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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.

Discover more about How Extension Works. Employees can visit the Impacts section of the Brand Site for more resources.

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

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.

Annual Report

Extension Annual Report 2021-22 (Accessible PDF)

Annual Impact Fact Sheet

NC State Extension Annual Impact Overview Sheet 2021-2022Annual Impact Handout 2021-22 (Accessible PDF)

Extension Still Grows North Carolina

Keeping farmworkers safe. Supporting overwhelmed parents and teachers. Nurturing a new wave of home gardeners and cooks. Helping restaurants reopen safely.
When COVID-19 hit, Extension continued to be there for our communities.

Discover how we’re still growing North Carolina.

4-H Impact Report

4-H Impacts Report (Summer/Fall 2020)

4-H Impacts Report (Fall/Winter 2019)

4-H Impacts Report (Spring 2019)


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

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KEY FACTS & FIGURES

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

  • 101 local centers – an office in every county and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee
  • 1,152 Extension professionals
  • ~8,000 Extension programs
  • 17,000+ educational activities
  • 3.4M annual visitors to Extension websites

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

Volunteers also play a key role in supporting our programs and helping us pursue local needs and opportunities. In 2021, Extension volunteers…

  • Donated nearly $10 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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IMPACT HANDOUTS

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

Extension Impacts 1-Pager (Teconomy)

Individual Impact Graphics

Download the Full Report
(TEConomy Partners)

CALS by the Numbers Impact Sheet 2021CALS By the Numbers 2021

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 $96 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.
9,334 educational activities offered
 
201,475 participants engaged in programs
 
3,720 farms and others in the local food supply chain that increased
revenue
3,195 educational
activities offered
 
64,358 participants engaged in programs
 
292,944 participants increased their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation or preparation
4,272 educational
activities offered
 
146,517 youth participated in 4-H activities
 
14,046 youth gained career and employability skills

NC State Extension supports the $95.9 billion North Carolina agriculture industry by connecting growers with the research-based information and technology they need

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VIDEOS

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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N.C. AGRICULTURE OVERVIEW & IMPACT

Agriculture is North Carolina’s largest industry, generating $95.9B annually while employing 17.5% of the state’s workforce of 4.5 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 80 crop varieties and a large animal agriculture presence.

  • 789,000 jobs
  • 46,000 farms
  • 8.4M farm acres
  • #1 in sweet potatoes, tobacco and poultry/egg cash receipts
  • #8 in livestock cash receipts
  • #9 in all commodity cash receipts


N.C. Agriculture Economy Overview 2021 (1-Pager)

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PAST REPORTS

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