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NC State Extension transforms science into everyday solutions for North Carolinians through programs and partnerships focused on agriculture and food, health and nutrition, and 4-H youth development.

At NC State, what we Think and Do helps grow North Carolina.

Discover more about How Extension Works, along with our 2030 Strategic Plan for ongoing growth and success. Employees can visit the Impacts section of the Brand Site for more resources.

View NC State’s Stats and Strengths or Rankings and Facts to learn more about how the university is a driving force for local, state and national economies.

Extension Annual Report

Extension Annual Report 2022-23 (Accessible PDF)

Extension Annual Impact Fact Sheet

NC State Extension Annual Impact Handout for 2022Annual Impact Handout 2022-23 (Accessible PDF)

CALS Annual Impact Report

CALS Annual Impact Report 2022-23

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 the Eastern Band of Cherokee)
  • 1,294 Extension professionals
  • 25,000+ educational programs
  • 3.8M annual visitors to Extension websites
  • $3.6M annual donations plus county investments in infrastructure enhancements
  • 136,000+ educational outreach activities
  • 2.6M participants in educational activities

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 2022, Extension volunteers…

  • Donated more than $12 million worth of time and services

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 Impacts 1-Pager (Teconomy)

Extension Impact Graphics

Download the Full Report
(TEConomy Partners)

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

CALS Impact Report 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 keeps North Carolina’s $100+ billion agriculture industry growing, connecting farmers with research-based information and technology. We help people make healthier decisions, lower their risk of chronic disease and live better lives through programs from nutrition to local foods to food safety. Extension’s 4-H program addresses the diverse issues of today’s youth, helping to grow hundreds of thousands of youth into healthier, more involved citizens and future leaders.
90,348 educational activities offered
123,450 participants engaged in programs
3,003 farms and others in the local food supply chain that increased
10,116 educational
activities offered
49,998 participants engaged in programs
8,474 food-insecure households received emergency food assistance
20,787 educational
activities offered
188,425 youth participated in 4-H activities
4,046 youth gained college / career skills

NC State Extension supports the $103.2 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.

NC State Extension Annual Impact Video 2019-20

We Are NC State Extension

We Are NC State Extension (Condensed ver.)

Find N.C. Cooperative Extension partnership videos.

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Using the latest data available from 2021, agriculture is North Carolina’s largest industry, generating over $103 billion annually while employing roughly 16% of the state’s workforce of 4.6 million people.

The N.C. agriculture industry — including food, fiber and forestry — is the third most diverse agriculture economy in the country, with more than 90 crop varieties and a robust animal agriculture presence that comprises nearly 70% of the industry.

  • 789,000 jobs
  • 45,000 farms
  • 8.3M farm acres
  • #1 in sweet potatoes, tobacco and poultry/egg cash receipts
  • #6 in livestock cash receipts
  • #9 in all farm cash receipts



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