What Is Cooperative Extension?
Cooperative Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University and the School of Agriculture at North Carolina A&T State University. They are county agents, professors, scientists and volunteers working together to improve the quality of life for North Carolina citizens. The key components of NC Cooperative Extension's mission are:
* Sustaining agriculture and forestry
* Protecting the environment
* Maintaining viable communities
* Developing responsible youth
* Developing strong, healthy and safe families
NC Cooperative Extension utilizes a volunteer system called the Extension Advisory Leadership System. More than 25,000 lay leaders comprise the Extension Advisory Leadership System. These volunteers work to inform Extension professionals of local issues and needs.
Cooperative Extension is financially supported by three levels of government - federal, state and county.
Cooperative Extension Offers:
Educational programs which benefit farmers, residents, families, leaders and youth. Cooperative Extension provides progams about the following:
* Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy
* Agriculture and the Environment
* Agriculture Production and Marketing
* Child Care Education and Training
* Community Economic Development
* Family and Consumer Economics
* Family and Parents Education
* Food Quality and Safety
* Leadership and Volunteer Development
* Nutrition and Wellness
* Residential and Community Horticulture, Forestry and Pest Management
* Youth Education and Leadership