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Consider serving on the Cottonwood Extension Board
Donna Krug

There are four Cottonwood Extension District Positions that will be on the November ballot. While the election is still over six months away, the deadline to file for a position is just around the corner. When the Cottonwood District formed in 2017 our eight-member board was appointed by the County Commissioners in both Barton and Ellis County. So that all positions would not come open at the same time, four members served two-year terms while the other four board members were appointed to serve four-year terms. From now on, all terms are four years in length.

Each of our eight board members have a commitment to create a budget that is reasonable for you, the taxpayer, while still supporting the delivery of valuable Extension education materials for lifelong learners in our district. Extension board member qualifications include:

• At least 18 years of age and a resident of the local unit

• Interested in working within the mission of K-State Research and Extension.

• Willing to work closely with the local unit director, regional director and other members of the board.

• Sincere interest in improving the quality of life for local unit residents. 

A more detailed board member position description can be viewed on the KSRE website.

My hope is that you have utilized our services in one or many ways. Perhaps Lauren Fick, our district horticulture agent, has provided the answer to a lawn, garden or tree question. Our agriculture and natural resources agents, Stacy Campbell and Alicia Boor, are always ready to field questions about weed control, and research-based information related to crops or livestock. Our programming related to healthy families is covered by Berny Unruh and myself. We have programming in place to help people of all ages improve their lives. And 4-H and other youth in our communities are participating in learning opportunities under the direction of Susan Schlichting and Michelle Beran. Theresa Meis and Brenda Walton provide the office professional duties that keep us connected to you. 

If you would like to get involved by running for a position on the Cottonwood Extension District Board, you will need to fill out the paperwork and pay a $20 filing fee at the County Clerks’ office where you reside. The filing deadline is Thursday, June 1, at noon. The two candidates who receive the most votes will begin their term as soon as the November election results are certified. 

Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions related to serving on our Extension Board!

Donna Krug is the Family & Consumer Science Agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. Contact her at 620-793-1910 or