number of participants indicating better parenting skills

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     *Total lnumber of parents who adopt one or more recommended family practices.
     *Total number of participants requesting additional information that could be met by
      University Outreach and Extension in the future.
      These requests will be used for future program planning.


        PROGRAM THEME #3. Environment: With the strong citizen concern in the county about
septic         tanks, and the large influx of tourists and water and waste quality concerns, environmental
issues will be      addressed.


      Program Focus Area #1. Our staff will work with citizens, schools and related agencies to promote
     educational understanding and knowledge about composting. Focus Monitors: Robert Brim,
      Esther Hollars and Lee Young.


      Measurable Objectives:
      A.   Initial planning to identify resources and specific areas to address within six months.
      B.   Present a lawn composting workshop to thirty participants by December 2001.
      C. A co-composting project of bio-solids and waste stream materials will be supported with related
          agencies through 2003.
      D. A team approach will be used in working with citizens on waste management issues to assure
           compliance with regulations through 2003.
       E.    Monitor the wise use of federal dollars for water run-off control and containment in the White
River             Basin and the James/Finley River Watershed.


      Program Focus Area #2. Water Quality of county lakes and streams will be addressed.
      Focus Monitors: Tony DeLong, Fred M. Hall, Esther Hollars and Sue Chase.

      Measurable Objectives:
      A.    Initial planning to identify resources and specific areas to address within six months.
       B.       Support county commission and county health department on septic and sewer regulations
through                2003.
      C. Work with at least one school in adapting and working with a "Stream Team" through December
            2001.
      D. Address proper pesticide usage by motels, home owners, rural and urban businesses, and farmers
           through 2003.


     Program Theme #4 Nutrition:

      Description of the FNEP prorgam:
      FNEP(Family Nutrition Education Program) is federally funded and was designed to increase
      the quality of nutritional intake for food stamp recipients and limited resource families. The focus
      is to help young people learn how to make wise choices for the benefit of their health and to develop
      sound eating and exercise habits leading to optimal nutrition and overall improved health. The
      target audience for FNEP is youth, parenting teens in a school setting, and families with children. The
      NEA(Nutrition Education Assistant) may enroll homemakers (Homemakers being defined as the

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one whose primary resposibility for the food purchase and preparation in the home), who then assist
in determining what food and nutrition lessons will be taught by the NEA. The NEA is to reach the
stated objectives uses standardized curricula and food demonstations.

Baseline Data:
The Southwest region has 17% of its population less than 100% of the poverty guidelines and 43.8%
at less than 200% of poverty (per www.health.state.mo.us). Families living in poverty expend a high
percentage of their income on food. It is important that Southwest Missouri residents have access to
nutrition and health education. Good nutrition coupled with handling food safely is a significant
factor in the health and well being of Southwest Missouri residents.

Outcome:       Indivduals and families will have optimal lifelong health and wellness.

Objectives:   FNEP enrolled will make dietary decisions according to USDA guidelines.
               FNEP enrolled homemakers will improve dietary intake.
              FNEP enrolled homemakers will adopt eating behaviors that promote heatlth and
              wellness.

Activities:    Nutrition lessons, food recalls and folld behavior checklists.

Indicators:    FNEP enrolled homemakers will increase fruits and vegetable intake to 5 servings
               Per day.
               FNEP enrolled homemakers will increase grain product intake to 6 servings per day.
               FNEP enrolled homemakers will reduce fat intake to 30% of total calories.

Measures:       35% of FNEP enrolled homemakers will increase fruits and vegetable intake to 5
              servings per day.
             35% of FNEP enrolled homemakers will increase grain product intake to 6 servings
       per day.
                35% of FNEP enrolled homemakers will reduce fat intake to 30% of total calories.

Objectives:    Youth enrolled in FNEP will increase use of USDA guidelines in food safety and
               knowledge of the food guide pyramid.

Indicators:    Teachers observe increased handwashing by students after receiving hand washing
               lessons for food safety.
               Students less than 10 years of age can place foods on the food guide pyramid
                properly after receiving nutrition lessons on the food pyramid.

Measures:     50% of students increased appropriate handwashing as observed by their teachers.
              50% of students accurately placed foods on the food guide pyramid as determined
              By pre and post tests.



SUMMARY

The Stone County University Outreach & Extension Program Plan of work for 1999-2003 focuses on
 three major areas: education, economic development and environment. Within each of these three


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major          areas (program themes), we have identified program focus areas, measurable objectives and
appropriate       theme and focus monitors. On a continuing basis, the Stone County Extension Council will
review
       progress, determine the priorities to be emphasized for the coming year and assist in developing the
       resources necessary to address the needs.


      The Stone County Extension program is designed to serve the needs of Stone County citizens. We ask
      each of you to help us by sharing your suggestions with the County Extension Council for improvement
       and change.
      JCH/WJS071399




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