Become an Extension Council Member

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Last year more than 1 million people directly benefited from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs. We’re building a strong Iowa.


  • Be an extension council member and increase your leadership and networking opportunities through new relationships that benefit the citizens in your county.
  • Elected council members and offices in every county uniquely position Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to move our state forward.

As a county extension council member:

  • You represent Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in your county. You bring an understanding of local issues to important decisions about educational opportunities – which strengthens our organization.
  • You bring research-based programs in human sciences, agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, and community and economic development from Iowa State University to your local communities. These programs help your citizens solve critical issues affecting their lives.
  • You have the responsibility to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars, investing in educational programs.
  • You provide mentoring and leadership for county paid staff.
  • You agree to fulfill the responsibilities of the position by participating on a regular basis in council meetings and attend special educational events planned by the council and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.