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Post Rock Extension District

In 1991, the Kansas Legislature passed an act permitting two or more county extension councils to form a district to deliver the extension program. The first extension district in Kansas was formed in 1994.

On July 1, 1994, the Post Rock Extension District #1 was formed by merging the Lincoln County Extension Council and the Mitchell County Extension Council. On July 1, 2005, Jewell and Osborne Counties joined the district. On July 1, 2012 Smith County joined the District. District offices are located in Beloit, Lincoln, Mankato, Osborne, and Smith Center.

The five county Post Rock Extension District has a twenty-member governing board, represented by four board members from each county in the district. Board members are elected in an election conducted by the county clerk in each county. The District Governing Board, in partnership with the Regional Extension Director, is responsible for leading the educational program and developing the budget in the district. 

Overall, extension provides practical education you can trust - to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. The focus in Kansas is on solving grand challenges in the state around water, health, global food systems, vitalizing communities, and developing tomorrow's leaders. 

 

Meet Our Post Rock District Director and Agents

AliesaLeadership is the face of extension. Aliesa Woods, 4-H Youth Development Agent, exemplifies herself, Aliesa makes the best better through her special ability to connect with youth. Aliesa brings passion, exuberance, generosity to her roles as Agent and District Director. The entire Post Rock District team feels blessed to work under her guidance. Meet Aliesa at your local extension office in Lincoln, Beloit, Osborne, Smith Center, or Mankato.

 

Knowledge is the face of extension. Sandra Wick is our crop production agent and friend of farmers. Sandra brings experience and a commitment to lifelong learning to her work. Sandra coordinates impactful seminars that empower Post Rock District producers. Meet Sandra at your local extension office in Smith Center, Osborne, Mankato, Beloit, or Lincoln.Sandra

 

NoraWe're more than your grandfather's extension. We are family, youth, health, wellness, 4-H, gardens, crops, livestock, and community vitality. One of the faces of today's extension is Post Rock District's own Nora Rhoades. Nora is our Family and Youth Development Agent. Nora works with heart, passion, exuberance to bring educational opportunities from Brainy Babies active learning to everyday strategies to thrive to aging well. Meet Nora at your local Post Rock Extension District office in Beloit, Lincoln, Mankato, Osborne, or Smith Center.

 

Inspiration is the face of today's extension. Ashley Svaty, Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent, motivates Post Rock District to get moving and make healthier choices. Ashley's upbeat personality encourages us all to get a brisk walk in over lunch, drink that water, lift those weights, and prepare healthy meals. Ashley also saves us from unsafe canning recipes. It's no wonder Ashley has a devoted following who take and re-take her strength and wellness classes. Ashley

 

CassieSpirit is the face of extension. Cassie Homan is our horticulture agent and garden guru. Cassie puts her whole heart into learning and sharing her love of plants 🌱and pollinators 🦋. From teaching kids "Insect Olympics" 🐞 to filling classes on gardening and landscaping, Cassie brings the best to the work she loves. Meet Cassie at any of Post Rock District's local offices in Beloit, Lincoln, Mankato, Osborne, or Smith Center.

 

Excellence is the face of today's extension. Barrett Simon brings dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm to his role as Livestock Agent. Barrett works hard with producers to help the livestock industry thrive in Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, and Smith counties. Meet with Barrett at your local Post Rock District office. 

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