Yes, Yes Indeed! on 15-121
Keep Extension Alive in Jackson County
Measure 15-121 passed with 75% of the vote!
There is no guarantee that there will be funding for the Jackson County Extension Service in the County budget after June 30, 2014. Without local funding, Extension as we know it today cannot continue to exist.
Hard to imagine, isn’t it?
Extension cannot receive the State and Federal funds that make up nearly 90% of its budget unless it has local funding. With ever-increasing pressure on the County General Fund, Extension has seen its local funding reduced year after year. Unless stable, dedicated local funding can be established, Extension faces greatly reduced resources and could even be forced to close its doors.
Without a new funding mechanism, Extension and all it currently means to Jackson County—the 4-H program, Master Gardeners, support for Small Farms and Woodlands, Land Stewards, Master Preservers to name just a few programs—could go away.
The potential loss of Extension represents an enormous risk to the cultural and economic well-being of our region.
- To read more about Measure 15-121, click on the link provided and scroll down.
- To learn more about Extension’s history in Jackson County, click on the link provided and scroll down.
- For a sneak peek at the Voter’s Pamphlet description of Measure 15-121, click on the link provided and scroll down.
- Help us get the word out about the importance of voting YES on Measure 15-121, request a lawn sign!
Extension makes a difference every day—
Here’s where you get to make a difference.
Help us ensure passage of Measure 15-121—
Guarantee local funding for Extension into the future.
How You Can Help
Save Extension — Pass It On!
We need your help
We cannot do this alone. It will take the collective efforts of all of us whose lives have been touched by Extension to ensure a secure local funding source for Jackson County Extension into the future.
Here’s what you can do to support our efforts:
- Make a donation to help us get the word out about saving Extension in Jackson County.
- Click HERE and scroll down to contact a committee member or to volunteer to work on a campaign committee.
- Click HERE and scroll down to send us a testimonial, photo or story for our web site about your great experiences with Extension.
- Send a letter to the editor describing how Extension has benefited you and the community. Download these instructions for specific ideas of what to write and information on how to submit your letter.
- Tell your friends and neighbors how important it is to vote Yes on Measure 15-121 on May 20 and be sure to vote yourself! Ballots must be received no later than 8pm on May 20.
- Like us on facebook and include this web site in your social media activity.
- Share information about this initiative with your clubs and groups.
- Invite us to speak at your service club meeting.
- Host an informational session at your home or office for one of our speakers.
- Help staff an information booth at a community event.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
LAWN SIGNS—We’re looking for locations with good visibility from a road, especially high traffic and arterial routes, for lawn signs in support of Measure 15-121. Teams of volunteers will put up and take down the signs beginning April 19. Or you can pick them up and put them out yourself. We want as many locations as possible, so please sign up if you can help.
To sign up, send an email with your name, address, telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit us at the Master Gardener Spring Garden Show at the Jackson County Expo Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4.
Save Our Extension Service Auction & Reception! Friday, April 25—Belle Fiore Winery Wine Pavilion, Ashland
Thanks to the generosity of Southern Oregon wineries and wine lovers, this event raised an amazing $22,000 to benefit the campaign to pass Measure 15-121! These funds will go a long, long way in helping us get the word out about how important Extension is in Jackson County. THANK YOU, everyone involved.
The event included appetizers from local restaurants, a complimentary glass of wine, and the opportunity to bid on intriguing packages of products and services from local wineries and others who support Extension. Check out the fantastic auction packages that were generously donated for this event and read more about it here.
Your donation helps support the campaign to keep Extension strong.
100 Years of Service
Making Community Happen
... our economy with research-based support for orchards, vineyards, small farms and home gardensRead More
... our community through outstanding youth leadership and land stewardship programsRead More
... the quality of life in Jackson County through affordable, accessible learning opportunities for all residentsRead More
The 4-H Program develops future leaders and provides invaluable life skills and knowledge. Project areas range from livestock to rocketry, engaging more than 2,000 urban and rural youth in Jackson County.
Master gardeners are trained volunteers, educated through Extension to offer the community reliable, relevant and reachable gardening information and education opportunities.
Small farms are no small thing in Oregon. In the space of a generation, farmers and food advocates in Oregon have changed how we nourish our bodies, the land, and the economies of our community.
The Children's Garden was started in 2002 with 24 children and has received the Search for Excellence award from OSU. Children 5 - 13 learn about plants and caring for the land, and plant gardens every year. The program has tripled in size and offers two 6-week sessions.
Health & Nutrition
Family and community health field faculty work with local organizations and Extension volunteers to develop programs in healthy aging, nutrition, food safety, food preparation and preservation, parenting and community support.
Forestry and natural resources faculty encourage responsible stewardship of forests and woodlands, increase public understanding of forest issues, and promote the productivity and profitability of forestry enterprises.
Land stewards help landowners create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips, and the development of personalized management plans for their property.
Master Food Preservers
Master food preservers benefit from Extension delivering the latest research on preparing food safely and preserving the flavor of their bountiful gardens.
Community Happens Here
The Jackson County Extension Service makes community happen every day.
More than 100 years ago, Oregon State University partnered with Jackson County in delivering objective, research-based information supporting farmers, orchardists and ranchers while simultaneously educating local residents about nutrition and food safety. Over the years, these Extension programs have expanded to include 4-H youth development, Master Gardeners, Land Stewards, and more, resulting in more than 42,000 staff and volunteer contacts in 2012 alone.
Every day, Extension makes vital contributions to the region’s cultural and economic development. A Yes vote on Measure 15-121 assures that these contributions will continue long into the future.
Extension Builds Community!
Enjoy this sampling of the many invaluable benefits that Extension provides in Jackson County.
Happy Birthday, Extension!
Reba McEntire has a special reason for sending birthday greetings to Extension. Click below to find out what it is.
“You Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘Til It’s Gone”
In this half-hour video, Jack Duggan is interviewed about Friends of Research and Extension by John Letz for RVTV.
100 Years of Service, Part 1
4-H is part of the fabric of our society. John Letz interviews longtime 4-H Extension Agent Anne Manlove in this RVTV video.
100 Years of Service, Part 2
Teaching people of all ages about the importance of protecting and conserving our natural resources is all in a day’s work for Extension Agent Rachel Whirling. Rachel came in from the woods to talk to John Letz in this RVTV interview.
The Impact of Pest Management
Extension research into pest management helps orchard and vineyard owners protect their plants from insects and diseases. This video describes the value of this support.
Land Steward Program
The Land Steward Program is an “incubator for ideas,” offering training and mentoring opportunities for people who want to be better stewards of their land. Since 2009, more than 140 people have completed this training.
Assistance to Small Farmers
Training, networking and support for small farmers have made a huge difference for many Jackson County residents. Extension fosters a spirit of collaboration that helps these enterprises thrive.
Jackson County Extension Makes It Happen
Farmers, city dwellers, gardeners, foresters—Extension brings us together.
Voting “yes” on Measure 15-121 will keep Extension alive and strong in Jackson County.
Scroll down and click on an image in the gallery below, then scroll down a little more to learn how Extension creates community in Jackson County.
Community Happens Here
Interested in volunteering? Do you have a question? Get in Touch, find out how Extension benefits everybody
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Phone: (541) 899-7310