State and Local Extension Programs with Margaret Viebrock

Welcome to Connect FCS Ed. I’m so glad that you’re back, thank you so much for listening. I’m your host Barbara Scully and on today’s episode I have an awesome guest with me, her name is Margaret Viebrock, she is a Washington State University faculty professor and WSU extension in Chelan and Douglas County as a director.

In addition to administrative responsibility, she manages a three-county SNAP-Ed nutrition education program, and a six-state project for women involved in agriculture, teaches food safety and administers a diabetes prevention program, and provides a risk management education for farms and families.

Margaret has served in a variety of leadership positions in a national and state organization, and is well known for her enthusiasm for her work, outstanding educational programs and national recognition.

Listen in…


• So ours is called Washington State University Extension and Oregon State University Extension, Kansas Extension. It just depends on the state that you’re at and how they put the words together, but they all have the word extension. Sometimes they’re called Cooperative Extension, depending on the area and what they’re called, but they all drive back the land grant university, in part Washington. Our land grant university is Washington State. So as extension people, employees are faculty at WSU, but located in a county rather than on the campus at home. (3:30)

• A grant to teach people who have the potential symptoms or have the symptoms for the probability of having diabetes later in life, so how do we help people prevent that? So we can talk about prevention signs and things that work that way. And so I would encourage FCS teachers to reach out to their local extension office and find out what is it that you offer that you could share with my students and career-wise or subject matter wise. (8:52)

• Another program that we have that’s across the state in a lot of areas is called Strengthening Families. And that it’s kind of a parenting program, but it works with the kids and it works with the families. When we bring them together, the kids go into a session, the adults going to the session, then they come back together for a third session together, I’m learning about why we have rules, why we’re parents and what we’re trying to do, what your responsibilities are. And as a contributing member of his family, as a child, and so it’s helping families develop some new parenting patterns to help them make their family successful, particularly if they’ve had some issues. (13:59)

• I got my genetic counseling report back and it says I don’t have any of the genetic markers that is of high risk… Yeah, I know, right? It’s thumbs up. But, that doesn’t indicate that I am within that high risk category, so it’s truly fascinating, and being able to see what science and technology are doing with that is going to be impacting our lives, and I can see the true value of extension programs and being able to incorporate those into your personal life.(29:56)

• I’m really not very text-savvy, but I’ll tell you one that I’ve discovered in the last year on my computer. It’s not a program, it’s a tab that’s called Read Aloud. And you know when you write papers and you write your progress report and everything all sounds good, and then you read it over the second time you say, Oh my gosh, how did I miss this or, that sounds really weird, but Read Aloud, you can turn on on your computer and it reads back to you what you’ve written. (36:10)


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Margaret’s Contact Information:

P.O. Box 550 (mailing)
203 S. Rainier (street)
Waterville, WA 98858-0550
Phone: 509-745-8531

January 13, 2021

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