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New Purdue Extension Leader Asks For Input From All Counties

Jason Henderson plans on spending the summer listening to extension staff in all of Indiana’s counties to improve communication.

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A cow grazes in an Indiana pasture. Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension, says over the past century, the high-standard of living in the United States can be attributed to cooperative extension.

The new head of Purdue Extension wants to find a better way to get information into the hands of Hoosiers.

“Going forward and looking at what can we do, is how you can leverage what we have today. The county system is a real strength,” Jason Henderson says. “And so how do we build that? To not only have local faces but to use our connections across the globe to really make us the national leader in cooperative extension.”

He says listening to administrators within the College of Agriculture and extension staff in all of Indiana’s counties on how to improve the service is an important next step.

Henderson was most recently a vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He oversaw outreach programs in economic education, community development, and agricultural/rural programming.

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