ATTENTION: The 4-H Project Leader Training has been rescheduled for January 23, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Knox County Community Center.



         Dr. Karisha Devlin Announced

             Interim Regional Director


   It was recently announced by Mark Stewart, MU Extension Director of Off-Campus Operations for Extension and Engagement, that Dr. Karisha Devlin, has been named Interim Regional Director for the Northeast Region.

   This past May, Devlin received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri. She is the Knox County Program Director and serves as Ag-Business Specialist for Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Ralls and Shelby counties.

   Devlin’s first day as Interim Regional Director was Friday, October 20, 2017. She will hold the position until the University of Missouri Extension hires someone as Regional Director, at which time she will resume her duties in Knox and surrounding counties.

   Devlin has been with MU Extension since 2002, and has been headquartered in Knox County for the past 10 years. Karisha and her husband, Dan, reside on a farm with their two children, Jason and Kate.


Photo by Echo Menges, The Edina Sentinel

Knox County 4-H Pavilion wins a Grinnell Mutual Fairground Facelift grant

The Knox County 4-H Pavilion in Edina, Mo. was named one of five grant winners in Grinnell Mutual’s Fairground Facelift project. The fairground won $1,000 for a safety improvement project in their barn.

“On behalf of the Knox County 4-H Council, I would like to express our thanks to Grinnell Mutual for awarding these grants,” said Crystal Karhoff, Knox County Youth Program Assistant. “We are fortunate to live in a place where we have the overwhelming support of our community. Our first priority in the list of improvements we would like to make is to replace the rotting support posts of the 4-H Pavilion for the safety of our youth.” The Council heard about the contest through their local Grinnell Mutual agent, Hawkins Insurance Group.

Grinnell Mutual received 80 project submissions from 12 states. Facebook users then cast more than 27,000 votes for their favorite projects among the 15 finalists. The five winning recipients shared a total of $7,000 worth of grants and were chosen based on the number of votes received.

We are pleased by the response to this year’s contest,” said Director of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker. “We received an excellent array of project submissions and narrowing them down to our 15 finalists was difficult. The record number of votes cast show how overwhelmingly people support their local fairgrounds. Grinnell Mutual is proud to assist each of the winning projects with these grants.”

About Grinnell Mutual

Grinnell Mutual, in business since 1909, is the 109th-largest property casualty insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America. The company provides reinsurance for farm mutual insurance companies as well as property and casualty insurance. Its products are available in 15 states.