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Through the innovations and ideals of the University of Missouri, MU Extension improves lives, businesses and communities by focusing on solving Missouri’s grand challenges around agricultural growth and stewardship, economic opportunity, educational access, and health and well-being.

Four grand challenges


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Agricultural Growth & Stewardship

MU Extension shapes Missouri’s top industry by extending university expertise to agricultural communities across the state. Our goal is to double the state’s agricultural economy by 2030 while sustaining its natural resources.

Educational access and excellence
Educational access and excellence

Coordinated efforts through school outreach and educational experiences, our goal is to increase the number of high school graduates participating in postsecondary education.

Economic opportunity
Economic opportunity

Our partnerships will expand leadership development activities, increase Missouri's agriculture-based economy and generate positive workforce outcomes.

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Health and well-being

By aligning research, teaching and clinical approaches, we can confront health issues and bring services to rural communities while expanding training opportunities.

We offer in-person and online programming, publications and information in these major interest areas:


MU Extension is a partnership of the University of Missouri campuses, Lincoln University, the people of Missouri through county extension councils, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Land-grant mission

MU is a land-grant university, meaning it is a part of a federally mandated mission to carry the benefits of university research beyond campus. Federal legislation in the 1800s provided for the donation of public land to individual states. Missourians chose to apply their land grants to the existing Columbia campus. This created two universities in one — a land-grant institution leading in research for all citizens of the state, across the nation and around the world, and an intellectual center to advance liberal arts scholarship. Today, through statewide offices, publications and web-based services, extension faculty in every county of Missouri continue to carry the benefits of MU research throughout the entire state.

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