AMES, Iowa – Terry Torneten sees opportunities for increased communication in Iowa State University Extension’s Region 12, covering Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie and Shelby counties. Torneten is the region’s extension education director.
“As that communication grows, I think there will be more opportunities uncovered to do some sharing and bring program ideas together in new ways,” Torneten said. The region is open to the concept of “blurring the county lines,” he added.
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“Individuals will bring their strengths to the table, and as those strengths blossom and grow, we’ll be able to offer more diverse kinds of programs, again, looking at the whole picture through Region 12 rather than just individual counties,” Torneten said.
Torneten is one of 20 regional extension education directors. The positions were created a year ago as part of ISU Extension’s restructuring plan to facilitate an issue-based approach to delivering ISU Extension programming and resources. Torneten works directly with county extension council members to meet their legal obligations as an elected body. Together they are identifying new ways to work across county borders, provide educational programming that addresses significant issues and evaluate the results of multi-county and regional efforts.
“We’ve seen a lot of changes in Region 12 in the last six to eight months; new staff has come on board; we’ve said goodbye to some long-time staff members as well,” he said.
They’ve also planned a regional 4-H youth project day, with preparations led by four county youth coordinators — Carolyn Wilson in Guthrie County, Amanda Allen in Greene County, Anjanette Treadway in Carroll County and Krista Sporrer in Audubon County — and Greene County Program Coordinator Mary Clancy.
“Those five have done a great job of pulling together a project day to focus on youth development needs and ideas around project areas … that’s been a nice thing to see come together,” Torneten said.
To learn more about ISU Extension programs, contact Torneten at 712-792-2364 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the ISU Extension website, www.extension.iastate.edu/.