2019 MSU Extension in Emmet County reflections from the district director

District director Adam Koivisto shares about the difference MSU Extension made in Emmet County in 2018-2019.

I'm delighted to share the results of another successful year of partnership between Emmet County and Michigan State University (MSU) Extension. Because of your continued support, we’ve been able to make a difference in the lives of youth, families, businesses and communities.  

MSU Extension offers a broad range of research-based educational services to county residents. Over this past year, we’ve empowered families and individuals to live healthier lives, supported new and local businesses, created opportunities for youth leadership development and career exploration, helped farmers with business management and mental health, and much more. Our staff live and work alongside county residents, are rooted in community relationships and are responsive to community needs.  

This year, we’ve also welcomed Emmet County residents into our online community: we’ve offered online educational courses, answered questions on topics ranging from gardening to food safety, raised program awareness through social media and provided a library of research-based resources they’ve browsed on our website. 

For example, in the 2018-2019 programming year, we've made a difference in the following ways:

  • 579 youth in Emmet County reached by MSU Extension programs, including 4-H, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education and Michigan Sea Grant programs
  • Over 40 MSU Extension professionals provided education to Emmet County residents
  • 338 youth in Emmet County participated in 4-H 
  • 106 soil test kits purchased by residents and processed by MSU
  • MSU Extension website received 9,792 visits from Emmet county residents
  • 4 Extension professionals based in Emmet County
  • Over 100 years of Extension in Emmet County -- the first Extension ag agent began in 1912
  • Over 150 walk-in / phone contacts served through Emmet County MSU Extension

Our partnership with you makes this all possible. On behalf of the MSU Extension team serving Emmet County, thank you for another great year. We look forward to your continued support and hope you’ll be able to join us during one of our upcoming programs.

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