Alcona County voters pass Michigan State University Extension millage

On Aug. 4, Alcona County voters chose to fund Michigan State University Extension through a millage renewal that provides funding for community programs through 2023.

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On Aug. 4, Alcona County voters chose to fund Michigan State University Extension through a millage renewal. The 0.14-mill request will continue funding for MSU Extension through 2023.

MSU Extension is a three-way funding partnership between local, state and federal government. Local investment secures federal, state and grant funding in service to Alcona County residents. Through this partnership, residents are connected to the university network of experts and to statewide programs in youth development, agriculture, health and nutrition, natural resources protection and development, and community and economic development.

“The community has our commitment to be good stewards of millage funds to further our mission to serve Alcona County,” said Julie Darnton, MSU Extension district director. “We pledge to continue working hard to ensure that we are meeting the needs of Alcona County residents by providing strong, relevant programming.”

Over the past year, MSU Extension provided more than 650 youth in development programs such as 4-H and trained Alcona County Master Gardeners who in turn, contributed 140 volunteer hours to support community garden projects, contributed to spending $16,528 with local businesses and MSU’s overall total economic impact of $1,489,331 in Alcona County.

 “We’d like to thank all of the people who’ve supported Extension along the way,” Darnton said. “MSU Extension has been in Alcona County for over 100 years, and we hope to work for the county for at least 100 years more.”

MSU Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses. With a presence in every Michigan county, MSU Extension faculty and staff members help grow Michigan’s economy by equipping Michigan residents with the information that they need to do their jobs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities and empower their children to dream of a successful future.

To find out more about MSU Extension programs and services, visit

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