About Cooperative Extension

Welcome to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, the largest outreach program at North Carolina State University. Based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, we reach millions of North Carolina citizens each year through local centers in the state’s 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Richard Bonanno | Extension Service Director, NC State University

Dr. Richard Bonanno, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Director, NC State University

Cooperative Extension is a partnership that began here in 1914 when county, state and federal governments agreed that by joining together they could provide all citizens with access to the wealth of knowledge generated by public universities.

Today that partnership includes county governments working to solve local problems, a national network of land-grant universities including NC State and N.C. A&T State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture working together, we recognize that we achieve much more than we can alone.

Nationally, Cooperative Extension provides educational programming in five key areas:

  • sustaining agriculture and forestry
  • protecting the environment
  • maintaining viable communities
  • developing responsible youth
  • developing strong, healthy and safe families

In our county centers across the state, county agents are the bridge between the state’s people and Extension specialists working at the state’s land-grant universities. Agents educate the public through meetings and workshops, field days, personal consultations, web- and videoconferencing. They also provide publications, newsletters, social media interaction, videos and other educational materials.

We hope this website will provide more information on the myriad programs offered by Cooperative Extension and how we are working to serve you.

Dr. Richard Bonanno
Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and
Director, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

Our Mission

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians.

La Extensión Cooperativa de Carolina del Norte se asocia con las comunidades para ofrecer educación y tecnología que enriquecen la vida de los habitantes, la tierra y la economía de Carolina del Norte.

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