Extension Committee (University of MN)


Welcome to the University of Minnesota Extension Service. We look forward to partnering with you to provide educational resources to address local issues. Meetings are held
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 2019 Meeting Dates:  2/7, 6/13, 8/15 and 11/7
  • Extension Outreach Office
    38814 3rd Avenue
    North Branch, MN, 55056
    Ph: 651-227-0151


The MN State Legislature established County Extension Committees (CECs) in 1923. State statute mandates each county must have an Extension Committee with the following composition: 2 county commissioners, 6 county residents selected by the County Board, and the County Auditor or their designee.

Members serve 3 year terms and may be reappointed. However, many CEC's have ruled that no member can serve more than 2 consecutive terms. Committee members elect their own chair and vice-chair, both serving 1 year terms. The County Auditor serves as secretary.
VACANT   District 1  Term:
Jeske Noodergraaf  District 2  Term: 01/08/2019 - 01/02/2022
Nancy Moe-Mergens  District 3  Term: 01/03/2018 - 01/02/2021
Charles Yeagar  District 4  Term: 01/08/2019 - 01/02/2022
Janet Schweigert  District 5  Term: 01/03/2017 - 01/03/2020
Douglas Toavs  At Large  Term: 01/08/2019 - 01/02/2022


The CEC has 3 major areas of responsibility, as defined by the state statute:
  • Program development and evaluation:
    • The committee develops an annual program of work in cooperation with the U of MN Extension Service.
    • Assist in identifying county needs and matching or empowering county or regional staff in meeting those needs through education programming.
  • Personnel:
    • The committee members often service on the search and interview committees to recommend suitable, qualified persons for Extension Educator positions to the Extension dean and director of Extension.
    • By state statute, Extension Educators are U of MN employees.
    • The committee also provides yearly input to the Extension Director or supervisor regarding Extension Educator performance in development and delivery of the identified programs.
  • Budget development:
    • The committee, working with Extension, prepares an annual budget of funds needed for the maintenance, support, and expenses of the county's Extension work and submits it to the County Board for approval.


Extension is an outreach arm of the University of Minnesota. Extension's mission is "connecting community needs and University resources". Extension provides its research and education outreach in urban, suburban and rural communities through its partnership with the federal, state and county government in all 87 Minnesota counties through its 18 regional centers throughout the state.