North Carolina Cooperative Extension partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians.
Who we are
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. We are county agents, professors, scientists and volunteers working together to improve the quality of life in North Carolina. 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.
More than 25,000 lay leaders comprise the Extension Advisory Leadership System. These volunteers keep Extension professionals aware of local issues and needs.
We receive financial support from three levels of government – federal, state and county – and from private financial sources. We also receive support from agribusiness; organizations devoted to agriculture, youth and health; foundations and individuals. The Extension Service works cooperatively with other state and governmental agencies.
What we offer
Our educational programs benefit farmers, rural and urban residents, families, community and civic leaders and youth.
We are leading the way with programs about:
- Agriculture and natural resources policy
- Agriculture and the environment
- Animal production and marketing system
- Community and economic development
- Crop production and marketing systems
- Family and consumer economics
- Food and forest products manufacturing
- Leadership and volunteer development
- Marketing and production of alternative agricultural opportunities and enterprises
- Natural resource conservation and management
- Nutrition and wellness
- Residential and community horticulture, forestry and pest management
- Residential and community water and waste management
- Resilient youth, families and communities
- Youth development
How we communicate with you
Extension agents, located in every county and with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, are the bridge between specialists on the university campuses and you.
The staff in your Extension Center coordinates educational programs, public meetings, workshops, field days, personal consultations and satellite broadcasts to help you improve your life. Your Extension Center is stocked with publications, newsletters, computer programs and videotapes on a variety of topics.