Jackson County has bumped up funding for the University of Missouri Extension Service, which the agency says helps bring in more outside money.



County legislators on Monday approved a resolution giving the agency $200,280 for this year. That’s up about $35,000, or 21 percent, from 2009.

Jackson County has bumped up funding for the University of Missouri Extension Service, which the agency says helps bring in more outside money.

County legislators on Monday approved a resolution giving the agency $200,280 for this year. That’s up about $35,000, or 21 percent, from 2009.

“We’re pleased for the support,” said Program Director Cynthia Zluticky.

In Jackson County, the Extension Service has two offices, at 1106 W. Main St. in downtown Blue Springs and at 2700 E. 18th St. in Kansas City.

Even though the county’s money is targeted for costs such as running the office, the increase should bring in other money too for an agency that uses a good deal of grant money.

“We leverage our money so much that we get $12 for every dollar from the county,” Zluticky said.

Extension officials are quick to point out that they have long since moved beyond offering tips on growing better roses and rutabagas, although they still do that too. Extension offices across the state have programs to help start-up business, parenting, personal finance and job hunting, among other topics. It’s currently running a program, for example, targeted at dislocated workers who want to start their own businesses.

Call Susan Henson at 816-407-3492 for more information.