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NC State Extension is addressing North Carolina’s grand challenges, from protecting natural resources and promoting public health to developing future leaders and helping farmers feed, clothe and fuel a growing population.

Discover how our 1,000+ experts, based on campus and at 101 local centers, transform science into everyday solutions for North Carolinians, while generating more than $2 billion in annual economic impact for our state.

Extension Annual Report

Extension Annual Report 2023-24 (Accessible PDF)

Extension Annual Impact Fact Sheet

NC State Extension Annual Impact Handout for 2023Annual Impact Handout 2023-24 (Accessible PDF)

CALS Annual Impact Report

CALS Annual Impact Report 2023-24

CALS By the Numbers Handout 2023-24(Accessible PDF)

Extension's annual economic impact to North Carolina is $2.1 billion

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Extension is the largest non-formal educational outreach organization in the 17-campus UNC system.

  • 101 local centers (including every county and with the Qualla Boundary)
  • 1,307 Extension professionals
    • 758 based in local centers
    • 549 based on campus and at other facilities
  • 26,000+ educational programs
  • 11.5M annual visitors to Extension websites
  • $44.1M annual gifts plus county investments in infrastructure enhancements
  • 180,000+ educational outreach activities
  • 6.2M connections made with audiences and program participants

Extension’s economic and functional impacts on the state are significant, with returns on Extension programming eclipsing the cost of operations many times over.

  • $2.1B annual economic impact
  • 27-to-1 return on annual government investments
  • $36M+ in annual tax revenue generated

A dedicated group of volunteers play a key role in supporting our programs, helping us pursue local needs and enhancing our impact. In 2023, Extension volunteers…

  • Donated more than $13 million worth of time and services (source)

NC State Extension creates a 27-to-1 return on investment for our government investments

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Cover of the 2019 NC State Extension Impacts Booklet
Extension Impacts Booklet (Print version)

Extension Impact Graphics

Extension Impacts 1-Pager
(TEConomy Partners)

Full Impact Study (Teconomy)
(TEConomy Partners)

CALS by the Numbers Impact Sheet 2022CALS By the Numbers 2022

An icon graphic depicting a barn and silo to represent the agricultural efforts of NC State Extension.AGRICULTURE

An icon graphic depicting an apple in the shape of a heart with a hand imprint etched into it, representative of the food and nutrition efforts of NC State Extension.FOOD & NUTRITION

The 4-H clover logo represents the youth development efforts of NC State Extension.4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Extension innovates products and practices that grow our state’s $111B+ ag industry, connecting farmers with the research-based information they need. We help people make healthier decisions, lower the risk of chronic disease and live better lives through education in nutrition, food safety, local foods and more. Extension’s 4-H program welcomes youth of all beliefs and backgrounds, empowering hundreds of thousands of young people with skills and confidence to lead for a lifetime.
100,960 educational activities offered
130,684 participants engaged in programs
3,350 farms and others in the local food supply chain that increased
13,917 educational
activities offered
43,971 participants engaged in programs
141,758 participants increased their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation or preparation
29,894 educational
activities offered
188,255 youth participated in 4-H activities
67,949 youth enhanced their knowledge of biological sciences or plant sciences

NC State Extension supports the $111.1 billion North Carolina agriculture and agribusiness industry by innovating better agricultural products and practices, connecting farmers with research-based tools and information.
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These videos are housed on YouTube for easier embedding on sites and sharing with audiences through presentations, events or email marketing efforts that showcase NC State Extension. To get the video link and access other sharing options, click the three stacked dots icon at the top right of each video player box, then select Share.

NC State Extension Pandemic Response Video | We Still Grow N.C.

We Are NC State Extension

We Are NC State Extension (Condensed ver.)

Find N.C. Cooperative Extension partnership videos.

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Agriculture is North Carolina’s largest industry, generating over $111 billion annually while employing more than 750,000 people.

N.C. Agriculture and Agribusiness Annual Impact (PDF)

The N.C. agriculture industry — including food, fiber and forestry — is the No. 3 most diverse agriculture economy in the country, with more than 90 commercial crops and robust animal agriculture operations that comprise over 70% of the industry.

  • 42,000+ farms
  • 8.1M farm acres
  • 777,000+ jobs
  • #1 in sweet potatoes, tobacco and poultry/egg sales
  • #9 in total farm sales
    • #6 in total livestock sales
    • #19 in total crop sales

2022 Census of Agriculture – USDA-NASS (North Carolina | Counties)
N.C. Agriculture Economic Impact (NC State)
N.C. Agricultural Statistics (USDA-NASS)


Employees can visit the Impacts section of the Brand Site for more resources.


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Justin Moore, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJustin MooreDirector of Marketing and Communications, NC State Extension Call Justin Email Justin Extension Administration
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